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School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng, BEng Mechanical Engineering


Applications for 2016 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017 will open in September.

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers have a huge impact on modern living, working to make continual improvements to the everyday things we take for granted, as well as designing new technologies and contributing to large-scale projects such as high-speed transport systems and space stations.

Mechanical engineers help shape the way we live through the design and manufacture of everyday items, from sports equipment to hightech operating theatres for hospitals, vehicles and public transport infrastructure, and industrial applications such as the structural design of oil platforms. A wide range of skills are needed to achieve this in an efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

The University has a long history of excellence in mechanical engineering and this degree will give you a broad base of knowledge which can be applied to a variety of mechanical engineering-related industries and beyond.

Mercedes F1 Chief Race Engineering Andrew Shovlin
tells us about his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Leed

The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules and in years three and four you will undertake specialist modules according to your chosen degree course. A key benefit of having a common first two years is that you can easily switch between our different degrees.

UCAS Code: H300 (MEng, BEng) or H305 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees (per year): UK/EU: £9,000; International: £19,000
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
IMechE accredited programme

Course Content

In years one and two, you will study six long compulsory modules in each year to establish the core mechanical engineering principles that are required by all branches of mechanical engineering. You will also undertake the first year design and manufacture project.

Since many mechanical engineers go on to positions where they have management responsibilities, it is also important that you study business practices and management. Therefore, in year two, you will study economics and management, taught by the Leeds University Business School.

The third year features a set of compulsory modules that will extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding in several key areas. In design and manufacture systems, you will study advanced manufacturing methods and strategies, factory layout principles and modelling and management of manufacturing processes, as well as gaining experience of using process simulation software such as Witness.

The finite element methods of analysis module will train you in this vital computer simulation method, allowing you to calculate the internal stresses, deformations and critical forces in complex solid structures. Building on years one and two, the thermofluids module will teach you how to apply thermodynamic analysis to understand all the principal combustion-powered gas and steam powerplants in common use, as well as refrigeration and vapour compression systems.

In the fourth year (MEng)
you will select four masters-level modules from a choice of 12, so there are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies to your interests and career goals.

In year four (MEng), you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of design optimisation, study in detail the analysis of structures unique to the aerospace industry, explore rotary wing aircraft, and develop a deeper understanding of aeronautical and aerospace engines.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.



Our mechanical engineers can be found working around the world, from running oil platforms to working on automation and robotics, designing futuristic buildings and working in the manufacturing industry.

Recent graduate positions include:
• Graduate Technical Engineer, ABB
• Nuclear Decommissioning Engineer, Atkins
• Graduate Design Engineer, Balfour Beatty Rail
• Design Analysis Engineer, Bentley Motors
• Subsea Design Engineer, Cameron International
• Mechanical Test Engineer, Cummins Turbo Technologies
• Operations Manager, General Electric
• Graduate Trainee, Jaguar Land Rover
• Piping Engineer, Foster Wheeler Energy
• Technology Consultant, IBM
• Graduate Engineer, JCB
• Test Engineer, Johnson and Johnson
• Project Engineer, Mars Inc.
• Graduate Engineer, Ministry of Defence
• Higher research scientist, National Physical Laboratory
• Clinical engineer, NHS
• Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Trainee, Rolls-Royce
• Mechanical Engineer, Sellafield Ltd
• Electrification Engineer, Tata Steel

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Engineering Diploma: Grade A* (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD overall including a distinction in Mechanical Principles & Applications, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 36 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Our applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course, including a detailed look at the course contents, student activities, and
teaching approaches. You will take part in a practical engineering activity, which involves working in teams in our design office to solve a fun engineering problem. This is followed by a feedback session and prize-giving.

The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities, such as experiments with wind tunnels, engines, materials and mechatronic systems, and recent project work. You will also view the Formula Student race car construction area, our new thermofluids lab, the dynamics and control lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy/materials lab, and the prototyping and manufacturing lab.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will
also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.