Course overviewMechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) course overview
This three-year accredited degree will equip you with the skills and expertise to design and build advanced machines, such as:
- driverless cars
- high-speed trains
- robotic manufacturing systems
- tidal power stations
- solar-powered generators
It encompasses the disciplines of material sciences, thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics and robotics. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, it is your first step towards Chartered Engineer status.
- Apply your interest in science and mathematics to solve engineering challenges and develop innovative solutions
- Receive professional training in all subjects necessary for a successful career as a mechanical engineer
- Learn from academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry
- Study in specialist facilities including our flight deck, motion simulators, wind tunnels, optical compressors, formula car simulator and more
- Boost your employability with a work placement – past hosts have included TfL, Nissan, Interserve, AECOM and Network Rail
- Benefit from our industry connections and outstanding reputation from 120 years of engineering teaching.
Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, providing a path for graduates to gain CEng status.
During your three years of study on this BEng Mechanical Engineering degree, you will learn from practising engineers and research-active academics, to understand the real-life applications of your mechanical engineering expertise.
Build a firm foundation in mathematics, engineering, physics, electronics and computing, with our shared engineering first year. Take part in engineering design exercises with your coursemates.
Mathematics I (20 credits)
This module is intended to support the teaching of engineering modules throughout the programme and to enhance your analytical skills.
Engineering Science (20 credits)
Provides knowledge and understanding of the fundamental aspects of physical sciences which underpin engineering.
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics I (20 credits)
Fundamentals of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, which are essential for all engineering disciplines.
Solid Mechanics (20 credits)
This module provides an understanding of stress and deformation due to external loads is essential to the design of the structural elements of engineering systems.
Electronics (20 credits)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts, principles and analysis techniques of electrical circuits to enable higher level study on analogue and digital electronics.
Design I (20 credits)
Introduction to the skills, processes and methods required and to develop your understanding through design projects, which include designing, building and testing.
Personal & Professional Development (5 credits)
You will be set a number of tasks and activities around your main programme of study, which will be monitored, evaluated and discussed with you by your personal tutor.
Specialise in mechanical engineering with modules including fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, structural mechanics, and measurement and data. Complete your first mechanical engineering group design project.
Mathematics II (20 credits)
A continuation and expansion of Mathematics 1 and also introduces numerical techniques through the use of MATLAB.
Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics II (20 credits)
Introduce and develop beyond the fundamental principles methods covered in ET1070module in knowledge and understanding of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and energy losses in pipe network systems.
Structural Mechanics (20 credits)
This module introduces methods for the elastic and plastic analysis of statically indeterminate structures and structural components subject to a variety of static loads.
Mechatronics (20 credits)
This module emphasises an integrated approach to the design of these systems based on elements of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Measurement and Data (20 credits)
Learn the principles of sensing, measurement, signal conditioning, and statistical analysis of measurement data.
Design II: Mechanical (20 credits)
This module emphasises on the entire design process from conception to manufacture, including manufacturing constraints, professional CAD systems and introduces business and marketing concepts.
Deepen your expertise in mechanical design with modules including mechatronics and control, structural analysis and engineering management. Complete a second group design project as well as an independent design project to showcase your skills to future employers.
Analysis of Structures and Materials (20 credits)
This module offers the opportunity for you to learn and apply methodologies for structural analysis and materials selection for efficient design of engineering structures.
Fluid Mechanics & Heat Transfer (20 credits)
Introduction to simplified physical models; able to deliver significant information when dealing with the transport of mass, momentum and heat.
Mechatronics and Control (20 credits)
This module will aim to cover various systems installed on large commercial transport vehicles.
Engineering Management, Reliability and (20 credits)
This module will aim to cover various mechanical systems installed on large commercial system like an air transport aircraft.
Individual Project and Design (40 credits)
Be involved in a realistic project in the practice of engineering at a professional level.
If you wish to gain practical experience during your degree, then you have the option of spending 12 months between years 2 and 3, on a paid industrial placement. We strongly recommend this.
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Teaching and assessment
Our approach is to encourage critical thinking and foster curiosity through both teamwork and independent study. The design exercises provide the opportunity for students to be engaged in cross-disciplinary challenges, preparing the way for tackling larger problems that span traditional engineering boundaries.
The course is led by academic staff from our active Research Centres, supported by specialist professionals from industry. The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials, group design exercises, laboratory classes and engineering workshops. Learning involves a combination of theoretical, experimental and computational study.
Assessment is by coursework and examinations. Group learning and communication skills are addressed through design studies and presentations. Practical and technical skills are assessed through laboratory work, data analysis and project reports.
Grades obtained in each year count towards the final degree classification, with increasing weight given to the later years.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2022/23
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/ 23 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2022/23 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Mechanical Engineering graduates work in industries such as:
- power generation
Our recent graduates have obtained posts at:
- Cancer Research
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
- Silver EMS
These engineers are involved in areas as diverse as:
- product development
- advanced computer-based design
- analysis of complex thermo-fluid systems
- energy conservation
- engineering management.
An accredited BEng degree is your first step towards gaining Chartered Engineer status.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.
You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £26.50 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £22.
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When to apply
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