BEng Mechanical Engineering (Year in Industry)

Course Overview

BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry)

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 Industry) course, you will discover an engaging and interesting course, with excellent job prospects for graduates.


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.

International Scholarships

Key Features

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 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. 


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-E01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Industrial Placement Year (Engineering)


As a student on the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) 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.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements of the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course are:

AAB-BBB at A level (including Mathematics).

Other recommended subjects include:
Further Mathematics
Design Technology

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.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

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.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £17,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

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.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


The BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) 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.

Year in Industry

The year in industry can be undertaken in the UK or overseas. The advantages of the placement year are extensive. 

For example, not only will you gain valuable industrial experience, you will also be paid a salary for that year. Currently, the average annual salary is over £15,000.

Support and guidance is provided to help you secure a placement. There are CV writing workshops, presentations from students and companies. Plus advice on job hunting and application tips.

Find out more on our Year in Industry website:

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the Mechanical Engineering Level 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Mechanical Engineering Timetable

What do our students say?

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."

What are my career options?

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 HillMatthew Hill, Design Engineer, BAE Systems Submarine Solutions

Alex WadeAlex Wade, Design and Development Engineer, Meritor HVBS

Sarah-Jane ReesSarah-Jane Rees, Mechanical Engineer, CR Plus Ltd

Nicholas DavidNicholas David, Senior Concept Designer, General Motors in Hollywood

James Cole, Graduate Scheme, Edwards Vacuum

Geoffrey Barrett, Graduate Engineer, EAN

Abdulrahman Al-Baker, Mechanical Engineer, Qatar Petrolum

John Gaynor, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Oxford Technologies Ltd

What skills will I gain?

All aspects of mechanical engineering are involved in new product development, including the role of a Research Engineer, Development Engineer, Design Engineer and Manufacturing Engineer.

The key skills required to do each of these jobs include fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, structural analysis, materials, manufacturing, design and management.

Our BEng Mechanical Engineering (with a Year in Industry) course contains a series of modules in each key skill ensuring that our students can learn how to be professional engineers.

Examples of final year projects

  • Design of power components for a wave power device
  • Understanding the relationship between variability of resource and export cable capacity for combined wind/wave/tidal arrays
  • Race car drivetrain design
  • Energy Harvesting of vibrations using a Piezoelectric generator attached to a HVAC duct
  • Motility properties of cancer cells on patterned substrates
  • Desert refrigerator
  • An investigation of a solar updraft tower
  • Finite element analysis of notched beams In bending
  • Computer-based strain gauge bending experiment
  • Exploring the use of lasers for skin conditions and their treatment
  • Printing alkaline batteries
  • Composite roof panel demonstrator design
  • Current state of the art in the generation of hydrogen using solar energy

Our student societies

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs 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.

Swansea University Race EngineeringAt 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

Our Mechanical Engineering facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University has extensive laboratory and computing facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

In the mechanical laboratories are two large rotating rigs. One is used to study the dynamics of high speed machinery whilst the other is devoted to the analysis of heat transfer in turbine blade.

Our research is ranked as Top 10

“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.