Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

If you’ve spent much of your life taking things apart to see how they work, this course is for you. As a mechanical engineer, you will use your knowledge of fundamental engineering principles like mechanics, materials, thermo-fluids and computer-aided design to analyse and design objects and systems with motion.

On this programme you will be tutored by world-class academics with both industry and research experience. You will also have the opportunity to work on industry and research-led projects. 

You will graduate with a rounded education that prepares you to take ideas all the way from concept to production and launch. The degree is professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

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  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Mechanical Engineering is in the top 20 in the UK with over 90% of students satisfied overall with their course according to National Student Survey 2020. Plus, we’re also 2nd in the UK for overall ‘Learning and Resources’. 
  • Engineering at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • You will have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovation projects.
  • Benefit from significant investment in the latest high quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • ER1010 Engineering Analysis
  • ER1020 Engineering Design
  • ER1030 Engineering Science
  • ER1630 Engineering Applications

Year 2

  • MP2570 Design & Manufacture
  • MP2576 Thermo-Fluids
  • SC2153 Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation
  • MP2721 Operations Management A
  • MP2784 Mechanics, Kinematics and Materials

Year 3

  • MP3997 Project
  • MP3731 Engineering Design
  • MP3395 Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • MP3701 Mechanical Reliability
  • MP3672 Engineering Simulation or Advanced CAD

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C or STEM at C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (including Maths units)
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (including Maths units)
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects & HL5 in required subject.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities.

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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. The latter experience that is highly valued in industry. Those choosing a placement route spend a year in industry in their second or third year.

Course leader: Dr Andrew Fsadni

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"Joining the Engineering society gave me a great chance to get involved with Projects. I joined the Shell Eco marathon team and for the past 2 years have built a fuel-efficient car for a European competition each year. This allowed me to work with a group of students from multiple different years and disciplines while trying out new things such as making carbon fibre parts".

Matthew Hutson, Mechanical Engineering

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

If you’re in any doubt about placements, do it! It gives you an idea of being in the industry you have chosen to be a part of. You can make sure it is right for you and gives you an idea of what area within that industry you enjoy, what you don’t like and where the most money is made. That way you can focus your time learning and honing the skills required for that chosen area while the facilities are still available while you are a student.


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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The student workshop provides a centre for those wanting careers in engineering design and development. 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 formal competitive events. The composites workshop is used for a variety of activities from research on resin infusion to the development of the F3 hovercraft.

CAD facilities include SolidWorks, FLUENT (CFD), COMSOL, ANSYS, CATIA and many other software packages. The dynamometer is used for engine mapping and development.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to join the Innovation Club and work with a diverse group of students and staff on innovative projects. You will also take part in specialised research/industry-led group projects.

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The facilities are fantastic and the vast investment in the new Engineering Innovation Centre will allow us to gain more real-world experience in a state-of-the-art working environment.

I will never forget the first time that I used the water jet cutter in the workshop. Using this specialist equipment was an amazing experience - one that you would not be able to get every day. We can use this machinery to create our own parts, which is brilliant.

Emma Atkinson, Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering Workshop

Motorsports Workshop

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Over the past few years students have been taken on field trips to several world-class organisations, both locally and overseas. Our students are also involved in industry and research-led projects.


Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Designers as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. 

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.