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Mechanical Engineering

BSc (Hons) - single

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

What you will study
This course covers a wide range of engineering practice with a focus on computer-based engineering design and business skills. Students take design ideas and express them as computer models suitable for simulation and modelling. This course explores how basic engineering principles are turned into design possibilities and solutions to real problems. You will produce design solutions of your own, building your work portfolio. By the final year you will have the skills to take an industry based problem, produce a complete design solution and present it as a business case.

What next?
This course is excellent preparation for the world of work as it leads to professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). Learning takes place in state-of-the-art facilities with industry standard software. Our graduates work in all areas of engineering including mechanical, automotive, motorsport and related mechanical engineering sectors. We have an excellent record of graduates gaining employment with their placement company. Recent graduates have been employed by Jaguar, Reaction Engines and Blatchford Products. Some graduates have even set up their own engineering businesses or consultancies.

This programme, currently known as the Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons) is going through the process of reaccreditation with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It will carry a new title from the 2019 intake.  The new title will be BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Design.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Science and/or Design/Technology, or Mathematics

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • As part of this programme you will be given an opportunity to gain a Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) accreditation by IMechE through a work placement with one of the University's industry partners. 
  • You will learn the essential computer-based engineering and business skills required by industry and covers a wide range of engineering practice areas.
  • You will use a range of industry-standard software in teaching, including industry level CAD packages, stress and dynamics analysis packages, computational fluid dynamics and engine simulation software, and specialised vehicle-performance simulation software.
  • You will study a curriculum that integrates theory and practice to address industrially relevant problems. This curriculum has been developed over the years by dedicated staff respected in their areas of professional expertise.
  • You will benefit from the fact that we know the ever-changing needs of this field of study, and constantly adapt in order to prepare our students for a fulfilling professional career.

The opportunity to join our award winning racing team   

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR), is an award-winning team from Oxford Brookes University that has competed in Formula Student since its inception in 1999. The team designs, builds and races a single-seat Formula Student car, and is made up of approximately 200 students from across the department’s engineering courses.

You can see the latest updates from the team on their Instagram and Facebook pages.   


You will study the basic principles that engineers use to turn design possibilities into real solutions to problems. You will learn how to use computer-based packages to produce your own design solutions, enabling you to build up a portfolio of work.

By the time you reach the final year you will have the skills to tackle a typical industry-based problem and produce a complete design solution, including computer models of how the solution will look, and how it will function and be manufactured.

Students have the chance to develop the skills needed to use and apply these packages creatively to produce designs customers want, by employing processes that return profits.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here. Most of the modules will be compulsory.

Year 1

  • IEng Engineering Mathematics & Modelling
  • Design & Practice I
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Basic Dynamics
  • Basic Stress Analysis 
  • Basic Thermodynamics

Year 2

  • Stress and Dynamic Systems
  • Design & Practice II
  • Control Technology
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Simulation of Thermal Systems
  • Materials Engineering

Final year

  • Engineering Project
  • Management Ethics, Energy & Sustainability
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Sensors & Data Logging
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Design of Machines
  • Motorsport Engineering Technology

Work placements

You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year, between the second and final years of the course. We have placement opportunities with local, national and international engineering companies and product manufacturing companies. These are advertised through our placement office where support and guidance in applying for placements is provided. The transport and living costs are covered by the students.

On returning to the University for their final year, the experience students have gained invariably improves their academic performance. We have an excellent record of graduates gaining full-time employment with the company hosting their industrial placement.

Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted by our full-time placements officer in finding a suitable placement.

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.

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 study.

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.

Additional costs

As part of the course, first-year engineering students spend time in laboratories, for which protective equipment is mandatory. This typically costs £20-25, although you are able to use you own protective equipment, if suitable.

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.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods include seminars, lectures, and practical work in the laboratory, at a computer or in a workshop. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice.

Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 29%71%0%
2 23%77%0%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 19%82%0%

Approach to assessment

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.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 51%0%49%
2 40%8%52%
3 (sandwich year)0%0%100%
4 9%0%91%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £14,000 2019/20: £14,280

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferred subjects include Science and/or Design/Technology, or Mathematics

A-Level: BBC, preferably in Science and/or Design/Technology, or Mathematics

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points, preferably including Science or Technology related subjects

BTEC: DDM preferably in relevant subject

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: BBC, preferably in Science and/or Design/Technology, or Mathematics

GCSE: Maths grade B minimum and English Language grade C minimum

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

How to apply

International applicants

Apply direct »

For full-time study you can also apply through UCAS.

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

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. Local companies include BMW, Harwell and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, AEA Technology, Norbar, Lotus F1 Team, Red Bull, Mercedes GP, Williams, McLaren, Force India and AP Racing.

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 adhesive-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 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 race-car 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 system for fuel analysis.

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.

Career prospects

Our graduates have an excellent preparation for the world of work. The Mechanical Engineering BSc is tailored to the current needs of industry, and our graduates work in all areas of engineering; design, manufacturing, service industries, consulting, and in the automotive and aerospace industries.