BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

100% of our BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

This BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree will give you a strong foundation in a range of traditional mechanical engineering topics, and is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

It's a wide-ranging mechanical engineering degree that will develop your understanding of the field and your ability to solve engineering problems independently. You'll study basic principles used by engineering professionals and how they work in practice. So you will understand how what you learn in the classroom can be applied in real-life to find solutions to everyday problems.

Our accreditation from professional bodies ensures that what you learn relates directly to industry standards. The diverse nature of this Mechanical Engineering course means you could establish a career in many areas of industry, such as production, process and manufacturing engineering. It is the ideal course for engineers who want to broaden their career prospects beyond individual specialist or technical areas.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H304 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
H304 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

Your studies will be underpinned by key engineering topics - maths, design and manufacture, mechanical science, thermofluids, professional engineering techniques and management systems. As you progress, you'll be exposed to more specialist topics such as instrumentation and control, production processes, and sustainable engineering design.

In your final year, you'll also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff. Your chosen dissertation will give you the opportunity to manage a major project in an area of engineering that best suits your interests or career ambitions. 

Year One: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree

  • Engineering Mathematics 1 - 20 credits
  • Design and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Mechanical Science 1 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 1 - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Techniques - 20 credits
  • Measurement Systems - 20 credits

Year Two: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree

  • Instrumentation and Control Systems - 20 credits
  • Sustainable Engineering Design - 20 credits
  • Mechanical Science 2 - 20 credits
  • Thermofluids 2 - 20 credits
  • Production Processes - 20 credits
  • Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management - 20 credits

Year Three: BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree

  • Individual Project (BSc) - 40 credits
  • Design and Analysis - 20 credits
  • Materials and Manufacture - 20 credits
  • Control and Dynamics - 20 credits
  • Operations Management - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (year out in industry) - 120 credits (optional) 


The mechanical engineering degree is taught by a team of tutors who promote an open door policy to students, so you will be able to get the best out of your studies in a supportive learning environment.

Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and seminars. This will be further consolidated by a series of practical exercises, design projects and where possible site visits. You’ll undertake open-ended tasks, applying concepts and key skills as you progress. You will also need to work independently doing research, keeping up-to-date with current issues and preparing for lectures.

We have excellent links with employers in Wales, the UK and beyond. Through regular consultation with practising professionals, we keep our mechanical engineering courses up-to-date with industry standards. Our strong links also mean you’ll have opportunities for site visits, industrial placements and, for students on sandwich courses, practitioner mentoring. 


The diverse nature of module content is reflected through a range of delivery and assessment methods including assignments, practical and project work, coursework, in-class tests, and end of year examinations.


This Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK and will enable you to gain Incorporated Engineering status.


We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their mechanical engineering degree. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.


Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (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.


The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include Mathematics and one other Science subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Mathematics and one other Science subject  (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject which must include Maths modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in Mathematics and one other numerate Science such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geography (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Maths, Science or Engineering Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

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.

Additional Requirements

Advanced Entry: Internal applicants (USW and Partner Colleges) taking the HND Mechanical Engineering who achieve a distinction profile with above 70% in mechanical science and thermo fluids are considered for 3rd year entry onto the BEng Mechanical Engineering. Applicants obtaining an HND from other universities or colleges with lower grade profiles are able to join the 3rd year of the BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12300 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £640 per 20 credits

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: 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 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 one 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. 

Admissions statement

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering you could establish an engineering career in many possible areas, such as transport, health, defence, manufacturing, entertainment, design or finance. In addition to engineering skills and principles, you will gain extra key skills in management, computers, teamwork, design, project management and communication, which will make you attractive to employers in any sector.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Mechanical Engineering 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.