Course details

Study options

Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years min

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2023/24)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2023/24)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BEng (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

If you have the potential and ambition to study with us, but feel you’re not quite ready to join the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering right now, why not consider taking this course with a Mechanical Engineering with Foundation Year BEng (Hons).

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Meeting the needs of the industry and you

Engineering is such a broad discipline, and you may not fully know which area of engineering is the right choice to study when beginning your studies.

Employers are increasingly seeking engineers with a broader knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering to meet their environmental, consumer and business needs. As a University based in an advanced engineering city, it’s vital that we offer degrees with a strong focus on sustainability, electrification and automation.

With this in mind, we have developed our degrees to match the multi-disciplinary requirements that employers are shouting for. All engineering students will take the same core modules in the first year to gain an essential foundation in all aspects of engineering, giving you the chance to settle into your studies, and allowing you time to decide which area suits you best. At the end of your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to switch to either our BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering or BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering degree should you realise your passion falls within this area, or you can continue on BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

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My time at University has exposed me to new opportunities and environments, such as access to advanced research and technology facilities, hands-on experience in my chosen subject, and the chance to enhance and develop my creativity, initiative and persona.

Maria Beatriz Trad
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering student

In-depth understanding

From computer aided design to structural analysis, vibration and dynamics to thermofluids, the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering covers a broad spectrum of themes to put your career plans on a firm footing.

The course features a wide range of specialist modules such as Computational Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Material Design and Analysis, and Advanced Thermodynamics. You'll gain essential skills to solve problems such as how to read technical drawings and use 3D modelling software. Your existing mathematics knowledge will be built on for practical application within a mechanical engineering context.

You'll undertake an individual project which entails real experience of solving an engineering problem in industry. Prospective employers often regard this project as an excellent way to assess the skills of potential future employees.

Industry experience to set you apart

By choosing to spend a year on an optional industry placement, you can give yourself a real career advantage. The industrial year takes place between the second and final stages of your degree and you will find there is a significant number of SMEs, large, national and international companies looking for placement students each year.

We offer a full range of support to students who are keen to enhance their employability through internships and placements while studying. For more information, please get in touch with our Careers and Employment Service.

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Students using the wind tunnel facility in the STEM centre
Student using the smart factory facility in the STEM centre

Use excellent facilities

You’ll have access to excellent labs and facilities whilst studying the degree. These include:

You'll also have access to our Makerspace. It’s a place where you can work on any project and turn your ideas into a prototype. All students across the University can use this space and it is a fantastic way of sharing knowledge and skills with one another. Equipment in the Makerspace includes a laser cutter, 3D printers, soldering irons, CNC machines and more.

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Open to all students at the University of Derby the Makerspace is a student-led workshop based at our Markeaton Street site. There is a large range of tools in the Makerspace that you are able to use in your own time to design and develop projects.

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From undergraduate to academic: Marzena's Derby journey

Marzena's passion for Mechanical Engineering took her straight from her undergraduate degree to a PhD and then to a post-doctoral position to continue her research. She has recently gained a full-time lecturer position here at Derby and is excited to pass on her knowledge to current students.

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Why you should study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Derby

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Your teaching team

The teaching team has a wide range of experience across a variety of sectors which they bring into their teaching and research. They include:

Industry focused

The future is zero carbon. As a University based in an advanced engineering city, it’s important that we offer degrees with a strong focus on sustainability, electrification and automation. With this in mind, we have developed our degrees to match the multi-disciplinary requirements businesses are shouting for.

World-famous companies, including Rolls-Royce, Alstom and Toyota, are right on the University’s doorstep. Our close links with these companies offer opportunities ranging from placements to extra-curricular activities. And as a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduate, you will be ideally placed to make the most of many career opportunities in the city.

Challenge yourself

We offer inspiring opportunities for you to take part in high-profile events such as the British Model Flying Association Payload Challenge, which is supported by BAE Systems and the Royal Aeronautical Society. The aim is to design, build, test and compete a radio-controlled aircraft against other national and international teams. 

Our students have also recently taken part in the IMechE Railway Challenge in collaboration with Alstom. During the competition they won both the autostop and refuelability challenge and were delighted to secure third place overall. 

Anselm Won, student team leader stated

"What I enjoyed during the challenge was being a part of the team and the communication between the team members, the atmosphere was always bright, we were able to joke around and have fun whilst working together for the challenge, especially the celebratory reactions we had when we fixed problems on the loco."

Students at the railway challenge competition working on the lco
The students loco being driven at the competition
students and staff stood together with their certificates for achieving third place

Fantasy Wings

Three Mechanical and Motorsport Engineering students have been accepted onto the Fantasy Wings programme.

Fantasy Wings provides a safe space for students to learn about pilot and aviation studies, offering real networking opportunities, career prospects and personal development for women and BAME youth interested in the Airline and Aviation industries. What’s more, the students are in with one of three chances to receive sponsorship for an accredited Private Pilot Licence.

As part of the programme, the students will receive mentoring from industry elite. The mentors will help sharpen their skills and prepare them for a career in aviation. This will involve development of essential skills, simulated interview scenarios, group activities to tackle simulated emergencies, and on-going email support for career development questions.

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The Fantasy Wings programme has given me direct access to engineers that are currently working in the aviation industry. I have heard first hand about what it is like to be a pilot and I may win a chance to fly in a plane and earn my private pilot license.

Robin Saunders
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering student

Student Showcase 2022

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering students to celebrate their achievements over the 2021-22 academic year.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework assessment, examinations and professional presentations.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Martin Sole
Programme leader

Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Programme Leader for the Mechanical, Electrical, and Motorsport Programmes.

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Entry requirements

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A LevelBBB-BBC (At least a grade C in Mathematics or Physics (or equivalent qualification))
T LevelMerit (Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, Design and Development for Engineering and Manufacturing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control)
BTECDDM-DMM. BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering or Physics, including a minimum of a Merit in the Maths unit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6. Must include passes in compulsory Level 3 subjects

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Applications for September 2023 are now open. Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Engineering is a part of so many different industries, and completing an engineering degree will give you access to a wide range of opportunities. This course prepares you for careers at the cutting edge of mechanical engineering design, motorsport or automotive design and the applications of advanced materials. You could move into roles in design, production or manufacturing in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive and rail.

You could also take your studies to postgraduate level with our MSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or MSc Strategic Engineering Management.

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Environment and Sustainability News

We're in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to help tackle some of the world's greatest challenges. Take a look at examples of how we are responding to the climate emergency.

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Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

Five years minimum, Day release part-time (only available at final stage): two years

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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