BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Would you like to use your mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-life problems? A BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree allows you to do just that, and develop a well paid career with lots of options. Mechanical engineers are sought-after in all types of industries, from food processing to pharmaceutical manufacture, as well as in high-profile sectors such as automobile and aerospace.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Engineering Council, this is a modern mechanical engineering degree that is relevant to a range of industries. It has been developed with engineering professionals and forms the educational base for Chartered Engineer status, with a period of further learning. We have strong links with industry and place considerable emphasis on student projects. You could design, analyse, research and test anything from wind turbines to turbojet engines.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd
Sandwich 4 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Part-time 6 Years September Pontypridd
Sandwich 4 Years September Pontypridd

This Mechanical Engineering degree includes the computing, mathematical and physical sciences required to design, develop and manufacture a range of engineering systems. You’ll study the core areas that underpin mechanical engineering, which are material science, engineering mechanics, thermofluids, manufacturing systems and engineering design. This includes extensive laboratory experience, so you can gain the skills needed to test systems that you have analysed and constructed.

You’ll also study a management, business and professional practice module. This will develop your initiative, and effective communication and interpersonal skills, to achieve the high level of technical leadership required in a modern engineering environment. Your new skills will be further tested through group and individual research and design projects.

Year One

  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Design and Manufacture
  • Professional Practice for Engineers
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Thermofluids for Engineers

Year Two

  • Further Mathematics for Engineers
  • Business and Finance for Engineers
  • Sustainability Engineering Design
  • Engineering Mechanics 2
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Engineering Thermofluids 2
  • Engineering Material Science

Year Three

  • Control
  • Applied Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics 3
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental Engineering and Management
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Individual Project

*10 credit module.


You will learn via lectures, tutorials and seminars. As well as this, you will spend time keeping up-to-date on current issues within the engineering industry. You will also learn through practical work, group projects and a final year project, plus industry visits to companies such as GE Aircraft Engine Services, The Royal Mint and local businesses.


You will be assessed through assignments, coursework, ongoing class tests and exams. Presentations are included as elements of assessments in some modules, in order that key communication and presentation skills can be developed.

Institution Code


USW’s mechanical engineering degree is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), to gain Incorporated Engineering status. Students who progress on to the MEng will gain the academic requirements for Chartered Engineering status.


Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software, including SolidWorks, Ansys, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Phoenix, etc.
  • Workshop includes – CNC lathe and milling machine, lathes and milling machines, drills, laser cutter, welding bay (MIG, TIG and electric arc) as well as a selection of hand tools.
  • Project room – A laser cutter (plastics and wood), a 4 axis CNC router and an augmented reality welding training simulator.
  • We also have composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, coordinate measuring machine (CMM), laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, two wind tunnels, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • We also have a well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Featured Lecturer:
Joao Ramos

Joao Ramos

"A mechanical engineer can do a bit of everything – and it is still necessary in order to make things work. It’s by far the most flexible of engineering subjects. It is not rare to see a mechanical engineer move out of their comfort zone and branch out in to any other type of engineering, sometimes even business. This ability to adapt to an ever-changing industry is what sets mechanical engineers apart from the competition. The world can become a better place through engineering."


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include Mathematics and one other Science subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in Mathematics and one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Part-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Our graduates have gained a good reputation in industry, in areas including research and development, design, manufacturing management, technical sales, and plant engineering.

As part of this mechanical engineering degree, you also have the option to spend a year working in industry. This year will give you an inside look at the industry, boost your employability and could help your grades.

You may also have the opportunity to progress to the MEng Mechanical Engineering course which combines the undergraduate degree (BEng) with a Masters-level qualification. The additional year gives you higher technical knowledge, and allows you to apply what you’ve already learned to an individual project. You enrol on the undergraduate degree, and have the opportunity to progress to an MEng if you achieve satisfactory grades in your assessments during your first two years of study.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.