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BEng Mechanical Engineering

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
BEng
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAB
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades ABB.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

The course specific requirements are: 35 points overall with 6, 6, 5 at Higher level in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.

We also accept 5 in English Language at Standard level to meet our English language requirements.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
H300
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

  • Pioneering innovation since 1824, Manchester was the first English university to offer an engineering degree
  • We offer a vibrant learning environment with extensive engineering industry links maintained by the Department's Industrial Advisory Board and collaborative research
  • Excellent resources for information, computation, workshop and experimental laboratory facilities, including laser laboratories and wind tunnels
  • Accredited for professional registration by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers- meets 3year study requirement for Incorporated Engineer (IEng). An additional year of study (e.g. MSc or transfer to MEng) will meet 4-year study requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng).
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Mechanical Engineering

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Fees

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages  or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries  on our website.

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4015
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/mace
School/Faculty overview

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAB in any order in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including:

Five  GCSES/iGCSES at Grades  A*-C or 9-4

English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE/iGCSE level with a minimum Grade of  C or  4 . GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

The course specific requirements are: 35 points overall with 6, 6, 5 at Higher level in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.

We also accept 5 in English Language at Standard level to meet our English language requirements.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country .

Scottish requirements

Three Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics at grades AAB .

We will accept two Highers in place of the 3 rd Advanced Higher.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. (Our BEng A level requirements are grades AAB).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require: Overall average of 80% in the European Baccalaureate with 85% in Mathematics and Physics and 70% in English Language

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme, including:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Engineering, are required to achieve grades AAB including Mathematics and Physics, and an EAP score of C. 

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Engineering are required to achieve AAB including Mathematics and Physics and an EAP requirements score of C.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDM plus A Level Maths at grade A. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma  

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DM plus A Level Maths at grade A. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades DM plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A.  

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grades D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A.  

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).

Please contact the academic department for clarification.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)  

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDM plus A Level Maths at grade A.     

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)  

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DM plus A Level Maths at grade A.     

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)  

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DM plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A.     

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)  

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grades D plus A Level Maths and Physics  at grade A.      

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018).

Please contact the academic department for clarification.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

For entry onto this course we would also require an A level in Mathematics at grade A in addition to the HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

We require grades D3 D3 M2 including Mathematics and Physics.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic department(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4, or;
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no sub-test below 5.5 , or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic department for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual departments may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

If you have any queries about our courses or our entry requirements, please do contact us at ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk and we will be happy to advise you further.

How your application is considered

All applications are considered on an individual basis once we receive a formal application through UCAS which includes details of the subjects taken and grades achieved, a personal statement, reference and your predicted grades (if you have not yet taken you final examinations).

Interview requirements

We do not hold interviews but UK-based applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Visit Day, which generally take place on Wednesday afternoons from November - March. This is an opportunity to visit the Department and our facilities and includes a lab tour with current first year students.

Transfers

If you wish to enquire about whether you would be eligible to apply for entry into the second year of our courses, please email ug-mace@manchester.ac.uk with scanned copies of your transcripts to date and full details of your qualifications and we will then be able to advise you further.

Course details

Course description

Our computer facilties
Our students have access to several computer clusters in the School, which provide all the engineering-specific programmes required to study the undergraduate course

This course gives you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and experience of the most fundamental of all engineering disciplines, preparing you for a variety of careers in engineering, technology, business and management.  We use a variety of teaching styles that reflect the diversity of topics covered in modern mechanical engineering, and the range of skills and expertise that a professional engineer must develop.

In addition to core (compulsory units), the final year provides the opportunity of choosing specialist units.  Moreover, the final year features an individual project - you will undertake a major investigative project by yourself. This may require scientific experiments and investigations.  The successful completion of this project is a necessary condition for eventual professional registration.

Aims

This course aims to provide the mechanical engineers of the future with an education that covers the breadth of this diverse subject, imparting the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can operate effectively in their initial appointment and develop their career:

  • Develop strong intellectual and practical skills to critically analyse, investigate and solve mechanical engineering problems
  • Develop a  high degree of competence in the use and adaptation of existing methods, tools and techniques and the application of engineering principles
  • Instil creativity in addressing problems relating to engineering components and systems
  • Develop a high degree of competence in engineering design, experimentation, technologies of manufacturing and effective management of companies
  • Develop skills in the use of computers, software packages, team working, communication, time management and independent learning

Teaching and learning

The course is taught via a combination of lectures, tutorial classes, practical laboratory sessions and computer-based sessions, There is a design project each year, which involves teamwork in small groups, and allows students to apply and develop their problem-solving and project management skills.  In the third year each student undertakes an individual project, allowing them to pursue a particular subject or application area in greater depth.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed through an examination (at the end of the semester) and coursework which is undertaken throughout the year.  Parts of the coursework are, in many instances, associated with practical laboratory sessions, whilst others may be based on problem sheets, reports etc. A few subjects, for example Design, are assessed purely on coursework. For detailed information about how different subjects are assessed, please see the course unit specifications below.

Course unit details

Key engineering knowledge and skills are taught in the core syllabus throughout all years of the course.

We view design as an especially important activity, as it integrates the engineering topics across the degree course.  Years 1 and 2 also include compulsory workshop practice sessions.

Year 3 also offers a range of options, so that you can select subjects to suit your individual needs, interests and career aspirations. Optional units cover many theoretical and practical aspects of industrially relevant topics and include some of the latest developments in mechanical engineering.

