Faculty of Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate                  BEng

UCAS code: H301

What you'll study

The course commences with a broad-based engineering education, emphasising the application of mechanical engineering.

Your studies will include a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, computer laboratory work and workshop practicals. The study of manufacturing methods, commercial management and production management – along with the mathematical knowledge to underpin the mechanical engineering theories you will learn – ensures that your education is comprehensive and multidisciplinary.

Your studies will be complemented by a specialist ‘design-and-make’ module, which utilises our machine shops – an important professional requirement.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Mathematical Tools and Concepts

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

  • Introduction to Design and Mechanical Engineering Practice

  • Mathematics and Engineering Thermodynamics

  • Mechanical Engineering Science

  • Engineering Global Challenge 1

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Control for Engineers

  • Mechanical Engineering Design

  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

  • Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers

  • Materials and Manufacture

  • Engineering Global Challenge 2

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the final year of the BEng course, you will undertake a major project which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as an engineer. You will develop a deeper knowledge of mechanical engineering in line with your particular interests.

Core modules

  • Individual Project (Mechanical Engineering)

  • Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis

  • Thermofluids and Acoustics

Optional modules

  • Materials Selection, Design and the Environment

  • Lean Manufacture and Business Improvement

  • Applications of Dynamics and Vibrations in Mechanical Systems

  • Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM

“When I went into the workshops and saw what they had, that was when I said to myself that I had to come here to study.”

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"I love it because I like being hands on, using these machines."

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More about this course

Mechanical Engineering is the largest and most popular area of engineering among students and has a long, successful history at Hull. Hull was rated among the top three northern universities for student satisfaction with mechanical engineering courses in the Complete University Guide 2015. During your studies you will gain a broad base of knowledge, along with innovative problem-solving skills, which can be applied to a range of mechanical engineering-related industries.

Combine this with the opportunity to boost your employability by spending your penultimate year either applying the theory learned in previous years to real life projects on industrial placement, or by studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. The option of a Masters year is available for those who aspire to the highest level and wish to study at a more advanced level. A Foundation year is ideal if you do not have the qualifications and experience to enter the degree course directly.

Hull has a genuine multidisciplinary engineering capability within the school, where skills across the various branches are taught by industry professionals and practising engineers, most of whom are Chartered Engineers. Mechanical engineering at Hull has enjoyed a long history of accreditation with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. We’re currently undergoing re-accreditation for all programmes for the 2017/18 academic year.

Teaching and Learning

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Rated top five in the UK for student satisfaction and scored 10/10 for the progress our students make in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

Study with professional and practising engineers – equipping you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career.

We keep up-to-date with emerging technologies to ensure you'll receive expert teaching of the most advanced ideas and techniques.

Hull has a long history of accreditation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This year, we're undergoing re-accreditation.

Europe’s longest standing science festival - The British Science Festival - is coming to the University of Hull, 11-15th September 2018.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications
  • Applicants should have an A level in Maths at Grade C or above, or alternative Level 3 qualification.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 including 5 in HL Maths
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Engineering based HE Diploma with minimum of 45 credits at merit or higher, including 18 credits at merit in Maths.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: Engineering including merit in core and optional maths units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,000

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Due to a national shortage of engineers and technologists, our graduates enjoy excellent career prospects with many securing challenging and rewarding positions in the UK, throughout Europe and in the USA.

The skills you learn from studying engineering – your mathematical abilities, problem-solving skills, ability to understand innovative concepts and experience of working in teams gained through group projects – are in high demand across all areas of engineering, and this is reflected in the significant pay rises of Chartered Engineers that continue to outstrip the cost of living.

Your career prospects are enhanced by our close collaboration with industry to ensure our course meets the requirements of potential employers. This is evidenced in the types of jobs our graduates go on to; many work as science, engineering or technology professionals with organisations such as BAE Systems, Jaguar, Land Rover, British Energy, The Royal Navy, Williams F1 and Rolls Royce.

Engineering graduates are also prominent within senior management positions. The Engineering Council's recent survey revealed that an increasing number of chairmen, chief executives and managing directors are professional engineers.

Research is another career avenue for our graduates. Many students have also stayed on for higher degrees both at Masters and PhD level.