- 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’
10th in the Russell Group for Mechanical Engineering
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
96% of our graduates are in further study or graduate-level employment within 15 months of graduation
The Guardian League Table 2021: Electronic and Electrical Engineering graduates
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 (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAB - ABB||GCE AL Maths grade B and another science* subject at grade B. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths|
|IB||34 - 32||IB Maths HL5 and another science subject HL5. Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.|
|BTEC||DDD - DDM||See below under 'read more' for further information|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
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.
|Other UK, 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.
Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).
The Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry BEng (Hons) are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The accredited BEng (Hons) will meet, in part the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of the UK-SPEC*.
See details on further learning on the IMechE website: www.imeche.org/furtherlearning
The accredited BEng (Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
*UK-SPEC is the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence.
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.
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Studying BEng Mechanical Engineering
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.
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.
The final year of your degree includes a substantial individual project in which you will put into practice your research, project management and engineering skills, engaging you in the development of your own real world solution to an engineering challenge. You will follow one of four exciting and topical specialisms defined by a number of core and optional modules, allowing you to develop a comprehensive understanding of specialist topics in mechanical engineering.
UCAS code: H304
Our four 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 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,450 per year *
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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 development of a steering control system for an all-terrain vehicle and 3D optimisation of a conceptual aircraft.
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.
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.
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.
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