Course overview

Do you want to push the boundaries of engineering to solve complex problems to improve the sustainability and efficiency of the world we live in? This course will give you opportunity to combine your initiative, numeracy skills and detailed subject knowledge to make modern industry work better for us all.

Mechanical engineering plays a vital role in many industries including aerospace, manufacturing, medicine, renewable energy and Formula 1. In fact, there is little in our daily lives that isn’t touched by mechanical engineering innovations, from the cars we drive to the way our food is processed.

As well as taught sessions, you’ll have access excellent manufacturing research facilities, including robotics and 3D printing techniques. You will also apply your knowledge in individual and group project settings.

Mechanical and manufacturing engineering share a common programme for the first two years, where you will learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design. In the third year you will specialise in mechanical engineering options. this course is fully accredited.

Why choose this course?

  • A Top 20 UK department in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021
  • Get paid experience with a year out in industry
  • Customise your degree to suit your interests with a wide selection of optional modules

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB in Clearing for home students

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

Maths and either physics (preferred) or further maths as a second subject, or maths with any two of the following: chemistry, biology, design, economics, psychology, electronics, computer science in Clearing for home students.

Excluding general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies, CIE global perspectives and research, CIE thinking skills.

IB score 34; 5 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches or Maths: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level or 7 in Maths: Analysis and Approaches at Standard Level and 5 in Physics at Higher level or 5 in two of Chemistry, Biology, Design, Economics, Psychology, Electronics , Computer Science at Higher Level in Clearing for home students

BTEC or Access courses not accepted for MEng course.

Excluded subjects in Clearing for home students

  • General studies
  • Citizenship studies
  • Global perspectives
  • Critical thinking
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge

Foundation progression options

A foundation year is available for those with BBB grades but not in the required subjects.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Group study
  • Independent study
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Presentation
  • Research project
  • Practical assessment

Contact time and study hours

Engineers are among the busiest students on campus. On average, you will have around 20-22 contact hours a week in years one and two. Combined with coursework and self-study, you are likely to spend over 40 hours a week on your studies. Our courses provide the opportunity to specialise through a choice of subject modules and practical work.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.

What is it like studying Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at UoN?

Hear what our students have to say about studying Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at UoN


The first two years provide a good grounding in the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering science and engineering design. The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake a design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in the department's student workshop.

The additional year of the MEng degree gives you an extra year of engineering knowledge and skills and the opportunity to specialise in specific subjects tailored to your career plans.


Engineering Design and Design Project

In this yearlong module you'll gain a deeper understanding of engineering design principles using practical project work. You'll learn CAD from the ground up, and by the end of the module you'll be well versed in the software.

Further you'll undertake practical workshops, where you'll learn how to use fundamental engineering machinery, which forms the basis of more advanced techniques you'll learn in higher level modules.

Topics covered include:

  • Process of design supported by practical design activities
  • Engineering drawing CAD solid modelling and drawing generation  
  • Machine elements Group Design Project with Integrated Individual Element  
  • Machine shop practical training 
Materials and Manufacturing

A deep understanding of both materials and manufacturing techniques used to process these materials is essential for all product designers, to produce effective and commercially viable products. This year long module introduces students to the properties of materials, the main failure mechanisms which a designer will be concerned with (e.g overload, fracture, creep, fatigue) and core manufacturing methods used in engineering applications.

It includes the following topics:

  • Role of materials and material properties in the design process.
  • Selection and use of materials.
  • Basic science underlying material properties Approaches to avoid failure of materials.
  • Introduction to manufacturing in the UK.
  • Casting, machining, moulding, forming, powder processing, heat treatment, surface finishing and assembly.
  • Introduction into additive manufacturing an introduction to manufacturing metrology.
Programming, Professional and Laboratory Skills

This year long module comprises a number of elements to provide you with:

  • professional engineering, information searching, data analysis, health and safety and oral presentations 
  • laboratory skills and development of house style laboratory report
  • writing and understanding of computer programs including, loops, conditional statements, program flow, functions, basic input output, sound processing, image processing, variables, (1/2D) arrays, advanced plotting and simple computer graphics. 
  • the application of computer code to control mechanical devices as part of a group project. 
  • introduction to professional responsibilities of engineers including the fundamental role of sustainability, legal issues, patents, ethics and standards 
Statics and Dynamics

