Applied Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons) top-up

Study level: Undergraduate
Top-up courses
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The Applied Mechanical Engineering top-up degree is designed to enhance your existing engineering skills and qualifications and in turn, your career.

Year of entry


Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code


Start date

September 2024

Course overview

Successful completion of this honour’s degree could open a wide range of careers in many engineering disciplines and prepare you to apply for further postgraduate study. The course is aimed at those who have chosen a more vocational route and have a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HND or equivalent in engineering. 

  • We aim to help you build upon and ‘top up’ your previous qualification and experience with activity-led, hands-on learning, giving you the opportunity to further develop your engineering and mathematical knowledge, understanding, management and analysis skills in a professional manner to problem solve engineering problems. 
  • You will have the chance to practice your learning through defining, analysing and solving case studies and a research inspired individual project.
  • Upon successful completion, you will top-up your existing qualifications to an honour’s degree level through a course that has been specially developed to consider the mechanical and mathematical science and experience you have already gained through your existing qualifications.   
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Why you should study this course

The BSc Applied Mechanical Engineering top-up degree aims to provide you with a practical, industrially relevant, hands-on experience which is based on the understanding and development of traditional and research inspired engineering and mathematical science and technology.

The degree provides a rigorous balance of academic knowledge and development. Upon successful completion, the course should provide you with the skills needed to solve engineering problems through analysis and critical evaluation, using professional engineering, design and management tools.

We will support you to learn and adopt working practices that are professional and innovative in a manner where there is an awareness of fundamental theoretical and analytical approaches to problem-solving. Successful completion of this degree should also give you a good grounding to develop the highly scientific, numerical, analytical, practical and problem-solving skills that are sought within the engineering sector and other diverse fields such as managerial and finance and beyond.

You will have the opportunity to access and benefit from a wide range of teaching and research facilities4. We currently have strong links with major international and national potential employers and our current teaching staff are experienced professionals that are industry and/or research-active in their fields. 

What you'll study

The course is designed for you to learn and develop a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical, materials and mathematical (analytical) sciences; approaches to design and product lifecycle; and managerial procedures that provide a basis for working professionally and effectively.

The top-up degree is composed of several linked modules that are delivered over the academic year. A major component of the degree is the individual project, which is bespoke in design and allows you to put into practice and further develop the skills that they have learnt in the modules. The individual project is practical in nature and based on a research inspired engineering problem with a professional approach.


  • The aim of this module is to prepare you to undertake a substantial individual project. Successful completion of the module will require methodical planning, record keeping and self-management, effective communication and delivery of report.


  • This module aims to develop and enhance the understanding, knowledge and application of process improvement approaches. There will be some emphasis on the motor industry because the industry is at the forefront of competitive manufacturing developments. 


  • This module aims to identify and appraise business and functional strategic options around new product introduction and select the most appropriate for the business to enhance performance, productivity and lead to consumer/customer satisfaction. 


  • The individual final year project is an important part of any engineering course. The general aims of the project are to give you a realistic exercise in the practice of engineering at a professional level, and to be a vehicle for integrating the knowledge gained in several subject areas of the degree course. It will also provide opportunities for you to develop your personal qualities such as initiative, imagination, creativity, communication, organisation, employ IT effectively and solve non-routine problems. 


  • This module provides an understanding of fundamental principles through theory, experiment and computational analysis. This allows you the opportunity to appreciate and validate the basic behaviour through theory and practical, and then predict and optimise behaviour using computational analysis techniques. 


  • This module develops the understanding and application of the Material and Manufacturing science within automotive and aerospace sectors. There is particular emphasis on the design, test and analysis with regards to product design and manufacture and will cover established and new technologies. 


  • 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.


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

We place an emphasis on Activity-Led Learning, and you will be supported throughout with our comprehensive student support.

You will experience a variety of study materials that provide you with the opportunity to understand and reflect on the engineering science, as well as develop established and research-inspired skills that could be applied to practical problems for a future career in engineering. 

Teaching contact hours

Teaching methods may include:

  • Extended laboratories and workshops
  • Industrial and design case studies within activity-led tutorials, seminars and traditional lectures

This course consists of five 20-credit modules (composed of 200 hours teaching each) and two 10-credit modules (composed of 100 hours teaching each). 

You should typically have around 12-15 hours of contact time per week. Your contact time will vary depending on your background knowledge (at the start of the module) and learning style and the requirements of the module. As you work through the modules, it will be explained that some modules allow you to spend more time working through your coursework and will reflect the support and guidance you will be given towards this.

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


This course will be assessed by coursework and exams.

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

International experience opportunities

You should have exposure to a wide community of engineering professionals and thinking across all modules. 

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2024/25 entry.

You will need to have, or expected to achieve, a FHEA Level 5/SCQF Level 8 Foundation Degree (FD), DipHE, or HND in Engineering. Successful completion of 2 years appropriate academic study in Higher Education. 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

Alternatively, you will need to have a recognised equivalent where there is a substantial component of mechanical engineering/science or a closely related discipline.

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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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5.

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

2024/25 Tuition fees

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £9,250 per year Not available
EU £9,250 per year with EU support bursary**
£19,850 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £19,850 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 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.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and new £25m Beatrice Shilling Building house an impressive range of industry standard equipment and facilities4.

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. 

High Performance Engineering Centre

Home to flight and driving simulators, a chassis design assembly and test facility and wind tunnels. The centre also houses a fleet of CNC manufacturing machines.

Metrology Laboratories

Coventry University is a recognised leader for independent measurement expertise and services in the field of metrology. Facilities in our metrology laboratory include an impressive range of dimensional metrology equipment.

Careers and opportunities

Successful completion of this course will top-up your existing qualifications to BSc Honours degree level. You should also gain the engineering and mathematical, managerial, academic and practical skills that are relevant to current engineering sectors.  

We aim to help you develop a rigorous problem-solving approach to engineering challenges, influenced by a rich mix of academic and industrial experience.

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to deal with complex issues that require a high degree of innovation through the development of transferable skills. You will also have opportunities to gain vital professional technical and managerial skills that could enable you to work both individually and as a team effectively and responsibly. 

Where our graduates work

This degree should provide you with the skills to work within a broad range of engineering and associated sectors. 

How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September 2024 can apply for this course through UCAS.

    If this course has a part-time option you will need to apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • International codes:

    Full-time students applying to start in September 2024 should apply directly to the university.
    Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.

    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or international opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be unpaid and/or subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel, public authority guidance, decisions or orders and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand any visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK (home) students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For international students, we may increase fees each year, but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the current 2024/2025 contract is available on the website. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.