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University of Bradford

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H301
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
75% MED
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS points to include Maths at grade C

Scottish Highers
Not Available

112 UCAS tariff points to include Advanced Higher grade D in Maths plus SQA Credit standard grade / Intermediate 2 at grade 3 in English or SQA National 5 grade C in English.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Acceptable subjects: Any Engineering. Construction and the Built Environment not accepted. To include Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians module (Module 28) at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate

To include three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 5 including Higher Level Maths plus Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English.

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS tariff points to include 64 points from 2 GCE Advanced Level (or equivalent) including GCE Advanced Level Mathematics at Grade C and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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 broadest of all the engineering disciplines. A degree in this subject will place you at the heart of industries including: ◾power generation ◾food processing ◾automotive and rail ◾aerospace You’ll combine physics, materials science and computational methods to create complex systems which are economic, reliable, efficient and sustainable. On graduation you will be ready for industry, with a working knowledge of: ◾the core analytical and scientific principles which underpin mechanical engineering ◾Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CADCAM) ◾Computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques There is a high demand for mechanical engineers, and you’ll have a wide range of career opportunities as a graduate. Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either the first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more in-depth study, and provides all the formal educational requirements necessary to present yourself for CEng registration. Both the BEng and MEng courses can be taken with an additional placement year spent in industry to improve employability.


Year one develops your core knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. This includes the key subjects of: ◾Fluid mechanics ◾Structural mechanics ◾Mechanics of machines ◾Materials sciences ◾Computer–aided design Laboratory sessions are used to explore theoretical concepts. In year two you develop specialist knowledge in the fundamental subjects. In year three you refine your skills and undertake a substantial individual project, often linked with ongoing research activities. Optional modules are used to tailor your study to match your interests and career aspirations. Over the course of your programme of study you will engage in a number of projects. In year one you will undertake a group project to design and build a small electric vehicle which has to carry a payload up a gravel slope. This is a stimulating project which allows you to put in to practice the core knowledge that you have acquired. In year two you design and have manufactured a simple mechanism. This involves a number of critical steps and provides insight into the level of detail and accuracy needed to translate a design concept into a fully functioning product. It presents in miniature the real-world engineering process. In your final year (in addition to your individual project) you undertake a group design project using formal design methods developed through our industrial partnerships to solve practical engineering problems. Year 1: Computer-Aided Engineering (core) Engineering Mathematics (core) Fluid Mechanics 1 (core) Machines Mechanics & Mechatronics (core) Materials & Structural Mechanics (core) Skills for Engineering (core) Thermodynamics 1 (core) Year 2: Control Engineering (core) Engineering Statics & Dynamics (core) Financial & Project Management (core) Fluid Mechanics 2 (core) Further Engineering Mathematics and Statistics (core) Material Engineering & Design (core) Thermodynamics 2 (core) Year 3: Placement Year Year 4: Advanced Engineering Design (core) Materials Failure Analysis (core) Project (core) Six Sigma for Business Excellence (core) Advanced Fluid Mechanics with Aerodynamics (option) Manufacturing Systems Engineering (option) Reliability & Safety Engineering (option) Sensors & Instrumentation (option)

University of Bradford

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The University of Bradford is a fantastic place to study, socialise and get involved with, whether it's through the wide range of courses or the many sports, societies, media and entertainments at the Students' Union. Our new £8million Student Central building holds a 1,300-capacity club, radio station, four bars, bookable rooms for students and a huge outdoor grass area.

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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 81%
Student score 75% MED
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
35% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
7% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
296 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
59% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are protective service occupations


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


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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