MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship

UCAS code H700
H701 - with year in industry
Duration 4 Years / 5 Years
Typical offer AAA; IB: 36; BTEC: DDD
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


Get your degree and start your own business

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  • A pioneering programme, designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering.
  • Four years of experiential learning, culminating in the launch of your own business.
  • Aimed at aspiring engineers and designers with a flair for business and the uncanny ability to solve complex problems.

Programme options

  • MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship (UCAS code H700)
  • MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship with Year in Industry (UCAS code H701)

Engineers are the world’s problem solvers. Working at the forefront of scientific knowledge they advance every field of human endeavour through their exploring and innovating. The fast-developing modern world presents innumerable challenges and opportunities for the next generation of engineers. This unique programme offers a world-class education in engineering, alongside the space and time to explore, take risks and test your ideas in the real world.

On this programme you will not only study the principles of engineering but also the many factors that contribute towards the successful development of innovative products, processes or services. In addition to academic lectures, you will attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. As your degree progresses, 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.

On completion, you will graduate with a Masters level degree as well as the knowledge and experience of setting up your own business.

Programme structure

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.

This four-year programme marries theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to develop as an engineer and an entrepreneur. Your studies will follow Exeter’s think-try-do process of innovation, developing your ideas and technical know-how to the point of setting up your own company. You will be encouraged to take risks and, within the supportive community and environment of the department, will be given room to make mistakes in order to learn from them.

Year 1 - THINK

The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics.

Year 2 - THINK

From the second year onwards the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on Mechanical or Electronic Engineering.

Year 3 - TRY

Year in industry

If you choose the ‘with Year in Industry’ variant of this degree you will spend your penultimate year gaining valuable professional experience in a relevant business or organisation. Your placement will typically last at least nine months and is worth 120 credits. During this year you will pay a reduced tuition fee.

Year 4 - DO

This MEng programme has two different routes into Year 4 (final year):

At the beginning of Term 2 of Year 3 (January/February) you will submit an application for your start-up funding. If your application is successful, you will enrol onto the DO Start-up Pathway. All other students enrol onto the DO Innovation Pathway.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

A level: AAA;

IB: 36;


Required subjects

A level

GCE AL Maths grade A and another science* subject at grade A

Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths

*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.


IB Maths HL6 and another science subject HL6

Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL6 in Physics will also be considered.

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’: Civil Engineering, Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering.

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

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

This programme gives you the opportunity to develop as an engineer alongside having the freedom to innovate, learning the skills of a successful entrepreneur. Studying within the wider engineering community at Exeter, you will gain experience in a wide range of engineering specialisms through theoretical and practical instruction. Taught portions of your course will be delivered through lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars. These take place alongside student-led learning such as projects and design activities, testing your skills and knowledge and allowing for experiential learning. Contact hours ranging from 25-32 hours each week depending on the year of study.

The course is structured around Exeter’s THINK, TRY, DO approach to innovative thinking. As you progress you will be given the space to try your own ideas, with assessment focussing on the process of learning as much as whether or not your endeavours are successful.

During your final year you will be matched with an industry mentor, who will guide you through the start-up of your own business.

A research and practice led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics.

There are always numerous engineering research projects in progress, funded by industry, charities, government departments and research councils. As a student, you will directly benefit from this through access to up-to-date equipment, course input from industry and staff expertise.


Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and examination.

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. Written examinations are held in January and June of the first and second years and in the third term of the third and fourth years. For most modules, coursework also contributes to the assessment of the module.


Career opportunities for engineers are almost limitless, as engineers can be found working in the public sector, in health, communications, education, construction, defence, finance and manufacturing. Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who typically claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for all 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, including industrial placements and study abroad. Find out more on the careers pages.

Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

Website: Visit the Engineering website

Year in Industry

Experience of working in your chosen field 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.

What is a year in industry?

A full year’s work placement, undertaken as part of your course. Your degree takes an extra year to complete, and the words ‘with Year in Industry’ appear in your degree title for future employers to see. The placement typically takes place in your third year and usually lasts at least nine months.

Who is this for?

The 'with Year in Industry' option is available for our Exeter-based BEng and MEng Engineering degrees.

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. In 2016/17 the fee was £1,850 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). 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 isn’t marked and is an opportunity to start thinking about your placement well in advance. You will also be invited to attend workshops offering guidance and support such as ‘Making the most of your placement’ and ‘How to use your placement as an individual project’.