An individual research project is carried out in Year 3.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 1 (Mech) MACE10004 10 Mandatory
Workshop Practice (Mechanical) MACE10030 0 Mandatory
Design 1 (Mechanical) MACE10332 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineers MACE10421 10 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Supply & Circuits MACE10492 10 Mandatory
Aerospace and Mechanical Thermodynamics MACE11005 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MACE11012 10 Mandatory
Mechanical Engineering Systems MACE11019 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Mechanical) MACE11602 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Mechanical) MACE12011 10 Mandatory
Tools for Engineers (Mechanical) MACE12301 10 Mandatory
Peer Assisted Study Scheme (Mechanical Engineering) MACE19020 0 Mandatory
Workshop Practice MACE20020 0 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M1 MATH19661 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M2 MATH19662 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 15 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Workshop Practice (Mechanical) MACE20030 0 Mandatory
Applied Thermodynamics (Mechanical) MACE20035 10 Mandatory
Materials 2 MACE20037 10 Mandatory
Numerical Methods & Computing (Mechanical MACE20042 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 2 MACE20051 10 Mandatory
Design 2 (Mechanical) MACE20071 10 Mandatory
Fluid Mechanics 2 MACE20121 10 Mandatory
Dynamics MACE20442 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation (Mech) MACE21015 10 Mandatory
Structures 2 (Mechanical) MACE21021 10 Mandatory
Data Acquisition & Experimental Methods (Mech) MACE21342 10 Mandatory
Project Management (Aero/Mech) MACE22491 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2M1 MATH29661 10 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 13 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Control Engineering (Mechanical) MACE30021 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 10 Mandatory
Manufacturing Engineering 3 MACE30121 10 Mandatory
Heat Transfer MACE30432 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Aeroelasticity (Mechanical) MACE30441 10 Mandatory
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 30 Mandatory
Design 3 (Mechanical) MACE31041 10 Mandatory
Structures 3 (Mechanical) MACE32002 10 Mandatory
Engineering Thermodynamics MACE32102 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 10 Optional
Nuclear Systems MACE30632 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MACE31422 10 Optional
Renewable Energy Systems MACE31532 10 Optional
Engineering Thermodynamics MACE32102 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages  or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries  on the Department website.

What our students say

Edward Rawcliffe, first-year student

'My time at Manchester began in September with the first week of induction lectures. These were designed to provide a flavour of the course and to give everybody a chance to meet the other students studying for the same degree.

'The first semester is a transition period from the teaching styles at A-level to the teaching or lecturing styles at University. The first few weeks are daunting, but as students become more familiar with the structure the material begins to click into place.

'Freshers¿ week is when all the societies advertise their credentials. There are many different and exciting societies to join. I joined the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, because I wanted to take an active part in charity work, and the badminton society. I also play football for my hall team.

'In the first semester I was asked to attend an interview for a Shell Technical Scholarship, based on my A-level results and personal statement. The interview lasted about 15 minutes and included both scientific and personal questions. Shortly afterwards, I was awarded the Scholarship.

'The Scholarship provides students with financial support through their studies and, later, chances to work within the company on internships and possibly after as a full-time employee. Scholars were invited down to Shell Centre, London, for a celebratory dinner to receive certificates and talk to Shell employees about the company.

'The Scholarship is definitely worth putting the time and effort into and provides high rewards for those lucky enough to receive it.'

Facilities

Our students have access to excellent facilities throughout the course, including:

  • Extensive workshop facilities (for workshop practice and manufacture of parts for individual and group projects)
  • Excellent laboratory facilities, including wind tunnels, laser processing laboratories, robotics
  • Extensive computer clusters equipped with state-of-the-art technical, engineering and design software.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

As the field of engineering is wide and diverse, so are the career opportunities for our graduates. From the conception of new ideas, planning and maintenance, or the managing of complex products and manufacturing systems, engineering is an exciting profession - one in which an individual can take pride. Our graduates continue into exciting careers in the automotive industry, in biomechanics, manufacturing, as well as going on to further study or research. Many of the world's most successful companies have a leader with a background in engineering (for example Microsoft, Amazon and General Motors).

Top-rated for graduate employment, any one of our degrees will open up a whole range of opportunities to you. Our courses have a practical base, to ensure you leave us with not only the theory behind mechanical engineering, but also the skills to put theory into practice. The spectrum of jobs our graduates enter includes consultancy, construction, design, manufacturing, management, and many others. We have strong links with a wide variety of companies, across many engineering sectors, and our Industrial Advisory Boards enable us to ensure our courses remain up-to-date with the current needs of industry.

Accrediting organisations

All our  Mechanical Engineering degrees are fully accredited . Chartered Engineer CEng is the highest professional qualification for engineers. It is recognised internationally and renders you eligible for the European Ingenieur (Eurling) qualification.

The process to become a Chartered Engineer has three stages:

  • 1. The Educational Base (MEng, or BEng with MSc)
  • 2. Initial Professional Development
  • 3. Professional Review
Graduates on this BEng (Hons) course will therefore need further learning equivalent to masters level for Chartered status, via an approved or accredited MSc, transfer to an MEng course, or other further learning, such as part of a structured training programme in the workplace.

Associated organisations

Students are encouraged to become members of the  Institution of Mechanical Engineers