BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

On this IMechE accredited degree course, you can develop the vocational and practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to start a fantastic career in this global industry. It's offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is also suitable for HND students.

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

H300

Start date:

24/01/2022, 19/09/2022

Course Details

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bolton has been awarded professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet in part the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

This course may also be studied as a part-time option on a dedicated one day a week basis. It's ideal if you're an HND student looking to top-up your qualification to degree standard. Year 2 or 3 HND students will be selected according to their level of mathematics, science, and experience. If you’re interested in a degree apprenticeship, the department is actively looking at collaboration with local companies.

The department provides a friendly, yet challenging, environment where the emphasis is on both the theories and principles of mechanical engineering and their application in a work context. You’ll carry out case studies, practical and laboratory work and problem-solving projects. You’ll also develop the presentation and managerial skills that you'll need to manage engineering projects and support your future employment in the industry.

Highlights
  • The Guardian University Guide 2021 says our Mechanical Engineering courses have the best student-to-staff ratio in the North West of England, so you'll have access to individual tutor support and small group teaching.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work on live engineering projects, both as an individual and as part of a group.
  • There are also opportunities to participate in inter-university student competitions including the IMechE’s annual undergraduate design challenge, which includes all the universities in the North West.
  • Professionals from national and multinational mechanical engineering firms are regularly invited to give guest lectures about the sector and job opportunities. You’ll also have industry visits and work placements.
  • You’ll get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment and software such as SolidWorks, Ansys, and MATLAB, for analysis and design, prototyping and control.
  • Your final year project allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding when investigating and providing solutions to engineering problems. Some projects may be on ‘live’ problems from local industry or in-house research activity.
Key Features
  • Our engineering department has a strong tradition in the field of engineering education and high-quality engineering courses have been delivered successfully at Bolton for many years.
  • It has modern, dedicated engineering laboratories and state-of-the-art design development and project facilities. These include CAD, analysis, optimisation, CAM and CAE software.
  • You’ll be taught in a supportive learning environment with small class sizes. Your tutors are experienced professionals and academics, highly qualified in their fields, and many of them are chartered engineers.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop an understanding of all aspects of engineering projects; for example, costings, the science and maths of these projects, functional design materials, and project management.
  • You’ll have opportunities to develop business skills for a career in this field, including problem-solving, managing workloads, and communicating with a range of personnel. You’ll also be able to develop your decision-making abilities and your ICT capabilities.
  • Our mechanical engineering graduates enjoy high levels of employment, finding interesting and financially rewarding professional careers in the UK and overseas.
Professional recognition

This course holds professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

The BEng (Hons) will automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).


  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics and a science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. Technology and engineering subjects, as well as additional mathematics subjects (such as further maths and statistics), will be accepted as ‘science’ subjects.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • If you have a Foundation Degree or HND/C in Mechanical Engineering (or an appropriate engineering discipline) then you may be considered for entry to level HE5/6 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. If you’re granted full exemption from the level HE4 modules of this course then you’ll be able to complete the course in two years. Otherwise, it will take you three years to complete the course. Before applying, please check whether you’ll be eligible for student loans for the duration of the course.
  • The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Mechanical engineering deals with the design, development, installation, operation, and maintenance of anything that has moving parts. Jobs are available in a vast array of sectors.

A mechanical engineering degree combines mathematics, science, technology, business, and management. This course is designed to ensure graduates can solve problems, manage workloads, communicate with a range of personnel, work in multidisciplinary teams, as well as develop decision-making and ICT capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is well recognised in the UK and many parts of the world. It’s designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a broad range of roles in the mechanical engineering industry, including design, manufacturing, testing, construction, development, and management, as well as related roles in areas such as sales and marketing.

Mechanical engineers are employed in many industries, with the main ones being aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defence, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. Career opportunities could include research and development, design, production, and plant management, or you may choose to continue your formal education in the form of an MSc or research degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Possible areas of employment include:

  • Investment banking
  • Mining and drilling
  • Patent Law
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2021-£9,250£9,250£9,250£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
2021£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2021-£12,950£12,950£12,950£38,850

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then appy through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £26.50. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

If you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for any intake, you can apply directly

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply

  • Secure, simple and streamlined

  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

  • Apply online: University of Bolton BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering - 24 January 2022 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

  • Apply online: University of Bolton BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering - 19 September 2022 (Intake not currently accepting international applications)

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For valued members of the University of Bolton Group and progressing students, we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible.

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply free of charge to the University. By selecting the appropriate link from the list shown below, you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this, and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

When you are asked to add a contact email address, please ensure you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address, we will be unable to identify you as a partner and offer you the benefits of being part of our group.

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or UGadmissions@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


The varied nature of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering programme means that teaching and learning are done in a range of ways, with increasing levels of open-ended personal study as you progress. You’ll be expected to attend timetabled classes. These ensure you can acquire and develop the necessary concepts, knowledge and skills. Other teaching methods are demanded by professional body accreditation requirements. These involve opportunities to develop skills in creativity and innovation, mainly through projects, and design and make and test activities, where application, assimilation and integration of course material are realised.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme are assessed and achieved. We use a range of assessment methods depending on the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll receive feedback after each assessment so you know what you have done well, and where you need to improve.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Projects and Systems
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials and Machines
  • Thermofluids and Control Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Engineering in Business and Society
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Advanced Thermofluids and Control
  • Finite Element and Difference Solutions
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 49%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 54%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 36%
Level threeCoursework 52%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 35%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader

M.Ndiaye@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903026

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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