BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Key information


BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021


Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study model

2+2, 4+0

Note: For the 2+2 study model courses, the student will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 study model courses, the student will spend the entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities from year three.

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Entry requirements

Depending on your academic and English language qualifications, you may be eligible for a traditional three- year degree programme, or a four- year programme with a preliminary year. enabling The preliminary year enables you to gain the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to embark on degree-level studies.

Please find the entry requirement relevant to your country of origin here. If your country is not listed, please email

If you are a mainland Chinese student, your Gaokao score should be in the first division as a minimum requirement, and your English test score should be no less than 115/150. For more details, please check the Chinese version prospectus.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English or your entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium (from an approved institution), you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Minimum requirements:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in writing) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in writing) – eligible for four-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 62 (minimum 55) – eligible for three-year programme;
  • PTE Academic 55 (minimum 51) – eligible for four-year programme.

Minimum age requirements

You should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. The date of “"admission”" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year. This requirement may be waived on an individual basis., Iif your parents or guardians give provide their written agreement, in advance, to additional safeguards and requirements. Visit here for more information.

Course overview

Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all the engineering disciplines and graduates find employment in every sector of industry.

We apply our scientific knowledge to solving problems and designing machines that help us to enjoy a better lifestyle. We work in every sector of industry, in areas such as design, development, research, consultancy, and manufacture or marketing, combining technical and managerial expertise. 

The course provides an excellent foundation in engineering science and design and also offers opportunities to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as automotive and aerospace engineering.

Course structure

For domestic students, the course structure follows the Chinese higher education system. It is based on a four-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at the University of Nottingham's UK campus.

For international students, the course structure follows the UK higher education system. It is based on a three-year programme with the possibility of spending two years at the University of Nottingham's UK campus.


This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).  

Year 1 modules


The preliminary year is designed to help you develop your English language skills so that you can make the most of your degree programme.

This English language programme designed by the English for Academic Purposes experts at the University's Centre for English Language Education is carefully integrated with academic content modules so that you are prepared fully for years two to four of your degree programme.

*Note: This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

Year 2 modules


Year two and three provide a grounding in the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering science and engineering design. The science subjects studied include thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamics and electro-mechanical systems. In design, the emphasis is on project work and in both the first and second years, you will undertake a design, make and test project, which you will manufacture in the department's student workshop.

Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 1  Statics and Dynamics Engineering Design and Design Project
Materials and Manufacturing Mathematics for Engineers Programming, Professional and Laboratory skills

Year 3 modules


Typical year three modules

Materials in Design Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers  Dynamics and Control
Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 2 Mechanics of Solids Design, Manufacture and Project 
Engineering Management 1 Electromechanical Devices  

Year 4 modules


A major individual project makes up a quarter of your studies. This may involve computational and or experimental investigations often related to research activities within the department. You will also study a mix of compulsory and optional modules, the latter allowing you to tailor the course to your interests.

Typical year four modules

Compulsory - Students must take all modules in this group

Computer Modelling Techniques BEng Individual Project Engineering Management 2

Restricted - Students must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 credits from this group

Computer Aided Engineering Advanced Dynamics and Vibration Thermofluids 3
Control and Instrumentation Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering Stress Analysis and Material Models

Additional Course Choice: Additional course choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from this group. Additional module choice should be a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits. Remaining credits to consist of any other relevant module approved by the course director. A maximum of 20 credits can be taken in topics that are not directly related to engineering and its applications, subject to approval by the course director.

Careers and further study

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Career Development Office can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a broad range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

Further study

Among the 49 graduates from BEng Hons Mechanical Engineering in 2020, 45 chose to continue their studies. 80% of them were admitted into the top 50 universities in the world.

2021 QSWorld University Rankings University Number
2 Stanford University 1
8 Imperial College London 17
10 University College London 9
14 EPFL 1
19 Columbia University 1
25 University of Toronto 1
27 The University of Manchester 1
30 University of California, Berkeley 2
31 King’s College London 1
31 The Australian National University 1
41 The University of Melbourne 1
  Total 36



Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Scholarships, sponsorships and bursaries

To encourage academic excellence, we offer a comprehensive and expanding range of full and partial scholarships.

Historically, nearly 30% of our undergraduate students were awarded scholarships for their entry. Once enrolled, current students are eligible for additional merit and/or performance-based scholarships and awards, which covers approximately 32.5% of our whole student body.

Please check here for scholarship types and policies for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas countries. If you are a mainland Chinese student, please visit the Chinese language prospectus.

Contact us

Admissions Office

Room 222, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


International Admissions Office

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0)574 8818 0000 ext. 8505

Faculty Office of Science and Engineering

Room 427, Sir Peter Mansfield Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China