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University of Portsmouth

Mechanical Engineering

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


% applicants receiving offers


  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
80% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£24.4k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of two Higher Level subjects, to include 5 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from Mathematics, plus a relevant subject.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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

Most of what you see has been made, developed or modified by an engineer. Meeting the challenges of the changing world, there will always be a demand for mechanical engineers. This course encompasses the design, development, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered products. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) which means that it meets all of the academic requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). It also fulfils some of the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The £100 million that the university has invested in its buildings and facilities over the past 10 years includes our computer-aided design and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is ideal for students who enjoy practical, hands-on, problem-based learning. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED On this course you can create your own designs in our manufacturing workshops, you can get involved in the University of Portsmouth Formula Student racing team, and you can apply to do an optional year-long placement in industry which will put you ahead of the field when applying for graduate jobs. AFTER THE COURSE It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers and our courses are aimed at educating engineers for a multitude of different careers in engineering and technology. Not only does this course meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the workplace with a year-long industrial placement. Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduation, or both.


You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. You’ll also get the chance to manufacture a product of your own design. In your second year you’ll study further mathematics and engineering science, engineering materials, manufacturing and business, instrumentation and control, and computer-aided engineering. In your final year you will cover solid mechanics, manufacturing systems and sustainable development. There is also a range of topics for you to tailor your studies as well as practical project work.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 89%
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
23% 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
309 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
51% 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 £24.4k MED
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


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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