Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons)

Engineers are the applied innovators of the world, creating solutions to global and everyday challenges. Learn from engineering experts in one of the UK’s original technical universities.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

3 or 4 years

UCAS code(s)

H300

Start date

Course overview

Aston University’s Mechanical Engineering degree, accredited by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), is designed to thoroughly prepare you for a successful career after graduation. Everything man-made has had input by a mechanical engineer at one point, there is a rapidly increasing demand for mechanical engineers and a wide range of opportunities for those wanting to pursue a profession in the field.

You will leave with the knowledge, skills, and ability to succeed in the challenges that employers set their engineers, globally, on a daily basis. This course goes beyond technical engineering and scientific subjects to include usable skills in project management, teamwork, commercial awareness, and leadership.

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"My time at Aston taught me fundamental engineering principles which I use day to day in my job. Being able to do a placement year also benefitted me greatly as it gave me an insight into industry and experiences that helped me when applying to graduate jobs."
 

Tarun Dosanjh
BEng Mechanical Engineering
System Design Engineer at Red Bull Racing

Why Mechanical Engineering at Aston University?

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Accredited
The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
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Gold standard teaching
Aston University was awarded Gold- the highest possible rating for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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Longitudinal Education Outcomes (2023)
Aston engineering graduates are ranked 14th in median earnings on average of £40,200 in the five years after graduation.

Course description

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at Aston University will equip you with the tools and confidence to develop innovative solutions to the problems and challenges you will face in your future professional working life.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching in the UK’s second-largest city, delivered by a diverse array of staff who will inspire and excite you; fantastic facilities that will bring your course to life through hands-on, practical experience; years of close industry collaboration that Is harnessed to provide you with learning based on real-world needs. You’ll also receive free membership of IMechE (which can lead to chartership upon graduation) and access to all project materials.

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What you will provide 
It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies – understanding that intelligence and success come from applying yourself, you must be able to demonstrate critical thinking and have ambition and drive to excel.

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What skills we teach
You will develop a solid foundation of technical skills including, but not limited to, CAD, model making (3D printing/foam) and metal work. Along with fundamental people skills like teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and ethical social impact.

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Placement year
A placement year is a fantastic opportunity and highly encouraged with Aston University’s Mechanical Engineering course. Not only do placement students often gain invaluable industry experience, but this early exposure to the working world gives graduates a competitive edge when applying for future jobs.

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Career prospects
An Aston University engineering degree is highly regarded by some of the most desirable and well-known companies in the world. Graduates from Aston University’s Mechanical Engineering course have gone on to successful roles such as Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Development Engineer, Design Engineer and Project Manager for leading companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, BAE Systems and Caterpillar Inc.

How you will learn

Our teaching style is modern and innovative, with the curriculum based around a hands-on educational 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 progress through your course, combining your learning with practical examples, all designed to get you ready for the world of work. Lectures will also incorporate for theory-based subject areas.

 At Aston University there are many extra-curricular activities you can partake in to further develop yourself and explore your passions. Mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to design, build and race at Silverstone a single-seat racing car in IMechE’s national competition Formula Student. You will have the opportunity to showcase your work in the Mechanical Engineering and Design Industry Club, with the chance to meet employers, work on live industrial projects and interact with industry professionals. With our international connections, you will have the option to partake in global visits. This year some of our students have travelled to Norway to participate in an international conference and challenge to test their skills against other students in a competition. 

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My Experience with Aston Racing

We spoke to formula student Leader Sherjit about his experience at Aston Racing and why studying engineering at Aston was the best choice for him!

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My Placement at Siemens

Successful BEng Mechanical Engineering graduate Eishar sought out new experiences at Aston University which has supported her to grow and thrive in her career today

Facilities

Mechanical Engineering is a hands-on discipline, you learn through combining lectures with practical lab-based work and engineering workshops. You will master both individual learning and group work with like-minded peers, guided by industry professionals and technical experts. Our engineering facilities mirror these environments with state-of-the-art facilities. 

