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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) / MEng

Influence the future of global industries through engineered products and systems. Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

UCAS code:

H300 (BEng), H304 (MEng)

Accreditation:

This course is Accredited

Typical offer:

112-120 points (BEng) / 120-128 points (MEng), from 2 or 3 A levels or equivalent, to include a relevant subject

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With huge technological advances taking place in areas of transport, energy, healthcare and robotics, studying mechanical engineering can put you in a position to influence the future of global industries.

To meet the challenges of the engineering world, you'll study the design, development, modelling and operation of engineered products and systems. To establish your expertise in engineering, you'll get to specialise in subjects such as sustainable development, computer-aided engineering and computational fluid dynamics.

BEng or MEng?

The 3-year Bachelor's degree (BEng) and 4-year integrated Master's degree (MEng) share many of the same modules in years 1–3.

The MEng allows you to achieve a Master’s level degree with an extra year of undergraduate study, which can further enhance your career prospects. In the final year of your MEng, you'll complete an interdisciplinary project to get practical experience in the field, normally linked to the University's research and commercial activities, and explore complex topics such as energy systems, application of finite elements in solid modelling and structural integrity.

Course highlights

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including engineering analysis, optimisation and design
  • Work on a project proposal sponsored by an external company – previous students have worked on a heat loss optimisation with Rolls Royce, fire alarms with Apollo Fire Detectors and wind turbine blade production with Vestas
  • Get the chance to be involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students to be judged and raced at Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix
The Institution of Engineering and Technology - Accredited Programme

90%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

92%

overall student satisfaction for our MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering course (NSS, 2022)

Accreditation

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). The BEng meets in part the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the MEng meets in full the academic requirement for registration as Chartered Engineer (CEng).

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Entry requirements

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include a relevant subject. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • A levels - BBB-BBC, to include a relevant subject.
    Relevant subjects: Further Mathematics; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics.
  • T-levels - Merit
    Acceptable T Level Subjects: T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, T Level in Building Services Engineering, T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design and Development, T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find 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.

See alternative English language qualifications.

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.

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include a relevant subject. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • A levels - BBB-BBC, to include a relevant subject.
    Relevant subjects: Further Mathematics; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics.
  • T-levels - Merit
    Acceptable T Level Subjects: T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, T Level in Building Services Engineering, T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design and Development, T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - 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.

See alternative English language qualifications.

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.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to join this course after you successfully complete a foundation year.

MEng Mechanical Engineering Master's degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 120-128 points from 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include a relevant subject. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • A levels - ABB-BBB, to include a relevant subject.
    Relevant subjects: Further Mathematics; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics.
  • T-levels - Merit
    Acceptable T Level Subjects: T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, T Level in Building Services Engineering, T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design and Development, T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM  
  • International Baccalaureate - 29-30

find 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.

See alternative English language qualifications.

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.

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 120-128 points from 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, to include a relevant subject. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • A levels - ABB-BBB, to include a relevant subject.
    Relevant subjects: Further Mathematics; Mathematics; Statistics; Physics.
  • T-levels - Merit
    Acceptable T Level Subjects: T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning, T Level in Building Services Engineering, T Level in Engineering and Manufacturing Design and Development, T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing, T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM  
  • International Baccalaureate - 29-30

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - 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.

See alternative English language qualifications.

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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

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Ideal skills and qualities for this course

As well as meeting the course entry requirements, you need to have an interest in maths, physics, and design. An interest in how things work and how to improve systems and products is also useful.

Facilities

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Manufacturing equipment

Use our computer aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping suite, including various 3D printing systems for the creation of models for aesthetic, ergonomic and functional testing, including the assembly and integration of working prototypes.

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Energy Systems Laboratory

Our energy systems lab includes heat pumps, two wind tunnels, solar thermal collector and several engines, student project test rigs and our Formula Student design and development area.

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Stress Analysis Laboratory

An area to learn about the mechanical behaviour of materials, including the ability to perform tensile and impact tests, measure hardness and use microscopes.

