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Cardiff University

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

To include Grade B in A Level Mathematics and excludes general studies and critical thinking. A pass in the science practical is normally required.

Extended Project

A

For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 and GCSE Maths Grade C or 4 is required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

including 5 or above in HL Mathematics, or 655 in 3 HL subjects to include Mathematics

DD in BTEC plus grade A in Mathematics A-Level

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-A,B,B

To include Grade B in A Level Mathematics and excludes general studies and critical thinking.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

UCAS Tariff

128-160

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78%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers are essential to the workings of the modern world, combining imagination and technology to offer innovative solutions across society and industry.

Mechanical engineers can work across all industrial sectors, developing and manufacturing well-designed products through efficient manufacturing processes. Choosing our BEng Mechanical Engineering degree means you will receive a sound training in the fundamentals and applications of engineering principles and can look forward to a challenging and rewarding career.

Note that if Chartered status is important to you, a four-year Cardiff MEng course may offer a quicker, more direct route than the BEng course.

Other Cardiff University Mechanical Engineering courses available may include:
•The opportunity to follow a sandwich year in industry if you choose the relevant four-year BEng or five-year MEng degree option
•The opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for one semester if you choose the relevant MEng (International) degree option
•The opportunity to study a language if you choose the relevant MEng degree option with a sandwich year at a university in France, Germany or Spain

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:
•The opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields, through direct access to academic staff, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have worked in industry
•Accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
•The opportunity to participate in the design, development, construction, testing and competition of a proven Formula Student racing car
•An open and engaging culture between students and staff

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£10,500
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£20,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Engineering

TEF rating:

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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%
low
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

56%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

80%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£27,500
high
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

54%
Engineering professionals
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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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