University of Hull

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering (with foundation year)

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Course summary

Mechanical engineering is a combination of science, maths and computing. The skills you will learn are highly sought after by employers. By studying mechanical engineering you can look forward to good job prospects and a varied and fulfilling career. Hull has an excellent reputation for teaching Mechanical Engineering. We’re ranked #3 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020. In your first year, we’ll give you the knowledge and core engineering skills you’ll need throughout your time at university and beyond - CAD, programming and control and thermo fluids are just a few of the areas you’ll cover. We treat you as a trainee engineer. By the time you graduate, you’ll have gained a broad knowledge base and innovative problem-solving skills which you can then apply to a range of mechanical engineering-related industries: automotive, aerospace, energy and medical devices, to name just a few. Transferable skills - teamwork, problem solving, presentations skills and report writing - are embedded in the programme. The modules you’ll study encourage project-based learning. You’ll get the chance to manufacture and test your concepts. In your first and second years, you will take part in the Global Challenge modules, an enjoyable group exercise where you are set engineering challenges to solve. Many of our students take the opportunity to spend a year in industry as part of their degree, gaining valuable experience and contacts which will help them in their careers. You could be working for some of the biggest employers in the country. Companies such as RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), Airbus, Virgin Media, IBM, BMW Group, Siemens, Microsoft and Smith & Nephew. But it’s not all study and work - there are lots of extra-curricular activities for you to get involved with as well. Become part of our Formula Student team and you could be building a single seater racing car and competing against other students at Silverstone. There’s a robotics society and you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art FabLab, packed with 3D printers on which to build you prototypes. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. That means you will already be on the pathway to Chartered Engineer status. Accreditation also shows employers that you have studied on a programme that meets globally recognised standards for engineering graduates. The foundation year is ideal to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements. Official Team GB partners Did you know that the University of Hull is the official University Partner of Team GB? Our united belief is that anyone, with the right opportunities ahead and a dedicated team behind, can achieve extraordinary things. This is what our partnership with Team GB is built on. Extraordinary is in you – and we’ll help you find it. What does this mean for you? It means that whether you’re studying sports science, or marketing, or logistics, or healthcare, or engineering, you’ll be able to gain invaluable experience through this unique partnership. We are working with Team GB to create opportunities for volunteering and work experience, to get involved with meet-and-greet sessions with Olympians, host on-campus talks from guest speakers and so much more. Some of our students recently helped Team GB athletes get their kit ready to compete in preparation for the Minsk 2019 European Games. It’s an extraordinary partnership, and you won’t find it anywhere else. Find out more at


Foundation Year Core modules Foundation Mathematics A Foundation Engineering Foundation Mathematics B Engineering Technology Compulsory modules Preparing for Learning in Higher Education Group Challenge (Engineering and Technology) Year 1 Compulsory modules Mathematical Tools and Concepts Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering Introduction to Design and Mechanical Engineering Practice Mathematics and Engineering Thermodynamics Mechanical Engineering Science Engineering Global Challenge 1 Year 2 Compulsory modules Mathematics and Control for Engineers Mechanical Engineering Design Stress Analysis and Dynamics of Mechanical Systems Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers Materials and Manufacture Engineering Global Challenge 2 Year 3 Core module Individual Project (Mechanical Engineering) Compulsory modules Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis Thermofluids and Acoustics Computer Aided Analysis and CADCAM Optional modules Materials Selection, Design and the Environment Lean Manufacture and Business Improvement All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through a combination of written, practical and coursework assessments throughout your degree. Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests. Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work. Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Engineering and Technology, Institution of
  • Mechanical Engineers, Institution of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Maths at grade 6/B. Equivalent qualifications are not accepted. The foundation year is designed for applicants whose qualifications and experience do not allow direct entry to the undergraduate degree. We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application. For applicants with Level 3 qualifications, we will usually require a minimum of 80 points.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with at least 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University please visit
Institution's Own Test60% overall (with minimum 55% in each skill)

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £19500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Mechanical Engineering (with foundation year) at University of Hull - UCAS