Mode of StudyFull-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start dateSeptember 2023
Create new products, or improve existing ones, that could change people's lives and transform the way businesses operate. Be at the forefront of designing and building products that are smarter, faster, more efficient and more sustainable for industries including healthcare, defence, transport and even aerospace.
On this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree , you’ll learn the underlying elements of successful engineering science, manufacturing and design. You'll study solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles, and specialise in more advanced subjects such as engineering programming and sustainable development.
You'll put everything you learn to practice using our industry-standard facilities, making sure you graduate with the skills you need to succeed in your career.
- Specialise in advanced subjects such as computer-aided design (CAD) engineering, sustainable product development and design for quality
- 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
This course is awarded the EUR-ACE (European Accredited Engineer) label. It is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and it meets in part the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng).
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112-128 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include a numerical subject (calculate your UCAS points)
- T levels – Pass (C or above in the core) – Merit
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- International Baccalaureate – 29–30
You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Harrison chose Portsmouth after experiencing the atmosphere and facilities at open days
"My favourite part of the course is design engineering, designing and making things, such as the plane launcher in the first year."
– Harrison Richmond, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing
Careers and opportunities
With experience, you can expect to get a salary from £25,000 to £35,000 as a mechanical engineer and up to £40,000 as a manufacturing engineer. But you could also apply your skills to any number of roles in industries such as aerospace, oil refinery, machinery manufacture and plastics. All engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand.
Graduating with a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering gives you all the skills to work in areas such as:
- product design
- manufacturing and installation
- project management
- research development
Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
- McLaren Formula One
- Royal Navy
- Cobra Engineering
What jobs can you do with a mechanical and manufacturing degree?
Roles you could go onto include:
- engineering officer
- automotive mechanical engineer
- design engineering
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.
Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate
Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.
Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.
Placement year (optional)
Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV.
We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.
Previous students have been successful in roles such as:
- research development intern
- product engineering intern
- plastic injection moulding intern
They've worked at exciting companies, including:
Design and build a single-seater racing car to be judged and raced at Silverstone
If you're keen to put your studies into practice, you can apply to be involved in the international Formula Student competition. You'll compete with over 100 teams worldwide to design, build and race a single seater race car and be judged by leading industry experts from motorsports.
What you'll study
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Electrical and Electronic Principles – 20 credits
- Introduction to Design – 20 credits
- Introduction to Materials and Manufacture – 20 credits
- Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics – 20 credits
- Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits
- Mathematical Principles – 20 credits
- Tutorial – 0 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Computer Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture – 20 credits
- Engineering Design – 20 credits
- Solid Mechanics and Dynamics – 20 credits
- Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics – 20 credits
- Tutorial – 0 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Robotics and Automation – 20 credits
- Engineering Programming – 20 credits
- Materials and Manufacture – 20 credits
- Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis - 20 credits
- 'Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- BEng Individual Project – 40 credits
- Computer Aided Engineering (product Realisation) – 20 credits
- Design for Quality – 20 credits
- Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Management – 20 credits
- Tutorial – 0 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Changes to course content
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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Fluid dynamics in a kingfisher's beak
See Alex de Castro explain the morphology of the kingfisher's beak in a final year project
To start off, there's a little thing called biomimicry.
It's the idea that we can look at nature to better inspire engineering and anything else.
The Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan is one of the most famous cases of that.
The lead designer was birdwatching and saw a Kingfisher dive into the water and that gave him inspiration for the trains design.
I've got some 3D scans, amazingly, given by the Natural History Museum in London.
I've converted them into usable files and done some fluid dynamics simulation, hoping to find what secrets the beak may have.
The funny thing is the beak's not that special.
I've definitely learnt his inspiration was from the dive rather than the beak itself.
There's loads of challenges getting to this point.
A lot of the software I've been unfamiliar with.
So the first thing was learning multiple 3D modelling software as well as Star-CCM for the fluid dynamics itself.
My supervisor has been a great help the entire time and he was able to give me a bunch of inspiration.
Other than that, it's been a pretty seamless process, but a lot of learning, a lot of self-directed learning.
The campus has been lovely and just the general vibe, it's been very friendly, it feels very familiar and a great continuation for myself.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory and project work
- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
- independent study
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.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.
They can help you:
- master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
- understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
- solve computing problems relevant to your course
- develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
- understand and use assignment feedback
All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.
As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.
You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2023 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
There may be occasional trips for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.
If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)
How to apply
To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – HH37
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.