Durham University

General Engineering Durham University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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The Bachelor of Engineering degree in Durham 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 after the first or second year.

In the first two years, the BEng covers a broad base of engineering education, together with a range of practical and project work. 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 CAD software (e.g. SolidWorks) using our computer lab, be taught how to program a computer 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. Recent examples include a spring powered dragster and a miniature hydro-electric plant. On the course, you also attend lectures, problem classes and supervisions with academic staff.

Compulsory modules
Applied Mechanics I
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics I
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
You continue with a broad range of engineering modules (with some selection) and mathematics, and you build on your design skills and experience through a major design activity.

Compulsory modules
Engineering Mathematics 2
Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2
Mechanics 2
Electrical Engineering 2
Electronics 2
Engineering Design 2

Year 3
You now specialise in Civil, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering routes, with appropriate technical lecture content (four modules) plus an individual technical project (two modules). For your project 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.

The module lists for each route are given below:

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 / Applied 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

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2019 entry from September 2018.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.




Northern Ireland



Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code H103
Institution code D86
Campus name St Mary's College
Campus code M

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
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.
Scottish Higher AAAAB 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
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
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA To include Mathematics and Physics.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £24,300 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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road

Clearing contact details

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+44 (0)191 334 1000

Course contact details

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Recruitment and Admissions Office

0191 334 1000