Mechanical Engineering

MEng, 4-5 years

This is for you if... you want to understand how new technologies are improving the performance of mechanical systems. The MEng is a direct route to Chartered Engineer status.

Course Description

Engineers are innovators who bring about change through their ingenuity, experience and curiosity to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world. Their work is central to thriving economies and competitive industries. It is equally important in developing countries where engineers provide appropriate technologies during difficult times of change.

Professional engineers have a high degree of specialist knowledge but increasingly they use a broad approach to problem solving across a range of engineering disciplines. This is coupled with an awareness of environmental, social, legal, economic and regulatory aspects of the problem at hand.

Whether you study for the BEng or the MEng, your Mechanical Engineering degree will emphasise how mechanical engineering has been transformed by the use of powerful computer-aided design, prototyping and manufacturing tools and by the use of modern materials such as composites.

Mechanical systems are at the core of the manufacturing, process and service industries including:

  • Advanced engines, traction and braking systems for vehicles
  • Aircraft, satellites and deep space probes
  • Biomedical technologies such as imagers, ventilators and prosthetics
  • Air and water pollution control equipment
  • Transportation and mass transit systems
  • Industrial plant for the processing of raw materials and for power generation

Building on a broad foundation of engineering studies in Year 1, you will develop specific expertise and skills in mechanisms and vibrations, structures, mechanical materials, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics.

Successful engineers must be able to analyse and solve complex problems in the industrial context, communicate ideas to others and work effectively in teams and exercise leadership skills. This is why all our Engineering degrees include a selection of management modules in the second and third years. Topics covered include business finance, project planning and management, intellectual property, health and safety, motivation theory, marketing, total quality management, ethics and professionalism

What's the difference?

We offer six different Engineering subjects, each of which is available in six forms:

  • BEng (3 years); BEng with Industry (4 years), BEng with Year Abroad (4 years)
  • MEng (4 years); MEng with Industry (5 years), MEng with Year Abroad (5 years)

Each MEng is the three years of the relevant BEng with an extra year of study on the end. An MEng places greater emphasis on industrially related project work and other activities related to the engineering profession, and leads directly to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS codes
H305, H307, H306
Start date
September 2017

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2871

Department of Engineering website

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Why Leicester?

The Engineering Society organises trips, social events and sporting activities. Our student motor-racing society, Leicester Racing, competes in Formula Student events.

Our degrees feature guest lectures by leading engineers from local/national companies, such as Rolls-Royce.

The University of Leicester hosts ASDEC, the UK’s first laser vibration scanning measurement and modal-analysis centre, serving the automotive, aerospace and space sectors.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Four of our Engineering subjects (Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic, General, Mechanical) share a common first year. This means that you can switch between any of these degrees during your first year.

NB. Because of different content it is not possible to switch to Communications and Electronic Engineering or to Software and Electronic Engineering.


  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Experimentation 1
  • Maths with Computation
  • Mechanical Engineering

This is the same as the first year of the BEng.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will begin to specialise in the field of mechanical engineering while continuing to develop fundamental engineering principles.


  • Business Simulation
  • Classical Control
  • Computer-Based Modelling
  • Engineering Design 2
  • Experimentation 2
  • Materials 1: Properties and Processing
  • Mechanics of Structures
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics

This is the same as the second year of the BEng.

You must achieve at least 60% in your second year (equivalent to a 2:1) in order to continue on the MEng. If not, you will transfer to the BEng and complete your degree one year earlier.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Optional Year Abroad or in Industry

Optional Year Abroad or in Industry

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2), or working in an industrial placement . Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in four years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Spend a year abroad

The Department of Engineering at Leicester has links with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend this university, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training. 

