MEng Mechanical Engineering (H300)

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UCAS code H300
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 192 overall.

About MEng Mechanical Engineering

The first two years are common across our mechanical engineering degrees. Teaching is based on five main themes:

  • Design
  • Dynamics
  • Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics.

Years one and two include lectures, problem-solving seminars, design and manufacturing project work, presentation skills, lab experiments and study visits to engineering companies.

Project work is a strong feature of the final two years. You will pair up with another student for a technical project in year three, and in year four you will undertake a major industrial project within a team. You have the opportunity to specialise in your fourth year.

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

More about Mechanical Engineering

Find out more about studying Mechanical Engineering at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Design and Manufacture 1
  • Dynamics 1 (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies / Dynamics of Machines)
  • Materials 1 (Mechanics of Materials / Properties of Materials)
  • Fluids 1
  • Thermodynamics 1
  • Computer-based Modelling 1
  • Applications of Electronics 1
  • Engineering Mathematics 1

Second year

  • Design and Manufacture 2 (Machine Elements /Machine Design)
  • Dynamics and Control 2 (Systems and Control Engineering / Vibrations)
  • Materials 2 (Mechanics of Materials / Properties of Materials)
  • Thermofluids 2 (Mechanics of Fluids / Thermodynamics)
  • Computer-based Modelling 2
  • Professional Studies A
  • Engineering Mathematics 2

Third year

  • Systems and Control Engineering 3
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Heat Transfer
  • Failure of Materials
  • Mechatronics
  • Vibrations 3
  • Fluids 3
  • Product Design
  • Individual Research Project

Fourth year

  • Group Industrial Project
  • Fourth year options:
    • Advanced Dynamics
    • Biomechanics
    • Innovation Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
    • Composites, Design and Manufacture
    • Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Power
    • Engineering for the Built Environment 4
    • Environmental Thermalhydraulics
    • Generic Propulsion
    • Acoustics-Fundamentals and Applications
    • Non-Linear Behaviour of Materials
    • Power Generation for the 22nd Century
    • NonLinear Structural Dynamics
    • Residual Stress
    • Robotic Systems
    • Smart Structures
    • Sustainable Systems 4
    • Systems and Control Engineering 4
    • Ultrasonics Non-Destructive Testing
    • Virtual Product Development.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Mechanical Engineering

Typical offer for MEng Mechanical Engineering - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6,6 in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
36 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6,6 Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 12 credits at Distinction in Mathematics and 12 credits at Distinction in Physics. The mathematics should include calculus, algebra and trigonometry. Where possible we recommend taking as many level 3 mathematics credits as possible. A-level Mathematics at grade A.*
BTEC offer D*DD  (Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.*
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Where A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, please see section 2.2 in the admission statement.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in Mathematics and English. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

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