Key information


BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (2+2, 4+0)

Types of study

Full time


Three or four years depending on entry qualifications

Start date

September 2021

For the 2+2 programmes, you will spend the last two years at our UK campus. For the 4+0 programmes, you will spend your entire degree programme in Ningbo, China with 'study abroad' opportunities.



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.

Alternative 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

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 automotive and aerospace engineering.

Special features

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

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.

Preliminary year

The preliminary year in engineering aims to improve English language and study skills as well as enhance understanding of mathematics and the physical sciences.

CELEN048 Undergraduate Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts (20 Credits)


CELEN052 UG English in Specific Academic Contexts B (Engineering; Comp Sci; Env'mental Sci & Architecture) (20 Credits)


CELEN039 Foundation Science A: Physics (10 Credits)


CELEN040 Foundation Science B: Chemistry (10 Credits)


CELEN036 Foundation Algebra for Physical Sciences & Engineering (10 Credits)


Foundation Calculus and Mathematical Techniques


CELEN069 Oral Communication Skills A (10 Credits)


CELEN082 Oral Communication Skills B (10 Credits)


CELEN038 The Scientific Method (10 Credits)


Qualifying year

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.

Typical year two modules

MMME1019 Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 1 (20 Credits)


MMME1039 Statics and Dynamics (20 Credits)


MMME1044 Engineering Design and Design Project (20 Credits)


MMME1043 Materials and Manufacturing (20 Credits)


MMME1042 Mathematics for Engineers (20 Credits)


MMME1041 Programming, Professional and Laboratory skills (20 Credits)


Year 3

Typical year three modules

MMME2015 Materials in Design (10 Credits)


MATH2045 Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Mechanical Engineers (10 Credits)


MMME2014 Dynamics and Control (20 Credits)


MMME2017 Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics 2 (20 Credits)


MMME2038 Mechanics of Solids (20 Credits)


MMME2042 Design, Manufacture and Project (20 Credits)


MMME2012 Engineering Management 1 (10 Credits)


MMME2027 Electromechanical Devices (10 Credits)


Year 4

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.

MMME3026 Computer Modelling Techniques (20 Credits)


MMME3023 BEng Individual Project (40 Credits)


MMME3030 Engineering Management 2 (20 Credits)


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

MMME3024 Computer Aided Engineering (10 Credits)


MMME3040 Advanced Dynamics and Vibration (20 Credits)


MMME3038 Thermofluids 3 (20 Credits)


MMME3025 Control and Instrumentation (10 Credits)


MMME3036 Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (10 Credits)


MMME3039 Stress Analysis and Material Models (20 Credits)


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.


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

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% ofthem 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


Fees and funding


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.

More information

Module Catalogue

Programme Specifications

International enquiries

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

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

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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