Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
HH37
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Create new products, or improve existing ones, that could change people's lives and transform the way businesses operate. Be at the forefront of designing and building products that are smarter, faster, more efficient and more sustainable for industries including healthcare, defence, transport and even aerospace.

On this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree , you’ll learn the underlying elements of successful engineering science, manufacturing and design. You'll study solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles, and specialise in more advanced subjects such as engineering programming and sustainable development.

You'll put everything you learn to practice using our industry-standard facilities, making sure you graduate with the skills you need to succeed in your career.

Course highlights

  • Specialise in advanced subjects such as computer-aided design (CAD) engineering, sustainable product development and design for quality
  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Have to option to expand your learning and meet potential employers by completing your final-year project in industry
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology
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TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

95% graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

I'm now a Chartered Engineer and FEANI European Engineer working internationally, potentially considering a further degree in Astronautic Engineering.

Robert Jones, BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering alumnus

I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.

Sophie Washington, BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering student

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBC–CCC
  • UCAS points – 96–112 points, to include an A level in Mathematics, plus a relevant subject, or equivalent. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM–MMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

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

Your facilities

Female student using CAD equipment

Manufacturing equipment

Use our computer aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping suite, including various 3D printing systems for the creation of models for aesthetic, ergonomic and functional testing, including the assembly and integration of working prototypes.

Student using wind tunnel

Energy Systems Laboratory

Our energy systems lab includes heat pumps, two wind tunnels, solar thermal collector and several engines, student project test rigs and our Formula Student design and development area.

Students in metrology lab

Metrology Laboratory

Put the science of measurement into practice with manual metrology equipment and a suite of Mitutoyo measuring machines including coordinate measuring machines, a contour and surface roughness measuring machine and 3D laser scanners.

Learn more

mass spectrometry machine

Electron microscopy and microanalysis unit

Develop your practice in high-magnification imaging and analysis of natural and manufactured materials with microscopy, diffraction, laser-ablation and mass spectrometry equipment.

Learn more about the unit

Harrison chose Portsmouth after experiencing the atmosphere and facilities at open days

"My favourite part of the course is design engineering, designing and making things, such as the plane launcher in the first year."

– Harrison Richmond, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing

Careers and opportunities

With experience, you can expect to get a salary from £25,000 to £35,000 as a mechanical engineer and up to £40,000 as a manufacturing engineer. But you could also apply your skills to any number of roles in industries such as aerospace, oil refinery, machinery manufacture and plastics. All engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand.

Graduating with a degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering gives you all the skills to work in areas such as:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • McLaren Formula One
  • Royal Navy
  • Cobra Engineering

What jobs can you do with a mechanical and manufacturing degree?

Roles you could go onto include:

  • engineering officer
  • automotive mechanical engineer
  • design engineering

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Placement year (optional)

Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV. 

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Potential roles

Previous students have been successful in roles such as:

  • research development intern
  • product engineering intern
  • plastic injection moulding intern

Potential destinations

They've worked at exciting companies, including:

  • Dyson
  • Caterpillar
  • Moog

Design and build a single-seater racing car to be judged and raced at Silverstone

If you're keen to put your studies into practice, you can apply to be involved in the international Formula Student competition. You'll compete with over 100 teams worldwide to design, build and race a single seater race car and be judged by leading industry experts from motorsports.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Introduction to Design
  • Introduction to Materials and Manufacture
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematical Principles

Core modules in this year include:

  • Computer-Aided Engineering and Product Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Control Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering Programming
  • Materials and Manufacture
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have been on placements to companies such as:

  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Renishaw
  • Eaton

In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or in a group.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • BEng Individual Project
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)
  • Design for Quality
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory and project work
  • Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) system activity
  • independent study

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 84% by written exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

There may be occasional trips for which you will be asked to contribute £25 a trip.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – H300
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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