Mechanical and Automotive Engineering (with placement year)

Entry 2017: ABB / 128 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H393
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This course follows similar modules to Mechanical Engineering, but with an emphasis on automotive engineering and design.

It focuses on mechanics, design and computing, but in the final year applies this to the understanding of complex automotive systems necessary to optimise performance, handling, emissions and economy in modern vehicles.

This course includes an extra fourth academic year of more advanced and in-depth study, and provides all the formal educational requirements necessary to present yourself for CEng registration.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

These courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) accreditation. This course is recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


“I arrived at Bradford through Clearing on a foundation year to study Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. I secured a 12-month placement at Nissan Technical Centre (Europe). With the support of my lecturers and the excellent careers staff, I achieved first class honours and secured a graduate role at Horiba MIRA as an Automotive Development Engineer.”

MEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Why Bradford?

The School of Engineering has recently invested £1.5m into a multidisciplinary Engineering lab. The lab is a flexible and open space to engage students’ learning in bringing theory to practice.

This course includes an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

128 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Engineering Analysiscore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Machines Mechanics & Mechatronicscore
Materials & Structural Mechanicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Thermodynamics 1core
Year 2
Automotive Engineeringcore
Engineering Statics & Dynamicscore
Financial & Project Managementcore
Fluid Mechanics 2core
Further Engineering Mathematics and Statisticscore
Material Engineering & Designcore
Thermodynamics 2core
Year 4
Automotive Powertrain Engineeringcore
Six Sigma for Business Excellencecore
Vehicle Dynamics & Controlcore
Advanced Engineering Designoption
Advanced Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamicsoption
Manufacturing Systems Engineeringoption
Reliability & Safety Engineeringoption
Sensors & Instrumentationoption
Year 5
Automotive Chassis & Driveline Engineeringcore
Engineering Vibrationcore
Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Engineeringcore
Interdisciplinary Competitive Designcore
Vehicle Sound and Vibrationcore
Advanced Manufacturing Technologyoption
Design Optimisationoption
Engineering Computational Methodsoption
Environmental Computational Fluid Dynamicsoption
Polymer Engineeringoption
Risk Managementoption
Supply Chain Managementoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88.5% of our 2015 graduates in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Our graduates pursue careers in all areas of engineering, automotive and manufacturing industry, but also in wider fields such as marketing, business management and public service work.

Our recent graduates went on to work for employers such as Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Toyota, in roles including graduate engineer, design engineer, process engineer, and CAD engineer.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MEng graduates was £19,200.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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