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Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons) or MEng

Key facts


UCAS code

BEng: H300 MEng: H302

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

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

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

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 the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

UCAS Tariff Points

120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng)

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Overview


Our Mechanical Engineering BEng course develops you into a skilled incorporated engineer. And prepares you for a career in any area of mechanical engineering. You can also take our MEng to become a chartered engineer.

You’ll develop your specialist knowledge in the core fields of engineering and learn how to apply basic principles to complex problems. You will study;

  • engineering science
  • applied mathematics
  • manufacturing techniques
  • electronics
  • graphics and design. 

We will develop your design and analytical skills through individual and group work. You’ll gain practical skills by manufacturing a model Stirling Engine in our workshop.

We offer you excellent work placements with companies such as Bentley, BMW and Rolls Royce. Many students have secured permanent roles with their placement company.
Our graduates have found work in;

  • design
  • aerospace
  • manufacturing
  • automotive and motorsport engineering
  • general managerial roles
  • commercial roles
  • entrepreneurial roles.
Student working

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 120 (BEng) or 128 (MEng)

A Level: BBB (BEng) or ABB (MEng)

IB Points: 31 (BEng) or 32 (MEng)

BTEC: DM (BEng) DD (MEng)

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

A levels: tariff points must include A level Grade B in Maths, and Grade B in Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering or another suitable science subject.

IB Diploma: 31 points (BEng) or 32 points (MEng) to include minimum grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics

BTEC: tariff points must include BTEC National Diploma in an engineering subject, plus A level Grade B in Maths.

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: 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

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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
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,280

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,800

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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.

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.

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.

First year Engineering students spend some time in laboratory sessions as part of the course for which protective equipment is mandatory. This typically costs around £25-40 although you are able to use your own, if suitable. 

Students will typically have to arrange their own accommodation during their placement year and will have to cover their own transport and living costs.

Learning and assessment


Your teaching and learning will take place in modern, purpose-built facilities. We’ll encourage you to use technology to create products that become market leaders in their field. As a student you’ll be creative and want to see your ideas become a reality. 

In Year 1 your modules cover fundamental work in engineering. This includes;

  • applied mathematics
  • manufacturing techniques
  • ancillary subjects
  • electronics
  • CAD
  • Business Management.

In Year 2 you will build on these subjects. You’ll learn how to apply basic principles to complex problems, and develop analytical techniques. 

You’ll also have group work focusing on design and analysis. You can undertake a placement before progressing to your third year of study. 

In Year 3 you will produce a project on an area of your interest. And select modules to suit your core interests and develop your engineering experience. 

Student in workshop

Study modules

Year 1

Optional modules

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I (double)

Engineering Design and Practice I (double)

Introduction to Thermo Fluids

Introduction to Materials

Introduction to Statics and Dynamics

Introduction to Stress Analysis

Year 2

Optional modules

Design and Practice II (double)

Stress Analysis and Dynamics (double)

Control Technology

Engineering Mathematics and Modelling II

Thermo-Fluids

Materials Engineering

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Compulsory modules

Engineering Project (double)

Management, Ethics, Energy and Sustainability (double)

Optional modules

Advanced CAD/CAM

Vehicle Aerodynamics

Automotive Engines

Vibration Control and NVH

Design of Machines

Stress Analysis III

Work placements

You will be encouraged to undertake a work placement for one year between the second and final years of your course. Placements are highly valued by prospective employers, as they recognise the benefits of obtaining industrial experience. Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence. We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial placement-year company. Students will typically have to arrange their own accommodation during their placement year and will have to cover their own transport and living costs. Previous students have gained placements with companies such as: Bentley; Black and Decker; BMW; CTG; Cummins Ltd; Delphi Diesel Systems; EP Barrus; Norbar Torque Tools; Rolls-Royce; Wheelright Ltd.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Group Design Project (double)

Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules

Advanced Materials and Strength of Components

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design I

Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics

Computation and Modelling

Sustainable Engineering Technology

Engineering Reliability and Risk Management

CAD/CAM

Noise, Vibration and Harshness

Vehicle Crash Engineering

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design II

Data Acquisition Systems

Year 5 (MEng)

Compulsory modules

Group Design Project (double)

Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules

Choose 1 module from this list

Computation and Modelling, Sustainable Engineering Technology, Engineering Reliability and Risk Management.

Choose 1 module from this list

CAD/CAM, Noise, Vibration and Harshness, Vehicle Crash Engineering, Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design II, Data Acquisition Systems.

Choose 1 module from this list

Advanced Materials and Strength of Components, Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design I, Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics.

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

Our teaching methods include seminars and lectures. You will have practical work in;

  • laboratories
  • computer labs
  • workshops.

We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. In several modules, almost all our teaching involves computers and engineering software. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 29%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 71%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 21%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 79%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 18%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 82%

Year 5 (MEng)

  • Lectures and seminars - 14%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 86%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 51%
  • Coursework - 49%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 44%
  • Coursework - 56%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 44%
  • Coursework - 56%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 5 (MEng)

  • Written exams - 8%
  • Coursework - 92%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study 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. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


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.

There are also postgraduate learning opportunities open through the department at MSc or PhD level.

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.

Further study

Many students progress onto MSc or PhD programmes upon completion of a BEng or MEng degree.  There are a range of MSc programmes offered by the department enabling BEng graduates to specialise in a specific engineering field or for MEng graduates there are PhD opportunities.

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