BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering


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Program Description

Key information

  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering (2+2, 4+0) BEng (Hons)
  • Types of study: Full-time
  • Duration: Three or four years depending on entry qualifications
  • Start date: September 2020

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years on our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programmes in Ningbo China with ‘study abroad’ opportunities.


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Course overview

We apply our scientific knowledge to solving problems and designing machines that help us to enjoy a better lifestyle. We work in every sector of the industry, in areas such as design, development, research, consultancy, and manufacture or marketing, combining technical and managerial expertise. 

The course provides an excellent foundation in engineering science and design and also offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as automotive and aerospace engineering.

Special features

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines and graduates find employment in every sector of the industry.

Course structure

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system and is based on a four-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

For international students, the course structure follows the UK higher education system and is based on a three-year program with the possibility of spending two years at The University of Nottingham's UK campus.

Preliminary year

The preliminary year in engineering aims to improve English language and study skills as well as enhance understanding of mathematics and the physical sciences.

  • CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)
  • CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)
  • CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)
  • CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)
  • CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)
  • Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques
  • CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)
  • CELEN082 Oral Communication Skills B (10 Credits)
  • CELEN038 The Scientific Method (10 Credits)

Qualifying year

Year two and three provide a good grounding in the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering science and engineering design. The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in the department's student workshop.

Typical year two modules

  • MMME1019 Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 1 (20 Credits)
  • MMME1039 Statics and Dynamics (20 Credits)
  • MMME1044 Engineering Design and Design Project (20 Credits)
  • MMME1043 Materials and Manufacturing (20 Credits)
  • MMME1042 Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)
  • MMME1041 Programming, Professional and Laboratory skills (20 Credits)

Year 3

Typical year three modules

  • MMME2015 Materials in Design (10 Credits)
  • MATH2045 Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers (10 Credits)
  • MMME2014 Dynamics and Control (20 Credits)
  • MMME2017 Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 2 (20 Credits)
  • MMME2038 Mechanics of Solids (20 Credits)
  • MMME2042 Design, Manufacture and Project (20 Credits)
  • MMME2012 Engineering Management 1 (10 Credits)
  • MMME2027 Electromechanical Devices (10 Credits)

Year 4

A major individual project makes up a quarter of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations often related to research activities within the department. You will also study a mix of compulsory and optional modules, the latter allowing you to tailor the course to your interests.

Typical year four modules

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group.

  • MMME3026 Computer Modelling Techniques (20 Credits)
  • MMME3023 BEng Individual Project (40 Credits)
  • MMME3030 Engineering Management 2 (20 Credits)

Restricted - Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

  • MMME3024 Computer-Aided Engineering (10 Credits)
  • MMME3040 Advanced Dynamics and Vibration (20 Credits)
  • MMME3038 Thermofluids 3 (20 Credits)
  • MMME3025 Control and Instrumentation (10 Credits)
  • MMME3036 Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (10 Credits)
  • MMME3039 Stress Analysis and Material Models (20 Credits)

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. Additional module choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits. Remaining credits to consist of any other relevant module approved by the Course Director. A maximum of 20 credits can be taken in topics that are not directly related to engineering and its applications, subject to approval by the Course Director.


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This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Institute of Engineering Designers (IED).

Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Among the 33 graduates from BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering in 2019, 27 chose to continue their studies. 66.7% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2020 QS World University Rankings University Number
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
8 University College London 5
9 Imperial College London 7
11 Nanyang Technological University 1
18 Columbia University 1
27 University of Manchester 1
31 Northwestern University 1
49 University of Bristol 1
 - Total 18

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships. 

Historically nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three-year degree programme, or a four-year programme with a preliminary year enabling you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin on our website. If your country is not listed, please email  

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution) you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for the four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for the three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for the four-year programme.

Alternative requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis if your parents or guardians give their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements. 

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we ... Read More

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university to open its doors in China. Established in 2004, with the full approval of the Chinese Ministry of Education, we are run by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Zhejiang Wanli Education Group, a key player in the education sector in China. Read less