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Mechanical engineering and materials science are central to our world. They allow us to design and create everything from transportation systems and medical scanners, through to multi-billion pound facilities, like CERN, that probe the fundamentals of the universe. Studying Mechanical Engineering & Materials at Chichester will give you the scientific foundations, practical skills and techniques to enable you to make a constructive contribution to this competitive industry.

Because Mechanical Engineering is an applied subject, our course is based around workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work and design-build-test challenges. We don’t do lectures!

*Students without the standard entry requirements may take a Mechanical Engineering & Materials degree through our integrated foundation year.

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Course Length:

BENG - 3 years MENG - 4 years Full Time


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points, with at least 64 points from Mathematics and a relevant science.
  • BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM Engineering (or a relevant route in Applied Science)
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including Higher Mathematics and a science)
  • Candidates may also request an interview after which they may receive a revised, more targeted offer.
  • If you do not meet these entry requirements, you may access Electronic & Electrical Engineering through the Science and Engineering: Integrated foundation year.
  • MEng: 112 UCAS points, to include a minimum 80 UCAS points from Mathematics and a relevant Science or Technology subject. BTEC: DDM (Must be in a relevant subject)
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You can apply for a yearlong industrial placement in your second 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

Mechanical Engineering applies scientific knowledge to design and build mechanical systems.

Our degree will give you a solid foundation in mechanical engineering as well as a good understanding of materials science.

Traditional engineering courses often involve large, impersonal lectures but out courses are taught in small, interactive seminar groups in our state-of-the-art facilities. This means more demonstrations and guided experiences working as a team with others in your department and from related courses such as Business, Product Design or Digital Media.  

The University of Chichester is a member of the CDIO worldwide initiative alongside other leading universities. However, our unique CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) approach means that our courses are designed to be practical and lab-focused from the ground up.

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

Design-build challenges start with a design brief, to which you must apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle.

The course also contains many specialist modules to provide you with the breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in mechanical engineering and materials science.

Our facilities

The ground-breaking Engineering and Design Department will be based at our new Engineering & Digital Technology Park (due for completion in 2018). It 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 including: the aerospace and automotive industries; utilities companies; power generation and transmission and nuclear industries; rail and civil engineering; teaching and academic research.

Mechanical engineering can also lead to careers in banking and finance, business and technical sales and management.

Our inclusion of industrially-relevant project and lab experiences along with access to business and enterprise units will provide you with a rounder set of skills than your engineering knowledge alone.

This will provide you with the know-how to set up your own business, if you so wish, and enable you to stand-out in the competitive jobs market. 

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)

Chemistry for Materials Science

Materials Science for Engineering

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

Materials Structure & Properties

Managing & Leading Teams * - OPTIONAL

Small Business Enterprise* - OPTIONAL

Computer Aided Engineering - OPTIONAL

Materials for Transport - OPTIONAL

Materials for Sports Engineering - OPTIONAL

Surface Engineering - OPTIONAL

*Students may only opt for one of these modules 

Final Year MEng


MEng. Group Project (CDIO)

MEng. Group Project (CDIO)

Biomaterials - OPTIONAL

Computational Material Models  - OPTIONAL

Materials for Electronics  - OPTIONAL

Composite Materials  - OPTIONAL

Advanced Mathematical Techniques for Engineering  - OPTIONAL

Quality Management  - OPTIONAL

Data Science Foundation*  - OPTIONAL

Preparation for Consultancy*  - OPTIONAL

* Students may only opt for one of these modules

Teaching and assessment

Typical contact hours for the BEng degree are 14 hours per week at levels 4 and 5, falling to 10 hours per week at level 6.

The course is delivered through seminars/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time.

There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs and projects work.

Mechanical Engineering & Materials is a demanding subject with significant contact hours. In addition to scheduled learning activities, students are expected to engage in intensive self-study.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: coursework (about 1/3); written examinations and online tests (about 1/3); lab, practical and project work (about 1/3).

This is an exciting time to join a brand new Engineering and Applied Design department.

Our intention is to ensure that our newly formed Engineering and Product Design courses are fully accredited with The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) respectively.

We will be working closely with both, and our students, to ensure our courses gain accreditation with the intention that we will back date accreditation for those graduating in 2021. 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

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.