Mechanical Engineering BEng or MEng - September 2014 entry

BEng (Hons) / MEng

A-level: grades BBB (for BEng) / ABB (for MEng)
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is run by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

This course will prepare you for a career in any area of mechanical engineering, either as a specialist in a particular field or as an engineer with a broad range of responsibilities. The course is enhanced by the involvement of several local companies offering training and industrial placement opportunities to sandwich students.


Why choose this course

  • We offer a curriculum developed over years by dedicated staff respected in their areas of professional expertise. This has led to courses and programmes that integrate theory and practice, and address industrially-relevant problems.
  • Modern, state-of-the-art workshops, laboratories, computer facilities, and media studios.
  • Excellent work placement opportunities.
  • Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
  • Mechanical engineering is one of the most versatile fields of knowledge, study and practice. It is therefore not surprising that mechanical engineers enjoy one of the best employability records. We know the ever-changing needs of this field of study and constantly prepare our students for a fulfilling professional career.
  • Graduates from Oxford Brookes enjoy excellent employment opportunities.
  • Oxford Brookes has been judged England's top modern university by the Sunday Times University Guide (2012).

This course in detail

The course is taught in modern, purpose-built premises with impressive facilities. The modules you take in Year 1 cover fundamental work in engineering science, applied mathematics, manufacturing techniques and ancillary subjects such as electronics, graphics and design.

In Year 2 you will build on these subjects to gain an understanding of how basic principles can be applied to more complex problems, and to develop analytical techniques.

In the final year you will select a project of personal interest from the varied research and industrial activities available. The final year also allows you to select modules to extend your specialist knowledge in core fields of interest and to broaden your engineering experience.

If you wish to extend your degree you may seek selection for the four-year MEng course. The first three years of the MEng run parallel with the BEng course, while the final year of the MEng allows you to broaden and deepen your studies. You may enrol on either course when joining the university but progression onto the MEng is only possible for the most able students. You can also apply from elsewhere to join our MEng in the third year.

Successful students on this course are imaginative and keen to use technology to create working products and solutions that don't merely 'do the job' but which will become market leaders in their field. You should be creative and have a desire to see your ideas become a reality.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.  Some modules will be compulsory.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Mathematics for Engineers (double)

  • Introduction to Engineering Thermo Fluid Dynamics

  • Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

  • Graphics and Design

  • Materials and Manufacturing Techniques

  • Basic Electrical Engineering

  • Introduction to Engineering Management

  • Programming the Virtual World

Years 2 to 4

Year 2

  • Materials Engineering

  • Stress Analysis I

  • Engineering Dynamics I

  • Engineering Mathematics

  • Engineering Thermo-Fluids

  • Mechanical Engineering Design and Computer Aided Engineering (double)

  • Control Technology

Year 3

  • New Product Development
  • Stress Analysis II
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Strength of Components
  • Engineering Dynamics II
  • Automotive Engines
  • Advanced CAD/CAM
  • Group Design Study
  • Project (double)

Year 4 (MEng)

  • Mechanical Engineering Project
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Advanced Strength of Components
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Computation and Modelling
  • Advanced Engineering Management
  • Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Sustainable Vehicle Engineering
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
  • Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology

Work placements

Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence. We have placement opportunities with local automotive and product manufacturing companies.

You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement for one year between the second and final years of your course. More and more students are taking up this option, as they recognise the benefits of obtaining industrial experience, consolidating their understanding of mechanical engineering in general and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industrial environment. On returning to the university for their final year, the experience they have gained invariably improves their academic performance.

We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial-placement-year company. Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted in finding a suitable placement. 

Study abroad

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods include seminars, lectures, and practical work in the laboratory, at a computer or in a workshop. We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice, and in several modules almost all of the teaching is based around computers.

All modules taken during your first year have an element of continuous assessment. Those taken in your second and final years are assessed largely on the basis of written examinations, although some modules rely solely on coursework.

