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Mechanical Engineering (with placement year)

Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MEng
UCAS code: H306
Placement: Placement year 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, with a placement year in industry, 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.

This 5-year MEng programme includes four years of study, and a placement year in industry. The placement enables you to build industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

On graduation you will be industry ready, 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. The programme fulfils the formal educational requirements required 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).


"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

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:


BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Distinction.

BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) 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 include 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.

The programme is intended to equip students with the ability to use general and specialist knowledge and understanding of engineering to optimise the application of existing technology and to produce innovative uses for emerging technology.

Year 1

  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits) - core
    To develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills in fundamental topics of mathematics so that students can later build on these to describe, model, analyse and evaluate engineering problems using a range of mathematical techniques and appropriate software for calculations.
  • Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits) - core
    To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
  • Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits) - core
    Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
  • Skills for Engineering (20 credits) - core
    The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
  • Machines Mechanics and Mechatronics (20 credits) – core
    To develop an understanding of basic electrical and electronic circuits, mechanical power transmission and components and the laws which govern their behaviours.
  • Fluid Mechanics 1 (10 credits) - core
    To understand the basic concepts that describes the mechanical behaviour of fluids.
  • Thermodynamics 1 (10 credits) - core
    In this module you will the fundamental concepts of energy and how it relates to work, power and efficiency will be explained.

At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 2

  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits) - core
    To establish an appreciation and working knowledge of the premise that analytical (deterministic) and statistical tools are components of a larger integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Material Engineering and Design (20 credits) – core
    The aim of this module is to develop core technical knowledge and understanding of the intimate relationship between mechanical engineering design (form and function), manufacturing methods and materials selection.
  • Engineering Statics & Dynamics (20 credits) – core
    To evaluate the concepts of a general three-dimensional stress and strain state and to relate these concepts to the behaviour of actual materials and structural elements.
  • Control Engineering (20 credits) – core
    This module provides a solid theoretical foundation for understanding feedback control system analysis and design in both the time and frequency domains.
  • Financial and Project Management (20 credits) - core
    Enable students to acquire a sound understanding of the financial and accounting principles, and apply these principles for decision making and control purposes in a commercial business environment.
  • Fluid Mechanics 2 (10 credits) – core
    To examine the principles of fluid flow, with an emphasis on the analysis of flows that are common in engineering fields.
  • Thermodynamics 2 (10 credits) – core
    To review Thermodynamics as the science of energy conversion; to apply the subject to the analysis of simple processes; to introduce heat transfer.

At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Year 3

  • Project (30 credits) - core
  • Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits) - core 
    The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
  • Advanced Engineering Design (20 credits) – core
    The aim of this module is to develop both technical deepening and critical understanding of mechanical engineering design within a holistic sustainable product development context.
  • Materials Failure Analysis (20 credits) – core
    This module aims to provide the integrated knowledge and skills to recognise the important failure mechanisms which lead to catastrophic structural failure under static & cyclic loading.
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamics (20 credits) – optional
    Examines the principles of fluid flow relevant to a wide range of industries. To qualify and quantify the effects of these internal and external flows upon the flight of airplanes, the performance of ground vehicles and industrially engineering machinery.
  • Reliability & Safety Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    The students will be able to develop a detailed knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of reliability and safety engineering and apply these principles in the design, operation and maintenance of complex systems.
  • Sensors & Instrumentation (20 credits) – optional
    To provide knowledge of a wide range of sensors and actuators for general use and the analytical skills and knowledge to specify and design simple sensor and actuator applications.
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    To study the concepts of PUSH/ PULL (JIT/lean) methods of planning & control of manufacturing systems.

Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Final year

  • Interdisciplinary Competitive Design (20 credits) – core
    To provide the advanced knowledge base necessary to bring a product or project to a successful near market state through a series of structured design and innovation processes in an interdisciplinary group approach to define a product or project to meet market requirements.
  • Engineering Vibration (20 credits) – core
    To study the fundamentals of vibration and vibration control of single and multi-degrees of freedom mechanical systems both analytically and via the use of computer methods.
  • Design Optimisation (10 credits) – core
    To establish an appreciation for the role of optimisation in modern engineering practice and to provide evidence for the premise that optimisation is one component of an integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Materials & Manufacturing Processes (20 credits) – optional
    To provide specialist knowledge of manufacturing methods used in the design and development of operations to process engineer materials with advanced properties, consistent attributes and with sound structural integrity.
  • Aerospace Manufacturing and Management (10 credits) – optional
    Provide an integrated and in-depth knowledge of the production operations, management and commercial principles associated with the manufacture of complex, high value added products, through a detailed analysis of the aerospace industry.
  • Environmental Computational Fluid Dynamics (10 credits) – optional
    To understand fundamental principles of the advanced numerical simulations in hydrodynamics.
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics (20 credits) – core
    To extend knowledge of Solid Mechanics in the context of modern mathematical analysis. To develop understanding of stresses and strains while emphasising their parallels.
  • Supply Chain Management (20 credits) – optional
    To develop a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge on supply chain network management. The focus of the module will be on the management of supply chain networks and the integration of supply chain with information communication technology.
  • Polymer Engineering (20 credits) – optional
    To provide for the development and implementation of specialist knowledge/methods in the relationships between materials structure, properties and processing.
  • Risk Management (10 credits) – optional
    Acquire a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of risk management and its interaction with other management activities, and directly apply them in a range of product and service industries.
  • Engineering Computational Methods (10 credits) – optional
    To critically review the application of the Finite Element (FE) method as a tool for engineering analysis.

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.


The 5-year MEng Mechanical Engineering  programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final two years of the programme. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

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*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £17,800
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780

* 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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