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B.Sc. Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

Faculty of Maritime and Technology, Southampton Solent University

Equip yourself with design and production skills on this diverse and stimulating degree, opening up a variety of career opportunities when you graduate.

Please note: Entry is only available to year 3 of this course.

The BSc (Hons) Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering course at Southampton Solent University is designed for students who wish to be involved in modern manufacturing and mechanical engineering systems.

Subjects such as manufacturing systems and strength of materials are complemented by elements of business strategy. Not only will you develop the decision making skills sought by employers and emerge as a business-aware graduate with theoretical and practical knowledge of modern manufacturing and mechanical engineering systems, you will also gain the honours degree qualification required to achieve the status of Incorporated Engineer.

Our emphasis on hands-on learning – including case studies, laboratory work, seminars and group exercises – means that your development will be measured through practical projects rather than by exams alone. This vocational focus helps to maintain our high rate of graduate employability.

The third year project is a major element of the course, representing one-third of the final year marks, and will allow you to build on the skills you have developed in the first two years.

Industrial focus

Our experienced, approachable staff are committed to ensuring that your studies are relevant to the manufacturing and mechanical engineering industry, and kept in line with changing technologies and principles.

Year 1

Six core units:

  • Mathematics
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Drawing and CAD
  • Mechanical Science
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Engineers in Business.

Year 2

Five core units and one option unit:

  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Visualisation and Analysis
  • Materials
  • Marketing and Law.


  • Quality Systems and Measurement
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year 3

Four core units and one option unit:

  • Lean Systems
  • Mechanical Design Analysis
  • Analysis of Materials
  • Project (double unit).


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Strategy.

Why choose Solent?

  • Curriculum designed to satisfy the educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.
  • Access to manufacturing and mechanical labs equipped with two rapid prototype machines (Titan and Dimension), a 2D laser cutter (Hobart), a five-axis prototyping machine with 10'x5' bed (Thermwood) plus a variety of other facilities.


In-course assignments, laboratory work, formal examinations and projects.

Projects/work experience

The Faculty has strong industrial links within a wide range of business sectors and can sometimes offer industrial projects in partnership with companies.

Key career skills

Numeracy, IT, communication, teamwork and project management.
The International Foundation Year must be successfully completed before commencing undergraduate study (NQF Level 6 and above). In compliance with UKBA Tier 4 (General Student) policy, a Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS) will initially be issued for the foundation course.

200 points from either a National Diploma in Engineering or from A Levels including a numerate subject.

Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered – contact the Faculty Office for further information.

Direct entry to Year 3 may be offered to holders of an HND or Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject.

International students

Applications are welcomed from students who have been educated outside the UK system, and a number of overseas qualifications are recognised as equivalent to those listed. Applicants should give full details of their qualifications, including subjects, grades, date and the name and address of the school, college, university or awarding authority.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed threshold attainments for undergraduate courses are:

  • GCSE or GCE ‘O’ Level (Grade C);
  • IELTS 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550 or more; or
  • City and Guilds ESOL (written assessment) pass in Higher Intermediate examination, plus a comparable pass in City and Guilds SESL (speaking assessment) examination.
  • Where students enter direct to a course at the University, in the final year, without any prior experience of the UK Higher Education System will require IELTS 6.5.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers an International Foundation Programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score: 550
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Degree Level: Bachelor
Tuition Fee: € 9,345 / Year (EEA) , € 11,360 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:3 Years
Start Date:October  2019, October  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Full-time
Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering
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