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BEng (Hons)Mechanical Engineering

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UCAS code: H303
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a mechanical engineering degree at Solent University

Tackle real-life industry challenges, and put your knowledge into practice with a degree that delivers hands-on skills for a successful engineering career.

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  • This degree offers a comprehensive exploration of mechanics and manufacturing across aerospace, automotive, component manufacture, nanotechnology, design engineering, engineering management or production planning.
  • Access to a range of high-end facilities, including 3D printers and laser cutters, PSpice/NI MultiSim software and microcomputer development systems, digital multi-meter signal generators, FLIR cameras and digital signal processing boards.
  • Solent is a pioneer in environment and engineering research – you will learn direct from leading experts in their field.
  • Strong focus on hands-on exploration. This degree incorporates practical challenges, workshops and exercises, so you can put theory into practice straight away.
  • You can study this course part-time.

This video 'Why study BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Course overview

Solent University’s mechanical engineering programme focuses on applied engineering principles and places a strong emphasis on employability. Our experienced course team will help you to develop the range of theory based, professional and hands-on skills that employers in the industry are looking for.

The engineering academic group’s extensive network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop analytical, problem solving, team working and business and management skills. These elements can help students develop a range of transferable skills and help to ensure they are well prepared for a professional working environment.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge employers will require, from essential engineering concepts to mechanics, drawing, CAD and manufacturing skills. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Part-time option

    You can study this course part-time

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

Ideal for those looking to pursue a career in engineering in roles such as design or research engineer, mechanical design engineer or junior engineering manager, this course teaches students theoretical and practical mechanical engineering skills alongside business skills to be able to take the first step into a career in engineering.

What does this course lead to?

This course could lead to careers in a wide variety of mechanical engineering disciplines, such as aerospace, automotive engineering, design engineering, component manufacture, nano-technology, management of engineering departments or production planning. Particularly if you further your professional development and become a fully chartered engineer, you could work on anything from prosthetics and medical technology to large-scale engineering projects. Whether your preference is for research and development of new products, turning ideas into practical designs or producing final products and projects, you’ll have a huge range of career options and opportunities. Course graduates have gone on to roles including mechanical design engineer, graduate research engineer and production engineer.

Meet the team

The engineering team has a diverse range of research interests, which are incorporated into teaching activities and involve key aspects of the design process. The main areas of interest include manufacturing, materials and 'Design for X'.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students benefit from a range of multifunctional workshops and labs, including a dedicated computer/CAD suite. Specialist facilities include a production and electronics laboratory for designing, building and testing electronic circuitry; and a heat treatment laboratory containing furnaces that can heat treat steels and alloys. Non-destructive testing, including XRF analysis, is also available.

The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines, and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment such as a range of additive manufacturing equipment that can produce detailed 3D printed components, a rapid prototyping machine, and a laser cutter.

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