Electro-Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Study level: Undergraduate
HNC/HND courses
Electro-Mechanical Engineering student using machinery

Considered an art by many, engineering is a combination of science and technology concerned with solving complex problems, such as machinery, infrastructure, design and more.

Course option

Year of entry


CU London (Dagenham, London)

Study mode



4 years sandwich
3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

UCAS codes

HH36 / HH30 / HH26

Start date

June 2024

Course overview

Practitioners of this discipline can be capable of working on significant global issues such as the effects of climate change or improving city infrastructure.

Engineering empowers you to combine creativity with precision on a daily basis. The Electro-Mechanical BEng (Hons) degree can offer you broad and diverse career options, including transport, power, vehicle, systems, design, manufacturing, mechatronics, renewable and mechanical engineering.

Engineering is an exciting subject that could see you enjoy frequent travel, passion projects and a fulfilling career.

Alongside possible international opportunities2, you may get the chance to conduct critical research with our experienced staff, learn from skilled guest visitors and take part in an invaluable placement year2.

Why you should study this course

Engineering is a combination of science and technology that is concerned with solving complex problems, such as machinery, infrastructure, design and many more. Practitioners of this discipline are capable of working on significant global issues such as the effects of climate change or improving city infrastructure.

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What you'll study

The course focuses on the demands of the modern engineering workplace encompassing the main engineering disciplines. This will reflect contemporary practices, with an emphasis on practical skills and student employability.

High levels of support are a cornerstone of the course and you will work on diverse realistic projects throughout your final year.

With the pace of technological development, engineering should be considered as applied problem-solving. Integrating the different technologies at the heart of modern engineering, this course aims to provide a grounding in a variety of different engineering disciplines before developing skills in accessing information, converting it into knowledge and applying and evaluating it.

Successful graduates should not only gain the knowledge required for a successful career in engineering but also, the highly sought-after skills to be self-managing, self-developing individuals.

Alongside an introduction to the underpinning principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering, this course aims to help you develop proficiency in basic mathematics, science and applied knowledge. Throughout the year, you will be taught sought-after design skills by using industry-standard software. This provides you with a solid foundation for further exploration in years two and three. If you choose to leave the course after completing Year 1, you’ll be eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce various mathematical topics to provide you with an understanding of the concepts that lie behind the modelling systems used in engineering. The module will primarily focus on mathematical techniques, but these skills will be applied to engineering problems and applications.


  • Upon completion of this module, you should be able to: design a 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) model, create and interpret a detailed 2D drawing, develop creative solutions to an engineering problem, generate a concept design, transfer design into finished products and analyse commercial viability of the product, through effective use of Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) simulation tools4. 


  • Here we aim to develop your knowledge of the fundamental aspects of mechanical engineering: solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Concepts include the centre of gravity, torsion, fluid flow, shear force and bending moments. Emphasis is placed on hands-on laboratory practical sessions4 to provide you with applied knowledge of the various topics.


  • In this module, you’ll study the basic principles for the analysis, design and practical application of electrical systems in a multidisciplinary engineering environment. This includes evaluating single and three-phase systems applied to motors and transformers, exploring digital systems, logic gates and circuits, studying harmonic content and the use of filters. Your skills will be developed by applying theoretical knowledge in laboratory experiments and utilising industry-standard software4.


As the course progresses, you will be expected to build on knowledge gained in Year 1 to cement a solid foundation of core principles. You are no longer working with the basics of engineering; you will now advance your knowledge of mechatronics, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and use industry-standard hardware and software4 across a wide range of applications. You will also look at the contemporary issues that tomorrow’s engineers face including renewable energy sources. If you choose to leave the course after completing Year 2, you’ll be eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electro-Mechanical Engineering.


  • The purpose of this module is to enhance your knowledge and understanding related to control and mechatronics. Combining practical work with theoretical background, the module will develop programming, design and analytical skills. You'll be able to examine various control and embedded systems using simulation software and programmable microchips4


  • The theory learned in the first year of statics, dynamics, fluidity and heat fluid mechanics and thermodynamics is refined and put to practical use, presenting you with core problems often found in the analysis of mechanical engineering system. You will be expected to interpret problems, describe them and provide engineering solutions according to the scientific principles studied, using analytical and numerical (simulation) approaches.


  • This module focuses on fundamental scientific and technical aspects of sustainable and renewable energy technologies, which, due to the current debate regarding climate change, is considered by many, to be a global priority. You will learn about a range of sustainable energy technologies such as solar, wind, hydro, fuel cells, bio-energy and ocean power.


