To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products. You'll get to specialise in advanced subjects such as sustainable development and computer-aided engineering and have the option to get involved in UP Racing - the University's Formula Student team. Join Mechanical Engineering (Hons) at University of Portsmouth.
BEng or MEng?The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share many of the same modules in years 1–3.The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects. In the final year of your MEng, you'll complete an interdisciplinary project to get practical experience in the field, normally linked to the University's research and commercial activities, and explore complex topics such as energy systems, application of finite elements in solid modelling and structural integrity.
What you’ll experience
- Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including engineering analysis, optimisation and design
- Work on a project proposal sponsored by an external company – previous students have worked on a heat loss optimisation with Rolls Royce, fire alarms with Apollo Fire Detectors and wind turbine blade production with Vestas
- Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students to be judged and raced at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
Work experience and career planning
This mechanical engineering degree course will give you the skills and experience you need to work in any industry that depends on mechanical systems, from transport and construction to the armed forces and energy.
And your skills will be in demand when you graduate – all mechanical engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list'. This is backed up by the fact that 90% of our MEng graduates are in work and/or further study 15 months after they graduate, with 80% of those in highly skilled work. 5 years after graduation, students on our mechanical engineering courses are earning an average of £35,000 a year.Graduate destinations
Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:
- Babcock International
- Pall Corporation
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
- Bosch Thermotechnology
Roles you could go onto include:
- mechanical engineer
- design engineer
- test engineer
- project manager
- energy storage analyst
- mechanical design engineer
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Written examinations
- Practical tests
- Project work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- Year one students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
- Year two students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
- Year three students: 60% by written exams and 40% by coursework
Teaching methods on this course include:
- Tutorials (personal and academic)
- Laboratory and project work
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
- Open access study
Electrical & Electronic Principles – 20 credits
An introduction to electronic and electrical principles, concepts to mechanical engineering.
Introduction to Design – 20 credits
Gain a detailed understanding of engineering design & drawing practice.
Introduction to Materials & Manufacture – 20 credits
Get an understanding of the principles & fundamentals involved in materials & manufacturing technology.
Introduction to Solid Mechanics & Dynamics – 20 credits
An introduction to the fundamental principles of engineering mechanics & stress analysis.
Introduction to Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits
An introduction to the fundamental concepts & principles of fluid mechanics, & the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and their applications in mechanical engineering.
Mathematical Principles – 20 credits
Gain a foundation in algebra, trigonometry & calculus of a real variable.
Please see our website for our latest Module information
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesMechanical Engineering General Engineering & Technology View 498 other Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
International18300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18300 GBP per year during 36 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
Living costs for Portsmouth
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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