Manufacturing Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: H700
International Code: EECU087


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
4 years full-time
5 years sandwich

Start date

September 2022

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This course aims to develop the next generation of highly skilled graduate specialist engineers for the UK's high-value manufacturing sector.

  • This Manufacturing Engineering BEng and MEng Integrated Master’s course has been designed and is delivered in collaboration with Unipart Manufacturing Group as part of a £32 million collaborative project.
  • The project was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019.
  • Through our ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), you will have the opportunity to gain industrial experience and apply your knowledge and learning to real ‘live’ industrial problems in each year of the degree programme.
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An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • Course content is currently designed to meet the Chartered Engineer general and specific learning outcome statements of the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.
  • Opportunity to participate in field trips abroad, which have previously included trips to Poland, Bulgaria, China, Belgium and USA*.
  • Access to industry-standard software, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FAE) and Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) mathematic modeling software.
  • A dedicated industrial placement tutor will aim to help you with your applications for placements and support you if you choose to spend a year in industry* Past placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Unipart, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.
  • Access to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), which is a collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing Group aiming to bring together the best in academia, industry and R&D in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment. This should provide Manufacturing Engineering students opportunities to access modern equipment for advanced manufacturing such as laser systems, robotics, metrology and materials testing/analysis. Following successful completion of academic Year 1, students are expected to cover their own travel expenses to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) on the Unipart site in academic years 2 and 3 of the BEng and 4 of the MEng.
  • Access to extensive modern 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 Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machinery and a laser workshop.
  • Free student membership of WES, the Womens’ Engineering Society, which is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity society open to all regardless of gender identity.

of Manufacturing Engineering students agreed they were satisfied with the quality of the course

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Accredited by:

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

The Manufacturing Engineering MEng and BEng (Hons) courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) up to and including September 2023 intake. For the Manufacturing Engineering BEng level course, the course meets partially the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). For the MEng level, the course fully meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The next accreditation is scheduled for 2022/2023. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to this course, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Find out more about IET accreditation.

More than just a degree

Joining the Manufacturing Engineering course has completely transformed my career prospects. I’ve been offered a unique blend of industrial experience and lecture hall knowledge which has given me an upper hand in the highly competitive job market.

Edward Dyer, Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons), April 2021
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What you'll study

Your studies will be split between our £50m Engineering and Computing Building and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), based at Unipart’s Coventry site.

This 'Faculty on the Factory Floor' provides you with the opportunity to experience technology on the manufacturing front line. Our past students have experienced robotic automation, forming, joining, analysis and simulation, metrology and product verification technology.

You will spend time on the Unipart shop floor, engaging with people who make products and the people who manage product lines. Taught modules are applied immediately in a real factory and supplemented by continual live experiences of how things are manufactured in real time.

You will have the opportunity to engage in our ‘live’ projects at the AME with the help and support of Unipart Manufacturing Group. Past students for example have been provided with opportunities to explore the design of a manufacturing area for a heat-exchange pipe or fuel-rail, and consider the impact of automation and robotics on manufacturing efficiency.

Year 1 is focused on materials and manufacturing processes (semester 1), and quality and metrology (semester 2). Within each semester, you should apply your learning and knowledge to a real ‘live’ industrial project related to the theme of the semester. In addition to an industrial project module in each semester, you will have the opportunity to undertake two taught modules which will supplement the project modules.


  • This module is designed to provide an introduction to engineering materials and manufacturing processes. Common processes will be analysed which are used to convert metallic and polymeric materials into all types of engineering products from a variety of industrial sectors, i.e. aerospace, automotive & general engineering.


  • This module aims to provide the essential and fundamental knowledge of mechanical science and mathematical methods needed by manufacturing engineering students. The science includes the laws and theory underpinning solid mechanics and thermal analysis relevant to manufacturing.


  • This module requires you to work in small groups to design and evaluate the production process for the manufacture of a part or assembly. Within the project, an analysis of the part from an engineering science and materials perspective will be required to determine any impact on manufacturing processes, e.g. cost, reliability.


  • The aim of this module is for you to appreciate the importance of technical quality and metrology and how this is influenced by appropriate management systems.


  • The module aims to provide a broad, basic introduction to electrical science for manufacturing engineers. It covers the essential techniques of electrical circuit analysis and electromagnetic machines.


  • The aim of this module is to develop on module Part-assembly Manufacturing Project through a project of expanded scope. Specifically, the project will look at integrating electrical science, as well as the quality and metrology aspects taught in the same semester.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the lifecycle of the design and manufacture of a simple engineering component.


