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Undergraduate courses 2024/25

Mechanical Engineering (Extended), BEng Hons

Our extended degree in mechanical engineering starts with a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study. After your first year, you study the modules from our three-year course.

The degree covers areas such as structural mechanics, electrical circuits, fluids and powder dynamics, and thermodynamics. At the end of the course, you should be equipped for a career as a professional mechanical engineer in areas such as high-value manufacturing and the automotive and aerospace industries.

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, indicating that this degree provides ideal preparation for aspiring professional engineers.

UCAS points

64 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

H308 M BEng/MEEx

School

Engineering

Location

Medway Campus

Duration

  • 4 years full-time
  • 8 years part-time
  • 5 years sandwich

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2024/25

£9,250 /£17,000

What you should know about this course

  • Ranked Top UK Uni by StudentCrowd 2023.
  • We are a diverse and inclusive community of students, researchers and academics and we welcome a wide range of students from many different backgrounds.
  • You’ll gain the skills you need in a supportive, employment-focused environment and will be among research-active academics whose work is making a difference to people’s lives.
  • You'll study in Medway in Kent, a great location with fantastic transport links. It's easy to get to central London, as well as the beautiful Kent coast and countryside. 

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our mechanical engineering course. When you join us, you'll be taught by an experienced team whose expertise and knowledge closely reflects the modules of this course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, lab technicians, and external experts who provide guest lectures on some modules. Our PhD researchers also offer lab support, which our undergraduate students find very useful.

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Entry requirements

If you are

    • 64 UCAS Tariff points which must include one of the following:
      • A Level: Mathematics (or AS/Core Mathematics at Grade B) and one of either Physics or Further Mathematics.
      • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in an Engineering subject with at least one Mathematics unit.
      • A Level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in an Engineering subject and A Level Mathematics (or AS/Core Mathematics at Grade B) if Mathematics units for the BTEC National are not included.
      • A Level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and A Level Mathematics (or AS/Core Mathematics at Grade B).
      • International Baccalaureate: 24 points overall including Higher Level Mathematics and Higher Level Physics.
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Engineering/Engineering Science.
      • T Level: Design & Development for Engineering & Manufacturing or Engineering, Manufacturing, Process & Control at grade Pass (D or E on Core).
    • In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English Language/Literature and GCSE Science all at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

    We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions policy.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact international@gre.ac.uk.

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Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use Prior Learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*

* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Common first year modules across engineering courses results in large lecture groups of 100+ students. To enhance your learning experience, tutorials and practical class sizes typically vary from 10 to 30 students, depending on the module.

Independent learning

At university, you must develop the ability to work more independently than you have done before. In the early stages of the degree, you will receive a higher level of support from module leaders and personal tutors. In years 2 and 3, you will need to demonstrate an increasing ability to build upon material delivered in lectures and laboratories through independent reading. Greenwich graduates should be able to think and work independently, analytically and creatively to solve problems.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Part-time courses

While we try to ensure that part-time attendance is for one day of the week only, this cannot be guaranteed for every course or for each subsequent year.

For further information regarding part-time timetables, contact fes-courseinfo@gre.ac.uk

Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Part time

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full time Part time Distance learning
Home £9,250 £2,312 per 30 credits N/A
International £17,000 £4,250 per 30 credits N/A

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from £126.35 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Safety equipment
Engineering students are also provided safety boots and protective headwear in addition to lab coats and non-prescription safety glasses. Students would be expected to pay for their own prescription safety glasses (approx. £90+) if they choose to purchase them.

Field trips
The cost of field trips is activity dependant. Some are free, while others may require a contribution. You are not obliged to pay for field trips in order to complete your course.

Professional memberships
The standard professional memberships attached to accredited courses are covered by your tuition fees. You are welcome to take up additional professional memberships at your own cost.

Resources
Course texts and other study resources are available from the Drill Hall Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies. You also receive an allowance for printing costs, which you can top up if required.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Students go to a range of companies and organisations of varying sizes for their placements, including large multi-national firms, government agencies, the NHS and small to medium sized companies engaged in research, analytical services and manufacturing.

  • Previous students have worked in: Eon, Dyson, ADEY, PS Analytical and E-liquids, GSK, NHS hospitals.
  • IAESTE (British Council) placements to Brazil, Dubai and Poland.
  • We have a dedicated team to search for and inform students about relevant opportunities and help students prepare for interviews.

How long is my placement?

Students can undertake a summer placement for between 6 weeks and 3 months, which is acknowledged by the award of a Certificate of Industrial Experience.

Students are also encouraged to apply for sandwich placements lasting between 9-12 months which sit between the second and third year of the degree.

What are the financial arrangements?

The faculty expects that students will be treated like other employees of the company or organisation where reasonably possible.

It is expected that students on sandwich placements will be paid throughout their time with the company. In some cases, students on summer placements have had expenses only covered by the company.

Students on sandwich placements pay a reduced fee to the university for their placement year.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

These courses are designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional mechanical engineer in areas such as high-value manufacturing and the automotive and aerospace industries. A number of former students have started their own companies or have gone on to further postgraduate study.

Are internships available?

Interns can gain valuable employment experience within the faculty – subject to resources. Personal tutors will be able to advise students on where to access course internships.

Do you provide employability services?

We have a team dedicated to enhancing student employment outcomes. This includes an Employer Partnerships Manager, who works with companies to provide placement and employment opportunities.

Our team will also help you understand the jobs market, produce effective CVs, and prepare for a graduate job and placement applications in your final year.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We are ambitious for all our students and we want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access support to improve your study skills through your tutor, our subject librarians and our online academic skills centre.

We have a Learning Skills Coordinator and a writing Fellow, both of whom support students in improving their writing skills. Additional support in mathematics is also available through the Drill Hall library.

All students are allocated a personal tutor throughout the duration of their studies.

Support from the department

Students within the Faculty of Engineering and Science have a Retention and Success Officer (RSO). This role provides an additional layer of support for student engagement, and provision for extenuating circumstances, withdrawals and interruptions, Faculty level resit and Personal Development Planning enquiries.

The university-wide STAART (AccessAbility Retention and Transition) programme encourages and supports students with a disability, providing support for disabled students.

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you can apply directly via our online application form.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply via UCAS, directly via our online application form or via one of our in-country representatives. If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.