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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering [Progression Route]

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West Suffolk College


One year full-time.

Two years part-time.


Typical Offer: 

HND Mechanical Engineering or FdEng Mechanical Engineering  (240 CAT credits, with 120 credits at Level 5).


This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.


The course will follow-on from the successful completion of a relevant Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree. To complete the BEng with this University you will first need to apply for and complete the HNC Mechanical Engineering (120 credits) and a relevant HND (120 credits) before enrolling on the BEng (120 credits).

The overall aim of the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering programme is to equip students with the fundamental knowledge commensurate for an incorporated engineer role within industry, or pursue Masters or PhD level qualifications. 

The curriculum provides detailed coverage of engineering materials and applied thermodynamics, whilst also preparing students for future supervisory roles through the exploration of lean transition within engineering organisations and change management. The course also provides advanced research skill development through the implementation of a final dissertation project that provides an opportunity for students to explore and develop higher-level project design and implementation. 

What sets the course apart?

It’s more than a qualification. Our course focuses on developing engineering undergraduates that have practical skills to augment academic knowledge; developing engineers that have real-world problem solving abilities.

The College provides a range of support services for Higher Education students, including access to specialist software and study/research facilities. Facilities are tailored to small class sizes, resulting in a smaller student-to-lecturer ratio that naturally provides greater opportunities for 1-1 support. The College also employs dedicated support-tutor facilities to assist with pastoral care. 

The laboratory and workshop equipment is maintained to reflect current industry practices. Furthermore, the virtual learning environment provides students with constant access to learning materials and facilitates contact with the tutors, online submission and feedback for coursework and laboratory reports. The Library and IT team both at Ipswich and West Suffolk College provides assistance for Office 365 student study facilities, so that students can minimize any disadvantage from a shortfall in home-IT equipment.

The course is developed with industry over-sight to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to a wide array of engineering roles; to this end, employer links between the team and industry remain strong. This augments the Careers and Employability Advice mechanisms within the university to support students in seeking valuable internships and work experience during their study.

Many of the staff hold higher qualifications such as Masters and Doctoral qualifications, and/or professional accreditation at the Chartered Engineer level. The College also requires all staff to undertake teaching qualifications within the lifelong learning sector and higher education sector. The staff have a wide array of industrial expertise and research development that ensures the curriculum is both contextually up to date and relevant. Industrial liaison is essential for the development of students and industry-linked projects. The staff continue to take up opportunities where possible to maintain their skills within industrial contexts with an ultimate aim to develop and maintain our curriculum.

Course modules

Both full time and part time students are required to complete the academic modules that provide the fundamental learning at level 6. Student performance on academic modules will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework (laboratory) assignments. Support mechanisms include academic, pastoral and study-skill facilities to aid students in their journey.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Engineering Materials
Lean Transition within Engineering Organisations
Change Management and Cultural Analysis
Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
Final Project/Dissertation

Career opportunities

Many of our students have progressed into either further higher study at the MEng and/or PhD level, or full-time employment within regional and national organisations at the Incorporated Engineer level undertaking a wide array or design and project engineering roles. Many have now progressed into supervisory and management roles. Many have now progressed on to highly valued roles and further development, specifically including the following:

  • PhD study
  • Operations Manager
  • Manufacturing Project Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer (various industries including nuclear power stations, food processing and manufacturing)
  • HM Armed Forces (Officer Training and development to Senior Non-Commissioned Officer)
  • Project Leader
  • Special Projects Manager
  • Senior Manager (Deputy Plant Manager)
  • Senior Projects Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Power Network Engineer
  • Team Leader
  • Senior Engineer for Advanced Power Systems
  • Senior Research Engineer
  • Senior Mechanical Engineering Technician

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.


    Entry requirements

    Academic Requirements

    FdEng Mechanical Engineering / HND Mechanical Engineering (240 CAT credits, with 120 credits at Level 5).

    All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

    If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

    Also see How to Apply.

    International Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

    Also see International and EU.      

    Transferring Credit

    If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.