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

While studying in the USA or Australia, you will have a personal tutor there and also a tutor back at Leicester to look after you and answer queries. You will be expected to maintain a good academic performance whilst at the partner institution and will take their exams.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or are self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office

Spend a year working

If you choose a 'With Industry’ degree you will spend a year on an industrial placement with a sponsoring company between your second and third years at Leicester. You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. Recent placements have included: Rolls Royce, Force India F1 Team, Ford Motors, Intel UK, Network Rail, Porsche Engineering Services, Aero Engine Controls, Babcock International, Auto Electrical Services and Jaguar Land Rover.

A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company. During the year you will return to Leicester to present details of your placement to other students studying for 'With industry' degrees.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in an engineering-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3/4

Year 3/4

In your third year (or fourth year if you take a year out) you will undertake advanced modules in core engineering principles and see how the different aspects of mechanical engineering work together.


  • Management
  • Materials 2: Failure Mechanisms and Tribology
  • Mechanics of Structures 2
  • State Variable Control
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics 2

Plus either Digital Control or Signal Processing

Plus your Third Year Project

This is the same as the final year of the BEng.

Examples of recent Third Year Projects include:

  • Analysis of valve spring surges in a racing engine
  • Design, construction and commissioning of aerodynamic corner vanes
  • Design of a test facility to evaluate the use of novel materials for motorcycle protective clothing
  • Development of a fluid damping system to reduce vibrations from a high-speed rotating shaft
  • Mathematical modelling of a metal matrix composite
  • Modelling of the lubrication system of a diesel engine to aid fault diagnosis

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Your project will form a substantial part of your final year mark. It will give you the freedom to investigate an area of mechanical engineering that intrigues you. Alongside this you will consider the business elements of engineering, such as project management, and have the opportunity to take specialist modules of your choosing.

Core modules

  • Design Project Management
  • Engineering in Society and Professional Development

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics
  • Current Trends in Aerospace
  • Modelling and Classification of Data
  • Robust Control
  • Systems Engineering and Spacecraft Systems
  • Understanding Surfaces in Engineering

Plus three option modules from:

  • Advanced Composite Mechanics
  • Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerospace Materials
  • Holistic Aeroengine Design
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Signal Processing 2

Plus your Fourth Year Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information


All our Mechanical Engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Measurement and Control. The MEng satisfies the academic requirements of the Engineering Council, enabling you to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand throughout your course to offer advice and support on personal matters, provide guidance on course choices and help you appraise your own work.

For the practical aspects of the course you will work, with a partner or as part of a small team, in our well-equipped engineering labs. On your third year project you will work individually with an academic member of staff.

Continuous assessment of your experimentation, computing, design and project work will contribute about 30-50% of your overall mark, with the rest based on your performance in exams for each module. You will also be expected to give presentations about your work.

Most of the teaching in the final year of the MEng will be in small seminar groups, and you will be expected to organise an industrially relevant team based project.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: AAB including Maths and a Physical Science. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB-ABB + EPQ at grade B. A-level subjects to include Maths and a Physical Science. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSEs: English grade C.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*DD in Engineering
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points including Maths and Physics at HL5 and HL6, in any order.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Engineering diploma with 45 credits at level 3 including some at distinction.

Please note: If you do not have Grade B at Maths A-level, you will need to take an additional Maths assessment test. 

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Interview and maths assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.
  • Starting in 2017

    • £18,855 per year
    • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be £2,828.25 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

All our Engineering degrees are influenced by the needs of industry. Visiting engineers from industry deliver teaching in lectures, seminars and the laboratory. You will learn how to conceive, design and implement solutions, working in teams and presenting your ideas to professors from engineering industries. Our excellent links with industry means your project work may include visits from industrial partners and working with engineers in these companies.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Mechanical Engineering MEng 4 years full-time H305 Apply Now
Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad MEng 5 years full-time H307 Apply Now
Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry MEng 5 years full-time H306 Apply Now
Mechanical Engineering
4 years full-time
Mechanical Engineering with Year Abroad
5 years full-time
Mechanical Engineering with Year in Industry
5 years full-time

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