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About the course

Are you fascinated by how things work? Do you find yourself thinking about how products could be improved? A degree in mechanical engineering can help you to develop these interests into valuable practical skills.

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. 

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

This course has a strong focus on practical, hands-on experience, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice.

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.

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.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our  visas and immigration page for more information.

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs
Minor materials in year 3: approximately £50.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels (one A-Level in a maths or science subject), STEM based BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or STEM based BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two full-time or year three part-time can be considered for applicants with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification
  • Entry to year one of this course is available through the Science and Engineering Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Science and Engineering Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

Part-time route:

Applications for part-time courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details.

Please use the link below to apply online:


Starts on 27 September 2021

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Applied Mathematics
    On this module you will learn how to apply a range of mathematical techniques to realistic engineering problems.  You will use basic algebra and solve simultaneous equations and equations of straight lines to answer engineering problems around linked variables in mechanics and electronics. 
  • CAD and the Design Process
    The aim of the module is to demonstrate the role of an engineer as an engineering designer. This module is designed to foster an understanding of the fundamentals of the engineering design process and its various stages. The module equips you with theoretical and practical technical knowledge to design a product by going through the various stages of the design process.
  • Manufacturing Principles
    This module helps you to develop an awareness of the factors affecting the selection of materials and processes used in manufacturing a product.  It does this by comparing the attributes of materials and the suitability of processes in the light of the external factors that need to be considered when developing the product design specification.
  • Introduction to Electronics
    This module is designed to introduce you to the electrical and electronic principles necessary to analyse circuit behaviour and design. It also provides the foundation for further study of more specialised electrical/electronic engineering techniques used later in your course.
  • Mechanical Principles
    Mechanical principles are essential for most branches of engineering. Acquiring the skills used to analyse mechanical systems and components is critical to your future career as an engineer and this module will enable you to acquire a thorough understanding of this branch of engineering science.
  • Professional Engineering Skills
    This module will introduce you to the profession of engineering. This includes both theoretical and professional skills relating to the role of the professional engineer and also supports your transition into higher education. 


Year two

Core modules
  • Applied Maths for Mechanical Systems
    The aim of this module is to build upon the skills and knowledge gained at level 4 by applying the appropriate mathematical principles and methods to problems involving mechanical systems. 
  • Engineering Materials
    This module provides the fundamental background concepts and aims required to develop understanding of the properties, processing and use of materials. The module introduces the relationship between the structure and properties of materials, and relates this to applications of materials in engineering.
  • Modelling and Mechanics of Products
    Continuing the Design theme, this module progresses your basic knowledge of design and 3D modelling, developed in Level 4 to modelling of complex mechanical products and theoretical design of mechanisms.
  • Quality and Product Development
    This module aims to give you a practical insight into the quality systems used at various stages of the product development process. It will cover product development tools and methodologies that contemporary organisations use to translate the needs of customers into good quality products and services that the customer will desire and subsequently purchase.
  • Automation and Control
    On this module you will learn/develop your understanding of a variety of vital underpinning mathematical techniques, such as; Laplace Transforms, Fourier Transforms, Vector Analysis amongst others.
  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
    This module will introduce you to the business subjects of marketing, competition and law, including the nature of contracts and ethical considerations. These are key areas for any engineering business – as such every technically focussed engineer should have a good working knowledge of these areas.

Year three

Core modules
  • Analysis and Design Optimisation
    In this module your knowledge will progress to the use of computer-aided simulation processes that allow detailed analysis of the behaviour of mechanical products in variety of different situations as well as optimising designs of these products.
  • Analysis of Materials and Structures
    The aim of this module is to build upon previously developed topic areas by extending the study of structures and materials with regard to their in-service condition or analysing situations where they have failed in service.
  • Manufacturing Operations
    This module examines the foundations of manufacturing operations.  It will combine campus and industrial work based learning, introducing students to the philosophy behind Systems Thinking and Lean Systems.
  • Final Year Project
    Carrying out project work is one of the most critical skills for your future career as an engineer.  In this unit, you will carry out a project which is more significant in scale and complexity than previously. You will manage the project yourself.  


  • Business Strategy
    In this module you will study these organisational constraints by examining the role, techniques and difficulties involved in strategic business management, along with the processes and strictures of formal strategic planning.
  • Entrepreneurship
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your entrepreneurial talents, which are important if you want to develop your own business or understand how businesses are developed. You will develop knowledge and skills around the legal and human resource aspects of setting up and running a successful business.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Puja Mishra academic profile Puja Mishra Lecturer View profile

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 heat specimens and components up to 1100oC. The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines, and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment such as a 3D printer, a rapid prototyping machine and a laser cutter.

The course team also have access to an established network of industry contacts. This helps to bring real-world examples, expertise and projects into the learning and teaching environment.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Research engineer
  • Design engineer 
  • CAD draughting
  • Junior engineering manager
  • Mechanical sales/applications support engineer
  • Electro-mechanical packaging design engineer 
  • Mechanical design engineer.

Industry links

The engineering group has extensive industrial links, providing you with the opportunity to look at industry-related problems and work on live briefs, such as CAD or design projects.

You’ll work closely with employers and local companies such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision on course projects, and participate in practical work-based initiatives.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology also holds regular local professional development events.


As a full-time student you’ll be partnered with an industrial company, with the opportunity to visit the company at least once in your first year.

There are also industry mentoring opportunities throughout the course, with the potential to lead to work placements. All final-year students will carry out an assessed consultancy project with a company.

Past students have had the opportunity to work closely with employers such as Rolls-Royce, SAAB, Sea Eye, TUV and Coopervision on course projects, and participate in practical work-based initiatives.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors (WRTI) have also held regular local professional development events on campus. 

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day