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Mechanical Engineering Design

BEng (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years


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. This course is also accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

UCAS Tariff Points


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


Our Mechanical Engineering Design degree covers a wide range of engineering practice. You’ll learn key skills and focus on computer-based engineering design.

You’ll discover how to turn basic engineering principles into design possibilities. As well as find solutions for industry problems. You’ll take design ideas and turn them into computer models and create your own design solutions for your work portfolio. 

You’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities with industry standard software including;

  • CAD packages
  • stress and dynamics analysis packages
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • engine simulation software
  • specialised vehicle-performance simulation software.

We offer excellent work placements with our industry partners. And many graduates take jobs with their placement company. Our graduates work at top engineering companies, including;

  • Jaguar
  • Reaction Engines
  • Blatchford Products.

Our course leads to professional recognition as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Student with lecturer

How to apply

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.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

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

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Maths grade 5/B minimum; English Language grade 4/C minimum normally required

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


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

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

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

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

International full time

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

International / EU full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

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.

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. You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year, between the second and final years of the course. You will need to cover transport and living costs during this time.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

On this course you will;

  • study basic engineering principles and turn design possibilities into solutions
  • learn how to use computer-based packages to build a portfolio of work.

By your final year you’ll be able to tackle a typical industry-based problem and create;

  • a complete design solution
  • computer modules of how the solution will look, function and be manufactured. 

You’ll develop the skills to;

  • use and apply design packages creatively
  • produce designs customers want
  • use processes that make profits.

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Engineering Design & Practice I (30 credits)

IEng Engineering Mathematics & Modelling (30 credits)

Introduction to Materials (15 credits)

Basic Dynamics (15 credits)

Basic Thermodynamics (15 credits)

Basic Stress Analysis (15 credits)

Optional modules

Introduction To Thermo Fluids (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Design & Practice II (30 credits)

Stress and Dynamic Systems (30 credits)

Control Technology (15 credits)

Materials Engineering (15 credits)

Thermal Systems (15 credits)

Electronic Systems (15 credits)

Optional modules

Independent Study in Mechanical/Automotive/Motorsport Engineering (15 credits)

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

You will be encouraged to work in industry for one year, between the second and final years of the course. You will need to cover transport and living costs during this time. 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. 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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Engineering Project (30 credits)

Management Ethics, Energy & Sustainability (30 credits)

Advanced CAD/CAM (15 credits)

Design of Machines (15 credits)

Sustainable Engineering (15 credits)

Sensors & Data Logging (15 credits)

Optional modules

Independent Study Engineering (15 credits)

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’ll have practical work in;

  • laboratories
  • computer labs
  • workshops.

We emphasise the importance of information technology in modern engineering practice. Almost all our teaching involves computers and engineering software. 


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 some modules are assessed through coursework only. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Written exams - 40%
  • Coursework - 52%
  • Practical exams - 8%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

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

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 9%
  • Coursework - 91%
  • 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 graduates have an excellent preparation for the world of work. The Mechanical Engineering BEng 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.

Our Staff

Miguel Fernandes Ferreira

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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.