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BEng (Hons) or MEng
UCAS code: BEng: H300 MEng: H302
Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: BEng: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich; MEng: 4 years, or 5 years sandwich
Part time: BEng: up to 8 years; MEng: up to 9 years
Department(s): School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
Mechanical engineers use specialist knowledge to solve complex problems. Understand thermodynamics and you could uncover ways of improving the performance of internal combustion engines. Discover the properties of new materials and you could develop a new breakthrough in aerospace. Become an expert in stress analysis and you might save lives by making medical tech more durable and reliable.
Here at Oxford Brookes, you’ll learn to design, model and analyse systems. Figure out how they work and how you can make them better. You’ll gain new knowledge in everything from creative problem solving to design and modelling. And you’ll use advanced software and industry-standard machinery to put your ideas into practice.
Many of our graduates work towards Chartered Engineer status and go on to exciting careers in industry. Others take their design mindset and analytical skills and apply them to other areas, from commerce to starting a new business. Whatever route you choose, the skills you develop on this course will last a lifetime.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Learn by doing
You’ll get practical experience using our workshop and lab equipment, designing systems and solutions throughout the course.
One seamless curriculum
Everything you learn in year 1 will relate back to your Stirling engine project – this reflects how you’ll work in industry and gives you practical experience in a wide range of areas.
Help when you need it
Our teaching staff have drop-in sessions for anyone who needs support. And our academic advisers will help you with your studies too.
Study the BEng. Or the BEng then MEng. Or the BEng then MSc. Each route is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and offers you a path to Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status.
A year in industry gives you valuable experience of the technical skills you’ve practised in the labs. You’ll also gain experience of recording your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) while studying.
Free language courses
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.
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. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
The BEng is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The MEng is accredited by IET for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Both pathways are also accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Your first year will prepare you for life as an engineer by bringing your key skills up to a high standard. You’ll study maths, engineering principles, design and management. You’ll spend plenty of time in the labs, familiarising yourself with equipment and understanding engineering systems. The Stirling engine project is a real highlight – every module in year 1 relates to it to give you a rounded picture of what it takes to design, develop and market a complete system.
In year 2 you’ll develop more advanced analytical skills in areas like stress analysis and dynamics. You’ll become more proficient on specialist software and you’ll work on group projects.
Your final undergraduate year is where you’ll really specialise, for example learning how to use advanced analysis tools at an advanced level and completing an engineering project with support from your tutors.
After the final year of the BEng, you can either graduate (meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer status), or progress on to the MEng (which means you’ll meet the requirements to be a Chartered Engineer).
Learning and teaching
Our teaching methods include seminars and lectures. You will have practical work in;
- computer labs
You can choose to take a placement year after year 2. This is a great opportunity to develop some experience in a real industry setting, at companies like Black and Decker, Rolls-Royce or Norbar Torque Tools.
We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. In several modules, almost all our teaching involves computers and engineering software.
All your Year 1 modules involve continuous assessment.
In Years 2 and 3 we assess you through written examinations. However we assess some modules through coursework only.
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I (double)
Engineering Design and Practice I (double)
Introduction to Thermo Fluids
Basic Electrical Engineering
Introduction to Statics and Dynamics
Introduction to Stress Analysis
Design and Practice II (double)
Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double)
Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II
Year 3 (optional placement year)
Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)
Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability
Advanced Stress Analysis
Advanced Dynamics and NVH
Design of Machines
Year 5 (MEng)
Group Design Project
Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
Engineering Business Management
Advanced Strength of Components
Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Many industries depend on skilled engineers, so you’ll have a wide range of career options when you graduate. Aerospace, automotive and motorsport, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals – in fact any industry with complex machinery or demanding manufacturing challenges. We’ve made sure the course prepares you for life in industry so you’ll feel prepared for any opportunity.
Previous students have found jobs at companies like:
- Mercedes High Performance Engines,
- Rolls Royce Aerospace Engineering,
- Siemens Magnet Technology,
- British Gas,
- Thames Water,
- European Space Agency,
- British Airways.
You might also like to consider staying on at Oxford Brookes to study our MSc or PhD options.
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.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 - 120
A Level: BBB - BBC or equivalent
IB Points: 30 - 31
BTEC: DDM - DMM
UCAS Tariff Points:
Further offer details
A levels: tariff points must include A level Grade B in Maths, and Grade B in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another suitable science.
BEng contextual offer points must include C in Maths and C in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another science. MEng contextual offer points must include B in Maths and C in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or suitable science
IB Diploma: 31 points (BEng) or 32 points (MEng) to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
BEng contextual offer points must include 4 in HL Maths and Physics. MEng contextual offer points must include 5 in HL Maths and 4 in HL Physics
BTEC: tariff points must include BTEC Extended Diploma in an engineering subject, plus a distinction in the Further Mathematics module.
BEng & MEng contextual offer points must include distinction in Maths.
We welcome applications from candidates with equivalent alternative qualifications, and from mature students
Specific entry requirements
GCSE: English Language grade 4/C minimum normally required
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
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.
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you may be required to obtain an ATAS certificate before you start the MEng Mechanical Engineering programme with us. For more information visit our ATAS webpage. If you are joining the BEng Mechanical Engineering programme, this does not apply to you.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
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.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Personal protective equipment for engineering labs.||£25-40|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Funding your studies
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.
All financial support and scholarships
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