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Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: H300
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines. A degree in this subject will place you at the heart of industries including:

  • power generation
  • food processing
  • automotive and rail
  • aerospace

You’ll combine physics, materials science and computational methods to create complex systems which are economic, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

On graduation you will be ready for industry, with a working knowledge of:

  • the core analytical and scientific principles which underpin mechanical engineering
  • Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CADCAM)
  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques

There is a high demand for mechanical engineers, and you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities as a graduate. Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either the first or second year.

The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more in-depth study, and provides all the formal educational requirements necessary to present yourself for CEng registration.

Both the BEng and MEng courses can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.


"My Nissan placement helped me understand where my knowledge and experience as a student fits into a global company. Sometimes the most elegant engineering solutions won't work in a competitive market, and there's nothing more competitive than the automotive industry right now. It gives you an appreciation of those problems and how to solve them."

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Why Bradford?

We offer you:

  • teaching informed by close links with industry and research active academics working at the leading edge in their specialism
  • practical and project work in each year of your programme of study
  • teaching within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, including our new £1.5m multidisciplinary engineering lab, a braking research lab and an automotive lab

We are the only UK University with access to the Ford Lommel test track in Belgium, and we have well established links to leading engineering companies, such as Rolls Royce, Balfour Beatty, Cummins, Ford, and Nissan. This means you'll gain hands-on practical industry experience on placements, building industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include A-level Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Must be an Engineering subject including Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths.

Plus minimum of:

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

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Engineering with Foundation Year course or Engineering with International Foundation Year.

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.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

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

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 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.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Year one develops your core knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. This includes the key subjects of:

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Structural mechanics
  • Mechanics of machines
  • Materials sciences
  • Computer–aided design

Laboratory sessions are used to explore theoretical concepts.

In year two you develop specialist knowledge in the fundamental subjects.

In year three you refine your skills and undertake a substantial individual project, often linked with ongoing research activities.

Optional modules are used to tailor your study to match your interests and career aspirations.

Over the course of your programme of study you will engage in a number of projects. In year one you will undertake a group project to design and build a small electric vehicle which has to carry a payload up a gravel slope. This is a stimulating project which allows you to put in to practice the core knowledge that you have acquired.

In year two you design and have manufactured a simple mechanism. This involves a number of critical steps and provides insight into the level of detail and accuracy needed to translate a design concept into a fully functioning product. It presents in miniature the real-world engineering process.

In your final year (in addition to your individual project) you undertake a group design project using formal design methods developed through our industrial partnerships to solve practical engineering problems.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • practical lab sessions
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the programme provide all the support you may need.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with one or two semesters at an international partner institution.

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

90% of our 2016 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 2016 Mechanical Engineering MEng graduates was £26,875.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.