Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

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

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2024 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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The best bits

  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • You'll benefit from our close links with world-famous companies like Rolls-Royce, Alstom and Toyota
  • Specialist facilities include our additive manufacturing lab, wind tunnel and mechanical workshop
  • Challenge yourself with exciting extra-curricular projects like the IMechE Railway Challenge
  • Learn from an expert team of academic staff with extensive industrial experience
  • You have the option to transfer to another of our specialist engineering degrees after your first year
Top20for student experience, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering subject areaThe Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2024
Top10for satisfaction with teachingMechanical Engineering subject area, The Guardian University Guide 2024
90%of students agreed that they had the chance to explore ideas and concepts in depthBEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, National Student Survey 2023
90%of students agreed that it was easy to contact staff when neededBEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, National Student Survey 2023

Meeting the needs of the industry - and you

Our Mechanical Engineering degree will give you the multi-disciplinary skills you'll need to succeed. And you'll have some amazing opportunities.

Employers are increasingly looking for skilled engineers with a broader knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering. So we have developed our degrees to match that flexibility. 

All engineering students take the same core modules in the first year to give you an essential engineering foundation. Then, at the end of your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to switch your course.

You can choose 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 our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to excellent labs and facilities, including:

Mechanical Engineering student working on fatigue and impact testing equipment
Students using the wind tunnel facility in the STEM centre

Challenge yourself

We offer inspiring opportunities for you to take part in high-profile events such as:

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

Assessment methods

During your studies, you will be assessed using a mixture of coursework assessment, examinations and professional presentations.

Placement opportunities

You can give yourself a real career advantage by choosing to spend a year on an optional industry placement. 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 (small and medium-sized enterprises), 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.

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:

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 beside bookcases

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

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

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)
BTECDMM. 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

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

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If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


Your future career

Engineering is a part of so many different industries, and completing an engineering degree will give you access to a wide range of careers. 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.

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.

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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