Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2020 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey’s mechanical engineering courses are designed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of modern industry. Our materials technology subjects are ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide 2019.

In addition to learning from internationally-recognised academics at the forefront of their fields, you’ll have access to industry-standard facilities including our state-of-the-art Design Centre and the UK's only environmental wind tunnel.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take up a Professional Training placement with companies like Arup, BAE Systems, GE Aviation and Jaguar Land Rover.

What you will study

Mechanical engineers work in areas such as robotics, automation, materials, stress analysis, fluid mechanics and design optimisation.

You’ll receive training on the latest industry-standard design and solid modelling software, computer-numerical-control (CNC) machining as well as sensors, actuators and advanced control systems which drive modern mechanical engineering products.

You may also choose to make the most of Surrey’s partnership with the National Physical Laboratory, or even explore the cross-disciplinary aspect of mechanical engineering, applying your skills in areas ranging from prosthetics to satellites.

You can apply to study for either a BEng or MEng (Master of Engineering), which is a direct route to a masters qualification. Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BEng or MEng during your studies.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training Start date UCAS KIS code
BEng (Hons) 36 months Oct 2020 H300 View KIS data set
BEng (Hons) 48 months Oct 2020 H301 View KIS data set
MEng 48 months Oct 2020 H309 View KIS data set
MEng 60 months Oct 2020 H303 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.

The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Mechanical Engineering placements

A crucial part of all our courses, Professional Training placements give you further practical experience and enhance your knowledge of mechanical engineering. As well as enabling you to apply the skills you’re learning, the Professional Training placement also deepens your understanding of your studies and provides you with a head-start as you enter the job market.

Companies that participate in the scheme include:

  • Arup
  • BAE Systems
  • Siemens
  • GE Aviation
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mercedes HPP
  • Nissan
  • Rolls Royce.

During the Professional Training placement, you’ll develop enhanced interpersonal and management skills that are highly valued by employers. This optional year also provides you with the opportunity to earn a salary while on placement, but still remain a student of the University.

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

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BEng (Hons) - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
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 and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

MEng - Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
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 a Chartered Engineer.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding. This is due to the professional focus of our courses, which are accredited by professional institutions, and the quality of our Professional Training placement scheme.

Most of our engineering graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession, with an average starting salary of £25,000. Typical professional mechanical engineering careers span a wide range – from research and design, to consultancy and manufacturing, in sectors from aerospace, through the offshore, energy and automotive industries to medical equipment.

Employers include some of the most famous names in engineering, aerospace, energy, manufacturing and research. A small but significant number of students also pursue higher qualifications at Surrey and elsewhere.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Graduate Engineer, Tata Steel
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, JCA Engineering
  • Graduate Systems and Test Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK
  • Graduate Vehicle Development Engineer, Gordon Murray Design
  • Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil
  • Research Assistant, Brunel Innovation Centre.

Study and work abroad

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. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

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 course.

For students on our mechanical engineering courses, this is possible in your second year at one of our partner institutions:

  • California State University, US
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Texas Tech University, US
  • University of Central Florida, US
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia.

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

In doing so, you’ll widen your perspective, meet other exchange students from around the world and experience student life in one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Studying abroad also enables you to become more independent, teaching you how to adapt to the culture and climate of another country.

In addition, or alternatively, you may wish to spend your Professional Training placement 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 may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also to improve in, or learn, another language.


Specialised facilities and equipment 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
  • A range of electron microscopes and materials testing equipment.
Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


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

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

Year 3 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Semester 1: no options
Semester 2: choose 2 of the 3 listed optional modules

Professional Training Year (PTY)

Year 4 (with PTY)

Optional modules for Year 4 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose 2 or 1 module(s) from the options in Semester 1 and 1 or 2 module(s) from the options in Semester 2 to give 45 credits total optional modules.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


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, complemented by online teaching resources.

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

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

Programme leader

ROCKLIFF NJ Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.


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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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 modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?



BEng (Hons): AAB-ABB.

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.


Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


BEng (Hons): DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

MEng: D*DD - DDD and A-level Mathematics at grade A.

Required subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate


BEng (Hons): 34-32.

MEng: 34.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

MEng: HL6/SL7 in Mathematics and HL5/SL6 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate


BEng (Hons): 82%-78%.

MEng: 85%-82%.

Required subjects:

BEng (Hons): Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and 7.5 in Physics.

MEng: Grade 8.5 in Mathematics and 7.5 in Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics – 6.

Access to HE Diploma

  • BEng (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.
  • MEng:
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction to 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit and A-level Mathematics grade A.

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers




Required subjects: Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics Scottish National 5 – C.

Welsh Baccalaureate


BEng (Hons): Pass overall with AAB-ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

MEng: Pass overall with AAA-AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: A-level Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Start date Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BEng (Hons) Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
MEng Oct 2020 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
MEng Oct 2020 60 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

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

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 associated costs with this BEng (Hons) course:

  • 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: £20 approximately - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30 

There are associated costs with this MEng course:

  • 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: £20 approximately - PPE equipment.

Grand total: £30 

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.

How to apply

Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.

Admissions information

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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