Durham University

General Engineering Durham University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The Bachelor of Engineering degree is a high-quality three-year degree course 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. In the third year, you choose to specialise in civil, electronic or mechanical engineering. The BEng prepares you for an exciting career in modern engineering, with the flexibility to respond to changing technologies.

Year 1
You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will receive instruction in the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (e.g. SolidWorks), be taught how to implement engineering algorithms into computer code (specifically in C and MatLab) and take part in a number of practical labs. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve specific engineering challenge. Recent examples include miniature hydroelectric generators and chain-climbing robots. On the course, you also attend lectures, problem classes and supervisions with academic staff.

Compulsory modules:
Solid Mechanics and Structures 1
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1
Electronic Measurement
Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
And one free elective.

The optional (free elective) module may be selected from anything that will fit the timetable and for which you meet the necessary prerequisites. Popular choices have previously included ‘Introduction to Programming’, ‘Computational Thinking’ and a range of different language modules but some students have taken modules in History or Poetry.

Year 2
Engineering and mathematics now occupy the full six modules in the timetable.

You will undertake a major design project as part of a small team with guidance from an academic supervisor and an ‘Industrial Tutor’ (an engineer from industry). This lets you put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your lecture courses. The end result is a detailed design report and a series of CAD drawings good enough to manufacture a device from.

Compulsory modules:
Engineering Mathematics 2
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
Solid Mechanics and Structures 2
Electrical Engineering 2
Electronics 2
Engineering Design 2.

Year 3
At this point in the degree you specialise into one of three streams: Civil, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering. Each of the routes comprises of appropriate stream-specific lecture content (four modules) plus an individual technical project (two modules). For your project, which is the highlight of most of our students’ degree, you will work closely with a project supervisor and will be responsible for planning, design and manufacture of equipment, experimentation, analysis and reporting of your results. For the Civil stream you will undertake a major design project supervised by practising Civil engineers (plus an academic supervisor), which will allow you to develop new skills and knowledge in various areas, from bridge design to geotechnical structures.

Electronic Engineering Route
Compulsory modules: BEng Engineering Project / Electrical Engineering 3 / Electronics and Communications 3 / Control and Signal Processing 3 / Advanced Computer Systems and Digital Electronics 3.

Mechanical Engineering Route
Compulsory modules: BEng Engineering Project / Materials 3 / Solid Mechanics 3 / Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3 / Electrical Engineering 3.

Civil Engineering Route
Compulsory modules: BEng Engineering Project / Geotechnics 3 / Structures and Geomatics 3 / Environmental Engineering 3 / Civil Design 3.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level A*AA Specific subjects/grades required for entry:
Mathematics and Physics at grade A.

Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*DD • Extended diploma D*DD + A for A level Mathematics, or DDD and A*
• Standard diploma D*D + A for A level Mathematics, or DD and A*
• Subsidiary diploma D* + A for A level Mathematics & Physics, or D and A*A
Otherwise apply for H104 General Engineering with Foundation.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher AAAAA We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D2, D3, D3 To include Mathematics and Physics
Extended Project Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 38 points Eighteen points (6, 6, 6) from Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2 To include Mathematics and Physics
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA To include Mathematics and Physics.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £25,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Provider information

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Durham University
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Stockton Road

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