Learning outcomes

When you have successfully completed this course, you will have:

  • a grasp of the essential principles of mechanical engineering
  • the ability to apply basic engineering principles and analytical techniques to problem formulation and solution
  • an understanding of the engineering design process, at both the conceptual and detail levels
  • a familiarity with the key factors in the business environment, such as marketing skills, financial awareness and investment appraisal
  • a range of transferable skills, including communication, numeracy, use of information technology, project management and teamworking. 

How to apply / Entry requirements

Typical offers

A-level: grades BBB (for BEng) / ABB (for MEng)
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.

IB Diploma: 30 points (BEng) / 33 points (MEng) to include minimum grade 6 (7 for MEng) in HL Maths and Physics

BTEC National Diploma in an engineering subject, with a DDM profile plus A-level Maths at grade B (BEng) / DDD profile plus A-level Maths at grade A (MEng)

  • A-level: for BEng, grades BBB should include Maths and Physics; for MEng, grades ABB should include Maths grade A and Physics

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: Mathematics and Physics plus a third subject, preferably Chemistry or Design Technology

GCSE: English Language grade C minimum

BTEC National Diploma to include a distinction grade in Further Maths for Technicians unit, for BEng and MEng, plus A-level Maths grade B (BEng) or grade A (MEng)

IB to include Higher Level Maths and Physics minimum grade 6 (grade 7 for MEng)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

 Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Student experience

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities.

Our location in the heart of the UK motorsports valley means you will benefit from our strong links with BMW, YASA Motors, Lotus F1 Team, Red Bull, Mercedes GP, Williams, McLaren, Force India and AP Racing, including work placements and recruitment opportunities.

Oxford is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population, from theatres and cinemas to museums, art galleries and music venues. A bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city, Oxford has excellent shopping, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

Situated in the heart of rural England and home to around 150,000 people, Oxford offers students a clean and safe environment less than an hour from London and international airports.

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to a broad range of up-to-date facilities, including computer equipment, audio and video media facilities and software for computer-aided design and analysis.

We also have the following well-equipped engineering laboratories and workshops:

  • Mechanical Engineering Workshop and Projects Lab - providing machining and fabrication facilities.
  • Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC) - used primarily for research into adhesively-bonded joints and structures.
  • Stress and Materials Laboratory - where all machines are digitally controlled and capable of static and fatigue testing.
  • Dynamics Laboratory - with several pieces of high performance equipment for vibration monitoring and recording as well as acoustic measurements and modelling, including a damper dyno.
  • Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - housing a Plint and Partners open loop closed working section wind tunnel, a laminar and turbulent flow rig, pipe and nozzle flow apparatus.
  • Automotive Laboratory - fully-equipped with workbenches, shelving and cabinets containing engineers' hand tools, automotive and racecar test and measurement equipment (including a four-post rig for chassis analysis), pneumatic and electric power tools, lifting equipment and a range of personal protective equipment.
  • Thermodynamics Laboratory - supporting the engine testing and emissions analysis programmes within the department and including a drop tube furnace, which is a specialised fuel analysis system.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

After graduation

Professional accreditation

The MEng has been fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under the Engineering Council's guidelines (UK SPEC). It provides complete exemption from the Engineering Council exams parts one and two.

The IMechE has given the BEng course the maximum accreditation level available to a BEng course under the Engineering Council's guidelines (UK SPEC). Upon graduation you will have fully satisfied the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer status and have a well-defined path to Chartered Engineer status with the IMechE and the Engineering Council.

Career prospects

Our students are well prepared for the world of work, as the Mechanical Engineering degree is tailored to the current needs of industry. Our graduates work in all areas of mechanical engineering, such as design, aerospace, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and automotive and motorsport engineering, as well as in more general managerial and commercial roles. Our graduates have secured roles at companies such as Mercedes High Performance Engines, Rolls Royce, Pfizer, SS Analysis, Siemens Magnet Technology and VCT Design.