Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons)
BEng Hons Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
If you've got an interest in engineering and want to lead from the front by designing and building products that are smarter, faster and more efficient, this is the ideal course for you.
On this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and specialise in more advanced subjects such as engineering programming and sustainable development.
You'll create your own designs in our manufacturing workshops and have the option to get involved in the University's Formula Student racing team.
After the course, you'll be set to work in engineering and technology in areas such as manufacturing and the armed forces. Or you could start you own specialist company.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
- Specialise in advanced subjects such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engineering, sustainable product development and design for quality
- Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
- Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
- Have to option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by completing your final-year project in industry
- Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have been on placements to companies such as:
- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Careers and opportunities
After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.
There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.
Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:
- product design
- manufacturing and installation
- project management
- research development
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- manufacturing engineer
- product design engineer
- aerospace engineer
- application engineer
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This course also meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which is set by the Engineering Council.
These accreditations let potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the engineering industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Introduction to Design
- Mathematical Principles
- Electrical and Electronic Principles
- Communication and Engineering Technology Appreciation
- Mechanical Engineering Principles
- Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
Core units in this year include:
- Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
- Engineering Design
- Computer-Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
- Materials and Manufacture (ENG)
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Control Systems Analysis
- Energy Engineering
- Engineering Programming
- Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
Core units in this year include:
- Computer-Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)
- Manufacturing Systems
- Individual Project
- Design for Quality
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Maths and stats support
The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory and project work
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
- independent study
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 32% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 68% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 27% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 73% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 82% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written coursework
- multiple-choice tests
- mini projects
- a major piece of supervised independent work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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:
- Year 1 students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
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.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – HH37
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.