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The University of Manchester

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

We require three A levels with overall grades of AAB in any order, in Mathematics and Physics and one other subject. We accept all subjects as the third A level, apart from General Studies. We can consider applications from students who are taking Mathematics A level but not Physics, provided they are studying the mechanical modules M1 and M2 in their Mathematics A level. Please note that if students are taking the newly reformed Physics A level, we will require them to pass the practical assessment included in the A level.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades AAB in Advanced Highers, including Maths and Physics. The University will accept two Highers in place of the 3rd Advanced Higher. English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

BTEC Diploma

National Diploma - DM plus A Level Maths at grade A

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

National Foundation Diploma - DM plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

National Extended Diploma - DDM plus A Level Maths at grade A

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 6 in Maths at higher level, 6 in Physics at higher level and 5 in English at standard level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 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

This course gives 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. Years 1 and 2 are common with those of the MEng course in Mechanical Engineering. Subject to satisfactory performance, it is possible for you to transfer to the MEng course. Your final year emphasises individual work - you will undertake a major investigative project by yourself. This may require scientific experiments and investigations.


The University of Manchester

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As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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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?

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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
62% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
11% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
466 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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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