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Mechanical engineers design, build and operate the things we need in everyday life. Our BEng Mechanical Engineering degree will give you practical experience of applying engineering science to real world problems, working in interdisciplinary teams with students from other disciplines, just as you would in the commercial world.

Our unique CDIO (Conceive–Design–Implement–Operate) approach allows Mechanical Engineering students to develop their communication, management and team working skills, as well as their engineering abilities. You will be taught the scientific foundations and practical skills to enable you to design, build and use mechanical systems and to make an impact in this competitive industry. You will also take part in lab work, demonstration-led seminars and tutorials. We don’t do lectures!

*Students without the standard entry requirements may take a Mechnical Engineering degree through Chichester’s integrated foundation year.

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Course Length:

4 - 6 years Full Time


  • BEng with ISTEM FY: Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points from a mathematics, science or technology subject and GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. If these requirements are not, a decision would be made on individual basis by interview – no set entry requirements.
  • BEng: CCC (equivalent to 96 UCAS points) to include a minimum (64 UCAS points) from Mathematics and a relevant Science or Technology subject. BTEC: MMM
  • MEng.: BBC (equivalent to 112 UCAS points) to include a minimum (80 UCAS points) from Mathematics and a relevant Science or Technology subject. BTEC: DMM
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You can apply for a yearlong industrial placement in your third year of study.

The placement typically begins after the second year and, following 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.

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All of Chichester’s Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of our Engineering and Design programmes are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes.

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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.

Students who make excellent progress in their first two years, and who wish to further their learning, will be eligible to continue their study at master’s level, through our integrated masters in Mechanical Engineering MEng.

If you continue onto the masters’ level, you will study an extra year of more advanced material, which includes a significant group project and options to study areas that particularly interest you.

Our facilities

Mechanical Engineering is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus, which is due for completion in April 2018.

From September 2018, this integrated first year will be taught in our state-of-the-art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus (due for completion in April 2018). Until then the course will be taught at our dedicated engineering rooms in Bognor Regis.

The Engineering & 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
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

The Engineering & 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. 


Indicative modules

First year


Mechanical Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Mechanical Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Statics & Materials

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Mathematics

Electricity and Magnetism

Electrical Circuit Analysis

Programming for Engineers

Second year


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)


Dynamic Systems

Manufacturing Techniques & Materials

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics II

Engineering Tools and Techniques (MM)

Electromechanical Systems & Control

Final year BENG / third year MENG


Individual Project (CDIO)

Individual Project (CDIO)

Mechanical Failure Analysis

The Professional Engineer

Advanced Heat Transfer

Vibration in Mechanical Systems

Computer Aided Engineering - OPTIONAL

Turbomachinery - OPTIONAL

Renewable & Sustainable Power - OPTIONAL

Sports Equipment Engineering - OPTIONAL

Advanced Manufacturing - OPTIONAL


Managing & Leading Teams * - OPTIONAL

Small Business Enterprise* - OPTIONAL

*Students may only opt for one of these modules 

Final year MENG


MEng. Group Project (CDIO)

MEng. Group Project (CDIO)

Robotic Systems - OPTIONAL

Composite Materials - OPTIONAL

Advanced Mathematical Techniques for Engineering - OPTIONAL

Automotive Engineering - OPTIONAL

Aerospace Engineering - OPTIONAL

Quality Management - OPTIONAL

Advanced Modelling & Simulation - OPTIONAL


Data Science Foundation* - OPTIONAL

Preparation for Consultancy* - OPTIONAL

* Students may only opt for one of these modules 



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.