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Brunel University London

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H303
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
71% LOW
% employed or in further study
84% LOW
Average graduate salary
£27.3k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

including B in Maths and B in Physics

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

including grade B in Maths and grade B in Physics

BTEC Diploma

in Mechanical Engineering only including Distinctions in Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Static Mechanical Principles in Practice, Dynamic Mechanical Principles in Practice, Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamic Principles and Practice and A level grade B in Mathematics

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in Mechanical Engineering only including Distinctions in Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems, Further Engineering Mathematics, Static Mechanical Principles in Practice, Dynamic Mechanical Principles in Practice, Principles and Applications of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamic Principles and Practice

International Baccalaureate

including grade 5 in Higher Level Maths and grade 5 in Higher Level Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Mechanical Engineering is the most established subject area at Brunel. It is one of very few in the UK that provides broad education in mechanical, energy, aeronautics, building services and automotive/motorsport engineering. Our annual Brunel Engineers event offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your final-year work to fellow students and industry representatives. This exciting celebration brings together the creative minds of our final-year students to showcase projects ranging from nano and micro engineering to larger scale aviation projects. Our dynamic student Brunel Racing TT Team enter the TT zero electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man and our Brunel Racing FS team compete in the Formula Student competitions every year. Wherever your interests lie, we are confident that you’ll find the course that is right for you at Brunel. All our courses are offered as BEng or MEng programmes. If you join us on the BEng you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of the second year, provided you reach a certain progression standard. The final year of the MEng will broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the discipline to prepare you for the leadership needs of industry. You can choose the full-time route or include a year’s placement by opting to go on a high-quality work placement usually between Levels 2 and 3. You’ll gain experience and academic credit and develop the competencies valued by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, fast-tracking you towards Chartered or Incorporated Engineer status. Brunel’s on-campus Professional Development Centre can help you find the placement that is right for you. Mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are everywhere in the modern world. Our mechanical engineering courses meet the needs of industry and reflect our world-class research interests, in particular in energy and environmental engineering; internal combustion engines and their fuels; and materials and manufacturing. We offer a broad-based general degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as three courses that allow you to specialise in the third year in the area that interests you. All our Mechanical Engineering courses are taught together in the first and second years. You’ll learn through lectures, laboratory sessions, design studio workshops and one-to-one supervision. You’ll produce assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and take short tests and examinations. Our Level 1 project is a design-based competition between teams of students from different subjects, enabling you to learn from each other and collaborate as you would in the working world. Our mainstream Mechanical Engineering course gives you a solid grounding in the subject as it covers all the fundamental elements of mechanical engineering and design. The specialisms in this respected general degree include sustainability and mechatronics, which can be applied across the manufacturing sector or in more specialist areas such as biomedical engineering. We have a reputation for developing graduates of the highest calibre, ready to meet the challenges of employment. Our students often have job offers before they graduate. Our graduates go on to work in exciting industrial, commercial and public sector areas including aviation, automotive design, building services, energy and environmental engineering, gas and water supply, oil production, mining and mineral processing, nuclear power, patent engineering, banking, the armed forces and the railways.


Typical modules in year 1 Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics, Fundamentals of Thermofluids, Analytical Methods and Skills, Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines, Introduction to Engineering Design, Mechanical Laboratories, technical drawing and workshop experience. Typical modules in year 2 Solid Body Mechanics, Thermofluids, Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation, Professional Engineering Applications & Practice, Design & Analysis of Mechanical Systems & Components. Typical modules in year 3: Major Individual Project, Sustainability, Mechatronics and IC Engines, FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems, Professional Engineering Practice. You may transfer from the BEng route to MEng at the end of Year 2 providing you meet the predetermined progression requirements. Visit our website for full details.

Brunel University London

Main Concourse

Situated on the edge of London, Brunel University is a short journey from the vibrant capital, offering the perfect balance between cosmopolitan city living and a tight knit diverse community. The uni boasts well-known lecturers including Will Self, Benjamin Zephaniah and Fay Weldon. Brunel is home to world-class sports facilities, including one of the few 132m indoor sprint tracks in the country.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 74%
Student score 71% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
41% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
10% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
28% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
392 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
26% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £27.3k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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