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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Sandwich including Professional Placement)

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Institution C58


Bognor Regis campus

3 - 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A levels: BBC - CCC (including Mathematics)

BTEC: DMM - MMM (including Engineering, Maths or Science)

GCSEs: Mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including Higher Mathematics and a science)

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Not sure you can reach these entry requirements? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.

Course content

Each academic year of the BEng. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree centres on a two-semester long design-build challenge.

The knowledge and techniques that you will apply in your design-build challenges are gained in workshops/seminars and practical/lab based modules that are specific to Mechanical Engineering. Design-build-test challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle.

In your first year of study, you will take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the Mechanical Engineering cohort. The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where you will tackle your design brief with students from other engineering cohorts. In the final year, you will work on an individual project and present your work technically to other engineers and to a non-technical audience.

The course contains many specialist modules required to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science:  In your first year, you will study engineering mathematics along with modules on mechanics, materials and thermodynamics, which form the foundation of mechanical engineering. You will also study circuit theory, electromagnetism and computer programming.

The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, which include manufacturing techniques & materials, control and electromechanical systems as well as the mathematical tools needed. The final year teaches the engineering management, finance, law and ethics expected of a professional engineer and has module options, allowing you to specialise your field of study.


Our facilities

Mechanical Engineering is taught in our state of the art Engineering and Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences

  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities

  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories

  • Machine tool workshop

  • Specialist 3D printers

  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design

The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Where this can take you

Engineering graduates are prized by a wide range of companies and employers.

As a numerate and scientifically trained thinker, you’ll have skills that are immediately transferable to a diverse range of sectors.

Our inclusion of specific business and enterprise units will provide you with a rounder set of skills than your engineering science knowledge alone, providing you with the know-how to set up your own business, if you so wish, and enabling you to stand-out in the competitive jobs market.  

With an engineering degree you’ll have a huge choice of routes for employment, whether or not you choose to following a career in engineering after you graduate. 

Work placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study. 

The placement typically begins after the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year). 

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage. 

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.


Indicative modules



Mechanical Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

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Statics & Materials

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to static loading of structures and the importance of materials to the mechanical characteristics of structures under load. The module also looks at how materials can fail under load and the mechanisms of failure.

Engineering Mathematics

Functions: Revision of the definition and graphs of polynomial, trig and hyperbolic functions. Differentiation: Concept of differentiation as the as rate of change. Differentiation rules and differentiation of polynomials, trig, parametric, implicit, and logarithmic. Applications of differentiation. Integration: Integration of polynomials, trig, and hyperbolic functions. Integration by substitution, by parts and by partial fractions. Applications of integration; maxima and minima, average and RMS values of a periodic function, areas and volumes. Numerical integration. Matrix algebra: Properties of matrices and matrix algebra and applications. Vectors: Vectors and scalars. Components of a vector. Vector addition and subtraction. Scalar multiplication of vectors. Dot and cross products of vectors. Complex Numbers: Addition, subtraction and multiplication of complex numbers. De Moivre’s theorem. Rectangular, polar and exponential form.

Electrical Circuit Analysis

To introduce the tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis


Mechanical Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

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Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

This module’s aim is to provide an introduction to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Electricity and Magnetism

Introduce the fundamental properties of electromagnetic fields and their application in engineering context.

Programming for Engineers

Aim: To introduce the fundamental ideas behind the development of a program using the object-oriented approach to programming through the widely-used C++ object-oriented language. Particular emphasis will be placed on solving numerical problems with engineering context.


Level 5 (Second Year):


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

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The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the important fields of instrumentation and sensing in electromechanical systems

Manufacturing Techniques & Materials

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to manufacturing of parts through various techniques, including mouldings, machining and additive manufacture

Engineering Tools and Techniques (MM)

This module follows on from the first year Engineering Mathematics module, building and advancing mathematical knowledge and capabilities. The module also aims to build confidence in the application of mathematics, encouraging students to explore applied mathematics. Much of the content of level 5 and 6 subject specific modules is contingent on knowledge and confidence built in this module. The module aims to provide students with solid mathematical foundation with which to build their specialist engineering knowledge.


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

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Dynamic Systems

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of dynamic systems

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics II

The aim of this module is to build on the knowledge and skills from the level four module: Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics I, providing the student with a solid foundation of subject knowledge in the areas of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics

Electromechanical Systems & Control

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Level 6 (Third Year):


Individual Project (CDIO)

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Mechanical Failure Analysis

The aim of this module is to enable the student to evaluate the mechanisms of mechanical failure, methods for monitoring signs of incipient failure and of detecting failures. The module looks at individual component failure and how individual failures may affect the systems of which they are a component.

Advanced Heat Transfer

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Computer Aided Engineering - OPTIONAL

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Renewable & Sustainable Power – OPTIONAL

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Advanced Manufacturing - OPTIONAL

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Managing & Leading Teams * - OPTIONAL

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Individual Project (CDIO)

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The Professional Engineer

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Vibration in Mechanical Systems

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Turbomachinery - OPTIONAL

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Sports Equipment Engineering - OPTIONAL

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Small Business Enterprise* - OPTIONAL

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow students to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The module has a very practical emphasis that draws upon students’ earlier business related studies or discipline specific self-employment options. Whilst relevant to business studies students in general, it is designed to be of particular use to those students that desire studying business as either a joint or minor element in combination with another degree programme.

*Students may only opt for one of these modules

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: Coursework; Written Examinations; Lab and Practical work; Project work; Presentations and Online Tests.

About 25% of assessment is by examination, the remaining 75% is assessment is through coursework, practical and project work and presentations. 

Additional Costs

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Working with industry

Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.