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MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code H700
Duration 4 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A level: AAA
IB: 36/666

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering


  • 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

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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

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

8th in the UK for General Engineering

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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 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

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

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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 (2010)

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, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.

BTEC Extended Diploma (2016)

Applicants studying one of the following new BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject or GCE AL Maths providing they have taken the mandatory unit ‘Calculus to solve Engineering problems’ AND the optional unit ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’: Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.

Applicants studying the new BTEC Extended Diploma in Civil Engineering will be considered without GCE AL science or GCE AL Maths provided they are taking the unit ‘Further Maths For Construction’ and achieve distinction.

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

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Course content

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 fourth 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.

Start-up 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.

Innovation pathway

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.

Course variants

UCAS code: H701

Our five year ‘with Year in Industry’ programme 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.



Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

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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.

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Your future

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.

External visits

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.

Improvement works

To support our redesigned Engineering curriculum we are investing in both improvement works and essential maintenance works in the Harrison building. We’re making a £6.5million investment in our Engineering teaching laboratories, workshop spaces and new equipment which includes:

  • Student project space, run by students for students
  • Dedicated composite materials and geotechnics labs
  • New state-of-the-art equipment
  • Modernisation of the engineering workshop and electronics labs
  • Adaptable teaching and storage space in the fluids lab
  • New vehicle assembly area

Scheduled for completion in December 2021, these works ensure that our students have access to the best possible facilities during their time at Exeter. Find out further information on our website.