Year 2 is focused on design and sustainability (semester 1), automation, and robotics (semester 2). Similar to Year 1, you should apply your learning and knowledge from taught modules to real ‘live’ industrial projects related to the theme of each semester.


  • This module is designed to deepen your understanding of the design and behaviour of engineering materials and their interaction and application in the design, manufacture and service of advanced engineering components.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce automation and robotics and to evaluate the roles that these technologies have within modern manufacturing environments. You will examine underpinning mathematical principles that support automation and robotics as well as basic control principles.


  • The aim of this module to integrate the aspects of advanced materials and processes along with automation and robotics. You will critique a manufacturing system for one or more products, particularly around the choice of manufacturing processes and equipment.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to industry standard design and manufacture software and the associated hardware used in producing engineering components.


  • The aim of this module is to evaluate the engineering and management implications of a product portfolio at various stages within the product life cycle.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the range of tools and techniques that are currently used in order to support innovation in engineering design.


  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: coursework, exam

Following your second year, there is an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution*.

Past student placements have included roles in Aston Martin Lagonda, Unipart, Babcock International Group, Cummins, GE-Aviation and GKN.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year. However, we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module. Whilst the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of marked activities reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of the activities, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.


  • Optional

  • Optional

During semester 1 of the final year you will have the opportunity to choose one of two pathways: A Lean Operations Management pathway or an Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Technology pathway. For each of these pathways, you will undertake a real ‘live’ industrial project and a taught module related to the pathway theme.

During semester 2, you will be encouraged to undertake a new product development industrial project and complete your individual manufacturing engineering dissertation project, which will have an industrial focus*. Past students have worked with companies such as Unipart Manufacturing Group, Lander Automotive Ltd. and CORE Surgical.


  • Compulsory

  • This module is concerned with the introduction of a new product or a variant of an existing one into an existing manufacturing environment. You will work in groups and further develop the project management and team-working skills instilled earlier in the course to manage the introduction of a product from concept design into the manufacturing arena.


  • The aim of this module is to formulate a dissertation proposal, demonstrating its context within existing literature. Moreover, you will have to outline and justify a research design and data collection approach that is appropriate to the problem statement and is ethical.


  • The aim of this module is to demonstrate an ability to implement a research proposal, typically with context within industry. The research must address a key question or aim and evaluate the results gathered and the degree to which the research question has been answered.


  • The aim of this module is to provide you with a perspective on global manufacturing and to understand the complexity of modern supply-chains. This module builds on previous modules within the Manufacturing Engineering degree, particularly around sustainability, global practice and product lifecycle.


  • Pathway A optional module
    The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to plan and control a competitive manufacturing system. The module develops the skills and techniques required to design improved methods and layouts for a manufacturing system.


  • Pathway A optional module
    The aim of this module is to build on the integrated knowledge of the previous two years of study whilst employing the knowledge around the advanced concepts of lean as well as production control.


  • Pathway B optional module
    The aim of this module is to investigate further materials, manufacturing technology and processes used within a modern manufacturing environment; this module develops on previous modules in the first and second year.


  • Pathway B optional module
    The aim of this module is to build on the integrated knowledge of the previous two years of study whilst integrating the knowledge around advanced concepts around advanced materials and manufacturing processes and technologies in high-variety and high value-add environments.


If you meet the criteria** following your assessments in Year 2, you will be invited to apply to transition onto the Manufacturing Engineering MEng Degree Programme, with an additional year of study. This additional MEng year should enable you to deepen your knowledge and expertise in areas such as manufacturing simulation, sustainability, materials and manufacturing technologies and vision systems/sensor technology. In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long industrial group project which will focus on a major real, ‘live’ industrial issue that you will provide a solution for.

**The criteria for application to Manufacturing Engineering MEng programme is provided within the MEng/BEng Manufacturing Engineering Programme Specification. Please refer to this and note that such opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting any applicable visa requirements and additional fees apply.


  • The aim of this module is to provide preparation for you to undertake a substantial Group Project. Successful completion of the module will require methodical planning, record keeping and self-management, effective communication and delivery of report.


  • This module will enable you, working in groups and in conjunction with industry, to produce successful software applications, system processes, components or product designs; incorporating where necessary the most advanced technical and mathematical concepts from both their past knowledge and that acquired during the course.


  • This module focuses on computer-based manufacturing simulation, where the model is implemented as part of a computer program, which can then be executed to compute and record the data which describes the simulated manufacturing system's behaviour.


