Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) or MEng – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
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.
What you will study
Mechanical engineers work at the cutting edge of modern technology, in areas such as robotics, automation, materials, stress analysis, fluid mechanics 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 (NPL). Equally, you might decide to 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 (Masters of Engineering). The MEng builds on the BEng programme with a masters year, and 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BEng (Hons)||36 months||H300||View KIS data set|
|BEng (Hons)||48 months||H301||View KIS data set|
|MEng||48 months||H309||View KIS data set|
|MEng||60 months||H303||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you 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 a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
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 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:
- BAE Systems
- Brunel Innovation Centre
- GE Aviation
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Mercedes HPP
- Rolls Royce.
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, while still remaining a student of the University.
Many students are offered subsequent employment by the firms with which they spend their placement year.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. 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 a 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.
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 degrees, 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 take higher degrees at Surrey and elsewhere.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Automotive Design Engineer, Blitzkrieg Defence Solutions
- 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
- PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
- 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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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 programmes 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 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 one of the world's most prestigious universities.
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 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 will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also to improve 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 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.
“I believe having a broad set of skills is important for engineers, and the course at Surrey provides a great foundation for that.”
"The highlight for me was the pride in being given responsibility, and being able to complete work to a high standard. By the end of my placement I really felt a part of the team, and as though I was contributing in a meaningful way."
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
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.