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Metrology Laboratory

Put the science of measurement into practice with manual metrology equipment and a suite of Mitutoyo measuring machines including coordinate measuring machines, a contour and surface roughness measuring machine and 3D laser scanners.

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Future Technology Centre

Room to model and build prototypes using additive manufacturing machines, and test them out in our advanced testing and imaging facility. Equipment includes a laser sintering machine, 3D printers, 3D scanning microscopy and a Micro CT scanner.

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Take a look at our wind tunnel

Wind tunnels can be used to study the aerodynamic design of cars, trains and planes. Dr James Buick shows you how one works.

The area I teach in is thermal fluids, so that's to do with thermodynamics. That's the study of energy and also fluid mechanics, which is the study of flow of air and water and other gases.

I'm going to show you how a wind tunnel works and how we can use it to understand the performance of a wing. 

Things like wind tunnels are used in areas like Formula One. If you are looking at aerodynamic design and making alterations to try and improve the performance of your car, if you were designing a new train or looking at a lorry design, all these things move very fast through the air and they generate a lot of drag. The downside of that, is that it's expensive because you need more fuel to power your vehicle but also nowadays people are very aware of CO2 emissions and the more efficient you can get a system like a train or a lorry, then you reduce the CO2 emissions as well as reducing the cost.

What we've got set up in the wind tunnel at the moment is probably one of the main applications and that's looking at an aerofoil. Now with an aerofoil, you do generate drag, but also very importantly, it generates lift. The lift is generated by the flow over the top of the aerofoil being different to the flow that goes round the bottom. That gives you a difference in pressure and if the aerofoil is working correctly, then you have high pressure in the bottom, which is pushing up and lower pressure at the bottom, which is sucking the the wing up. And that's what keeps the aeroplane in the sky.

What we're able to do with this lab is change the angle of attack to see how the wing operates in different circumstances and we're also able to directly measure the pressure over the top and the bottom surfaces. That allows us to measure the lift but also to see how that changes very quickly as we go through stall point.

Take a tour of our engineering labs

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The reason I chose MEng Mechanical Engineering at Portsmouth was the facilities. I remember being really blown away by all the equipment we have available here.

Adele Gibbs, MEng Mechanical Engineering

Careers and opportunities

This mechanical engineering degree course will give you the skills and experience you need to work in any industry that depends on mechanical systems, from transport and construction to the armed forces and energy. 

And your skills will be in demand when you graduate – all mechanical engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list'. This is backed up by the fact that 90% of our MEng graduates are in work and/or further study 15 months after they graduate, with 80% of those in highly skilled work. 5 years after graduation, students on our mechanical engineering courses are earning an average of £35,000 a year.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for national and global companies such as:

  • Babcock International
  • Pall Corporation
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Bosch Thermotechnology
  • Wärtsilä
  • Mercedes-AMG

What jobs can you do with a mechanical engineering degree?

Roles you could go onto include:

  • mechanical engineer 
  • design engineer
  • test engineer
  • project manager
  • energy storage analyst
  • mechanical design engineer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

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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.

University of Portsmouth Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Israk Ali graduated in 2016 with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Portsmouth. He is now a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin. Find out what Izrak’s role entails and how he’s applying the skills he learned during his time at Portsmouth.

My name is Israk Ali.

I am a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin.

The thing that appealed to me most about the University of Portsmouth is going along to the open day, I quite liked a lot of the lab facilities and it seemed like a good balance of practical and theoretical work.

I got on with a few of the lecturers as well and it seemed like a course I'd really enjoy doing over the next few years.

When I joined University of Portsmouth, I also joined the MMA Society and the Islamic Society as well.

Alongside my studies, I tutored GCSE Maths, English and Science.

I thought it was a good way for me to use some of my academic experience and stuff I was learning in university to help children at the same time.

You realise that all the things you are learning has those real world applications.

By using the Careers and Employability Service and doing interview prep and preparing early, I was able to get my job secured at Lockheed Martin so I could do my masters year.

Then as soon as I graduated, I could start working straight away.

I initially started Lockheed Martin as part of a graduate scheme, so that covered two years where I'd rotate between different areas.