  • This module presents the ideas and concepts of sustainability and applies them to broader issues facing society through analysis and engineering design. The content will explore the three elements of: environment, society and economy, which form the basis of sustainability.


  • The aim of this module is to investigate the introduction and use of leading edge technologies, methods and materials currently used in advanced and high value manufacturing environments.


  • This module will introduce the fundamentals of image processing. This will then lead to two dimensional (2D) machine vision techniques and methodologies for object detection, pose estimation, inspection and measurement. This will be followed by an overview of a range of three dimensional (3D) machine vision systems that can be employed in industry.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongst:

  • Personal tutorials
  • Medium group teaching in tutorial sessions
  • Lab sessions and workshops
  • Large group teaching
  • Lectures

In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study, approximately 16-20 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, studying the 3-year Manufacturing Engineering BEng degree programme and for the first 3 years of the Manufacturing Engineering MEng degree programme, it is likely to be around 23 contact hours per week in the first year, around 20 contact hours in the second year, and around 19 hours in the final (third for MEng) year.

In the fourth year of the Manufacturing Engineering MEng degree programme, you will have around 15 contact hours per week, as you should become a more independent learner.


Throughout your 3-Year Manufacturing Engineering BEng or 4-Year Manufacturing Engineering MEng degree programme, you will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include coursework, tests, essays, formal examinations, group work, practical or project work and presentations/posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Job ready

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have gained knowledge of:

  • The function, materials, manufacturing processes, technologies and assembly of a wide range of engineering products.
  • The principles of engineering science and mathematics and their application to design, production, use and service of a broad-range of manufactured products.
  • Design principles for products and systems that meet technological and business market requirements and constraints.
  • Operations management, product planning/control methods and quality techniques at different levels of factory and supply chain hierarchy.
  • Sustainable engineering, business and knowledge management practices within a global context.
  • Engineering management of people, processes and projects (at tactical and strategic levels).

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Model and analyse innovative engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical modelling techniques, including computer-based techniques.
  • Synthesise solutions to iterative and innovative engineering design problems.
  • Independently research topics, evaluating findings to determine new or novel information that contributes effectively to solving engineering problems.
  • Justify engineering and commercial decisions for product or operational choices within complex engineering systems across the product lifecycle.
  • Operate effectively and safely a range of manufacturing related technologies or projects within an industrial context.
  • Use commercial software in the evaluation of problems and in the determination and optimisation of solutions.
  • Work effectively and constructively within project teams.
  • Research and investigate problems individually, generating and justifying approach, analysis, solution and final recommendation to a practical engineering problem.

International experience opportunities

The university is committed to providing a global educational experience and we aim to provide opportunities to participate in a number of collaborative projects*. Past first-year students visited the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland to undertake workshop and computer aided manufacturing skills in an overseas environment. Other past students 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.

We organise a range of overseas field trips*, which have previously 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 University of Michigan and Chrysler Building.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level ABB - BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English and Mathematics
BTEC DDM - DMM in Engineering to include a Merit in the 'Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems' unit
IB Diploma 29 points to include Maths and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology or IT at Higher level

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £18,050 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


Manufacturing students study in our award-winning Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), a collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing.

Factory on the floor

Faculty on the factory floor

AME brings together academia, industry, and research and development in a ‘live’ manufacturing environment. Our partnership with Unipart gives you the opportunity to work with some of the most talented engineering professionals in the UK.

High performance engineering centre

High Performance Engineering Centre (HPEC)

Situated on the ground floor of our Engineering and Computing Building, the centre houses flight and driving simulators, a chassis design assembly and test facility, wind tunnels and a fleet of CNC manufacturing machines.

Metals workshop

Metals Workshop

Participate in technical work in a hands-on way. The workshop includes lathes, milling machines, fabrication equipment for sheet metal work, CNC machines, work benches, welding lines and a fitting assembly area.

Careers and opportunities

Our current collaboration with the Unipart Manufacturing Group aims to ensure this course is highly vocational in nature, designed to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates, who, on successful completion of this course, are prepared for any role they obtain in industry.

We aim for you to graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of a range of manufacturing principles, having the opportunity to learn the skills needed to apply new technologies to the solution of manufacturing problems in an industry environment.

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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our course aims to provide a route into many careers within the global engineering industry upon graduation, including: manufacturing, project or process engineering; process planning; scheduling and control; logistics; and supply chain management.

Past graduates have gone on to secure roles as manufacturing engineers or consultant engineers with companies such as Rolls Royce or Atkins Global.

How to apply

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    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.


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    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).