BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

The University of Bolton's IMechE-accredited BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is designed to help you develop the vocational and practical skills and knowledge you'll need to start a fantastic career in this exciting global industry.

Key information

Award:

BEng (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

H300

Start date:

23/09/2024, 27/01/2025

Course Details

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Bolton has been awarded professional accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes designed to meet, in part, the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. By studying with us, you can develop essential knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and practices while experiencing life at our supportive, student-focused, multicultural campus.

Throughout the course, our expert team will support you in developing management, organisation, and employability skills alongside your subject-specific knowledge and understanding. Your studies will focus on areas such as mechanical design, systems engineering, analysis of materials and structures, and the theory and application of finite element analysis. We also aim to help you develop lifelong learning skills so that you can take ownership of your professional development for the future, maximising your potential for success.

The department provides a friendly yet challenging environment where the emphasis is on both the theories and principles of mechanical engineering and their application in a work context. You'll carry out case studies, practical and laboratory work and problem-solving projects. You'll also develop the presentation and managerial skills that you will use to manage engineering projects and support your future employment in the industry.

By studying for your BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with us, you'll gain essential knowledge and experience a range of opportunities that support you in developing the attitudes, abilities and competencies needed to launch your career in mechanical engineering.

The course is also available part-time or as an apprenticeship. In addition, it's an ideal choice if you're an HND student looking to top-up your qualification to the honours degree level. We'll take into account your level of mathematics, science, and experience when we assess your application.

Highlights
  • We are a well-respected, intensive teaching-focused department with a friendly approach and dedicated teaching staff.
  • You'll have the opportunity to work on live engineering projects, both as an individual and as part of a group.
  • There are also opportunities to participate in inter-university student competitions, including IMechE's annual Undergraduate Design Challenge, which includes all the universities in the North West.
  • Professionals from national and multinational mechanical engineering firms are regularly invited to give guest lectures about the sector and job opportunities. You'll also have industry visits and work placements.
  • You'll get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment and software such as SolidWorks, Ansys and MATLAB, for analysis and design, prototyping and control.
  • Your final year project allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding when investigating and providing solutions to engineering problems. Some projects may be on 'live' problems from local industry or in-house research activity.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has a distinguished history in engineering, but we're always looking to the future. We continually monitor and update the course to reflect current and ever-changing engineering issues and keep your learning in line with technological advances and innovations.
  • We offer modern, dedicated engineering laboratories and industry-standard design development and project facilities. These include CAD, analysis, optimisation, CAM and CAE software.
  • Our dedicated tutors foster a supportive learning environment with intentionally small class sizes. Your tutors are experienced professionals and academics, highly qualified in their fields, and many are chartered engineers.
  • We'll encourage you to develop an understanding of all aspects of engineering projects, for example, costings, the science and maths of these projects, functional design materials and project management.
  • You'll have opportunities to develop business skills for a career in this field, including problem-solving, managing workloads, and communicating with a range of personnel. You'll also be able to develop your decision-making abilities and your ICT capabilities.
  • Our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduates enjoy high levels of employment, finding interesting and financially rewarding professional careers in the UK and overseas.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton's BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for students starting the course from September 2011 until August 2025. We will seek re-accreditation with the IMechE for start dates from September 2025.

Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details on the UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competences (UK-SPEC).


  • 96 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics and a science subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics and Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering. Technology and engineering subjects and additional mathematics subjects (such as further maths and statistics) will be accepted as science subjects.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and Science.
  • We'll be happy to consider your application if you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, If you have an HND/C in an appropriate engineering discipline, we'll consider you for entry to level HE5 of this programme, depending on the subject area of qualification and the level of maths and science that you have achieved. You may be asked to undertake additional assessment(s) to determine your suitability for the course.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Mechanical engineering deals with designing, developing, installing, operating, and maintaining anything with moving parts. Jobs are available in a vast array of sectors.

