Mechanical, marine and materials engineering

Why Plymouth?

  • 6 The University of Plymouth has been named eighth in the world – and best in the UK – for the quality and impact of its marine and ocean engineering research (ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019)
  • 6 Flexible transfer between BEng and MEng
  • 6 Choose between civil and mechanical routes at the end of your first year
  • 6 Optional year in industry
  • 6 Industrial mentoring scheme
  • 6 100% of MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering students said that “staff are good at explaining things” (UNISTATS, 2019)
  • 6 BEng leads to Incorporated Engineer status (IEng)
  • 6 MEng leads to Chartered Engineer status (CEng)
  • 6 Engineering Council and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) accredited degrees

Which undergraduate course?


We have recently reviewed and improved our courses within the Faculty of Science and Engineering in order to ensure they meet the needs of students and industry, taking advantage of the New Engineering and Design Facility (NEDF). We have two main courses: mechanical engineering, allowing for a broad engineering experience, and marine technology, focused on engineering interacting with the marine environment. Both these courses have a 'with composites' pathway, which will appear as a named specialism on your degree certificate.

Choice and flexibility:

The first year is common to mechanical engineering, marine technology and civil engineering and allows transfer between the courses.

In the second year, the mechanical engineering and marine technology courses start to diverge as each course is tailored to the fundamental subjects on each course.

The 'with composites' pathway is introduced in the third year of study for both mechanical engineering and marine technology and is continued into the fourth year if you have chosen to undertake the MEng course.

BEng or MEng?

The BEng course are three years of study plus an optional year in industry. They satisfy the educational requirement of accrediting bodies towards becoming an Incorporated Engineer and partially satisfy the educational requirement for Chartered Engineer status. A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. You might opt for a BEng if you want a shorter study time or if your career plans do not include becoming a Chartered Engineer. It also allows you to focus any master’s-level study by choosing a specialist MSc later on.

The MEng courses are four years of study plus an optional year in industry. They satisfy the educational requirement of accrediting bodies towards becoming a Chartered Engineer. You might opt for an MEng if you want to study to an advanced level in the MEng year or if you would like to undertake your studies all in one go.

If you start on the BEng courses, you are able to transfer to the MEng courses at the end of your second year subject to academic achievement.

 

Which course is right for me?

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering 

 Choose these courses if you want:

  • To apply mathematics, physics and material science to the design of artefacts, systems and processes for real world application.
  • Broad engineering education with the ability to choose electives.
  • Ability to study the design and manufacture of specialist composites on the 'with composites' pathway.
  • Electives such as medical and biomechanical systems on the MEng course.

BEng (Hons) Marine Technology and MEng (Hons) Marine Technology

Choose these courses if you want:

  • To apply mathematics, physics and material science to the design of artefacts, systems and processes for marine applications.
  • Engineering education developing both naval architecture and marine systems.
  • Ability to study the design and manufacture of specialist composites on the 'with composites' pathway
  • Electives such as ship and yacht management on the MEng course. 

What if I do not have the usual entry requirements or I am returning to study after a period at work?

Our foundation course will prepare you for entry into the first year of our BEng course. You will study mathematics and physics up to A level standard and you will also undertake a collaborative project based on your intended BEng course.

Which postgraduate programme?

Athena Swan Bronze

The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in October 2020 which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to advancing gender equality and success for all.