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Course summary

This degree designed to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to join engineering teams on graduation. It is complementary to the four-year Durham MEng, and transfer is possible between the courses up to the end of the second year. In the first two years, the BEng covers the same broad base of engineering education as the MEng degree. You then specialise in Mechanical Engineering in your third year. The course structure offers a huge amount of flexibility – you could join us on a electronic engineering pathway but decide to pursue mechanical engineering at the end of your second year. We believe in empowering our students to make informed decisions. The BEng prepares you for an exciting career in modern engineering, with the flexibility to respond to changing technologies. There may be the opportunity to study at an overseas institution, or spend time in industry as an additional year between Years 2 and 3. A course highlight is the Engineering Project in the final year where you will work one-to-one with an academic expert on a technical engineering challenge.


Year 1 You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will examine 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and implement engineering algorithms into computer code. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve a specific engineering challenge. Recent examples include miniature hydroelectric generators and chain-climbing robots. Core modules: Solid Mechanics and Structures 1; Electronic and Electrical Systems 1; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1; Engineering Practice 1; Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. Examples of optional modules: Introduction to Programming; Computational Thinking. Year 2 Core modules: Engineering Mathematics 2; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2; Solid Mechanics and Structures 2; Electrical Engineering 2; Electronics 2; Engineering Design 2. Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a placement or year abroad) At this point in your degree you will specialise into Mechanical Engineering. Practical skills, in addition to the weekly laboratory sessions, cover topics from land surveying to industrial problem solving with interaction with local industry, depending on the selected stream. Core modules: BEng Engineering Project; Materials 3; Solid Mechanics 3; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3; Electrical Engineering 3. More information on Course Structure can be found here:

Assessment method

During the first two years, most modules are assessed primarily by examinations. However, modules typically also include a coursework component, covering subjects such as CAD, programming and engineering design. The final year has more of a focus on assessment through coursework, including a technical dissertation project.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AA including Mathematics and one subject that carries a practical endorsement (Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics) and B (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £30000* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £30000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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Engineering (Mechanical) at Durham University - UCAS