The Engineering Council defines mechanical and manufacturing engineers as being exponents of today’s technology through creativity and innovation.
If you want to study a course where you’ll be designing, developing, manufacturing, installing, and operating this course could be ideal. This course is also available as a two or three year top-up degree, by distance learning.
On this course you can:
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for academic exemption leading to eventual Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with further study. It puts you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.
Sophie Washington, BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering student
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:
You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. Also get hands-on experience with the chance to manufacture a product of your own design.
Core units in this year include:
Broaden your knowledge gained in the first year. There will be a focus on real systems such as instrumentation and control and you’ll integrate your design, CAE and manufacturing knowledge by studying product modelling for manufacture.
Core units in this year include:
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
In your final year you will cover solid materials, manufacturing systems and CAE (product realisation). There is also a range of topics for you to tailor your studies as well as an individual project, working on your own design, make and test activity.
Core units in this year include:
*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAE system activity and open access study. The course has a strong practical emphasis and we pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.
The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
Dr Ivan Popov
We will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to create effective and innovative products for suitable and profitable manufacture. Starting at the drawing board, we will take you through modern workshop activities, mastering mechanical engineering technology and science involving state-of-the-art CAD/CAM systems and rapid manufacture facilities.
Back to top
We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory as well as the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory to name a few. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.
Design, construct and test a competitive race car. Prizes to be won and lots of great networking opportunities as you race on the famous Silverstone circuit in competition with 3,000 students from all over the world.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status – it’s a great first step to becoming a professional engineer. Not only does it meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, you’ll also have the effective interpersonal skills needed to enter technical and commercial management in this valuable field.
It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers and our courses are aimed at educating engineers for a multitude of different careers in engineering and technology. You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make as more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. SPEC, our Student Placement and Employability Centre, not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to employability skills as well as assisting you in gaining other types of work experience.
Types of placement roles relevant to this course include:
Here are some examples of the companies our students have secured placements with:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Back to top
To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates.
Come to an Open Day and explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.