- Pitch for up to £10,000 to start a business as part of your degree
- A pioneering programme, designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering
- Aimed at aspiring engineers and designers with a flair for business and the uncanny ability to solve complex problems
- Gain technical expertise alongside team-working, management and entrepreneurial skills
- Focus on problem-based learning: work on real-world projects with industry partners
Expertise in energy policy, marine renewables, biofuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies
Chance to launch your own business in the UK
If you need a visa to work in the UK you’ll be pitching for an endorsement from the University and visa application costs to apply for a one year start up visa
Top 10 in the UK for Engineering
7th for General Engineering in The Complete University Guide 2024
£6.5million investment in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAA||A in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics and A in another science subject*|
|IB||36/666||HL 6 in Mathematics (Analysis and approaches or Applications and interpretations) and HL 6 in another science subject|
|BTEC||DDD–DDM||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.|
|GCSE||4 or C||Grade 4/C in GCSE English language|
|Access to HE||30 L3 credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade.||15 L3 credits at Distinction Grade in an acceptable Mathematics subject area and 15 L3 credits at Distinction Grade in another science subject area.|
|T-Level||Distinction||T-level in Design and Development for Engineering & Manufacturing only, GCE A Level Maths is still required|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other accepted qualifications|
|English language requirements||
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B1. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Science; 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.
At the end of the third year I successfully pitched my business idea which was based on a product design and business plan I’d come up with through my coursework. I received £10,000 funding to take the proposal forward in my final year.
I’ve spent some of my budget on research and development for products and travelling to get to places to speak to people and learn things such as a recent trip to University of California, Berkeley, where I attended a boot camp for entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in wanting to be your own boss, starting a business and combining this with engineering then this course is a no brainer.
MEng in Engineering and Entrepreneurship
This course blends technical engineering with the many factors that contribute towards the successful development of innovative products, processes or services.
Collaborative modules in your first year will give you a broad knowledge across all core engineering disciplines.
In addition to academic lectures, you will attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders.
You will be encouraged to put your knowledge and ideas into practice, learning through personal experience while fully supported by your tutors and an industry mentor.
Your final year will see you launching and reflecting upon your own start-up, providing the perfect springboard for a prosperous professional future.
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.
From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on Manufacturing, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Data Science.
Modules in your third year will focus on the six primary areas of engineering and entrepreneurship; Operations Management, Quality Control and Improvement, Management of Product Development, Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Industrial Awareness & Problem Solving, and Management and Leadership.
You’ll also complete a hands-on design and build project that challenges you to develop, prototype (at scale) and explore the market for a solution to an engineering challenge.
If you are studying ‘with Year in Industry’ you will spend your third year on placement and carry out a 120 credit module. For more information about the ‘with Year in Industry’ programme, please see the course variants.
This MEng programme has two different routes into Year 4. At the beginning of Term 2 of Year 3 you will submit an application for your start-up funding. If your application is successful, you will enrol onto the Start-up Pathway. All other students enrol onto the Innovation Pathway.
The Start-up pathway sees successful students enrolling onto the Business Start-Up module in which you will spend your final year launching your own company with the support of the University.
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.
UCAS code: H701
Our five year ‘with Year in Industry’ programme includes a paid placement in business or industry for the duration of your third 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.
Tuition fees for 2024 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £29,700 per year
The University of Exeter has many different scholarships available to support your education, including £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*. Financial support is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
You’ll typically have between 25 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.
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.
Optional modules outside of this course
Each year, if you have optional modules available, you can take up to 30 credits in a subject outside of your course. This can increase your employability and widen your intellectual horizons.
Proficiency in a second subject
If you complete 60 credits of modules in one of the subjects below, you may have the words 'with proficiency in [e.g. Social Data Science]' added to your degree title when you graduate.
- A Foreign Language
- Social Data Science
Our engineering and entrepreneurship degrees aim to help you develop an entrepreneurial mind-set. You will graduate with the practical toolkit necessary to inspire innovative ideas, create entrepreneurial engineering solutions to real-world challenges, undertake rigorous market validation and develop and launch viable and sustainable new enterprises.
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 and some have also gone on to successfully launch their own businesses, taking their engineering solutions to market.
Throughout your degree you’ll attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. You’ll also 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.
The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Engineering but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:
- Aerospace Engineer
- Chartered and Certified Accountant
- Civil Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Engineering Project Manager
- Project Engineer
- Information Technology Professional
- Mechanical Engineer
- Software Developer