Course details

Study options

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

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS points

120 (September 2021 entry)

UCAS code

H300

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

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

Our Mechanical Engineering graduates can look forward to excellent future prospects. Offering high-quality teaching and plenty of practical experience – and in an ideal location with world-famous companies on our doorstep – the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering will give you the edge in your career.

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).

Dr Sabuj Mallik, Head of Discipline of Engineering

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Maria on a University trip to Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre

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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Female student working with the wind tunnel
Student working in the materials lab

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.

Sorria Douglas working with computer aided design software

Sorria is a first-class engineering pioneer

Mechanical Engineering graduate Sorria Douglas is getting used to firsts. She achieved a first-class honours degree with us and she is now a Design Engineer with Nottingham-based L.A.C. Conveyors & Automation, the first female engineer at the company.

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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:

Study in a leading high-tech city

Derby is a city of technology, with world-famous companies including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota right on the University’s doorstep. It has one of the most highly skilled workforces in the UK, with 12% of employees in hi-tech roles – that is four times the national average.

This all means that, as a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduate, you will be ideally placed to make the most of the 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. 

A wind tunnel fan

Degree Show 2021

We're showcasing the work of some of our talented Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering students to celebrate their achievements over the 2020-21 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.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

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

Martin Sole
Programme leader

Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Programme Leader for the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

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Entry requirements

2021 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2021-22 academic year which includes September 2021 and January 2022 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120
A-levelsBBB (At least a grade C in Maths or Physics at A-level (or equivalent qualification))
BTECDDM-DMM. BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering or Physics, including a minimum of a Merit in the Maths unit
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
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)

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2022-23 academic year which includes September 2022 and January 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
A-levelsBBB-BBC (At least a grade C in Mathematics or Physics (or equivalent qualification))
BTECDDM-DMM. BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma in Engineering or Physics, including a minimum of a Merit in the Maths unit
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
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

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International/EU

£14,045 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK students

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

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

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.

Student on placement at EPM Technology

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.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2021 - August 2022 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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