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University of Southampton

Mechanical Engineering

UCAS Code: H300
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

152

% applicants receiving offers

64%

Subjects
  • Mechanical engineering
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*AA

A*A in Mathematics and Physics, with a pass in Physics Practical

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Advanced Highers in Mathematics and Physics grades AA with three Highers graded AAA, these cannot include Mathematics or Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
D*D*D

International Baccalaureate
38

18 at Higher Level including 6 in both Higher Mathematics and Higher Physics, and a minimum of 5 points in standard Level English

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

64%

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

£9,250

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

During this three-year course, you will gain a solid foundation in mechanical engineering. This programme covers all the traditional core subjects of mechanical engineering, with opportunities to take options that reflect your particular interests, for example automotive, enhanced materials, or mechanics of materials. In the first two years, the course content is identical to that of MEng Mechanical Engineering courses.

Modules

Year 1: Electrical systems; engineering design; fluid mechanics; mathematics for engineering sciences; mechanics; mechanics of solids; modelling and computing; professional engineer properties of materials and thermodynamics. Year 2: Dynamics and control; electro-mechanical systems; electronics for mechanical systems; engineering design and structural analysis methods; fluid mechanics; linear engineering systems (vibration); management 1; materials; mathematics for mechanical engineers; mechanics of machines; solids and structures and thermodynamics. Year 3: Mandatory modules: Engineering design; management 2 or new venture planning; manufacturing with metals; materials service performance; and individual project; plus a choice from a wide range of optional modules.

University of Southampton

The campus

The University of Southampton is a place of transformation. Through education and research, innovation and enterprise, we unlock creative potential and provide opportunities that transform the lives of our students, our community, society and the economy. Did you know...Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is Chair of Computer Science here.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
41%
36%
23%

Year 1

56%
30%
14%

Year 2

36%
56%
8%

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 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

75%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

54%

Feedback on work has been prompt

46%

Staff are good at explaining things

82%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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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
50% 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
457 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% 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 91% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

6%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

48%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

4%

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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