MEng Mechanical Engineering

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My placement year allowed me to build on the concepts and principles learned within the degree, and put these into practice in a leading edge global aerospace company.”

Richard Carpenter
MEng Mechanical Engineering 

Entry requirements

ABB – BBB (or equivalent) including maths and a physical science or technology subject

Recent graduates from this course found graduate engineer and consultancy positions with companies such as BAE Systems, Army/Royal Air Force, Nissan, Jaguar, and EDF Energy. 

Aston Engineering & Technology graduates go on to earn £1,900 more than the sector average, one year after graduation (LEO, 2018)
Opportunity to undertake a placement year
Ranked top 30 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019)
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Entry requirements

4 years full-time / 5 years part-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: H301

Please note:

GCSE requirement: English Grade C/4

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

Typical offers

ABB-BBB to include Maths and a physical science or technology subject (e.g. Physics, Electronics, Design Technology).
 32 overall points with 6, 5, 5 in HL subjects, including HL Maths and HL Physics.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering:  DDD including A Levels grade B in Mathematics and Physics (consideration may be given to Further Maths, Design Technology, Engineering Science and Electronics if Physics is not studied at A Level). 

A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.


£9,250 (£4,625 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £4,625 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Information on visas for international students

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Mechanical Engineering Design
We believe our students should be supported as you develop into inquisitive and enthusiastic problem solvers. Using a range of underpinning knowledge and technical skills, you will be able to tackle problems faced by industry today and into the future.

Our programmes introduce a full range of core engineering science modules coupled to practical projects, ensuring a highly integrated and industry-relevant degree programme.

The MEng degree takes the BEng and develops it to a full Masters level programme, which fully meets all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

From your first year you'll be working on major projects, often in partnership with commercial engineering companies. You will work with colleagues, staff and engineers from industry to develop real solutions to live problems


Subject guide & modules

Our degree programmes are driven by the demands of industry to produce graduates with extremely strong engineering and scientific skills. Our graduates also have strong project management and team work skills, and commercial awareness.

Our BEng degrees are either 3-years full-time, or 4-years if you choose a sandwich programme incorporating a year of professional experience. Your first year will encompass the fundamental disciplines of mechanical engineering, through academic classes in engineering science and mathematics. You will also have large integrated projects in practical settings, and we will help you to understand new technology and concepts. The course will also reflect industry practice, as you will work in groups to take products from initial concepts to built and tested prototypes.

Your second year follows on with a similar structure of academic classes coupled to major group projects. However, the focus shifts from developing your basic skills to preparing you to become a professional engineer. You can then enter your placement or final year well equipped to meet what will be demanded of you. Your third year features a major project, involving design, experimental or analytical work which can be tailored to suit your own interests

Your final year will provide you with a mix of in depth technical modules integrated with further professional skills. In this year you will also work on a substantial group project.

The flexible structure of our degrees enables transfer between Mechanical and Design Engineering programmes after first year. However, only the Mechanical Engineering programme runs to MEng (masters) level. You can also transfer between full-time and placement programmes up to the end of your second year. 

The broad basis of our programme, together with the possibilities for specialisation, will make you attractive to employers from a spectrum of industries.

Year 1

  • Design and Experimentation 
  • Prototyping and Development 
  • Electronic Engineering Foundations 
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Mathematics 

Year 2


  • Engineering Mathematics 2 
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Quality Engineering 
  • Engineering Materials 1 
  • Solid Mechanics 
  • Dynamics and Control Systems 
  • Design and Engineering for the User 
  • Engineering for Industry 

Year 3


  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Fluids
  • Heat Transfer and Turbo-Machinery 
  • Energy Efficiency 
  • Design Failure Analysis 
  • Final Year Project 
  • Advanced Dynamics and Control Systems 
  • Advanced Systems Design 
  • Solid Mechanics and Finate Element Analysis 
  • Engineering Design and the Environment

Year P - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Year 4


Core modules:

  • Project Management 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications 
  • Practical Numerical Methods 
  • MEng Group Project 
  • Product Introduction Processes

You will also be able to select one of the following options:

  • Sustainable Energy
  • CAD Principles and Materials Selection

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods and learning styles, including:

  • Hands-on practical project classes
  • Lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • Video and computer-aided learning
  • Lab classes and project work
  • A strong personal tutor system

Assessment is by a combination of exams, continuous assessment and projects. Students are also able to take part in major projects such as the Formula Student Racing Car Project, at which Aston teams have enjoyed a strong track record.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

The MEng in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purpose of meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Our close links with industry and the broad basis of our degree programme ensures our students have excellent career opportunities upon graduating. You might want to go into careers in:

  • research, development and design
  • automotive engineering
  • manufacturing systems engineering
  • power generation
  • advanced technology and computer-aided design
  • accountancy, management, marketing
  • Navy, Army and RAF Officer training

Our graduates work for automotive, aerospace and electronics companies, pharmaceutical and chemical organisations and computer software houses. Our recent graduates found graduate engineer, and consultancy positions with companies including Corus, IMI Plc, Army/Royal Air Force, Yamazaki Mazak, Carillion, BOC, NTL, BAE Systems, Nissan, Lloyds TSB, Phillips, Jaguar, TRW and EDF Energy.

You will have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities, including CAD labs, numerically controlled machine tools, document production, research and self-tuition. You will develop your programming skills and use computers to solve engineering problems and to simulate and analyse engineering systems. 

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has invested heavily in the creation of state of-the-art computer laboratories. Our Mechanical Engineering and Product Design students have their own access to specific computer facilities for design.

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