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University of Bristol

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H305
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

49%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
90% MED
Average graduate salary
£27.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*AA

A*AA including Mathematics and Physics

Scottish Highers
AAAAA-AA

SH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA

Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DD*D*

D*DD (Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.* If A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, we may invite you to undertake a maths test at the University in the spring, which will examine similar content to A-level Maths core modules.

International Baccalaureate
38

38 overall including 18 points at Higher level, with 6, 6 in Higher level Mathematics and Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 152 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

49%

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

Not available

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

Bristol's engineering heritage is world famous and the city continues to be an international leader in cutting-edge engineering. In 2015 the department was ranked as the very best out of all Russell Group Universities by the National Student Survey, a ranking that exemplifies the department's continual commitment to its students. We are in the top five of mechanical engineering departments nationally for the standard of teaching, and we receive very positive feedback and satisfaction ratings from our students. The official society for Mechanical Engineering is MechSoc, run by the department's students with the aims of encouraging social and professional development. We are also ranked highly for our research, reflecting the department's research-intensive ethos. High-quality research and teaching delivered by leading researchers in the field forms a core part of this culture and means that you will benefit from teaching led by the latest developments and expertise. It also confirms the University of Bristol as one of the leading centres of excellence for mechanical engineering in both the UK and internationally. Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Modules

University of Bristol

Inside one of the campus buildings

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
40%
60%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

22%
78%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
67%
27%
6%

Year 1

66%
29%
5%

Year 2

50%
50%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

74%

Library resources are satisfactory

97%

Feedback on work has been helpful

53%

Feedback on work has been prompt

48%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

75%

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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
47% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
511 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% 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 90% MED
Average graduate salary £27.5k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

40%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

4%

Graduates who are road transport drivers

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This subject has been affected by the recession and so you would normally expect some more encouraging stats – although things have improved this year. Nevertheless, engineers are in demand across multiple industries, but most stay in engineering, particularly in the oil industry, and in the car industry, in design and manufacturing. Jobs are all around the country, with Scotland and the South East the most likely places for a new mechanical engineer to find work at the moment – starting salaries for mechanical engineers in Scotland are actually higher there than in London, thanks to the oil industry, and only bettered by a handful of courses. 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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