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Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng

BEng (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code




Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


The course offers the opportunity to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE through a work placement with one of the University's industry partners.

UCAS Tariff Points



Our Electro-Mechanical Engineering course puts you at the forefront of your field. You will learn to combine computing with mechanical engineering. A skill in high demand with commercial organisations.

You don’t need any prior knowledge to start this course. You will explore the complexities of design and learn to build electro-mechanical systems.

Our teaching staff are respected in their areas of professional expertise. They have developed a curriculum which integrates theory and practice to address industrially relevant problems.

In Year 3 you can build systems for our driverless cars. You can also join or contribute to our award winning Formula Student team.

We encourage you to undertake a placement year. This allows you to gain valuable understanding from real life and to see the context of your studies.

You can choose to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS), accreditation by IMechE, through a work placement with one of our industry partners. 

Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Preferred subjects include: Science, and/or Design Technology, and/or Mathematics.

We welcome applications from candidates with equivalent alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics grade 5/B, English Language grade 4/C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International part time
£1,900 per single module

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International part time
£1,900 per single module

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will learn about electro-mechanical engineering systems and actually make some. You will take analytical modules to;

  • support your practical work
  • learn the analysis behind complex systems like robots.

In Year 2 you will develop your knowledge from Year 1 and start to design for yourself. You will take further analytical modules to support your design. And you will develop computer simulations of electro-mechanical systems.

In Year 3 you will produce a dissertation on an area you are particularly interested in. You will also have a module on business management, ethics and energy, this is required;

  • to gain your IMechE accreditation
  • to be well-versed in the ethics of autonomous vehicles.
Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I

In this module students learn to produce mathematical analyses and programmes to perform them. All the maths needed for the analysis of electro-mechanical systems receives introductory treatment, appropriate for IEng accreditation. A very modelling-based approach is taken.

Robotics and Electro-Mechanical Design and Practice I

This module provides a complete spectrum of both practical and theoretical engineering skills that are useful across all engineering industries. It is approached from a variety of engineering subjects, including technical drawing, computer aided design/engineering (CAD/CAE), modelling, management, and machining. Electro-mechanical engineering students study these for electro-mechanical systems.

Sensors Actuators Programming and Micro-controllers

An introduction to, and overview of, electro-mechanical engineering. Students develop a sound understanding of the circular process of parameter measurement, conversion to digital form, processing and generation of an output and actuation to convert the processed response into a physical input to the system and so control it.

Basic Dynamics

An introduction to the basic principles used for the analysis of mechanical engineering designs with regard to equilibrium and motion. The analysis techniques delivered through this module are applied to a range of basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.

Basic Electrical Engineering

An introduction to electrical quantities and parameters and to the operation of electrical and electronic components and circuits of relevance to electro-mechanical and robotics engineering.

Basic Stress Analysis

This module introduces students to the principles used in the analysis and design of mechanical engineering systems, together with the application of these principles to basic mechanical and automotive components, devices and systems.

Year 2

Optional modules

Engineering Simulation, Synthesis and Design

The module address topics of advanced electro-mechanical engineering, the focus is on real-time control, including state-estimation and mapping. Applications are made to different types of system such as drones and augmented reality and active control systems. Attention is given to a range of input systems and how signals are processed to produce and output strategy.

Stress and Dynamic Systems

The purpose of this module is to study the various aspects of statics and dynamics in modern engineering components and systems. This includes: comparison and selection of analytic techniques for investigating the static and dynamic behaviour of engineering systems and components; and design of engineering component with optimal static and dynamic characteristics.

Electric Machines and Drives

To provide an overview of the electrical machines and drives that are relevant to Electro-Mechanical and Robotic Engineering, with deeper insight where appropriate. Consideration will be given to different prime movers, methods of transferring the drive and to their control.

Control Technology

An introductory study of control technology, covering both digital and analog control using electronic systems, including design using models created in MATLAB and SIMULINK.

Electronic Systems

Students study the electronic and electrical systems , this includes the impact that these systems have on their performance and recent developments in their design.

Electric Power Systems

To provide an overview of power systems as relevant to electro-mechanical engineering. Specific attention will be given to power storage, power modulation systems for various engineering applications, including electric vehicles. Engineering Project This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake individual investigative work on an electro-mechanical-related topic. It enables students to carry out a detailed study of a realistic engineering problem. The resulting project extends substantially beyond the project work done in any of the taught modules and should enable students to consolidate their knowledge and strengthen skills acquired in taught modules.

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability

This module aims to provide you with a wide understanding of the broader issues facing business and society, and it will provide an understanding of the three pillars of sustainability in a management context. Business refers to these pillars of sustainability as the triple bottom line, whilst many people view this more holistically as moving towards the circular economy. The principal areas studied in this module are: project management and business leadership; energy and environmental issues; sustainable engineering and whole life cycle assessment; ethics and social aspects of employment.

Sensors and Data Logging

This module covers the operation and use of sensors and data loggers, including their practical limitations, errors, calibration, and how they are actually set up and connected, and how to process, read and use the data produced.

Advanced Analogue Electronics

This module extends the fundamental knowledge obtained in a Foundation Degree of advanced analogue electronics up to Honors level. It enables the student to be able to design and analyse circuits so that projects can be successfully undertaken.

Design of Machines

The purpose of this module is to provide a more detailed background to common machine elements and components, to enable design, selection and modelling in advanced design and project work. The components covered are gears, including epicyclic, planetary and helical gears; friction drives, rolling element bearings and hybrid drives; the kinematics of contacts, particularly in rotating machinery.


The module addresses topics of advanced mechatronics and offers a distinctive electro-mechanical based contribution to the student experience. The aim is for the student to firstly learn the landscape of the mechatronics approach and then to become proficient in the application of mechatronic principals to a representative range of applications. The equivalence of electrical and mechanical systems is explored in the framing of equilibrium equations and this is then applied.

Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Optional work placement year

Work placements are available to all students on the course. A full-time placements officer is available to assist students wanting to gain a placement which is taken after the second year of study. The placement lasts one year and students who successfully complete the placement graduate with a sandwich degree.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Optional modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through a variety of methods, depending on what you study.

Our teaching methods include;

  • tutorials
  • set reading
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • group work
  • experience
  • independent study
  • internet-based research
  • reviews of scientific papers
  • class discussions
  • interactive feedback
  • peer assessments
  • student presentations
  • one-to-one dissertation meetings.


Assessment methods used on this course

In Year 1 we assess your practical work through coursework write-ups;

  • for modules like Maths and Modelling, you will submit your mathematical modules
  • for Design, we assess your simulations and design reports.

If you partake in one of our Engineering School’s design challenges, such as Formula Student, we will assess your input into the working car.

Study Abroad

The opportunity to study abroad is not compulsory. It is the student’s responsibility to organise this if they wish, however it may not be possible to offer credit as part of the course.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The expected career destinations for graduates include, programming for electro-mechanical systems, robotics design and manufacture, research and development, technical sales, production engineering, project management. 

Further study

Graduates of the course are well prepared for further study, either at the MSc level or PhD.

Our Staff

Dr James Balkwill

James teaches in Design, Vehicle Dynamics, and Management.

Read more about James

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.