The aim of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts and principles of solid mechanics and dynamics, and their applications to mechanical engineering systems. A wide range of engineering structures and mechanical components need to be designed to support static loads and as an engineer it is important to understand the way in which forces are transmitted through structures for efficient and safe design. This module includes:

  • Static equilibrium: force and moment analysis in design; frictional forces.
  • Stress, strain and elasticity.
  • Bending stresses in beams.
  • Relationship between angular and linear motion.
  • Work, energy and power, including kinetic and potential energy.
  • Geared systems.
  • Static and dynamic balancing.
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1

This is an introductory module covering the fundamental concepts and principles of thermofluids and their applications to engineering problems. Topics covered include: 

  • introductory concepts; properties of fluids, equations of state and the perfect gas law 
  • hydrostatics The first and second law of thermodynamics, including heat engines 
  • fluid dynamics: continuity, Euler and Bernoulli equations 
  • processes undergone by closed systems 
  • the steady flow energy equation 
  • momentum flows including linear momentum, friction factors and pipe flows
  • heat transfer
Mathematics for Engineers

This module introduces a range of fundamental elementary mathematical techniques that can be applied to mechanical engineering, manufacturing and product design problems.

The aim of the module is to provide engineering students with a base in mathematical knowledge which can then be built on if required in subsequent years, however as a product design student this will be the only maths module you will undertake.

This module includes:

  • The calculus of a single variable, extended to develop techniques used in analysing engineering problems
  • Advanced differential and integral calculus of one variable
  • First-order ordinary-differential equations
  • Algebra of complex numbers
  • Matrix algebra and its applications to systems of equations and eigenvalue problems
  • Functions and their properties
  • Vector spaces and their applications
  • Vector calculus
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 02 September 2022.


Design, Manufacture and Project

This module will introduce design methodology through the entire design cycle from establishing users' needs and generating creative concepts to developing fabricable engineered solutions.

You will develop knowledge of machine elements and mechanical systems and develop enhanced skills in communicating effectively in a team environment and operating machine tools for manufacturing and testing of design.

Dynamics and Control

This module aims to introduce concepts of rigid body dynamics, vibrations and feedback control, and develop the student's ability to analyse these aspects in simplified engineering situations. 

Electromechanical Devices

This module aims to explain how electricity and electronic principles can be used to achieve practical tasks in mechanical engineering, measure mechanical quantities and provide mechanical power. It also aims to give students an understanding of the importance of electrical and electronic subsystems in mechanical designs.

Topics typically covered in the module are:

  • Electrical machines and circuits
  • DC circuits, electromagnetism, capacitance, transducers
  • AC circuits, rectification, transistors, induction motor, amplifiers, combinational & sequential logic, transformers
  • Sensors: application of basic electrical and electronic principles to sensors for position, displacement, velocity, acceleration and strain, rotary sensors
  • Actuators: solenoids, stepper motor, DC permanent magnet motor
  • Signals and conversion: analog and digital data, ADCs, DACs
Engineering Management 1

This module introduces students to the principles of modern Engineering Management, how projects are selected and financially evaluated, how sustainability is assessed and lifecycle assents are constructed, how health safety and ethics are maintained, and the construction and monitoring of the elements of an engineering or business programme.

The basic concepts and methods relevant to professional management practice are presented, with an emphasis on the commercial engineering context and project management.

Topics include introductions to the following:

  • history of management
  • private enterprise
  • economic theory of the firm
  • sustainability and lifecycle assessment
  • health, safety and ethics
  • financial project evaluation
  • project planning and scheduling
  • risk management
  • project monitoring
Materials in Design

This module seeks to develop an understanding of materials in design across a wide range of engineering applications. The module is arranged in 4 blocks covering designing with light alloys, polymers, composites, and functional materials. This covers important functional ceramics as well as other functional materials. Each block will explore the design requirements in detail of a particular case study followed by other examples, key material properties relevant to the engineering application, manipulation of the microstructure through processing and example calculations against failure of the product/component. This module will explore:

  • Material Attributes
  • Engineering Context
  • Manufacturing of Material
  • Production Processes
  • Environmental Impact
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanics of Solids

The aim of this module is to introduce more advanced topics in linear elastic solid mechanics, plasticity and failure, introduce relevant analysis methods for this materials behaviour and demonstrate the application of these methods to the design of engineering components. 

Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2

In this module you will apply concepts and principles of thermofluids to fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer situations in simplified applied situations.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

A major Group Design & Make project makes up a third of your studies. This may involve working with industry, local hospitals or schools. The project will help you to develop a number of essential skills, invaluable for your future career. You will also study a mix of compulsory and optional modules, the latter allowing you to tailor the course to your interests.


Engineering Management 2

This module introduces students to concepts and methods relevant to engineering management, with an emphasis on the commercial engineering context.

Topics include introductions to the following:

  • impact of digitisation and automation
  • operations planning and control, operations management
  • financial planning
  • financial accounting
  • financial analysis
  • innovation and new technology
  • quality management
  • marketing
  • new business formation
  • business models
  • the lean organisation
  • management of people
  • foundations of contract Law
Computer Modelling Techniques

This module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the main stream computer modelling techniques used in modern engineering practice, including Finite Element, Finite Difference and Finite Volume methods.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to numerical methods in engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for thermo-fluids problems
  • Coursework on running FEA and CFD software
BEng Individual Project

The project aims to give you experience in the practice of manufacturing engineering at a professional level. It involves the planning, execution and reporting of a programme of work which will normally involve a mixture of experimental, theoretical and computational work together with a review of relevant previous work in the field. The detailed content is a matter for discussion between the student and their supervisor.


Advanced Dynamics of Machines

This module covers advanced concepts and analytical techniques used to analyse the dynamics of mechanical systems. You will develop understanding, familiarity and knowledge of the analysis techniques required to describe the dynamical and vibration behaviour of mechanical systems moving in 2 and 3 dimensions. 

Stress Analysis Techniques

This is an advanced module dealing with experimental, analytical and numerical methods for determining stresses and deformations in complex engineering components. Some of the topics covered include: membrane stresses; Beams on elastic foundations; Bending of flat plates; and experimental stress analysis methods. 


Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 4 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 One 2 hour exam

This module introduces the principles of thermodynamics and the thermodynamic concepts relevant to the applications to building environment engineering. Topics covered include: dimensions and units, thermal properties, thermodynamic systems, energy, work and heat transfer processes, perfect gases, steady flow energy equation, 1st law and 2nd law of thermodynamics and basic modes of heat transfer.

Further optional modules with the following subject areas

Human Factors
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

A major individual project makes up a third of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations linked to your chosen subject specialisms.  You will also study compulsory modules in advanced engineering topics along with a range of optional modules, appropriate to the subject specialisms you have selected.


Advanced Technology Review (autumn)

This module exposes you to topics relevant to engineers today that are new and/or developing rapidly and which may be associated with important segments of the UK economy. The aim of the Case Study is to develop your skills in acquiring, assimilating, synthesising and presenting technical and business information in an appropriate form based on sound research.

Integrated Systems Analysis (autumn)

This module covers topics aligned to the design, description and analysis of dynamically complex, integrated systems. Examples of such include automotive power trains, aero-engines and combined heat and power generating plant.

This module covers the following topics:    

  • Basic concepts in Design of Experiments and the analysis of experiments including the effects of noise
  • Reliability of systems - reliability models for components and how these are combined to form system reliability assessments        
  • Dynamic behaviour of systems : introduction to the state-space protocol and dynamic simulation of systems.

Emphasis throughout the course will be on real applications and tasks involved in the engineering of 'integrated systems' products.


Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Computing 1 week 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 System Simulation Exercise
Class-based Assignments 10.00 5 class-based assignments, 2% per assignment
Exam 60.00 Examination
MEng Individual Project

The project aims to give experience in the practice of engineering at a professional level. It involves the planning, execution and reporting of a programme of work which will normally involve a mixture of experimental, theoretical and computational work together with a review of relevant previous work in the field.

