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Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018
January 2019


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A Mechanical Engineering BEng at Coventry comes with the opportunity to take up the industry placements you’ll need to get that dream job.

Mechanical Engineering is the basis for many of the engineering disciplines, including the automotive, aero, marine and medical sectors. In our ever-changing world, mechanical engineers develop new and differing uses for technologies and materials that improve the mechanical operation of equipment and devices used in anything from food to oil production or from international construction projects to the design of toys.

Ranked 2nd in the UK for the study of Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2018), our professionally accredited course enables you to qualify first at Bachelor and, if you choose to continue, Master’s degree level. It meets the educational requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which sets out the competence and commitment required for registration, so that you can practice eventually as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the MEng route fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and the BEng route enables membership and registration as an Associate Member (AMIMECHE) of the IMechE.

Course information

We aim to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

The undergraduate degree will provide you with the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skills in science, commerce, design, manufacturing and management to help prepare you for a career across a broad range of industries, with, for example, a major equipment manufacturer, a design consultancy or a supply-chain company.

As the course progresses, your learning will become more specialised, for example, examining instrumentation and control in Year Two, then thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in Year Three. You will also be able to tailor your course to suit your interests and career aspirations, choosing from a range of optional modules in subjects like finite element analysis or control systems engineering.

At Master’s level, we will provide the chance to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the core subjects involved in the application of science, processes, materials, design and management to enable you to solve problems of increasing complexity.  


of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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  • Manufacturing Technology and Materials

  • Mechanical Science

  • Design

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

  • Engineering Applications

  • Electrical Science


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.



  • Design and Sustainability

  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics

  • Thermo-fluid Mechanics

  • Analytical Modelling

  • Engineering Management

  • Instrumentation and Control


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Between Years Two and Three, you have the option to undertake a sandwich year, either studying abroad or on an industrial placement. In the past, students have spent a year as stress and dynamics analyst, design engineer or manufacturing engineer for companies Cummins, Prodive and GKN. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a mechanical-related project in the final year. Past students have examined the dynamics of a cricket bat, the structural integrity of a weld, vehicle ride and handling simulation and the aerodynamics of a cycle helmet. • Optional Industrial Training • European Study Year



  • BEng

    Compulsory Modules:

    • Individual project
    • Mechanical Product Innovation
    • Stress and Dynamic Analysis 1
    • Thermodynamics 3
    • Fluid Mechanics
    • Professional Development and Management


    Optional modules (2 from the following):

    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Vehicle Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
    • Reliability and Durability
    • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
    • Control Systems Engineering
  • MEng

    Compulsory modules:

    • Individual project
    • Professional Development and Management
    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Extended Mechanical Product Innovation
    • Extended Stress and Dynamic Analysis 1
    • Extended Thermodynamics
    • Extended Fluid Mechanics


    Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Vehicle NVH
    • Reliability and Durability
    • Advanced Materials and Manufacture
    • Control Systems Engineering  


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.



  • Industrial Group Project

  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis

  • Individual project

  • Stress and Dynamics 2

  • Optional modules (MEng)

     (2 from the following):

    • Thermo-fluid Analysis
    • Control Engineering Analysis
    • Structures Safety and Impact Analysis

Our mechanical engineering courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to participate in fieldtrips abroad, which have recently included trips to Poland, Bulgaria, China, Belgium and USA.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Dedicated industrial placement tutor, who helps you with your applications for placements and supports you if you choose to spend a year in industry. Past placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.
  • High levels of student satisfaction at undergraduate and postgraduate level – 92% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016 and 88%, above the sector average of 80% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016. 90% of our BEng graduates were employed or in further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

92% overall in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016

Our main study themes are:

  • Design: The innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions

  • Analysis: The investigation and manipulation of variables and principles that determine the behaviour of products and systems

  • Management: The application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation

  • Sustainability: An ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment

  • Practical: Investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques 

This course can be studied full-time over three years for BEng and four years for MEng. However, you can extend this by one further year if you choose to spend a year on placement or studying abroad between Years Two and Three. Our students have worked for Aston Martin Lagonda, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN on placement and gone to universities in Germany, Spain and Korea to broaden their experience.

