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Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A*,A

A*A*A in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject. Typical Contextual Offer: A*AA in Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Given that it is not possible to meet our published offer conditions within an Access course, we would not recommend an Access course as the best way of preparing for our courses. However, we would look very carefully at any applications from exceptional Access students who were on track to gain the AAA equivalent (45 credits at level 3 awarded at distinction). We would treat any such exceptional students on a case-by-case basis, looking very carefully at past academic history and the academic reference. A decision would be made about entry holistically on the basis of all information (including details of the course undertaken) and would usually be conditional on the above standard.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D2,D2,D3

D2, D2, D3 with D2 in both Mathematics and Physics. We also consider applicants offering a mix of Pre-U Principal Subjects and A-Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall are taken. The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR) and the opportunity it provides applicants to develop independent study and research skills. However, please note a GPR qualification will not form part of your offer conditions.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunity it provides applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your application.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education. Typically this is five GCSEs/iGCSEs, including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy - equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. Kindly note, GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

38 points overall with 7,7,6 at Higher Level, including 7 in Mathematics and 7 in Physics. We accept Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grades D*D plus A-level Mathematics at grade A*.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grade D plus A-levels in both Mathematics and Physics at grade A*.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grades D*DD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A*.

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grade D plus A-levels in both Mathematics and Physics at grade A*.

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

D

Grades D in a relevant subject plus A level Maths and Physics at Grade A.

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

D*D

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grades D*D plus A-level Mathematics at grade A*.

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

D

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade D plus A-levels in both Mathematics and Physics at Grade A*.

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

D*DD

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require grades D*DD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A*

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

D

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a relevant subject. We require Grade D plus A-levels in both Mathematics and Physics at grade A*.

AAA in three Scottish Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics. We will accept two Scottish Highers at grade AA in place of the third subject. Where English Language and Mathematics are not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, they must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

AAA in three Scottish Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics. We will accept two Scottish Highers at grade AA in place of the third subject. Where English Language and Mathematics are not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher, they must have been achieved at SCQF Level 5 (minimum National 5 Grade C/Intermediate 2 Grade C/Standard Grade Credit level Grade 3).

A in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus A*A* in both A-levels Mathematics and Physics.

UCAS Tariff

160

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Mechanical engineering

The BEng Mechanical Engineering will give you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and experience of the most fundamental of all engineering disciplines, preparing you for a variety of careers in engineering, technology, business and management.

We use a variety of teaching styles that reflect the diversity of topics covered in modern mechanical engineering, and you will develop the range of skills and expertise that a professional engineer must possess.

In addition to core (compulsory) units, the final year provides you with the opportunity of choosing specialist units. Moreover, the final year also features an individual project - you will undertake a major investigative project by yourself, which will require scientific experiments and investigations.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil 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.

76%
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

83%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
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?

40%
UK students
60%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
5%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
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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.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Engineering professionals
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Elementary storage occupations

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.

Mechanical 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

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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