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Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

Mechanical Engineering is the basis for many engineering disciplines including the Automotive, Aero, Marine and Medical sectors. Study in this field can lead to a vast range of employment opportunities and routes for postgraduate study.


Our Mechanical Engineering course aims to equip you with the skills and capabilities for you to make a significant and early contribution to industry and society and set you on the path to becoming a Chartered Engineer.

You will benefit from the University’s facilities, its reputation for teaching excellence in the engineering field, and its strong links with local industry. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of the essential technical subjects, along with the personal skills necessary to progress your career to a leadership role in industry.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • a course that achieved an overall satisfaction of 97% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2014;
  • experienced teaching staff who bring their professional or research expertise in to their teaching;
  • strong employer links with companies - our graduate and placement students work for companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Composites and Defence systems, MIRA, Whale Tankers, BAE Systems TEREX, and GE;
  • state-of-the-art facilities including a new wind tunnel, a new CNC machining centre, a new engine test cell and a state-of-the-art metrology (measurement) laboratory; the opportunity to be involved with Formula Student;
  • an industrial placement tutor, who helps you with your applications for placements and supports you during your year in industry;
  • a course for which the MEng route fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). The BEng route partially meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

    Mechanical Engineering



Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditors standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


You will acquire essential knowledge and skills in science, commerce, design, manufacturing and management to prepare you for a career across a broad range of industries, for example a major equipment manufacturer, a design consultancy or a supply-chain company.

Your main themes of study will be:

Design: the innovative resolution of design problems focused on commercially viable solutions.

Analysis: the investigation and manipulation of variables and principles that determine the behaviour of products and systems.

Management: the application of principles and practices utilised to assure effective business operation.

Sustainability: an ethical approach to work by protecting the best interests of life and the environment.

Practical: investigation and analysis using laboratory, workshop and computer-based techniques.


Our courses are based on a series of one or two hour lectures, with associated practice, laboratory and workshop exercises, and tutorials. You will work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice; this means that you can develop all of the professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.


Our Mechanical Engineering courses are ranked 2nd by Guardian University Guide 2018


 An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • coursework, tests, essays 40%; 
  • formal examinations 34%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work 10%;
  • presentations, posters 6% each year.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or later, individual project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 16-20 hours each week studying and revising in your own time including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: ABB-BBB to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, Further Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, ICT or Engineering. Excludes General Studies

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD-DDM in an Engineering subject to include Mathematics and Further Mathematics for Technicians.

Access: Assessed on an individual basis.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include Mathematics and either Physics, Chemistry, Design Technology, or IT at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Coventry University will actively encourage and support you to kick-start your career and prepare you for the world of work. This includes assisting you when it comes to applying for or undertaking a year in industry. An industrial placement is a structured training programme, recorded by the University, which can count as part of the training you would need in becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Some recent student placements include: GE Oil and Gas-in sub sea systems and design; LH Group - Rail Industry Servicing; Jaguar Land Rover - vehicle build; and Cummins Engines - engine development. This course will teach you skills needed for the mechanical engineering industry; you will develop analytical, technical and problem-solving skills, which employers look for.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty's Employability and Placement team, EC Futures, are the proud winners of the Best University Placement Service at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material and software;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Safety equipment and project materials.

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


To help to increase student employability and create global graduates, Coventry University enables its students to study abroad as part of their programme of study, in Europe (through the Erasmus scheme), America or Asia.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Mateusz Podsiadly

Coventry University has state of the art facilities, which helps with lab work and workshops. I chose Coventry because of this and their International experience opportunity.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time, BEng (Hons) 4 years sandwich or study abroad, MEng (hons) 4 years full-time, MEng (Hons) 5 years sandwich or study abroad

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152