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Year of Entry 2021/22
BEng (Honours)

Mechanical Engineering (2 year top-up)

Part-time Engineering

Enhance your career by converting your existing qualifications into a mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £4,625 per year
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Design, analyse and test mechanical devices by understanding and applying engineering principles.
  • Solve engineering problems to ensure mechanical devices perform their intended task.
  • Develop skills in accordance with the Engineering Council's requirements for engineering courses.

This top-up award is suitable if you have a foundation degree or HND and are aiming to develop your qualification to degree level. It will further your knowledge of core engineering principles, skills and techniques, enabling you to analyse and solve engineering problems and design creative and innovative solutions using modern technology.

We also offer a degree apprenticeship course in a similar field - BEng Mechanical Engineering Technology.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You are supported by online learning resources and high quality laboratories and learning spaces. A structured programme of study provides you with the knowledge and skills to undertake tasks of increasing complexity.

You demonstrate your learning through a range of assessment tasks, such as technical report writing, posters, presentations, in-class assessments, multiple-choice questions and examinations.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • small group tutorials
  • seminars
  • engineering workshops
  • laboratory classes
Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Dr Dave Tipper talk about this course.

Applied learning

Industry partners

You are taught by people who have valuable experience of the engineering industry – and in many cases continue to work in it. A number of companies, including Bombardier Transportation, Glenair, Siemens, JCB and British Steel, send their employees on this course as part of their training, giving you the chance to make industry contacts from the start of your course.

Live projects

During the course you will have the opportunity to go on industrial visits and attend lectures by invited guest speakers from a range of industries. These opportunities help you understand how the skills you are gaining through the course relate to eventual graduate employment.

You are encouraged to specialise in your area of interest and continue working with industry when you undertake individual project work. Examples of previous projects include

  • producing a jig to enable for easier fitment of a Crossrail DMS vehicle auto coupler
  • CFD optimisation of an automotive intake air system
  • pipework thermal stress analysis method comparison – Computational vs Manual

Networking opportunities

You can get involved with a number of student engineering societies, available to all engineering students at all levels of study. We also encourage you to become a member of a professional body, such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The IMechE can help with career planning, building of engineering knowledge, and have a wealth of resources including scholarships and awards.


We encourage you to take part in national engineering competitions such as Formula Student and the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Course leaders and tutors

David Tipper
David Tipper
Lecturer in Mechanical, Materials and Design Engineering
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Future careers

As a graduate mechanical engineer you can find employment in engineering companies spanning manufacturing, design, research and development and production.

Graduates can move into various industry sectors, such as

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • transport
  • building services
  • medical engineering
  • sport equipment design
  • power generation
  • alternative energy
  • product testing
  • project management

Our graduates have careers with established companies including

  • JCB
  • British Steel
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Bombardier
  • Draw Group PLC
  • Veolia


For students who progress onto this course through an Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited route,  for example a foundation degree accredited by the IMechE, this course is accredited by the IMechE as fully meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • computer-aided design (CAD) software such as SolidWorks
  • analysis software such as Fluent, Abacus and Matlab
  • wind tunnels
  • a flight simulator
  • rapid prototyping equipment
  • a robotics and automation laboratory
  • an automotive workshop for engine testing
  • a structural integrity laboratory
  • a materials testing laboratory
  • manufacturing workshops

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Entry requirements

All students

Candidates must possess

FdEng Integrated Engineering (Mechanical pathway)


A qualification which is deemed to be equivalent to the above.

You will be expected to demonstrate an acceptable level of literacy; this may take the form of a GCSE grade C in English or its equivalent.

International Applicants must be competent to the level of TOEFL 550 (paper based tests) or 213+ (computer based tests) or IELTS at least 6.0

You will be expected to demonstrate an acceptable level of numeracy. This may take the form of a GCSE grade C Maths or its equivalent

Candidates who have other, non-standard qualifications will be considered on their individual merits by the Course Leader and Admissions Tutor. The primary criteria will be that the candidate will have the ability and commitment to progress satisfactorily on the Programme.

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Engineering Programme in Integrated Engineering (Mechanical pathway) can be accepted onto the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Top-up) course to complete their degree. They can continue to study on a day release part-time basis, completing Level 6 over 2 years of study.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Structural Mechanics And Finite Element Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Design Evaluation Methodology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Further Thermodynamics And Fluid Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Project Management And Individual Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Systems Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2021/22 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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