Within the model shop

  • Five 3D printers
  • Maker space (with four additional 3D printers)
  • Laser cutting
  • Silicone moulding
  • Vacuum forming and foam cutting
  • Design Studio (an interactive space with PC’s and software)
  • Clay modelling facilities for automotive design
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • Surface modelling using Solidworks and Keyshot
     
  • Dedicated project-based learning space and bookable student booths, assembly areas and professional drawing boards
  • Engine test lab (five engine test cells with hydraulic and electrical dynamometers, Kistler combustion analyser, emissions analyser)
  • Fuel characterisation and preparation lab
  • CNC Machine shop
  • Plasma cutting facility
  • Formula student garage & Shell Eco garage
  • Biomedical research lab with tissue and cell preparation areas, fume cupboards and microscopy facilities
  • Materials characterisation suite with advanced cyclic multi-axial testing equipment
  • Desalination and water treatment research lab with under-floor drainage
  • Solar array simulator
  • Solar thermal simulator


Our mechanical engineering course offers a range of excellent support for students, including additional mathematics 1-2-1 development, peer-assisted learning, expert technicians, and personal tutors.
Here, you will learn through hands-on experience by, for example, designing and building towers, wind turbines, and cars which you can then race in our Formula Student and Shell Eco Marathon competitions.

Entry requirements

  • A Levels

    BBC including Maths and one other STEM (a) subject
    BCC including Maths and one other STEM (a) subject (with an EPQ or Core Maths* at grade B)
    CCC including Maths and one other STEM (a) subject (contextual offer)

List of STEM (a) subjects: Further Maths, Statistics, Physics, Design Technology, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Computer Science, Biology and Electronics.

*List of core maths qualifications we accept:  AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies, City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics, NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving, OCR (MEI)* Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning, Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context, WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life and Level 3 Core Maths
 

  • Contextual offers

    Aston Ready is our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.

Contextual offer criteria

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Engineering): DDM including the following units at Distinction (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, OR (RQF): Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Further Engineering Mathematics.
  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Any Subject): DDM and A Level Maths at minimum grade B.
  • National Diploma or Diploma (Engineering): DM including the following units at Distinction (QCF): Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians. OR (RQF):  Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics. This BTEC also requires 1 A-level at a minimum Grade B.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Engineering): 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, OR (RQF): Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM and 2 A-levels at a minimum grade B of which one must be Maths.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-levels at a minimum Grade B of which one must be Maths.
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted.
  • 29 overall points with 5, 5, 4 in Higher Level subjects, including Maths and Physics at Higher Level grade 5

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.

The following T Levels are accepted qualifications for this course:

  • Design and Development for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D
  • Engineering Manufacturing Processing and Control Grade D
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering Manufacturing Grade D

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

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

Non-standard qualifications


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 Level 3) 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 from your current institution.
 
Year 2 entry: Please note that 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 in 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 successfully passed (or be expected to pass) your first year with 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university with very similar module content.

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 from your current institution.
 
Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3. 
 

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. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

International students can enter at Year 2 of this course having completed an undergraduate year one programme at the required academic level with approved teaching partners ONCAMPUS Aston or NCUK.

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

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. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

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Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£9,250
During placement year:£1,250

International students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£21,100
During placement year:£2,500

Fees listed are for 2024 entry. For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy.

For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies.

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.

Explore our scholarships 

Assessment

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral exams as well as practical work-based competencies such as log bookkeeping, teamwork evaluation, reports, presentations, and portfolios. Your final degree classification will be determined by your performance in all years.

Career prospects

The UK is a major contributor to the global engineering industry and our students have an excellent track record of employability upon graduation. Our recent graduates have successfully gone on to place roles such as Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineers, Project Managers and Consultants in world-leading companies such as BAE Systems, Bentley Motor Cars, Network Rail, Caterpillar Inc, Corus and Jaguar Land Rover.

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Be part of our community

Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.
 

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.

How will a placement year benefit me?

We think that the knowledge you gain through your studies are best applied to real life and the most effective way to do this is by working in a company. As well as the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned, you’ll also gain invaluable communication and team skills. 

We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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Does an 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. 

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