I've covered a lot of things like marine engineering, air space, mechanical hands-on work and working on the training facilities.

There was one time when I was out at sea for two weeks and I was able to work on developing a radar system and test that while we were out at sea.

It's really satisfying feeling for me, knowing that I've been able to work on designing a system and then having that actually being used in real life.

It gives me a massive sense of pride just to see what I've been working on all this time and also how other people would be able to use it as well.

The University of Portsmouth has really helped me to realise my potential.

As part of the Lockheed Martin Outreach Scheme, they do a lot of work in the local communities with schools and one of the challenges we had was to work with a school, help them build an electric go kart.

I helped out with that, help them get more into engineering and see what it takes to build a go kart.

I went down to Whale Island at the end of the session and they raced against all the other kids from the other schools and it gave me a big sense of pride actually, to show the kids that they can achieve things like building a go kart.

The thing that drives me most is being able to create and develop things that will progress the field of engineering that has immediate impacts, but also in the future can be further developed and push the realms of what we can actually do and and achieve.

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Making the most of your time at Portsmouth

From foundation year to Master's graduate, Holly made the most of her studies and student life to get the career in engineering she really wanted.

Placement year opportunities

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 or set up your own business, giving you the change 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.

You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

Taking a placement year with Mechanical Engineering

Hear from a current student on a placement year for their Mechanical Engineering degree.

In my placement, I went to Prysmian Cables in Eastleigh.
I was an Assistant Project Engineer working in the high-voltage cable installation design team.
Looking into the phasing of the cables, whether it needs to be concrete or CBS-surround.
If it's in a highway or is in a countryside, so just everything.
The placement office literally do everything, the amount of times I went in with my CV, five different times a week for five different jobs.
It's lovely, they just do everything and anything to help you.
Prysmian were lovely, they really made me feel like a valued member of the team.
I had to work with people that I never met before, different age groups, different diversities, different specialisms.
Going into my third year, we've all had different experiences and we've been able to build on that together, especially with the group coursework, so it's made it a lot easier.
If I hadn't done a placement, I would definitely find the final years of my course a lot harder.
Being able to do essays and my practical skills in CAD, I got to learn stuff that I would never pick up at university.
Following my placement, I definitely say that I'm more employable.
I've done a year working which is not something most students can say.
I would say I'm more confident.
I've managed to get my part-time job, I've got a promotion there and I've definitely got references that I wouldn't have had if I didn't do a placement.

Potential roles

Previous students have been successful in roles such as:

  • mechanical project engineer
  • intern design engineer
  • sustainability engineer
  • mechatronic systems engineer
  • junior aerospace engineer

Potential destinations

They've worked at exciting companies, including:

  • SMR Automotive
  • Baker Hughes
  • BAE Systems
  • NDS Engineering

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Modules

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.

Modules

Core modules

You'll model and analyse simple circuits, explain device operation and electromagnetism, and apply basic logic elements. When you complete the module, you'll have crucial interdisciplinary knowledge at the intersection of key engineering fields.

You will develop British Standards compliant skills in hand drafting and computer aided design (CAD) in this module. Through your design practice, you'll produce sketches and assembly drawings that communicate technical information clearly and accurately, and demonstrate the professional use of design tools to plan, build, and test a model or prototype.

You'll learn about material classification, properties, testing and selection for different applications. You'll also cover the capabilities, limitations and uses of manufacturing technologies. When you complete the module, you'll be able to show essential skills in materials science and manufacturing careers.

You'll formulate equations and models for engineering problems, and apply them to solve practical problems in stress, load balancing, and more.

You'll approach practical engineering scenarios, using concepts and calculations from thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. On completion, you'll be set for further study in the modelling and optimisation of pumps, turbines, engines, and other key equipment.

In this module, you'll learn mathematical techniques that you can use for intricate engineering problems. Over a full year, you'll work through topics including algebra, calculus, matrices and complex numbers, learning to recognise when an engineering problem calls for a given method. You'll also learn efficient strategies for breaking down and solving multifaceted problems, applicable in both mathematical and engineering activity.

