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Mechanical Engineering

Entry Year: 2022

7 study options

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H300
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Engineering with Foundation BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
HHX3
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H304
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad BEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H30Y
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H301
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H302
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad MEng (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MEng (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
H31Y
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250*
International fees
Fees for 2022 entry will appear here shortly

*These fees are for the 2021-22 academic year and are provided as a guideline. Fees for 2022-23 have not yet been set.

Overview

Mechanical engineering looks at how parts, machines and systems work, and how to design and analyse them.

Whether you’re applying the principles to a power station, a car engine or a household object, the emphasis of mechanical engineering is on energy and design. Because it’s so broad, it makes an ideal undergraduate degree – an opportunity to learn about the full range of exciting engineering pathways without specialising too early.

The Queen Mary programme has a particular emphasis on design, materials and computational engineering. You’ll start with specialist modules from the first year, while also building a broader foundation of core engineering knowledge. In the third year you’ll choose from topics such as environmental engineering, fluid mechanics, automotive engines and aircraft propulsion.

If you choose the MEng option, you’ll take part in a group design project in the final year. Recent projects have included assessing Britain’s Olympic bobsleigh and testing a combustor from a Rolls-Royce micro-gas turbine.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which means students can progress to chartered engineer status (CEng). 

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Structure

You can complete your Mechanical Engineering degree in three, four or five years. A typical BEng programme will comprise 3 years of study, whilst a typical MEng programme will comprise 4 years of study. Study abroad can be taken in Year 3 and Year 3 modules will instead be taken in Year 4. Industrial Experience can be taken in Year 3 or 4 of a BEng programme or Year 3, 4 or 5 of an MEng programme. Please note that students cannot do both study abroad and a year in industry.

Year 0

Foundation

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Physics- Fields and Waves
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mathematics B  (double module across Semester 1 and 2)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

You'll study a range of core engineering principles including:

  • Computer aided engineering
  • Control systems
  • Engineering design methods
  • Mathematics and computing
  • Mechanics covering dynamics, statics, solids and fluids
  • Thermodynamics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

You'll cover the following specialist topics:

  • Energy conversion analysis
  • Energy conversion systems, including from renewable/sustainable sources
  • Engineering materials for design
  • Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
  • Vector calculus

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Research project

In the third year, students undertake an individual research project alongside six taught modules. This provides an opportunity for students to get involved with the exciting research taking place in the School. The project allows students to apply the skills and techniques learnt from previous years’ studies and to focus on an area that particularly interests them.

Module topics include:

  • Computer Aided Engineering for Solids and Fluids
  • Combustion in Automotive Engines
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Failure of Solids
  • Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Selection in Design
  • Robotics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MEng only

Students choosing the MEng option spend an additional year studying advanced specialised modules and working on a group project. Recent projects have included taking part in the Shell Eco Challenge, designing, building and testing a novel solar collector, and a control-oriented sea wave energy converter.

Specialist module topics include:

  • Advanced Combustion in Reciprocating Engines
  • Advanced Environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Gas Turbines
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Robotics
  • Vehicular Crashworthiness

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree,  and students who do not meet their UCAS Conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus the 3 year degree). 

International students with Year 12 or a completed international high school certificate qualify for the one year foundation programme commonly known as the ISEFP.

The foundation programme offers a range of transferable skills and an opportunity to improve on your knowledge content for relevant Maths and Science subjects.

You will enrol on an Engineering BEng with Foundation which will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Engineering and Material Sciences including BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering.  At the end of the foundation programme, students will be required to meet the progression requirements for admission to BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering.

Year in industry

Apply for our Mechanical Engineering BEng or MEng with Industrial Experience to spend a year in industry. You'll put your understanding of mechanical engineering into practice in a real-world environment, gaining invaluable experience for your future career.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Take an extra year to study your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level group project. Apply for our Mechanical Engineering MEng, ideal if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree – apply for our Mechanical Engineering BEng or MEng with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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What I enjoy the most about my course is that I can apply the theory I learn to real-life scenarios. I’ve always loved physics and maths, and mechanical engineering is the most applicable combination of the subjects.

Anesu Nyamutora, Mechanical Engineering (2019)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals and problem-based learning.

You should plan for 14-17 hours of formal teaching each week, plus time spent on group projects. For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further one to two hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, written reports, projects, presentations, group work and exams in the summer.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • combustion laboratory
  • nanofluids research labs
  • mechanical testing facilities
  • two-phase flow and heat transfer labs
  • the Whitehead Aeronautical Laboratory containing low- and high-speed wind tunnels
  • workshops for engineering manufacture.

Entry requirements

BTEC

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH10-01-02. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Many Mechanical Engineering graduates go on to further study, or find work in sectors such as energy, manufacturing, transportation or communications. Engineering consultancy is another possible career.

Recent graduates have been hired by:

  • Aixtron
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • MOOG Music
  • Network Rail
  • PEI-Genesis
  • Y Solar.

Career support

The School of Engineering and Materials Science holds a weekly careers session where employers provide information, advice and skills training. We also run networking events for students to meet employers and alumni.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Engineering with Foundation - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience - MEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad - MEng (Hons)

About the School

The School of Engineering and Materials Science attracts some of the brightest minds from across the country, and the world. The most recent national assessment of the quality of university research (REF 2014) placed us seventh for our general engineering research (Times Higher Education).

Our academic staff have extensive contacts with major industrial companies in engineering and materials science, and there is constant interaction between industry, research and our teaching.

Our students benefit from personal contact with approachable teaching staff in small-group settings, where discussion and feedback is actively encouraged.