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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.

Southampton 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. 

Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities January start available Further studies Part time 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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry H303
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H305
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H306
  • 4 Years Science and Engineering Foundation Year HH30
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU 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.

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

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

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject (Maths to have been studied at AS Level or higher), a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • 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 or the International Foundation Year

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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 19 in each individual 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.

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.


96%

of students feel staff are good at explaining things

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning 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.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Applied Mathematics
  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Electrical Principles
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Professional and Study Skills

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Maths for Mechanical Systems
  • Engineering Materials
  • Modelling and Mechanics of Products
  • Quality and Product Development
  • Automation and Control

Options

  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Analysis and Design Optimisation
  • Analysis of Materials and Structures
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Major project

Options

  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

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

Support

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

Key figures

42%

Written exams

45%

Assessment by coursework

13%

Practical exams

Facilities

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.

88%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

79%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

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.

Placements

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

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