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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

About the course

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A degree in Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU) will give you the skills and abilities to become a professional engineer. You will understand why components fail; how to design aerodynamic bodies that influence drag and lift; the principles of heat flow for refrigeration, heating and combustion; how to describe the motion of vibrating or moving bodies such as aircraft wings or vehicles.

Reasons to study Mechanical Engineering at DMU:

  • 89% of recent graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating*
  • Mechanical Engineering at DMU is 2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality and 5th for Student Experience in the influential The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league tables
  • Our graduates secure engineering jobs at large global companies such as Toyota, Cummins and the Royal Air Force.
  • The course is taught by world-leading research experts in aerodynamics, fluid systems, transportation, manufacturing and sustainable development.
  • You will use industry standard software in every part of engineering, from creating concepts through to virtual testing.
  • Technology's dedicated Placement Unit can help you to integrate a placement within your course. Our placement students have worked for Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International. Completing a work placement can help you in your job search when you graduate. Some placements even lead to job offers.
  • We offer all students the opportunity to take part in an international experience with #DMUglobal which can help you to discover a global area of interest you would like to pursue.

Mechanical engineering is vital to all aspects of our everyday lives. It covers the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything that has movable parts. This could be from massive structures such as oil platforms, to large jet engines and single valves. We’ve made sure that the range of specialist modules studied on this course reflects different aspects of mechanical engineering and can lead to a career for graduates.

*DLHE 2013/2014

Thanks to DMU I am living my dream and working on real life engineering projects.

Key facts

UCAS course code: H301

Find out about the Mechanical Engineering Integrated Masters programme

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement or six years part-time studying one day per week.

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 280 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course with at least 15 credits in the relevant subject at merit.

    Access to HE Engineering
    Engineering Science
    Engineering Science and Maths
    Physics and Engineering
    Physics and Maths

    If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Maths or Physics please contact us for more details.

    English and Maths GCSEs required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level or
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by knowledgeable, experienced staff who are willing to help you gain a sound understanding of the engineering principles along with the personal skills that will enable you to study successfully and embark on a rewarding career.

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Student-centred learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

Course modules

First year

Engineering Mathematics

Mechanical Principles

Electrical and Electronics Principles

Principles of Design and Manufacture

Computer Aided Engineering

Second year

Dynamics and Thermo‑dynamics

Strength of Materials

Product Design and Development

Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Mechanical Stream)

Project Management (Design Stream)

Design for Manufacturing (Design Stream)

Low Carbon Technologies (Energy Stream)

Energy Policy and Management (Energy stream)

Final year

Individual Project

Solid Mechanics (Mechanical Stream)

Plant Analysis and Sustainability (Mechanical and Energy Streams)

Dynamics and Control (Mechanical Stream)

Virtual Prototyping (Design Stream)

Design Analysis (Design Stream)

Systems Integration (Design Stream)

Industry links and professional accreditation

Mechanical-Engineers-Logo-Web-HR The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

As a member of IMechE you will be part of an internationally recognised organisation that represents engineers in more than 135 countries, be able to get advice and support, training and development, as well as access networking groups.

Work experience and placements

You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Unit provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Engineering students have taken part in work experience placements at a number of local, national and international companies including BMW AG, Airbus UK and Siemens.

Graduate careers

The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers that can be entered by graduates. You could go into industries including aerospace, defence and energy as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, pharmaceuticals, furniture and foods. You will have the ability to work in areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality.

Fees and funding

Full-time £9,000
Placement year £650
Part-time (Where available)  
4 year course £5,925 per year
6 year course £3,950 per year
Per module £988 per 15 credits
Full-time £12,250
Placement year £750

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding section.

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the Kimberlin library, and journal articles on your reading lists are also available electronically from your myDMU login. Similarly, any other essential course material (including in some cases an electronic version of the core textbook) is available from the dedicated module site on the University’s virtual-learning environment.

Optional Extras

There are no compulsory placements or trips associated with this programme, however, you will have the option of participating in #DMUglobal trips either as part of some of the modules or as an extra-curricular activity. These trips are subsidised by the university and the cost and the subsidy varies by location.

Find out more about #DMUglobal

If you wish to undertake an international year-abroad at a partner institution fees are reduced to £650 for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university and any support visit from academics or professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance. No fees are payable to the overseas partner, but there may be additional costs for other services. All Faculty of Technology students have the opportunity to take a paid or unpaid placement year in industry before their final year. Placements are full-time jobs and are available in a wide variety of sectors include private, public and not-for profit.

If you wish to undertake a placement year facilitated by DMU fees are reduced to £650 for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university, support from your academic supervisor and professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance.

Find out more about placements

For further information, please contact the faculty admissions team by email at or phone us on 0116 257 7456.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to home undergraduate students studying on a full time basis. To see if you are eligible, take a look at the Fees and Funding section of the website.



The main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students.  Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Faculty tour


How to apply


Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

Customer Service Unit
PO Box 28
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T: 0871 468 0 468


International students can apply directly to the university through our online applications portal.

Contact details

For further information and admissions advice

Study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

Submit an online form to ask questions and get advice.



Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer. Students who successfully graduate with this degree may, with the appropriate further learning, meet the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. imeche-logo





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