Course Comparison

Course MSc Advanced Engineering Design BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Award Master of Science - MSc Bachelor of Engineering - BEng (Hons)
Duration 1 year 3 years
Course type Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
Placement - (+ optional placement)
Location Plymouth Plymouth
Provider School of Engineering School of Engineering
Entry requirements

Minimum of a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in engineering, or other closely related discipline, with a demonstrable aptitude for design from workplace experience or study.

If you have considerable professional experience and can evidence an academic ability to undergraduate degree levels you may also be considered.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Course requires ATAS

ATAS is the Academic Technology Approval Scheme which was introduced by the British government to certify students from outside the EU who wish to study or conduct research in Britain in certain sensitive technology related fields. For selected courses, obtaining a valid ATAS certificate is a requirement for gaining visa approval so should be taken seriously as part of any application. Areas related to ATAS include chemistry, engineering, physics, biophysics, metallurgy and microbiology. ATAS is used at all British universities and is enforced by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. More information.

A level: typical offer will be 120 UCAS points including minimum grade C in maths and minimum grade C in 2nd science/technology/relevant subject (excluding general studies). Applicants with UCAS points lower than the typical offer will be considered on individual case.

BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDD in a relevant science or engineering subject. Must include mathematics units.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

International Baccalaureate: 30 overall to include 5 at Higher Level mathematics and 4 at Higher Level science/technology subject. English and mathematics must be included.

Access to HE Diploma in a Science or Engineering: pass Access in engineering to include 45 credits at level 3. Must include 33 credits including at least 12 credits at level 3 in mathematics with distinction and 12 credits at level 3 in a second relevant subject with merit. Must have GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4 or above or equivalent.

GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above is required. 

For other qualifications, please enquire.

English language requirements for international applicants.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.