Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

School of Engineering




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, an additional year for Industrial Placement routes. Part-time: Usually two years longer than full-time equivalent but depends on path chosen.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    H301; Short form: BEng/MeE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you’ve spent much of your life to date taking things apart to see how they work, this course is for you. As a mechanical engineer, you’ll use your knowledge of fundamental engineering principles like mechanics, materials, thermofluids and computer-aided design to analyse and design objects and systems with motion. You’ll graduate with a rounded education that prepares you to take ideas all the way from idea to production and launch. You’ll also develop skills in user needs - vital for anyone working in this field - and business plan development as part of your final year project, which draws together everything you’ve learned on the course.


Entry Requirements 2017/18

128 points at A2 including Maths at B and Physics at B or STEM at B
QCFBED: Distinction, Distinction, Merit including Maths and Physics units
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 Points including HL Maths 6 and HL Physics 6
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Engineering Applications
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Science

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Thermo-fluids with CFD
  • Mechanics, Kinematics, and Materials
  • Operations Management A
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Project
  • Advanced CAD
  • Operations Management B
  • Engineering Systems
  • Mechanics & Materials

Further Information

The course is structured around engineering capabilities graduates require rather than traditional academic sub-disciplines. You will follow a coherent programme of study that allows you to draw in the relevant elements of engineering regardless of where in the traditional "map" of the subject they lie.

The Mechanical Engineering degree combines the fundamentals of traditional courses in this subject with our long experience of providing a rounded education that ensures graduates are prepared to work in a range of industrial sectors. In addition to fundamental elements such as analysis, mechanics, systems integration, materials properties and computer aided design, students also develop skills in user needs, business plan development and (at MEng level) social, legal and professional ethics considerations. The BEng project presents an opportunity to integrate learning across the course, while the MEng includes a higher-level project that enables students to demonstrate application of their knowledge at a fully professional level, and a group project that develops and demonstrates their ability to work within a team, an experience that is highly valued in industry. Those choosing a placement route spend a year in industry in their second or third year.

The course is linked with the Jost Institute of Tribotechnology, meaning there is a collaborative working environment and a close link with a vibrant, research-active community. 

The BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is delivered by staff from the school of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences that are active in both research and knowledge transfer.

  • Matthew Dickinson is a lecturer and the course leader for the BEng(Hons)/Meng Computer Aided Engineering course. He is lecturing in Fundamental Engineering Simulation. He is currently completing a PhD in investigating the role of running-in in race engines.
  • Hadley Brooks is a lecturer in our mechanical engineering course. He lectures in the broad areas of engineering design and manufacture. His area of research interest is in novel manufacturing techniques.
  • Graham Calderbank is an engineering lecturer at UCLan with research interests in lubrication and diesel engines. He specialises in dynamics (fluid/thermo/mechanical).
  • Simon Hindle teaches on manufacturing, design and project based modules.
  • Tony Broad is a senior lecturer teaching across a number of courses. He is research active in wind turbine design and manufacturing technology.
  • Nathalie Renevier is a senior lecturer and course leader for both BEng(Hons) Mechanical Maintenance Engineering and MSc Maintenance Engineering. She is lecturing maintenance management, materials, tribology and surface engineering.
  • Ian Sherrington

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Over the past few years students have ben taken on field trips to several organisations, including Leyland Trucks.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The student workshop provides a centre for those wanting careers in design and development of products. The workshop has CNC lathe and milling machines, a five axis laser cutter and a wide variety of machine shop equipment. There is a race facility where cars are prepared for the race activities. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of F3 hovercraft. Master classes and formal meetings are used together with the facilities in the workshops and the CAD facilities including SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COSMOS, ANSYS and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.

You’ll have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovation projects, and take part in specialised group projects using complex systems.


You’ll have access to extensive manufacturing facilities, which means you’ll gain the practical engineering expertise you need to get noticed by employers.

Engine Build / Dynamometer Workshops

Engineering / CNC Workshops

Composites (GRP bodywork) Workshop

Motorsports Workshops


Industrial Placement is a 48 week placement with a company which is assessed by portfolio and contributes to the course outcomes. You are responsible for identifying and winning the placement, but the University supports this via links to industry and training in application and interview skills.

Full time students can enroll with Unites Internships, which is open to all final year students and graduates and provide the opportunity for work experience placements within the North West. This provide valuable experience to both UK/EU and overseas alike.

Engineering graduates are in greater demand than ever and due to the broad and very diverse nature of Mechanical Engineering, a variety of career options are available to you, including careers in aerospace, the automotive industry, biotechnology, computing and electronics, manufacturing, energy conversion, the Ministry of Defence and research development. If you’re interested in the applied scientific and mathematical aspects of the discipline, you can carry on into a career in research and teaching.

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