BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Get hands-on engineering experience from day one with our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree. Learn how to design, manufacture, repair and operate products in specialist workshops - and work towards Incorporated Engineer status.

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Studying Mechanical Engineering at ARU

Find out more about studying Mechanical Engineering from ARU staff in Chelmsford.

From day one, you’ll get involved in hands-on projects with other engineering students, developing your teamwork, management and leadership skills and learning how to analyse and solve problems creatively.

You’ll study in our dedicated engineering labs in Chelmsford, using top-of-the range facilities. These include CAD/CAM and engineering computer modelling centres, industrial-scale CNC milling and lathe machines, metal and plastic rapid prototyping machines, welding equipment, electronic testing and measuring equipment, and much more.

You can choose to take an optional placement year in industry as part of this course, further enhancing your skills, experience and employability.

Course options

Course options

Please note: If you're a UK student (including students from Ireland, and EU, EEA and Swiss students who have citizens' rights after Brexit), you can only start this course in September. If you're an international student, you can start in September or January.

Key facts

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist facilities

All our engineering students have use of specialist labs and equipment, including:

  • CAD/CAM and engineering computer modelling centre
  • industrial-scale CNC milling and lathe machines
  • metal and plastic rapid prototyping machines
  • welding equipment
  • electronic testing and measuring equipment
  • 3D printers.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


As a BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduate, you'll be able to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status after a period of initial professional development in industry.

Qualified mechanical engineers are in high demand nationally and internationally, commanding an impressive average salary. With experience, you could further increase your earning power by progressing to senior design or project management roles.

Your high-level numerical and problem-solving skills will also appeal to employers outside of the engineering sector, for example in IT, finance, business and education.

From the very start of your degree, you’ll meet established engineers from across the industry, learn what it’s like to work in engineering, and be encouraged to join professional bodies, building valuable contacts and knowledge to help you gain employment in your preferred area. You’ll build your CV not only by learning manufacturing and testing methods and using industry-standard equipment, but by working individually and as part of a team, solving problems and carrying out research.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a range of postgraduate courses including MSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Engineering Management. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

BAE Systems and ARU Mechanical Engineering students

To experience the practical nature of the industry, you will have the opportunity to work with organisations and companies on a Life Brief. Our students have worked with BAE Systems, a multinational defence, security and aerospace company, on a brief to re-engineer a small drone to new specifications.

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Utkarsh Kavi

“During my undergraduate degree course, the faculty have helped me a lot. This course covers the entire development process of products from an engineering point of view. It gives you exposure to marketing analysis, brand and product placement, concept development, engineering and building it in-house on campus. There are top research facilities, and the department offers a friendly atmosphere.”

Utkarsh Kavi

BEng Mechanical Engineering

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