Our innovative ‘activity-led learning’ approach means you will be given opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This enables you to develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree. Practical project work may involve  manufacturing prototypes with 3D-printing, reverse engineering of current and past products to produce using 3d scanning to create engineering data and geometry to produce design models, which can then be used through CAM software to generate CNC machining programs, ready to produce physical products.

The full range of teaching methods include: lectures with associated practice, laboratory, workshop exercises and tutorials; problem-based learning in groups with tutor or industrial mentor support; group learning; formative modelling exercises; and independent research of library resources, the internet and engineering companies. 

Teaching methods include:
series of one or two hour lectures, with associated practice, laboratory exercises, workshop exercises and tutorials.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course with both individual and group work assessed using methods such as viva voce, exams, technical reports, portfolios etc.

Each module will have at least one written assignment. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations 34%
  • Coursework, tests, essays 40%
  • Practical or project work 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc. 6%

34% assessed by exams

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of: the function, materials, manufacture and assembly of a wide range of engineering products;  the principles of engineering science and mathematics and their application and capability in defining and proving the performance of innovative engineering products; aspects of innovative mechanical design, including the design process, design standards and codes, selection of materials and methods of manufacture, and design tools for optimised performance, reliability, weight, cost and sustainability.
  • Develop and test strategies for engineering products involving appropriate instrumentation, experimental methods, and data analysis techniques.
  • Manage people, processes and engineering projects to promote the commercial success of an engineering enterprise.
  • Model and analyse innovative engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical analysis techniques, such as analysis of aerodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, control systems, stress and dynamics.
  • Synthesise solutions to innovative engineering design problems.
  • Select appropriate instrumentation for the functional design of innovative engineering products and systems and to support development and test work.
  • Search for and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems.
  • Use test equipment and machines, including 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), Modal analysis hardware and software, for experimental work to support product development
  • Use commercial software in the solution of engineering problems, such noise and vibration, aerodynamic drag and lift and stress analysis.
  • Communicate graphically the design of a component or system through sketches, CAD etc.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical week you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial, later individual project supervision, every week.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week.
  • Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 16-20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we provide opportunities to participate in a number of collaborative projects and field trips. Recent first year students have visited the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland to undertake workshop and computer aided manufacturing skills in an overseas enviroment. Others have taken part in a collaborative project developing universal healthcare solutions working with the University’s Occupational Therapy students alongside six other institutions from around Europe, participating in international innovation and creativity programmes in Ruse, Bulgaria and Hasselt, Belgium. Another overseas fieldtrip included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the Univeristy of Michigan and Chrysler Building.

We also encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. Previously students have been placed in Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, CERN in Switzerland and Bertrandt in Germany.   

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU155
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians. 31 points to include Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.
Typical Offers


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma is assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)

January 2019

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)

January 2019

£14,850 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

Career prospects

A national skills shortage and Government push to promote the STEM agenda means that mechanical engineers are among the most sought-after and highly paid professionals in UK business.

We will actively encourage and support you to make the most of this demand and prepare you for the world of work. This includes support in finding placements and employment from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. Recent student placements include: GE Oil and Gas in subsea systems and design; LH Group examining rail industry servicing; vehicle build for Jaguar Land Rover; and engine development for Cummins Engines. 

Fully accredited by the IMechE, the course is as such recognised in industry, providing credibility of the technical standard of our graduates among employers, thus improving your career prospects. You can graduate with experience of the latest technologies, as well as industry-standard software for computer-aided engineering (CAE). Through the practical projects and placements, you will stay abreast of the emerging issues and challenges for mechanical engineers.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Our course provides a route into many careers with the global engineering industry, including such industries as aerospace, automotive, rail, marine, chemical construction and defence. 


Our graduates earn an average salary of £25,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.