BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering


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Program Description

Mechanical Engineering is the most versatile of the engineering disciplines and there exists a high and growing demand from industry for Graduate Mechanical Engineers.

Our accredited degree will place you at the heart of the modern industry, providing career opportunities in sectors such as:

  • Aerospace, automotive and rail
  • Energy and power generation
  • Manufacturing engineering; product design, materials, production and processing.

You’ll combine mechanics, materials science, thermofluids and computational methods to design, analyse and implement complex systems which are economical, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Throughout the degree, you’ll put theory into practice through a range of individual and group projects. For instance, year 1 will see you take part in three projects using your skills to design, build and test real mechanical devices.

A 'sandwich' placement year in the industry enables you to build industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

On graduation you will be industry ready, with a grounding in engineering science and hands-on working knowledge of:

  • the core analytical and advanced scientific principles and methods underpinning mechanical engineering;
  • applied prototyping and analysis for efficient computer-aided design and manufacturing;
  • integrated skills for complex engineered systems, including communication and project management skills, as well as advanced model-based systems analysis tools and techniques.

We encourage and support all our students towards a seamless transfer to our MEng programme at the end of either the first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year that combines in-depth study with the integrative skills expected by industry and provides the formal educational requirements for CEng registration.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The BEng (Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points.

A-Levels: To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma

  • DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 (2010-2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (Unit 28) at minimum Merit OR Construction and the Built Environment – to include Further Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (Unit 19) at minimum Merit.
  • BTEC Nationals Level 3 (from 2016): Must be an Engineering subject – to include ‘Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems’ (Unit 7) and ‘Further Engineering Mathematics’ (Unit 8) at minimum Merit.

Applicants on Access Programmes

  • 112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

International Baccalaureate requirements

  • 112 UCAS tariff points to include HL Maths at grade 5.


  • HL 3 or SL 4 in English Language and Literature A or English B.

Plus a minimum of GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements

  • Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

CIFS entry requirement

  • If you are an international student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
  • 80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to AS Level Grade C.
  • UKVI approved IELTS of 5.0 overall with no sub-test less than 5.0.

CIFS modules to be taken

Students study the four core modules plus:

  • Foundation Mathematics 2

And one additional module from the following:

  • Foundation in Human Biology
  • Foundation in Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Business Environment

Progression requirements for the degree programme

An overall average of at least 55%, and at least 55% in Foundation Mathematics 2.

What you will study

The programme is intended to produce graduates who possess the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to be creative and competitive.

First year


  • Design, Build and Test (ENG4006-B)
  • Mathematical Methods and Applications (ENM4004-B)
  • Electronics and Mechanics (ELE4013-B)
  • Engineering Materials (ENG4007-B)
  • Thermofluids 1 (ENG4008-B)
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (ENB4002-B)

Second year


  • Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (ENM5005-B)
  • Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (ENG5059-B)
  • Mechanics of Machines and Vibration (MAE5011-B)
  • Group Project (ENG5060-B)
  • Instrumentation, Measurement & Control Systems (MHT5013-B)
  • Thermofluids (MAE5012-B)

Final year


  • Individual Research Project (ENG6003-D)
  • Integrated Design (ENG6004-B)
  • Materials Failure Analysis and Reliability (MAE6018-B)


  • Sustainable Energy (ENG6005-B)
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamics (MAE6013-B)
  • Vehicle Design Analysis (MAE6017-B)
  • Project Management and Six Sigma (ENB6010-B)
  • Petroleum Engineering (CPE6006-B)

Sandwich year

This Mechanical Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in the industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional engineer.

During the second year, we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned with your career aspirations and personal interests.

These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers Service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements.

Once on placement, you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project.

Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Learning and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • Formal lectures
  • Practical lab sessions
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Group work

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the programme provide all the support you may need.


The School of Engineering has excellent facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

We have a number of specialist laboratories equipped to cover each engineering discipline within the School.

We have a number of computer clusters offering students access to high-spec computers running up-to-date software engineering applications.

We also have a dedicated technical support team who help to keep everything running smoothly.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250 (sandwich year: £925)
  • International: £19,160 (sandwich year: £1,916)


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

97% of our 2017 graduates in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Mechanical Engineering is a very diverse sector and graduate engineers are in high demand around the world. The sector offers a wide range of exciting careers in positions including:

  • Computer-Aided Design Engineer
  • Product development Engineer
  • Modelling and simulation analyst
  • Manager
  • Project Manager

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto work for Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Horiba MIRA, Cummins, Precision Casting Corporation, Denso Marston, Carnaud MetalBox.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering BEng graduates was £22,250.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Study abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with two semesters at an international partner institution.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


The Faculty maintains an impressive reputation for quality in research. From blue skies to fundamental and application-oriented cutting edge research is carried out within the three Schools of the Faculty: Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Media, Design and Technology.

Leading international academics and committed scholars to work within the dedicated research groups and centres.

Last updated Mar 2020

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