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Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng)

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng)

Learn how to apply your mechanical engineering skill in a range of fields, from orthopaedics to automobile systems. Explore real-world problems with practical project work. You'll learn about mechanics, structures and materials, and study design and computing - all vital for a career in this industry.

Studying Mechanical Engineering involves learning how to take a product from initial concept, to design and manufacture.

You'll cover the essential principles of engineering, and learn about:

  • modelling and computing
  • systems design
  • law
  • management

In your third year you'll complete an individual research project using many of the concepts you’ve learnt during the course. Projects range from system and product design to the mechanical testing of composite materials.

As part of this course you can:

  • use our design workshops and studios
  • showcase your work in our annual Engineering Design Show
  • develop your design and computing skills
  • apply your mechanical engineering skills to your choice of specialist areas, from robotic systems to sustainable energy and power generation
  • go on site visits to experience engineering in practice

We're a designated university for the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).

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Admission requirements


A*AA including grades A*A in mathematics and physics (in any order), with a pass in the physics Practical

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 38 points overall with 18 points required at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Physics and 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A*A in A-level mathematics and physics (in any order) with a pass in the physics Practical
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma without additional A-levels
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma without additional A-levels
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Design and Computing
  • Electrical and Electronics Systems
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment
  • Mechanical Systems Analysis
  • Mechanics, Structures and Materials
  • ThermoFluids

Year 2

  • Engineering Management and Law
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials and Structures
  • Mathematics for Engineering and the Environment Part II
  • Mechanics, Machines & Vibration
  • Systems Design and Computing
  • Thermodynamics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Electronics, Drives and Control

Year 3

  • Engineering Design with Management
  • Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer and Applications
  • Individual Project
  • Manufacturing and Materials

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Accounting and Finance for Engineers
  • Automotive Chassis and Powertrain
  • Biomaterials
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • Human Factors in Engineering
  • Optimisation
  • Robotic Systems
  • Technology Fundamentals for Sustainable Energy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £23,720


  • Final award: Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BEng (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Mechanical Engineering
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You'll develop transferable skills that are highly sought after in careers outside engineering. These include:

  • problem-solving
  • teamwork
  • communication
  • IT

Career paths

Recent mechanical engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including:

  • Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Babcock
  • Dyson
  • ExxonMobil
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Siemens
  • Formula 1 teams

Roles you'll be suited for include:

  • mechanical engineer
  • automotive engineer
  • CAD technician
  • control and instrumentation engineer
  • maintenance engineer
  • nuclear engineer

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