Optional modules withing the following specialisms

Aerodynamics (spring)

This module aims to develop your understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in fluid mechanics in aerospace engineering. You will study a range of topics such as applied aerodynamics fundamentals and several relevant theories. 

This module includes:

  • Introduction to Aerodynamics.
  • Inviscid, irrotational and incompressible flow: potential flow solutions, source and sinks, doublets, vortex, circular cylinder placed in a uniform flow, Kutta-Joukowski theorem on lift, the Kutta condition, Biot-Savart law.
  • Two-dimensional aerofoils: thin flat-plate aerofoil, thick cambered aerofoil, aerofoil nomenclature, NACA aerofoils, pressure distributions, flow separations, lift and drag curves.
  • Finite-span wings: induced drag, downwash angle, effect of aspect ratio, Delta wings, vortex breakdown.
  • Boundary-layer control: stalling speed, high-lift devices, flaps, slats, Gurney flaps, winglets, vortex generators, wall suction, riblets.
Aircraft Propulsion Systems

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic thermo-fluid principles of aircraft propulsion and gas turbine engines. You will develop your knowledge of the layout and design principles of jet engines and how individual components can be designed to achieve the required performance.

Analysis and Design of Composites Bioengineering
Automotive Vehicle Dynamics

The module covers the following topics:

  • Planar motion in a moving frame of reference
  • Vibration modelling; the quarter-vehicle model
  • Tyre forces and basic tyre modelling
  • Ride comfort
  • Lateral vehicle dynamics: handling and stability, understeer/oversteer
  • Simulation tools and basic model building: special reference to Matlab
  • Overview of vehicle chassis enhancement by electronic control, for example, anti-lock braking systems, traction control, dynamic stability control, etc.

Examples and applications of the concepts and techniques developed are given on passenger cars, heavy vehicles, and motorcycles. 

Computational Fluid Dynamics

In this module you’ll develop an advanced understanding of fluid mechanics. You’ll use computational methods in fluid mechanics to further understand how techniques are applied to real fluid engineering problems. For example, you’ll study fluid/structure interactions, air flow, channel flow and water wave propagation. You’ll spend between two and four hours in lectures and two hours in computing sessions each week.

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Finite Element Analysis

This module will allow the theoretical background needed to understand linear Finite Element analysis. To present a number of examples to illustrate how practical problems can be analysed using FE software.

You will cover the following topics: 

  • Structural analysis
  • Derivation of finite element equations using energy considerations
  • Linear and quadratic elements
  • Beam, plate and shell elements
  • Practical applications of finite elements in stress analysis problems
  • Examples of finite element applications
  • Introduction to thermal problems
  • Introduction to non-linear problems
Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy

In this module students develop understanding of hydrogen vehicle technologies and their role in delivering more sustainable transport and energy sectors.

The module covers technologies currently under development and those likely to be used in future vehicle power-train systems, as an energy storage buffer for the grid and as an alternative gas vector to decarbonise heat.

Technologies covered include;

  • electrolysers, storage, fuel cells and the impact of hydrogen on different applications.
  • Hydrogen use in the transport and energy sectors
  • Sustainable sources of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and distribution
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen Vehicles
  • Grid stability and decarbonisation of heat applications
  • Economic and environmental feasibility assessment


Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 1 examination (2 hours)
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Faculty-specific funding

In addition to the above, students applying to the Faculty of Engineering may be eligible for faculty-specific or industry scholarships.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


Alongside an accredited engineering degree, you will have a broad knowledge of engineering science and engineering design - the essential skills to work in industry as a mechanical engineer. You will have developed skills in problem solving through group and individual project work and have an appreciation of the business environment in which engineers work.

Our graduates work for a diverse range of employment sectors with companies including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata Steel
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Ford
  • Thales

Average starting salary and career progression

83.2% of undergraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £29,073.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and provides you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC).

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" This course has enhanced my love for engineering and I have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the engineering modules involved. It has given me the opportunity to explore different sectors and has helped me decide what I want to specialise in. "
Maryam Sebzali

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Important information

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