BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Our professionally aligned BEng Mechanical Engineering is designed to start your journey to becoming a qualified professional mechanical engineer. Our engineering programmes rely strongly on practical work and you will develop your design skills throughout the programme. We offer the opportunity to undertake a paid placement year to help consolidate and develop your engineering knowledge and many students receive job offers as a result of their time in industry.

Course details

Your degree opens doors to sectors as diverse as aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and energy.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus

Plymouth University

Course overview

Are you fascinated by technology and design? Primarily problem solvers, mechanical engineers design, create and use tools and methods in every industry from atomic physics to space exploration. They play a vital role in tackling problems that affect us all such as energy security; efficient manufacturing and smart cities. Our engineering students are taught by enthusiastic staff with strong industry links who use laboratory sessions and physical demonstrations to reinforce academic learning.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 – 120A level:
Typical offer will be 112 points including Grade C at Maths (or Mathematics MEI) and Grade C at second relevant subject: Applied ICT, Applied Science, Applied Business, Biology, Business/Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Computer Science, DT (Product Design Resistant Materials), DT (systems and Control Tech), DT Product Design (Textiles Tech), Economics, Economics and Business, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Design and Technology, ICT, Physics, Science, Statistics, Further Maths, Use of Maths, Pure Maths. Excluding General Studies.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma:
DDD in a relevant science or engineering subject.
BTEC National Diploma modules

International Baccalaureate:
26-30 overall to include 5 at Higher Level Maths and 5 at Higher Level second relevant subject


When our new engineering and design facility is launched, students in engineering, science and the arts will have access to a range of specialist equipment and innovative laboratories.

Take a paid year in industry – many of our students receive job offers or sponsorship as a result of their placements.

With starting salaries from £23,000, our graduates have gone on to work for Hoare Lea, Babcock Marine, Becton Dickinson, e2v, Edwards, the Shaw Group and the Ministry of Defence.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • BPIE115 Stage 1 Mechanical Placement Preparation
  • ENGR101 Engineering Design
  • ENGR102 Engineering Practice and Experimental Techniques
  • ENGR103 Engineering Science
  • ENGR104 Engineering Mathematics
  • ENGR105 Mechanics and Structures
  • ENGR106 Engineering Materials
  • MATS235 Materials & Structural Integrity
  • MECH233 Manufacturing Processes
  • CONT222 Engineering Maths & Control
  • MECH235 Mechanical Engineering Design & Commercialisation
  • MECH234 Thermo-Fluids
  • MFRG209 Engineering Quality Management
  • BPIE215 Stage 2 Mechanical Placement Preparation

Core modules

  • PRME307 ME Honours Project
  • MECH341 Computer Aided Engineering (FEA/CFD)
  • CONT317 Control and Intelligent Systems Design
  • THER307 Thermo-Fluid Engineering
  • MECH342 Mechanical Engineering Design in Practice


Mechanical engineering with composites pathway
Core modules

  • PRME307 MEC Honours Project
  • MECH341 Computer Aided Engineering (FEA/CFD)
  • CONT317 Control and Intelligent Systems Design
  • MATS347 Composites Design and Manufacture
  • MATS348 Composites Engineering