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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?
Brand new facilities
All Engineering and Motorsport courses are moving from the Wheatley Campus to brand new, custom designed buildings at our main Headington site. These buildings are expected to open in September 2024, but as with any large-scale building project those timescales could change. You'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and equipment including a VR cave and material science labs, composite lab, autodynamics workshop and wind tunnel, as well as social learning spaces, teaching rooms and cafe space.
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.
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.
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.
Specific 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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|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.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.