Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng (Hons) – 2017 entry

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What you'll study

Almost every aspect of our life is driven by the work of mechanical engineers. If you choose to take our programme in Mechanical Engineering, you will learn how to mastermind the complex technologies behind aircraft, cars, satellites and medical equipment.

Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, manufacture and optimisation of the advanced technology that enables applications such as engines, production lines, construction machinery and – increasingly as we face the future – robotics.

Often occupying key positions in senior management, mechanical engineers are sought after for their highly developed analytical, computing and managerial abilities.

Programme overview

Our Mechanical Engineering degrees are rooted in the real world of industry and the rapidly evolving needs of the engineering sector.

As well as giving you a thorough grounding in the subject, you will have opportunities to specialise in areas such as structures, materials, robotics and control, and to explore the subject through Formula Student – Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition.

Our teaching is underpinned by state-of-the-art laboratory and computing facilities, and designed to develop a wide range of expertise. Tuition is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars, supported by practical laboratory classes and project-based work.

One of the advantages of our Mechanical Engineering and related programmes in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Medical Engineering is a common first year.

This introduces you to the broad basis of mechanical engineering and ensures that you can communicate with engineers of different specialisations.

Read about the experience of Mechanical Engineering student Dan Hook.

MEng and BEng transfer

Direct entry to the MEng programme normally requires higher qualifications, but transfer from the BEng to the MEng is possible during the degree programme, depending on academic performance. This would normally happen after Year 2.

Transfer is also possible from the MEng and BEng programmes without a Professional Training placement to ones with (and vice versa). This transfer can be made after Year 1, giving students who were initially undecided time to consider the benefits of the Professional Training year.

Surrey Merit Scholarship

This programme is eligible for our merit-based scholarship, which provides a £2,000 cash award – and membership of Surrey Sports Park for the first year of study – for eligible undergraduate students. More information can be found on our Undergraduate Bursaries and Scholarships page.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, not only will you study the technical topics such as mechanics, design and thermodynamics, but you will develop the key broader transferable skills of communication and teamwork. All first-year students are also given practical training in standard workshop and laboratory practice.

Compulsory Modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 2 provides you with a comprehensive range of mechanical engineering subjects, supported by extensive laboratory work, which will prepare you for your Professional Training placement. You also have the opportunity to work in a team on a design project, for which you will need to draw upon the knowledge you have gained throughout the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

A crucial part of all our programmes, Professional Training placements provide you with further practical experience and enhance your understanding of the subject. As well as enabling you to apply the skills you are learning, the Professional Training placement also gives you a deeper understanding of your studies and provides you with a head start as you enter the job market.

Companies that participate in the scheme include 2H Offshore Engineering, Air Products, Bentley, Vauxhall Motors, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce plc and Applus+ IDIADA (Spain).

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, if you are a BEng student, you will study core modules, including an extensive group design project, an individual project and management modules, plus a number of optional modules. Recent examples of projects include ‘Formula Student engine development’, ‘Robot Martian rovers’ and ‘Sailing yacht keel design’. If you are an MEng student, emphasis is placed on further development of your selected technical specialisation and managerial expertise.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Year 4 (MEng only, FHEQ Level 7)

In Year 4 (MEng only), you study theory and application to a greater depth and breadth. As part of your programme, you carry out an extensive individual research project in collaboration with industry. You also benefit from multidisciplinary design work with students from other engineering disciplines in order to simulate an industrial engineering context.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

Our courses have been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) website for further information.

BEng (Hons) Accredited CEng (Partial)

This degree is accredited as:

  • Fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng)
  • Partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng

See the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) website for further information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BEng (Hons) programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-20 approx. - PPE equipment

Grand total: £15-20 approx.

There are associated costs with this MEng programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £10 - Compulsory book purchase; Rogers GFC & Mayhew YR, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Fluids (SI Units), 5th ed, Blackwell, 1995. (ISBN 978-0-631-19703-4)
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15-20 approx. - PPE equipment

Grand total: £15-20 approx.

Professional Training placements

The enhanced interpersonal and management skills that you learn during the Professional Training placement are highly valued by employers. This optional year also provides an opportunity to earn a salary whilst on your placement. However, despite being paid by your employer you still remain a member of the University.

Many students are offered subsequent employment by the firms with which they spend their placement year.


We recognise that each student is an individual with a unique academic background. We attempt to meet these differences with a blend of teaching methods, ranging from lectures and group tutorials to small class groups in laboratories, plus the development of online teaching resources.

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on option and career choices, helping you get the most from your studies with us.

Your communication skills, vital to professional mechanical engineers, are developed in communications and information technology modules where you explore the whole spectrum of communication media, from chalk-and-talk to state-of-the-art computer software presentation packages.


Degrees are awarded on a combination of examinations and continuous assessment, in the form of coursework, projects, laboratory reports and presentations. Our students generally find this combination helps them to plan their time more effectively.

Year 1 marks do not count towards your degree but allow us to see that you are making good progress. For BEng programmes, your final degree class is based on Years 2 and 3. MEng degrees are assessed on Years 2, 3 and 4.

Contact hours

The number of contact hours you can expect to have each week starts at 21 hours in Year 1, but will reduce to 10-15 hours per week in your final year. The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016): 

  • 60 per cent lectures/large group teaching
  • 25 per cent tutorials/small group teaching
  • 15 per cent labs/workshops/supervisions 


Specialised facilities include:

  • An engine test cell with three diverse engines
  • Six wind tunnels, including an environmental wind tunnel, unique within the UK, and high-quality instrumentation
  • Mechatronics and robotics laboratories
  • A specialist medical engineering laboratory

Career opportunities

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions, and the quality of our Professional Training year scheme.

Most of our engineering graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession, with an average starting salary of £25,000. Typical careers span a wide range – professional mechanical engineering, general engineering and manufacturing.

Employers include some of the most famous names in engineering, aerospace, energy, telecommunications and research. A small but significant number of students take higher degrees at Surrey and elsewhere.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Rolls-Royce, Graduate Trainee
  • KBR, Project Support Engineer
  • Mott MacDonald, Graduate Engineer
  • QinetiQ, Research Engineer

Global opportunities

The international exchange programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university for either one semester or a full academic year as part of their degree.

Currently, for students on the Mechanical Engineering programme this might be possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • USA (Texas, North Carolina or Florida)
  • Australia (Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Singapore (Nanyang Technological University)
  • South Korea (Seoul National University)

The exchange programme enables you to study and live in another country without paying additional tuition fees to the partner.

In doing so you will broaden your horizons meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt and adjust to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Airbus in Toulouse, EnOcean in Germany and Maresa in Ecuador.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?




We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Those applicants taking part in the Physics Science Practical Endorsement are required to attain a pass grade.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


MEng: D*D*D-D*DD

European Baccalaureate

BEng: 76 per cent-75 per cent

MEng: 78 per cent-76 per cent

International Baccalaureate

BEng: 36-35 points

MEng: 38-36 points

Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB-Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAA-Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level A*A-Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Mathematics A-level and Physics A-level (or equivalent) are required. 

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BEng (Hons) 3 Years H300 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 4 Years H301 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 4 Years H309 View KIS data set
MEng (Hons) 5 Years H303 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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Harry Bradley talks about his placement year with the Formula Student team at the University of Surrey and the culmination of this year at the international competition held at Silverstone.

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