BEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship

UCAS code H705
Duration 3 Years
Typical offer AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
Discipline Engineering
Location Taught in Exeter Streatham (Exeter)


If you do not require a visa to study in the UK please see MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship.

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

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 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 experience of a group project.

During your final year you will have the opportunity to propose a business idea to our panel of experts, with a chance to gain a visa letting you start your business in the UK after you graduate.

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 three-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

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

A level: AAB-ABB;

IB: 34-32;


Required subjects

A level

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

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 HL5 and another science subject HL5

Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 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.

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 year. 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

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 724061

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