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University of Nottingham

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H302
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
80% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£26k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including A in Mathematics and preferably Physics (including a pass in the practical element), excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies, CIE Global Perspectives and Research, CIE Thinking Skills.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA including Mathematics and preferably Physics

Scottish Advanced Highers

Advanced Higher grades AA including Mathematics and preferably Physics plus Higher grades AABBB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Applications are assessed on an individual basis. Refer to University.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Applications are assessed on an individual basis. Typical offer D*DD in an Engineering subject, including Distinction in Engineering Principles, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Further Engineering Mathematics. For some applicants a foundation course may be more appropriate.

International Baccalaureate

Including 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level or 7 in Mathematics at Standard Level; plus preferably Physics at Higher or 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 accredited mechanical engineering course at Nottingham encompasses a broad foundation in engineering science and engineering design, as well as the opportunity to develop interpersonal and management skills. Our optional modules will allow you to specialise and focus your learning to your strengths and interests. You will get hands-on experience in our workshops, turning designs into reality and conducting investigations and experiments in our well-equipped labs to complement theoretical learning. Our strong links with companies such as Rolls Royce, Ford, BP and Shell guarantee that our teaching is relevant and meaningful.


The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake a design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in our dedicated student workshop. At the end of the second year, you can opt to switch to the four-year MEng degree subject to performance. Course flexibility opens up in year three with a long list of optional modules available to help you tailor your degree to your own specific interests and career aspirations. All students undertake an individual project in their final year, many of which are based on real industry-relevant problems or challenges.

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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?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 80% HIGH
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
32% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
12% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
434 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
90% 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 £26k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are engineering 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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