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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

Excluding General Studies. Grade A or above in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics and grade A in another Science subject required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Pass the HE to Access Diploma with 30 L3 credits at Distinction and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade. This must include 15 L3 credits at Distinction Grade in Maths and 15 L3 credits at Distinction grade in another Science subject area. Please also see our website for GCSE requirements

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Applicants will be considered with IB 36 OR 666 in three Higher Level subjects. All applicants will be required to have Grade 6 in HL Maths (Analysis and Approaches) and another Science subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without an A Level Science subject, however A Level Maths grade A is still required: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability. Applicants studying any other BTEC Extended Diploma will be required to achieve grade A or above in A Level Maths and grade A in another A Level Science subject.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Grade A or above in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics and grade A in another Science subject required.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Grade A or above in Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Further Mathematics and grade A in another Science subject required.

UCAS Tariff

144-160

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers advance the world we live in by constantly improving and inventing technology, not just preserving existing systems. Making our lives easier and everything we use more efficient, mechanical engineers are responsible for some of the most innovative breakthrough designs of our times; such as The London Eye, wind turbines and surgical robotic technology.

Becoming a mechanical engineer opens doors to nearly every area of industry, from manufacturing to construction; working on problem-solving projects from design stages through to commissioning and production. There is a broad range of employment opportunities within this diverse discipline involving design, manufacture, research, development, management and marketing.

Here in Exeter, mechanical engineers are making considerable breakthroughs in innovative research involving, for example, human bone implants, break-pads made from sustainable resources like hemp and cashew nut resin and a machine that can produce customised 3D chocolate products of any shape. This research is undertaken and supervised by the same lecturers who tutor undergraduates from year 1; enabling them to cascade their exciting results and discoveries to students thus enhancing development through the engineering programmes.

Why choose Mechanical Engineering at Exeter?
•This degree is professionally accredited under licence from the Engineering Council. Visit the Careers tab for further information.
•The multidisciplinary first year ensures an excellent foundation in mechanical engineering, while encouraging you to sample other engineering disciplines, such as electronic or civil engineering, broadening your knowledge as you progress with mechanics.
•Practical, hands-on experience is gained from the first year, when you design and make a mechanic water-wheel.
•Our first-class equipment and excellent facilities includes the latest Additive Layer Manufacturing technology and 3D visualisation suite.
•Students directly benefit from our strong links with the mechanical engineering industry , with companies like Airbus and Jaguar providing interactive student tours.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£25,000
per year
International
£25,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Exeter (Exeter Campuses)

Department:

Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Mechanical engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

59%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
59%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
62%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mechanical engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Engineering professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

We're short of engineers in a lot of areas and mechanical engineering is no exception. Mechanical engineers are in demand across multiple industries, with vehicle manufacturing most popular, with roles especially common in design and manufacturing. Other important sectors include aerospace, the oil and gas industry, consultancy and defence. Jobs are all around the country, with London, the Midlands, Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment, and starting salaries are good. Although large employers are much the most likely place to get work, some of the most challenging, cutting edge jobs are with small niche engineering firms, so keep your eyes peeled if you want something a little different. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£32k

£32k

£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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