  • This module will challenge you to develop the multifaceted skills required to operate in the current, and future, manufacturing sectors with the advent of Industry 4.0 and cyber-physical technologies. Upon successful completion, you should be able to: digitally manufacture/simulate a designed 3D model, generate code for real-life Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining, design and simulate a virtual factory, and understand the technological difference between classic and advanced manufacturing principles, and technology and cloud manufacturing principles.


There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.


  • This module provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme2. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


  • This module provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme2. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.


In the exciting final year, you’ll aim to refine the art of independent working. You will get the opportunity2 to study the field of systems engineering and control, embedded systems and project management, with investigation and analysis into varieties of industry-standard projects and future trends. Working autonomously, you will develop the skills needed to excel in a modern engineering environment and refine your capacity to engage effectively with the application of modern technologies. When you successfully complete your final year, you’ll be awarded a BEng (Hons) degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. 


  • This module will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed in constructing an efficient Internet of Things (IoT) system. In the first part of the module, you will study the features of high-level languages and develop an understanding of software programmes and reasoning principles. In the second part, you'll learn to build a secure and sophisticated IoT system using an embedded device.


  • The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake sustained independent study and demonstrate expertise in the specialised field of mechatronics and robotics, encompassing a study focused around a course of research and investigation of a specific problem, conducted as a professional engineer. It aims to enable you to understand the importance of correct analysis of all the factors involved in a mechatronic problem and develop initiative within the development of the investigation. 


  • This module is designed to actively involve you in employing management solutions and practices towards managing and organising the final year project: from developing a project proposal, identifying the main contributions and scheduling their tasks, to resource management and budgeting. The scope of the module includes an investigation of practices and standards for quality and safety management and their applicability to the final-year project. You will explore topics such as leadership, time management and motivation through individual and team-building activities.


  • The final year project will be to implement an Engineering Project proposal. There will be no formal teaching, but support will be provided through blended learning and 1:1 support. The project topics may come from a number of sources, including personal interests and external clients. Some of these may involve several people working on different aspects of the same project. The activities carried out during the project will comprise implementation, review, research, presentation and reporting.


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

Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online tutorial support, workshops and group work. We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our current online learning platform, Aula.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, project management, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end-of-year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which are more reflective of our learning model.

Teaching contact hours

You can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 30 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown:

  • Coursework
  • Phase Tests

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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.

Entry level What we're looking for
HNC 64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.
HND 80 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.
Degree 104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.

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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Entry level What we're looking for
HNC 64 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.
HND 80 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.
Degree 104 UCAS tariff points. Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English. Minimum two A2 levels or BTEC equivalent qualification, and a Physics or Maths based A level or equivalent.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on how to apply and travelling to and living in the UK.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0

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.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £7,950 per year Not available
EU £7,950 per year with EU support bursary**
£18,300 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £18,300 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 fees3 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.

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees3:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad).

*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.


You’ll be based in the spacious Civic Centre building, which provides an outstanding learning environment. You will have access to our Library & Learning Services, which hosts multiple study areas and loanable laptops, fully-equipped seminar rooms and impressive IT suites. Our laboratories are home to industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals4.

Careers and opportunities

Upon successful completion, you should be able to:

  • critically appraise an engineering scenario with a view to apply innovative technologies to improve efficiency or effectiveness
  • explain engineering principles, solve simple, practical problems in an engineering context, show practical skills in a laboratory/workshop environment and have the educational preparation for a career as an engineering technician
  • use an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to engineering studies
  • develop practical skills to solve complex workshop based problems
  • appraise an engineering problem and debate alternative, sustainable solutions
  • key practical and transferable skills to enhance their long-term employability or to progress to specialist, postgraduate study.

Successfully completing the BEng means your chances of employment are improved and the level at which you enter the jobs market could mean a higher salary. With a demand for engineering professionals in all industries, you could have an expansive list of career paths to explore. 

Successful graduates will be knowledgeable across a range of engineering disciplines and could go on to work in a vast range of engineering sectors such as software, nuclear, textile or civil engineering. 

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have progressed to become Engineering Technicians, Project Managers and Trainee Engineering Lecturers.

Further study

Many of our graduates have progressed to postgraduate study and are working towards a master’s qualification in fields such as petroleum engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and electrical and electronic engineering.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, 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 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 COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the 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 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 2023/24 contract can be found here. 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.

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