Mechanical Engineering, B.Eng.

Mechanical Engineering, B.Eng.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).


The first two years are common across our mechanical engineering degrees. Teaching is based on five main themes:

  • Design
  • Dynamics
  • Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics.

Years one and two include lectures, problem-solving seminars, design and manufacturing project work, presentation skills, lab experiments and study visits to engineering companies.

Project work is a strong feature of the final two years. You will pair up with another student for a technical project in year three, and in year four you will undertake a major industrial project within a team. You have the opportunity to specialise in your fourth year.

Why study Mechanical Engineering at Bristol?

Bristol's engineering heritage is world famous, and the city continues to be an international leader in cutting-edge engineering. We are in the top ten per cent of mechanical engineering departments nationally for the standard of teaching, and we receive very positive feedback and satisfaction ratings from our students. The official society for Mechanical Engineering is MechSoc, run by the Department's students, with the aims of encouraging social and professional development.

We are also ranked highly for our research, reflecting the department's research-intensive ethos. High-quality research and teaching delivered by leading researchers in the field forms a core part of this culture, and means that you will benefit from teaching led by the latest developments and expertise. It also confirms the University of Bristol as one of the leading centres of excellence for mechanical engineering in both the UK and internationally.


This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Design and Manufacture 1
  • Dynamics 1 (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies / Dynamics of Machines)
  • Materials 1 (Mechanics of Materials / Properties of Materials)
  • Fluids 1
  • Thermodynamics 1
  • Computer-based Modelling 1
  • Applications of Electronics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1
Second year
  • Design and Manufacture 2 (Machine Elements /Machine Design)
  • Dynamics and Control 2 (Systems and Control Engineering / Vibrations)
  • Materials 2 (Mechanics of Materials / Properties of Materials)
  • Thermofluids 2 (Mechanics of Fluids / Thermodynamics)
  • Computer-based Modelling 2
  • Professional Studies A
  • Engineering Mathematics 2
Third year
  • Systems and Control Engineering 3
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Heat Transfer
  • Failure of Materials
  • Professional Studies B
  • Vibrations 3
  • Fluids 3
  • Product Design
  • Individual Research Project
Fourth year
  • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Group Industrial Project
  • Fourth year options:
    • Advanced Dynamics
    • Biomechanics
    • Composites, Design and Manufacture
    • Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
    • Engineering for the Built Environment 4
    • Environmental Thermalhydraulics
    • Generic Propulsion
    • Multiphase Flow
    • Non-Linear Behaviour of Materials
    • Power Generation for the 22nd Century
    • Process Engineering
    • Residual Stress
    • Robotic Systems
    • Smart Structures
    • Sustainable Systems 4
    • Systems and Control Engineering 4
    • Ultrasonics and Acoustics
    • Virtual Product Development.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): A*AA including Mathematics and Physics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including Mathematics and Physics
  • IB Diploma: 38 overall with 18 points at Higher level including 6,6 in Mathematics and Physics
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall with 18 points at Higher level including 6,6 in Mathematics and Physics
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 30 credits at Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units and 15 credits at Merit (please contact Admissions for guidance on suitable units)
  • BTEC: D*DD overall plus grade A in A-level Mathematics
  • SQA: SH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 88% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade A in Mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.