Core modules

In this module, you'll build your confidence in using computers for engineering activity, learning about their capabilities and limitations by producing components. You'll create and evaluate designs, demonstrate injection moulding processes, and use cross-disciplinary knowledge of economics, mathematics and science to inform your analysis of engineering solutions.

In this module, you'll define open-ended problems with product design specifications, then apply problem-solving techniques and knowledge of standard components to create and present a design solution. You'll learn about sources of design information, the effective use of engineering components, and how to size features for creative engineering solutions.

In this module, you'll use MATLAB to model physical processes and apply mathematical techniques. You'll also learn to formulate algorithms, and to recognise, define and apply functions. On completion of the module, you'll be ready to demonstrate the crucial analytical and computational skills for solving complex engineering problems.

Through stress analysis, kinematics, vibration theory and more, you'll evaluate complex structures and mechanisms in an engineering context. You'll pair this with study of problem-solving, numeracy and communication skills, building your readiness for mechanical engineering careers.

You'll expand on your understanding of the second law of thermodynamics in this module, and learn to apply analytical and semi-empirical methods to practical thermofluid processes. Then you'll flex your problem-solving skills as you appraise issues in combustion, fluid flow, heat transfer and energy conversion.

Optional modules

You can learn programming from scratch on this module, picking up programming techniques and ways of using algorithms, data structures and graphical interfaces. You'll work with Visual Basic and embedded systems languages, using them to analyse and solve problems with code. Completing this module means you'll have the core skills for programming in engineering careers.

In this module, you'll evaluate metals, polymers, ceramics and composites, and how to use them in mechanical manufacturing applications. Looking at the composition and properties of these materials, you'll identify their capabilities and limitations, and make recommendations of optimal materials for processing techniques. You'll also apply scientific, technological and engineering principles to address problems in next-generation fabrication designs.

You will gain an understanding and demonstrate building theory and higher-level automated system concepts. You will bring technologies together into practical projects and evaluate solutions across functionality, impacts, sustainability, legislation and ethics. You’ll apply robotics theory, understand and apply automation concepts, demonstrate integrated technologies, and evaluate developed solutions.

Core modules

You'll choose a project assigned by staff or propose your own idea, working independently and meeting regularly with your supervisor. You'll use the engineering skills and knowledge you gained throughout the course, demonstrate your awareness of the wider context of engineering, and be assessed through items including a portfolio, a final report and a presentation.

In this module you'll examine and develop applications to engineering problems involving solid mechanics, and be assessed through computer-based tests, a group technical report and a written exam. After this module you'll be able to analyse the theoretical bases of the Finite Element Formulation, and apply this to relevant problems in solid mechanics.

In this module, you'll consider national and international responses to global environmental issues, using perspectives drawn from risk management, life-cycle analysis and security frameworks. You'll appraise materials and processes, technical innovations and ethical behaviour, in preparation for careers that can drive positive change.

In this module, you'll evaluate and apply proven industry approaches for optimising manufacturability, conforming to standards, and reducing defects. You'll see how engineers can influence quality at the design stage, meet external codes and standards, and manage tools for quality control. On completion, you'll have developed your understanding of how to engineer high-quality products at scale.

Optional modules

You'll learn to use conservation principles to describe fluid motion and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature of turbulent flows. You'll learn how to apply thermodynamic principles, and to critically analyse thermal plant performance and system design.

You'll develop your domain knowledge through thematic areas such as biological and medical, manufacturing, internet-of-things, social networking, finance and marketing as you learn to compare and contrast the performance of different types of data analysis techniques.

Core modules

Working independently, with guidance from your supervisor, you'll hone your project management abilities while analysing problems, producing solutions, and reflecting on your work through reports and presentations. On completion, you'll be able to demonstrate your professional capabilities in handling complex problems and technical uncertainty.

In this module you'll examine and develop applications to engineering problems involving solid mechanics, and be assessed through computer-based tests, a group technical report and a written exam. After this module you'll be able to analyse the theoretical bases of the Finite Element Formulation, and apply this to relevant problems in solid mechanics.

