BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

On this IMechE accredited degree course, you can develop the vocational and practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to start a fantastic career in this global industry. It's offered on a full-time or part-time basis and is also suitable for HND students.

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Course details

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bolton has been awarded professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet in part the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

This course may be studied part-time on a dedicated one day a week basis. The course is also available full-time. It's ideal if you're an HND student looking to top-up your qualification to degree standard. Year 2 or 3 HND students will be selected according to their level of mathematics, science, and experience. If you’re interested in a degree apprenticeship, the department is actively looking at collaboration with local companies.

The department provides a friendly, yet challenging, environment where the emphasis is on both the theories and principles of mechanical engineering and their application in a work context. You’ll carry out case studies, practical and laboratory work and problem-solving projects. You’ll also develop the presentation and managerial skills that you'll need to manage engineering projects and support your future employment in the industry.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H300
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have the opportunity to work on live engineering projects, both as an individual and as part of a group.
  • There are also opportunities to participate in inter-university student competitions including the IMechE’s annual undergraduate design challenge, which includes all the universities in the North West.
  • Professionals from national and multinational mechanical engineering firms are regularly invited to give guest lectures about the sector and job opportunities. You’ll also have industry visits and work placements.
  • You’ll get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment and software such as SolidWorks, Ansys, and MATLAB, for analysis and design, prototyping and control.
  • Your honours project allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding when investigating and providing solutions to engineering problems. Some projects may be on ‘live’ problems from local industry or in-house research activity.

Key features:

  • Our engineering department has a strong tradition in the field of engineering education and high-quality engineering courses have been delivered successfully at Bolton for many years.
  • It has modern, dedicated engineering laboratories and state-of-the-art design development and project facilities. These include CAD, analysis, optimisation, CAM and CAE software.
  • You’ll be taught in a supportive learning environment with small class sizes. Your tutors are experienced professionals and academics, highly qualified in their fields, and many of them are chartered engineers.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop an understanding of all aspects of engineering projects; for example, costings, the science and maths of these projects, functional design materials, and project management.
  • You’ll have opportunities to develop business skills for a career in this field, including problem-solving, managing workloads, and communicating with a range of personnel. You’ll also be able to develop your decision-making abilities and your ICT capabilities.
  • Our mechanical engineering graduates enjoy high levels of employment, finding interesting and financially rewarding professional careers in the UK and overseas.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS code: H300
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics and a science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. Technology and engineering subjects, as well as additional mathematics subjects (such as further maths and statistics), will be accepted as ‘science’ subjects.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.

If you have a Foundation Degree or HND/C in Mechanical Engineering (or an appropriate engineering discipline) then you may be considered for entry to level HE5/6 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. If you’re granted full exemption from the level HE4 modules of this course then you’ll be able to complete the course in two years. Otherwise, it will take you three years to complete the course. Before applying, please check whether you’ll be eligible for student loans for the duration of the course.

The University of Bolton recognises prior learning, whether gained through academic credit and qualifications or through your professional and employment experience. Previous learning may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for this programme or for exemption from part of this programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning, and each claim will be considered in accordance with the University’s policy and regulations for the recognition of prior learning.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineering deals with the design, development, installation, operation, and maintenance of anything that has moving parts. Jobs are available in a vast array of sectors.

A mechanical engineering degree combines mathematics, science, technology, business, and management. This course is designed to ensure graduates can solve problems, manage workloads, communicate with a range of personnel, work in multidisciplinary teams, as well as develop decision-making and ICT capabilities.

What can I do with this qualification?

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is well recognised in the UK and many parts of the world. It’s designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge for a broad range of roles in the mechanical engineering industry, including design, manufacturing, testing, construction, development, and management, as well as related roles in areas such as sales and marketing.

Mechanical engineers are employed in many industries, with the main ones being aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defence, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. Career opportunities could include research and development, design, production, and plant management, or you may choose to continue your formal education in the form of an MSc or research degree.

Alternative career options

  • Investment banking
  • Mining and drilling
  • Patent Law
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Professional recognition

This course holds professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

The BEng (Hons) will automatically meet the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Projects and Systems
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials and Machines
  • Thermofluids and Control Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Engineering in Business and Society
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Advanced Thermofluids and Control
  • Finite Element and Difference Solutions

Teaching, learning and assessment

The varied nature of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering programme means that teaching and learning are done in a range of ways, with increasing levels of open-ended personal study as you progress. You’ll be expected to attend timetabled classes. These ensure you can acquire and develop the necessary concepts, knowledge and skills. Other teaching methods are demanded by professional body accreditation requirements. These involve opportunities to develop skills in creativity and innovation, mainly through projects, and design and make and test activities, where application, assimilation and integration of course material are realised.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme are assessed and achieved. We use a range of assessment methods depending on the learning outcome in question and the type of module content being assessed. You’ll receive feedback after each assessment so you know what you have done well, and where you need to improve.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (49%), Practical exams (18%), Written exams (33%)
Level Two Coursework (54%), Practical exams (10%), Written exams (36%)
Level Three Coursework (52%), Practical exams (13%), Written exams (35%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (74%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (26%)
Level Three Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    H300
  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    21/09/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BEng (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
    96
  • Duration:
    4.5 years

Contact us

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader
Email: M.Ndiaye@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903026

Erping Zhou
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Email: E.Zhou@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903465

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903