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Mechanical and Automotive Engineering (with placement year)

BEng (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: H331
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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The BEng (Hons) in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering (with placement year) shares modules with our Mechanical Engineering programme, but focuses on automotive engineering and design. This ensures you’ll graduate as a well-rounded engineer, with a broad range of skills.

The global automotive industry is changing rapidly. You’ll develop the theoretical understanding and hands-on practical experience you need to start a career in the sector, and help shape its future.

Modern automotive engineers combine physics, material science and computational methods to create complex systems that are:

  • economic
  • reliable
  • efficient
  • sustainable

You’ll develop the skills needed to conceive, design, analyse, manufacture and manage the complex mechanical systems that form a part of everyday road vehicles.

A placement year in industry enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence. On graduation you will be industry ready, with a working knowledge of:

  • the core analytical and scientific principles which underpin mechanical engineering
  • computer-aided design and manufacturing (CADCAM)
  • computer-aided engineering (CAE) techniques

Depending on your level of progress, transfer to our MEng programme is possible at the end of either the first or second year. The MEng programme comprises an extra fourth academic year of more advanced and in-depth study, and provides all the formal educational requirements necessary to present yourself for CEng registration.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Our BEng (Hons) programme is accredited by the IMechE and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. This course is recognised by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).

Why Bradford?

We offer you:

  • teaching informed by close links with the automotive industry and research active academics working at the leading edge of automotive technology
  • practical and project work in each year of your programme
  • teaching within a multi-disciplinary environment
  • a dedicated Automotive Laboratory with a test vehicle, and a Braking Research Laboratory
  • we are the only UK University with access to the Ford Lommel test track in Belgium

We have well established links to leading engineering companies, such as Rolls Royce, Ford, Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover, and Vauxhall. This means you'll gain hands-on practical industry experience on placements, building industry contacts while developing your skills and professional confidence.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include A-level Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Must be an Engineering subject including Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Engineering with Foundation Year course or Engineering with International Foundation Year.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

This course is not running.

A levels:

To include A-level Maths minimum grade C.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Must be an Engineering subject - Further Maths for Engineering Technicians module at minimum Distinction.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Engineering or Science and Engineering - must contain a minimum of 12 credits in Maths at minimum Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Year one develops your core knowledge in Mechanical Engineering. Laboratory sessions are used to explore theoretical concepts.

In year two you begin to specialise in automotive engineering, with 20 credits of specialised study utilising both a theoretical and hands-on approach. To support this, you will also develop specialist knowledge in the fundamental engineering subjects. Laboratory sessions using a vehicle and dynamometer are used to explore theoretical concepts.

In your final year your skills and knowledge in automotive engineering will be further advanced with an additional 40 credits of specialised study in which you will use computer aided engineering tools to explore the theories and concepts from your lectures. You will refine your engineering skills and undertake a substantial individual project, often linked with ongoing research activities.Optional modules are used to tailor your study to match your interests and career aspirations.

Over the course of your programme of study you will engage in a number of projects.

In year one you will undertake a group project to design and build a small electric vehicle which has to carry a payload up a gravel slope. This is a stimulating project which allows you to put in to practice the core knowledge that you have acquired in year one.

In year two you design and have manufactured a simple mechanism. This involves a number of critical steps and provides insight into the level of detail and accuracy needed to translate a design concept into a fully functioning product. It presents in miniature the real-world engineering process.

In your final year, in addition to your individual project, you undertake a group design project using formal design methods developed through our industrial partnerships to solve practical engineering problems.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied, comprising a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars, and group work.

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.

Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the programme provide all the support you may need.


This 4-year BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Automotive Engineering programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional automotive engineer.

During the second year we’ll offer you all the support you need to find a placement that is aligned to your career aspirations and personal interests. These include sessions on CVs, interviews etc. from the Careers service at the University and presentations by both employers and previous year's students on their placements. Once on placement you’ll have support and guidance from a placements tutor, who will monitor your progress.

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project. Many students continue their relationship with their placement employers, working for them part-time or returning to work in graduate positions after finishing their studies.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad, with one or two semesters at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

90% of our 2016 graduates in Mechanical and Automotive Engineering found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering is a very diverse sector, and graduate engineers are in high demand around the world.

The sector offers a wide range of exciting careers in positions including:

  • passenger and commercial vehicle
  • motorsport engineers
  • military
  • Computer Aided Design Engineer
  • modelling and simulation analyst
  • manager
  • traditional mechanical engineering industries (manufacturing engineering, R&D, production engineering, distribution)

Recent graduates from this course have gone onto work for organisations including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Horiba MIRA
  • Cummins
  • Precision Casting Corporation
  • Denso Marston
  • Carnaud MetalBox

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Mechanical and Automotive Engineering MEng graduates was £27,887.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


Our research underpins every level of your programme of study. Our Automotive Research and Knowledge Transfer Centre actively collaborates with the automotive industry, giving you the opportunity to work on advanced industry linked projects.

You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline and use these skills to teach engineers in the automotive industry.

This enables us to explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real world challenges.

Your individual project gives you access to our research facilities and provides you with an opportunity to become involved in much larger research projects being conducted with our industrial partners.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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