Undergraduate Study

MEng Mechanical Engineering - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code H302
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2021
Contact

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Entry requirements

A level: AAA
IB: 36/666
BTEC: DDD

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering

Overview

  • Gain technical expertise alongside team-working, management and entrepreneurial skills
  • Focus on project-based learning: work on real-world projects with industry partners
  • Opportunities to get involved in amazing projects, such as designing and building the Exeter Formula student car
  • A collaborative first year lets you explore other core engineering disciplines alongside Mechanical Engineering
  • Undertake work experience as a summer placement or ‘Year in Industry’, or spend a semester studying abroad

12th in the UK for General Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2021

96.2% of Engineering graduates in further study or graduate-level employment within 6 months of graduation

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) of 2016/17 undergraduates

Hands-on course with an emphasis on practical project work

£6.5million investment programme in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment. View our website.

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA GCE AL Maths grade A and another science* subject at grade A. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths
IB 36/666 IB Maths HL6 and another science subject HL6. Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL6 in Physics will also be considered.
BTEC DDD See below under 'read more' for further information
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

View EU and international equivalences

NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

**If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject, GCE AL Maths is still required: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.

For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061.

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Accreditations

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

The MEng Mechanical Engineering, MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry and MEng Mechanical Engineering with International Study is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The accredited MEng fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Please note: The University of Exeter’s Engineering department has redesigned the suite of programmes on offer from September 2020. As such, the accreditation of this undergraduate programme will be under review on an annual basis by the IMechE, until a full cohort of students have graduated from the programme.

Course content

Collaborative modules in your first year will give you a broad knowledge across all core engineering disciplines. As you progress through your degree you’ll study increasingly advanced topics aligned to our research strengths in areas such as Mechatronics, Multi-functional Materials, Additive Manufacturing and Thermodynamics.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds core theoretical and practical knowledge in all engineering disciplines, giving you the opportunity to transfer at the end of the first year. A year-long multidisciplinary group project provides a means of putting core knowledge into practice.

Your second year will build on the knowledge gained in your first year as well as introducing you to new topics such as computer-aided design and solid mechanics. You will also study more advanced ideas in entrepreneurship such as launching your own company.

The focus in year 3 is on acquiring core Mechanical engineering knowledge. You will study modules in Materials, Structural Mechanics, High Value Manufacturing, Heat Transfer and Control Engineering. A major part of your third year will be a hands-on design and build project that challenges you to develop, prototype (at scale) and explore the market for a solution to a Mechanical Engineering challenge.

With International Study

If you choose the 'with International Study' variant of this degree you will spend a semester abroad in your third year. Depending upon where you study your work will differ, but almost always includes a project of at least 30 credits which is set and assessed by your supervisor abroad.

With a Year in Industry

If you are studying ‘with Year in Industry’ you will spend your fourth year on placement and carry out a 120 credit module.

Take a look at our course variants for further information.

In your final year you will complete a 45 credit individual project in collaboration with an academic supervisor. This is the largest single part of your degree and provides you with the opportunity to develop deep knowledge and understanding in an area of your choice. The fourth year culminates in the Exeter Engineering Conference where you will be able to showcase your work from your final projects to staff and guests from industry. This event is a great opportunity to put your best work in front of potential employers.

The best thing about my course is that it’s allowed me to complete an industrial placement during my summer break.

I’ve gained vital work experience while having it count towards my degree, relieving the pressure on my final year and giving me a taste of life after university.

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Studying MEng Mechanical Engineering

Course variants

UCAS code: H307

Our five year ‘with Year in Industry’ programme takes an extra year to complete and includes a paid placement in business or industry for the duration of your fourth year. Work experience is a real advantage when entering the graduate job market. It’s also a great way to try out different jobs and to make contacts within companies you’re interested in working for.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes, it’s worth 120 credits.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee. Visit the Tuition Fees page for more information.

How do I apply? 

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code at the top of this page, or transfer onto this option at the end of your first year in an Exeter-based Engineering degree.

Preparation and support 

We will help you to prepare for your work placement from early in your studies. A special module 'Employability and Placement Preparation for Engineers' takes place at the start of your second year. This is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You’ll also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support.

UCAS code: H309

International Study gives you the chance to spend a semester studying at a foreign institution, improving your language skills and experiencing a different culture. We have agreements with universities in Canada, Chile, Japan, Hong Kong and across Europe, giving you a huge range of amazing locations to choose between.

Does it count towards my degree? 

Yes, during your time abroad you’ll cover 60 credits, the same as you would if you were studying in Exeter. You’re also likely to complete a foreign language module prior to travelling.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this programme through UCAS using the code at the top of this page, or transfer onto this option at the end of your first year in an Exeter-based Engineering degree.

Preparation and support

If you are intending to study in a country for which the university’s Foreign Language Centre offers language tuition it is mandatory to take and pass the appropriate module prior to departure.

Once registered with your overseas host university you’ll receive primary support from them with full access to the facilities they provide to all students. You’ll maintain contact with Exeter’s overseas coordinator and Student Services by email and will have access to all our facilities via your iExeter account.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that the fees for students starting in 2021 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2020 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2021 entry shortly.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying this course. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

You’ll typically have between 15 and 32 hours of direct contact time per week with your tutors and you will be expected to supplement your lectures with independent study. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.

In addition to lectures you’ll also have access to our workshops and laboratories where you’ll be trained to use specialist equipment, supporting and developing what you’ve learnt in the classroom and enabling you to put what you’ve learnt into practice.

A research and practice led culture

All our academic staff are internationally-recognised scientists working across a wide range of topics. Your course will draw on the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in the field. You’ll be able to participate directly with current research at various stages throughout your degree.

Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners. Recent projects have involved the hybridisation of an off-road vehicle and constructing Exeter’s Formula Student racing car.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and exams. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification.

Project work is a core element of this degree, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and team working. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.

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Your future

Our graduates are now working for major international organisations in a diverse range of sectors, or have successfully launched their own companies.

Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who claim great job satisfaction. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for other graduates.

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for.

Employer visits

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the university to hold mock interviews, allowing you to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.