A mechanical engineering degree combines mathematics, science, technology, business and management. As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to solve problems, manage workloads, communicate with various personnel, work in multidisciplinary teams, make decisions and have strong ICT skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree is well recognised in the UK and many parts of the world. Our graduates possess the skills and knowledge for a broad range of roles in the mechanical engineering industry, including design, manufacturing, testing, construction, development and management, as well as related roles in areas such as sales and marketing.

Mechanical engineers are employed in many industries, such as aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defence, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy. You may find career opportunities in research and development, design, production, and plant management, or choose to continue your formal education in the form of an MSc or research degree.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Possible fields include:

  • Investment banking
  • Mining and drilling
  • Patent Law
  • Production management
  • Technical sales
  • Water engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Civil engineering
  • Supply chain
  • Building services
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste management
  • Quality management

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/28
2024£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/262026/272027/28
2024£15,950£15,950£15,950-£47,850

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2026-2027 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2026-2027 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2026-2027 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

If you wish to apply for multiple institutions or multiple courses at Bolton for September entry, then apply through UCAS

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £27. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £22.50 is applicable.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

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If you wish to apply for a single course offered by the University of Bolton for any intake, you can apply directly

If you have carefully considered your course and institution choices and decided that this course is the best option for you, you may apply directly to the University using our online application form shown below.

A direct application to Bolton provides the following features:

  • Free of charge to apply

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  • Contact us directly for any admissions queries

  • Regular updates on your application directly from the University

  • Invites to offer holder events and taster sessions where you can meet your future tutors and get a flavour of university life

NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions-team@bolton.ac.uk

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NOTE: You cannot apply both through UCAS and directly to Bolton. Submitting an application to any university through UCAS during the same academic year will void any direct application you make to Bolton.

For courses starting in September, please be aware that we are required to share your information with UCAS if we accept you on this course. We will create a simplified UCAS acceptance record on your behalf and return this to UCAS. By submitting your application directly to the University of Bolton, you agree to these terms.

If you are ready to apply directly, please select your chosen start date from the list below.

Before applying, please read the entry requirements section of this page.

If your course runs at multiple locations or has various start dates, please be sure to select the correct application link from the list below.

Before beginning your application, you should have the following information to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history, including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including email addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already inputted.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions-team@bolton.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


We use various teaching and learning methods to help you achieve your potential. Formally timetabled classes, including lectures, workshops and tutorials, are designed to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. We'll assign you a dedicated personal tutor to help guide you through your studies.

Other teaching methods, such as coursework, projects and practical activities, provide opportunities to develop creativity and innovation skills. These are designed to meet the professional body accreditation requirements, as well as help you apply, assimilate and integrate your understanding of the course material. As you progress through the programme, your studies will become less structured and more open-ended in nature.

Guest lectures and participating in competitive design and make exercises will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and practical skills further.

The taught modules are assessed individually, and we award you credits when you successfully complete each module. Regarding assessment, you can expect project or design reports, examinations, portfolios, presentations, and blogs. These contribute to your final module mark and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these don't count towards your final module mark. These will help identify any areas that would benefit from extra attention on your part or where you need additional support from your tutor.

We use a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Engineering Environment
  • Engineering Principles 1
  • Engineering Principles 2
  • Projects and Systems
  • Graphical Communications and Computer Modelling
  • Engineering Applications
  • Mechanics of Materials and Machines
  • Thermofluids and Control Systems
  • Engineering Modelling and Analysis
  • Engineering in Business and Society
  • Major Project
  • Advanced Materials and Structures
  • Management and Enterprise in Engineering
  • Advanced Thermofluids and Control
  • Finite Element and Difference Solutions
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 49%, Practical exams 18%, Written exams 33%
Level twoCoursework 54%, Practical exams 10%, Written exams 36%
Level threeCoursework 52%, Practical exams 13%, Written exams 35%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 26%
Level threeGuided independent study 78%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader

M.Ndiaye@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903026

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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