Mechanical Engineering Design
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Become an incorporated engineer, faster. Our Mechanical Engineering Design degree combines practical, hands-on learning with the essential theories for working in this industry. Then practice your new skills through our extra-curricular activities and specialist facilities.
You’ll learn how to become an inventive problem-solver. After reviewing a product, you’ll consider how to improve it and test your ideas using industry-standard software. Tools you’ll use include computer-aided design (CAD) and stress and analysis packages.
Our teaching staff are industry professionals and experts in their fields. You can apply their insights to your coursework and to your job applications when you graduate. Your analytical skills will be highly relevant to any other postgraduate study you choose to take.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
First year modules are shared with BEng Motorsport Technology, so you can switch to BEng Motorsport Technology if it better suits your goals.
Earn while you learn
Take a paid work placement and gain industry experience to help your CV stand out when applying for jobs.
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.
Learn from industry experts, and apply their advice and experience to your projects and job applications.
View career options
Prospective employers come to Oxford Brookes as part of our Industrial Lecture series, letting you ask questions about career routes.
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.
You’ll begin your first year with the Stirling Engine design project. You’ll work with students from across our engineering courses to draw the engine’s parts, discover its physics, and test its thermodynamics, dynamics, and stress analysis. Then you’ll set up sensors to measure key performance indicators before you market and sell it on a global online marketplace.
Year 2 is your opportunity to gain a broader range of analytical skills and work on more group design tasks. Modules include Control Technology, Materials Engineering, Electronic Systems and Thermal Systems.
You can go on a professional work placement before starting Year 3. Here, you’ll apply what you’ve learned so far on the course to industry projects. You’ll come back with new skills to apply in your third year, and experience that makes your CV competitive. Students have gone on placements at companies including Caterpillar, Cummins, and JCB.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching methods include seminars and lectures. You’ll have practical work in:
- computer labs
We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. 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 some modules are assessed through coursework only.
Since mechanical engineering underpins all of the engineering profession, our graduates go on to work in a broad range of industries. This includes aerospace, manufacturing, defence, pharmaceuticals, and finance. They’re employed by companies such as Dyson, Airbus, and Lentus Composites.
Completing this BEng course meets the academic requirements for gaining incorporated engineer status. It’s accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET).
You’ll have the option to study mechanical engineering design, or another similar subject, at postgraduate level. So you may want to consider progressing to our MSc courses after completing your undergraduate programme.
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.
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.