Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

This subject plays a vital part in our everyday lives, including the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about anything that has movable parts.


*Course is subject to validation and change*

By studying Mechanical Engineering, you will benefit from dual accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This fulfils the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer when presented with an accredited MSc.

On this course, you will study a range of topics including computer aided design, thermodynamics and heat transfer, solid mechanics, dynamics and control, materials engineering and processing, and product development.

One hundred per cent of our Mechanical Engineering graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.

Study either 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.

Teaching is influenced by our research in aerodynamics, fluid systems, transportation, manufacturing and sustainable development

Join DMU Racing and take part in Formula Student, an annual Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ initiative challenging universities across the world to design, build and race a single-seat racing car.

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.
Graduates can progress to careers across a range of fields, including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy, as well as work in the product manufacturing and food industries.

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

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and workshops. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

Printing Club: A £7 one-off payment is required to cover the whole course of study. This cost will provide you with access to a 3D printer and other small homemade printers.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H301

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

Fees and funding: £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras. 


Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist laboratories and workshops. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs, which for this programme could include the following:

Printing Club: A £7 one-off payment is required to cover the whole course of study. This cost will provide you with access to a 3D printer and other small homemade printers 

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

  • Normally 112 UCAS points 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 
  • Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent

Alternative qualifications include:

Pass in one of the following QAA accredited Access to HE course:

  • Access to HE Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Science and Mathematics
  • Physics and Engineering
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Electronics and Computer Engineering

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 GCSE 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: 26+ points with Maths or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass


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 changes

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


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments


 *Course is subject to validation and change*

First year

  • Engineering Maths 1                              
  • Mechanical Principles - Statics         
  • Thermofluids
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Engineering Maths 2
  • Mechanical Principles - Dynamics
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Computer Aided Engineering and Programming


Second year

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering and Processing
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Engineering Mathematics 3
  • 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)    


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

The main mechanical engineering laboratory 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.

Engine Test Cell

There is a purpose built engine testing facility to measure engine performance and emissions. Typical student projects done in this facility include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics. 

Energy Laboratory

The energy laboratory is available to conduct thermo-fluid experiments relevant to mechanical engineering.  The laboratory contains equipment to teach wide range of thermos-fluid applications such as Air-Conditioning, Heat-pumps and various fundamental experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity.

Materials Science Laboratory

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

Dynamics and Control Laboratory

This is a dedicated laboratory for the study of dynamics and control, equipment in this laboratory allows you to study gyroscope theory, vibration theory, no-linear control, inertia bending etc.

Design Studios

There are many computer laboratories available with CAD and Finite Element Modelling Software. The primary packages used are CREO and AUTODESK Simulation for FEA modelling. Student will be using these design software from their first year of study. 


We have 1,600 study places and more than 700 computer workstations across all library locations on campus. These give access to more than 500,000 print publications, thousands of e-books and e-journals and a huge range of DVDs, plus a host of research databases.

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management.

There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

The range of specialist modules studied on this course is reflected by the diversity of careers on offer. Careers exist in industries including aerospace, automotive, defence and energy; as well as the manufacturing of industrial and domestic products, and food industry. You will have the ability to work in broader areas of design, research and development, marketing, sales, production management and quality control.



This is our innovative international experience programme which 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.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Work placements are offered as part of this course and they are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job and can often lead to an offer of employment for when you graduate.

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

Mechanical Engineering student Tom Hobson secured a year-long work placement with industry giant Airbus. Tom was also successful in landing a placement with Jaguar Landrover, which he chose to turn down in favour of a position with the aerospace manufacturer.

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