Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2018 entry

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This role gave me tons of responsibility, and taught me how to manage and motivate a team. We were able to successfully design and build a single-seat racing car and compete against different universities at Silverstone circuit.

What you'll study

Our Mechanical Engineering programmes are rooted in the real world of industry and the rapidly evolving needs of the engineering sector. You will benefit from state-of-the-art laboratory and computing facilities and learn from internationally recognised academics at the forefront of their fields of research.

Programme overview

Mechanical engineers work at the cutting edge of modern technology, in areas such as robotics, automation, materials and design optimisation.  Working in our newly-created Design Centre, you will not only receive training on the latest industry-standard design and solid modelling software, and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine tooling – but also in the sensors, actuators and advanced control systems which drive all modern products of mechanical engineering.

Through your project work, you may choose to use our internationally-recognised materials characterisation facilities, taking advantage of our partnership with the National Physical Laboratory. Equally, you might decide to explore the cross-disciplinary aspect of mechanical engineering, applying your skills in areas ranging from prosthetics to satellites.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (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.

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.

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Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £55
  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £15
  • Grand total: £70


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.

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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.


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

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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
  • Applus+ IDIADA (Spain)

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.

Graduate prospects

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.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

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

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BEng programme: AAB

For MEng programme: AAA

Mathematics and Physics A-levels are required.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BEng programme: DDD and A-Level Mathematics at Grade A

For MEng programme: D*DD and an A-Level at Grade A

European Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 75 per cent overall

For MEng programme: 76 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

For MEng programme: 34 overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BEng programme: AAABB

For MEng programme: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BEng programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MEng programme: Pass overall with an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate 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 and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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 2017 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 4 years H309 View KIS data set
MEng 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 fees page 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

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

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.

How to apply

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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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