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Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons)

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional engineer by studying the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about all movable parts, helping prepare you for a career in one of the most diverse and versatile engineering fields.


Watch: Anna Strzelecka, VC2020 Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, talks about the benefits of studying engineering at DMU.

Mechanical engineering touches virtually every aspect of modern life. It’s at the forefront of developing new technologies for a multitude of industries including transport, healthcare, construction, and robotics.

This course focuses on a range of topics including computer-aided design (CAD), thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, dynamics and control, materials engineering and processing, and product development.

Our teaching and content are influenced by our research in aerodynamics, fluid systems, transportation, manufacturing and sustainable development.

You can study Mechanical Engineering either as a three-year BEng (Hons) programme, or a four-year integrated master’s MEng (Hons). At the end of year three, you have the option of graduating with a BEng (Hons) or continuing for a further year for a MEng (Hons), subject to meeting the progression requirements.

Key features

  • Dual accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This fulfils the educational requirements for a Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc.
  • Study a range of topics including computer-aided design, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, dynamics and control, materials engineering and processing and fracture mechanics.
  • Benefit from specialist facilities such as our control and dynamics laboratories, mechanics and materials laboratories, engine test cell and Rohde and Schwarz embedded systems laboratories.
  • Join DMU Racing and take part in Formula Student, an annual initiative set up by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which challenges universities across the world to design, build and race a single-seat racing car.
  • Graduates have opportunities to progress into careers across a range of fields, including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy, as well as work in the product manufacturing and food and beverage industries.


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  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

BEng UCAS course code: H301

MEng UCAS course code: H747


BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

MEng: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

MEng UCAS course code: H747


BEng: Three years full-time, four years full-time with placement

MEng: Four years full-time, five years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: £9,250 with our EU undergraduate transitional scholarship (T&Cs apply).

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras. 

Contact us: For more information, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points (120 for MEng) from at least two A-levels including Mathematics or Physics at grade C or above, or
  • Engineering or Physics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM (DDM for MEng), or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level, or
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent.

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

Mature students

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

International students 

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band (or equivalent) when you start the course is essential. 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.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Engineering Mathematics I                          
  • Mechanical Principles - Statics         
  • Thermofluids
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
  • Design and Manufacture (with project)
  • Computer Aided Engineering and Programming

Second year

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering and Processing
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Engineering Mathematics III
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Solid Mechanics 

Third year

  • Individual Project (core)

  • Control (core)

  • Power and Energy Systems (core)

  • Machines and Mechanisms (core)

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) (optional)

  • Bioengineering (optional)

  • Finite Element Method (core)

  • Emerging Materials and Processes (optional)

  • Design for 3D Printing (optional)

  • Advanced Power Systems and Green Technologies (optional)

  • Turbomachinery (optional)    


MEng modules

  • Group Project
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics

  • Engineering Business Environment

  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

  • Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

  • Advanced CAD & FEA (optional)
  • Digital Manufacturing (optional)

This module list applies to courses which started from September 2019. Students entering Year 3 should contact us to request the relevant module choices.

Click here for more detailed module information.

Mechanical Engineering is taught by knowledgeable and experienced staff giving you the opportunity to 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 Mechanical Engineering 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 be exposed to industry-standard 3D design and FEA Analysis software and have access to computer and experimental laboratory facilities throughout the course.

You will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake around 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.


This 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. 

The BEng (Hons) programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc. In addition the programme meets the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.


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Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Our mechanical engineering laboratory is designed for study of thermofluids, 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 to measure engine performance and emissions and our energy laboratory is available to conduct thermofluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering. 

The materials laboratory has facilities for material microstructure examination and properties testing. Equipment incudes microscopes and various properties testers for tensile, fatigue, wear, corrosion, hardness, and impact testing.

The dynamics and control laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, non-linear control and inertia bending.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Mechanical Engineering students can go on to work in industries including aerospace, automotive, defence, and energy, as well as work in the product manufacturing and food industries.

The diverse range of specialist modules on the course helps students to develop skills required for a range of industries, providing opportunities to also pursue careers in broader areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as Toyota, Cummins Generator Technologies, Ricardo (McLaren Performance Engines), and JCB.



Our innovative international experience programme aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

As part of the programme, engineering students visited New York for a guided tour of some of America's finest and most complex military hardware, including fighter jets, spacecraft and marine vessels. Mechanical Engineering student Tanvir Choudhury said: “I saw the technology the military had in the 1960s and 1970s and was impressed by how much it has developed since then.”



Work placements are offered as part of this course through #DMUworks, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team can help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

Mechanical Engineering students have previously secured placements with local and international engineering firms, such as Tom Hobson, who landed a year-long work placement with industry giant Airbus, where he was able to learn from experts at the aerospace manufacturer. Tom also secured a placement offer with Jaguar Land Rover.

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Complete Engineering Year Zero and enrol as an undergraduate - check. Become DMU Racing Team Leader - check. Graduate with a First and secure a job - check. Mechanical Engineering graduate Bradley has gone from strength to strength, read more about his success here.


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