In this module, you'll consider national and international responses to global environmental issues, using perspectives drawn from risk management, life-cycle analysis and security frameworks. You'll appraise materials and processes, technical innovations and ethical behaviour, in preparation for careers that can drive positive change.

In this module, you'll evaluate and apply proven industry approaches for optimising manufacturability, conforming to standards, and reducing defects. You'll see how engineers can influence quality at the design stage, meet external codes and standards, and manage tools for quality control. On completion, you'll have developed your understanding of how to engineer high-quality products at scale.

Optional modules

You'll learn to use conservation principles to describe fluid motion and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature of turbulent flows. You'll learn how to apply thermodynamic principles, and to critically analyse thermal plant performance and system design.

You'll develop your domain knowledge through thematic areas such as biological and medical, manufacturing, internet-of-things, social networking, finance and marketing as you learn to compare and contrast the performance of different types of data analysis techniques.

Core modules

You'll summarise and present the design of a mechanical component, and use static, modal and eigen buckling analyses to critically assess the viability of finite element models for analysing engineering components. You'll build robust and accurate models to simulate components, evaluate them, and suggest improvements.

In this module, you'll model and analyse heat transfer modes, evaluating the effect of operation and design variables on performance. You'll consider fuel types and their environmental effects as you learn to employ LMTD and NTU methods for heat exchanger sizing. When you complete the module, you'll be able to demonstrate technical competency twinned with societal awareness.

In this module, you'll work under professional conditions as you collaborate on a challenging systems design brief. You'll design an engineering response that meets a given business goal; as you do so, you'll polish and demonstrate skills such as communication, risk mitigation, project planning and control, and critical thinking. You'll emerge from this module with experience of the soft skills that companies will expect from you.

In this module, you'll focus on fracture mechanics, fatigue, and other threats to integrity in engineering structures. You'll examine methods to predict damage tolerance and likely lifespan of components, and to assess engineering designs for failure modes.

Optional modules

In this module you'll learn to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to model and analyse complex fluid flow situations. You'll appraise the CFD currently being used by researchers in the field, understanding its potential and its limitations, as you develop your appreciation of the numerical methods used in CFD studies.

In this module, you'll apply in-depth knowledge of control systems to analyse complex design specifications, then propose and test your solutions. You'll use computer-aided engineering (CAE) packages to simulate systems, and solve industrial control issues.

You'll examine energy potential and the limitations of wind, solar, tidal, wave, hydro and geothermal energy solutions, aw well as exploring energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environmental and economic aspects of energy.

On this course, you can do an optional study abroad or work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years, or after your third year, to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the 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.

Student driving a single-seater racing car

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.

Formula Student has given me the confidence in my ability as an engineer, as components that I have designed were built and proven to withstand their environment.

Simon Hotchkiss, Mechanical Engineering Student

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials (personal and academic)
  • Laboratory and project work
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
  • Open access study

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical tests
  • Project work
  • Presentations

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.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

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Supporting you

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 postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

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.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

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
  • referencing
  • 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.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • 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)
  • International (non-EU) students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

  • 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)
  • International (non-EU) students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights 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 and memory sticks.

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 – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H300 (BEng) or H304 (MEng)
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS (BEng)

Apply now through UCAS (MEng)

 

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.

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H300 (BEng) or H304 (MEng)
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS (BEng)

Apply now through UCAS (MEng)

 

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.

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in 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.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common mechanical engineering questions

Mechanical engineering involves the design, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems – from individual parts and small devices such as microscale sensors and inkjet printer nozzles to large systems such as spacecraft and machine tools.

Mechanical engineers take products from ideas to the marketplace using disciplines such as engineering, engineering mathematics and science.

Mechanical engineering is one of the world's most in demand engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers can work in many industries and on many types of projects.

The number of jobs in mechanical engineering is expected to grow 3.8% from 2019 to 2023 according to Labour Marketing Information (LMI).

The world relies on mechanical engineering solutions, so you'll positively contribute to society when you graduate.

You'll also develop a versatile skillset including analytical, critical thinking and design skills, which makes you highly sought after and employable.

Both. You'll learn theoretical aspects and then apply what you've learnt in laboratory practicals.