Mechanical Engineering at Swansea is ranked 8th in the UK, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) and is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings and Shanghai Global Rankings). Mechanical engineers are involved in the design and manufacture of almost everything you see or touch. As a student on the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in North America) course, you will discover an engaging and interesting course, with excellent job prospects for graduates.
Mechanical Engineering at Swansea is ranked 8th in the UK, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) and is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings and Shanghai Global Rankings).
Turning ideas into inventions
Mechanical Engineers are found in every aspect of the engineering industry. They are innovative professionals transforming ideas into inventions.
Why study Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University?
Our undergraduate courses are linked to our international research excellence. Our research is related to practical problems in industry.
The expertise of our academic staff in these fields strongly influences the content and presentation of the course material. We use engineering design as a central integrating feature throughout every level of our degree programmes.
Our Mechanical Engineering staff work closely with a range of industries. This keeps our staff constantly up to date with the practical problems that are reflected in our teaching.
As a student on the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a year in North America) course, you will receive a high standard of teaching in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. The course is engaging and interesting with excellent job prospects for graduates.
The entry requirements of the BEng Mechanical Engineering course are:
AAB-BBB at A level (including Mathematics).
Other recommended subjects include: Physics Further Mathematics Chemistry Design Technology IT/Computing Biology
Variable offers made dependent on subjects studied and all applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account.
Or 32 at IB (preferably including good HL marks in Mathematics).
Students studying for BTEC qualifications require DDD, plus B grade at A level Mathematics. Studying A level Mathematics alongside a BTEC qualification is our strongly recommended entry pathway for those studying BTEC qualifications. Students not studying A level Mathematics, alongside their BTEC qualification, require D*D*D - D*DD with D in ‘Mathematics for Technicians’ and D in ‘Further Mathematics for Technicians’, plus minimum GCSE grades of B in Mathematics and 2 x B grades in Science/Engineering/Manufacturing.
Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have studied access or vocational qualifications, you are advised to apply for the Integrated Foundation Year.
If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, with a high overall score.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.
To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's
scholarships and bursaries page.
Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.
The BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a year in North America) at Swansea University is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
This degree is accredited as:
1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for 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 (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
As a student on the BEng Mechanical Engineering (year in North America) course, you will select the university where you will spend your year abroad by submitting two choices to the course coordinator at the College of Engineering.
This information is then forwarded to the International Development Office at Swansea University so that exchange places can be allocated across the University. There is a combination of Engineering specific and University-wide links available. University-wide links are subject to availability and negotiation as they service the entire institution, in principle.
The year abroad has to be passed in order to progress. However, it acts as a ratchet score i.e., it is only used if it can improve the student’s overall degree classification. Our study abroad schemes are not credit bearing in the sense that they do not act as substitutes for study in Swansea; so a standard 3-year BEng becomes a 4-year BEng with a year abroad.
Nicholas David, Senior Concept Designer for General Motors in Hollywood, Mechanical Engineering graduate
“The engineering amenities at Swansea were great. I did my final thesis on the aerodynamics of racing cars and aircraft, so having a wind tunnel on site was useful.”
John Gaynor, Graduate Mechanical Engineer at Oxford Technologies Ltd, Mechanical Engineering Graduate
“My favourite memories of studying engineering at Swansea are of the excellent students with which I studied.
The degree gave a broad engineering knowledge base that is highly adaptable to the situation required. Computer Aided Design is an integral part of my job, and studying in Swansea prepared me for the various aspects involved.”
Yousef Alzuhair, Manager in the Business Development Department for a Power and Water Utility Company, Mechanical Engineering graduate
“I truly believe that an Engineering course at Swansea University gave me an excellent head start in life to build an exciting and rewarding career.”
James Cole, Graduate Scheme at Edwards Vacuum, Mechanical Engineering Graduate
“Mechanical Engineering at Swansea is a good course. The modules are relevant to what I’m doing now.”
Richard Pearson, Mechanical Engineering student
“Before choosing Swansea University I was given a tour, in which all staff and students were friendly and welcoming. The facilities are excellent and the resources available are unparalleled."
Mechanical engineering covers the widest range of products of all branches of engineering. The Mechanical Engineer, who needs to be at the leading edge of technology, is probably the most versatile of all professional engineers.
Some of our recent Mechanical Engineering graduates and their job roles:
Matthew Hill, Design Engineer, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions
Alex Wade, Design and Development Engineer, Meritor HVBS
Sarah-Jane Rees, Mechanical Engineer, CR Plus Ltd
Nicholas David, Senior Concept Designer, General Motors in Hollywood
As an Engineering student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other Engineering disciplines through events, socials, and industrial visits.
We also have an active Mechanical Engineering and Product Design Engineering Society, which is open to all Mechanical Engineering students at Swansea. The Society is a supportive group and holds group study sessions, where you can get advice from students in other years as well as work with those in your peer group, socials, and provides information on industry placements.
You can find out more about both Societies at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.
At Swansea University, you can design and build a single-seater racing car to compete against other universities, as part of our Formula Student team. This on-going competition is highly regarded by the engineering industry since it provides an excellent source of innovative ideas and highly motivated graduates. Find out more at www.swansea.ac.uk/engineering/race-engineering
Our Mechanical Engineering staff work closely with a range of industries. This informs the practical problems used in our teaching.
Within Wales we have close interaction with large companies such as Tata Steel and Ford, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Across the UK there is or has been recent work with companies such as Astra-Zeneca, British Aerospace, Qinetiq, GKN and Rolls-Royce whilst further afield there is close working with companies such as SKF (Netherlands), Freeport (USA), One Steel (Australia), Barrick Gold (USA), to name a few.
Within the scope of the teaching programmes, the student experience is supplemented by a range of industrial visits. A few examples of the companies visited include Rolls-Royce, GE and Airbus.
“The research excellence was the main highlight when I decided to study at the College of Engineering. There is a lot to learn from academics as they develop their research with all the experience they have.” Geo Joseph, Mechanical Engineering student
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
Engineering at Swansea University is recognised world-wide for its research excellence which is paramount in influencing the course content.
Within this high standard research and teaching portfolio, some of the more specific areas of research include:
Computational modelling to underpin product and manufacturing process design
Development of next generation manufacturing technologies for innovative devices
Research to support future energy and process industries
The overwhelming majority of this research work is directly related to practical problems in industry and our expertise in these fields strongly influences the content and presentation of the course material.