Mechanical Engineering BEng

Help to solve some of the world’s trickiest problems in a wide range of industries, with the skills you’ll learn on our mechanical engineering degree course.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Optional placement year

Duration

3 or 4 years

UCAS code(s)

H300

Start date

Overview
Explore Mechanical Engineering at Aston University

Final year Mechanical Engineering student Tom Obee talks about his experience studying Mechanical Engineering at Aston.

Mark Bramham

“Many of the staff at the University were simply brilliant throughout my five years here. It seems there is a wealth of enthusiastic lecturers and technicians who are willing to share their knowledge with you where they can. This applies to more than the course material also, as I had quite a lot of advice on a personal project of restoring a classic vehicle and working on guitars whilst at University. My supervisor for my final year project/dissertation was invaluable in guidance and knowledge.”

Mark Bramham, Test and Development Engineer, Drive Systems Design Ltd.

Mark Bramham

“Many of the staff at the University were simply brilliant throughout my five years here. It seems there is a wealth of enthusiastic lecturers and technicians who are willing to share their knowledge with you where they can. This applies to more than the course material also, as I had quite a lot of advice on a personal project of restoring a classic vehicle and working on guitars whilst at University. My supervisor for my final year project/dissertation was invaluable in guidance and knowledge.”

Mark Bramham, Test and Development Engineer, Drive Systems Design Ltd.

Course outline and modules

Mechanical engineers are innovators, building machines, structures and devices of all sizes and for all uses. Study Mechanical Engineering at Aston and we’ll equip you with the tools you need to bring your ideas to life, helping to solve the world’s problems for generations to come. Our Mechanical Engineering degree course offers highly relevant modules in sought-after engineering and scientific subjects. It is driven by the demands of industry to produce graduates with extremely strong engineering and scientific skills. We also support you to develop strong project management and teamwork skills, as well as commercial awareness.

Our degree courses are either three years full-time or four years if you choose to take a year in industry, which will build your professional experience and employability skills.

What you’ll learn

In your first year you’ll cover fundamental disciplines of mechanical engineering, through academic classes in engineering, science and maths. You’ll also take on large, integrated projects in practical settings, and we’ll help you to understand new technology and concepts. The course reflects industry practice, as you work in groups to take products from initial concepts through to built and tested prototypes.

During your second year you’ll begin to develop the skills and technical knowledge you need to become a professional engineer. Then, in your third year, you’ll undertake a major project, involving design, experimental or analytical work which can be tailored to suit your own interests, or to suit your target vocation. 

If you choose to spend a year in industry during your degree, we’ll support you to find a paid, professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

In the final year you will study advanced level science and applied maths and exploit this knowledge in a major project, involving design, experimental or analytical work. This allows you to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and abilities to potential employers through independently tackling a significant engineering challenge.

Our teaching is innovative, with the curriculum based on a hands-on teaching framework called CDIO - Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate– supported by 150 of the world’s top technical institutions. This enables you to apply your skills as you learn, enabling you to maximise your learning and get ready for the world of work.

Our facilities are absolutely state-of-the-art with advanced 3D printing facilities and engine test laboratories with specialist equipment designed for engineering students. We have lots of exciting engineering activities you can get involved with at Aston, including the IMechE sponsored Formula Student, where you can work with the Aston Racing Team to design, build and race a single-seat racing car.

You can also network with employers and showcase your work as part of the Mechanical Engineering and Design Industry Club. Here you’ll be given opportunities to meet employers, which can help you to secure a placement or employment and you’ll learn by working on live industrial projects and interacting with industry professionals.

Modules

Year 1

Modules  
•    Design and Experimentation 
•    Prototyping and Development 
•    Electronic Engineering Foundations 
•    Engineering Science
•    Engineering Mathematics 1

Year 2

Modules
•    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 - Optional placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year

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

Final Year 

Modules
•    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

Accreditation

All our mechanical engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which puts you on the path to acquiring Chartered Engineer status.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, it’s also a great place to live. Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes. https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels
  • BBC
     
  • BCC (with an EPQ or Core Maths at Grade B)
     
  • CCC (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)
     
  • All to include Maths and a physical science or technology subject (e.g. Physics, Further Maths, Design Technology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Biology or Electroncis).
BTEC
  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DDM including the following units at Distinction (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical/Electrical Principles, Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles. OR (RCF): Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Specialist Engineering Project.

  • National Diploma and Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering types): DM including the following units at Distinction (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical/Electrical Principles, Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles. OR (RCF): Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Specialist Engineering Project. This BTEC requires 1 A-level at a minimum Grade B.

  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Science/Technical/Engineering type): DM plus 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B. Diploma should include the following units at Distinction if A level is not in Mathematics: (QCF) Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical/Electrical Principles, Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles. OR (RCF): Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Specialist Engineering Project.

  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B in Mathematics and Physics or similar physical science A level subject. 

  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (science/ technical/ engineering type): M plus 2 A-levels at a minimum Grade B. Diploma should include the following units at Distinction (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Mechanical/Electrical Principles, Further Mechanical/Electrical Principles. OR (RCF): Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Specialist Engineering Project.

  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M plus 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B in Mathematics and Physics or similar physical science A level subject. 

  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

IB

29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level grade 5.

Access & other

Access

Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3 including at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Physical Science.

Degree

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with these approved teaching partners: Kaplan International College London or NCUK.

    Please note that other second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

    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.


All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

GCSEs

Additionally to our Level 3 requirement, you will also need to have achieved:

GCSE English Grade C/4 and Maths Grade C/4

View our Admissions Policy

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

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.

International students

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our courses put you in control, giving you the skills and confidence to lead and undertake complex engineering projects. Teaching isn’t just lectures, it’s workshops and practical sessions too.

You’ll be involved in individual and group project work throughout the course, designed to develop your individual skills as an engineer and the communication, organisational and leadership skills needed to work effectively in a business or organisation.

Assessment is by a combination of exams, project, lab and coursework. Your final degree classification is determined by your performance in all years after the first year.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £19,400*

During placement year: £2,500

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

The UK is a major contributor to the global engineering industry and our students have a strong record of finding suitable graduate positions.

Potential employers include: Corus, IMI Plc, the armed services, Carillion, BAE Systems and EDF Energy. There are a wide range of roles you’ll be qualified for including power generation research, manufacturing systems engineering and roles in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Mechanical Engineering at Aston?

If you’re interested in a career in industry or commerce, using your engineering skills, this course will give you the necessary academic knowledge and understanding.

What will I be doing on the Mechanical Engineering course at Aston?

You will be learning through a variety of means from conventional lectures and tutorials, to project team and individual work to plant visits and lab work.

Why should I take a year out in industry?

The optional placement year is available with all engineering courses, giving you invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad.  
We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Does accreditation matter?

Yes. Working towards accreditation with your professional body means that you are among the best in your field. The BEng Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to set you on the path to Chartered Engineer status. 

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live. 

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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