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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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Studying Mechanical Engineering at ARU

Get a hands-on Mechanical engineering experience from day one. Learn how to design, manufacture, repair and operate products in specialist workshops - and work towards Incorporated Engineer status. Work with companies such as BAE systems on real world engineering brief. Unique project-based curriculum, allowing you to spend more time in our engineering workshops and labs getting hands on experience.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Why Mechanical Engineering at ARU?

  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to resolve practical, real-world challenges, and practice the ‘art of precision guesswork’ and problem solving.
  • Bring the world of work to life through Live Briefs; these course modules are designed and developed with regional employers to give you exposure to ‘real world’ problem-solving.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art facilities including 3D printing, CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing) laboratories, and CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machining.
  • Explore modules in areas including materials, design and modelling, manufacturing, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer, as well as project-based learning.
  • Engage in ‘Live Briefs’ with local industry partners, giving you exposure to ‘real life’ engineering problem solving.
  • A diverse breadth of expert staff with a wide range of industrial and academic backgrounds make learning more real, hands-on and relevant.

Get involved in hands-on projects with other engineering students, developing your teamwork and leadership skills while learning how to analyse and solve problems creatively. This course is to give you real world experience, preparing you for employment.

At ARU, we have embraced the challenge to introduce 50% of our engineering curriculum based on developing practical and applied skills among our engineering cohorts. Our engineering curriculum at ARU offers unique project-based curriculum at each level, in which students are offered industry led “Live Briefs” applying fundamental science and engineering principles to propose a solution. Through these collaborative modules and the course you will get the opportunity to work with companies from industry such as BAE systems. Ford Motor Company, New Hollands, Antobot and Tecosim.

This innovative approach allows students to spend 50% of their time in classroom to study fundamental engineering curriculum and spend remaining 50% time in the well-equipped engineering workshops as well as specialist laboratories. This hands-on approach at ARU is supported by local and national engineering companies, such as BAE system and Tecosim.

All our engineering courses are in line with the new Engineering Council requirements (AHEP 4.0). Accreditation for our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree from IMechE and IET has been arranged when full student output from the course is available.

You can also 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.

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Specialist facilities

All our engineering students will use our 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
  • tensile and compressive testing machines
  • hardness testing equipment.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

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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.
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Expert speakers and cutting-edge technology events

ARU works closely with local IMechE, IET, and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society organising over 20 events on cutting-edge technologies with expert speakers from the UK and worldwide.


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IMechE and IET

All our engineering courses are in line with the new Engineering Council requirements (AHEP 4.0). Accreditation for our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree from IMechE and IET has been arranged when full student output from the course is available.


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.

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.

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.

Careers that you may go into are:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Contracting civil engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

Our students have secured some great positions after the course, here are some examples:

  • CAD Engineer in Tecosim
  • Systems Engineer at Thales Defence and Security Inc.
  • Production and Engineering Manager at SBZ Corporation
  • Design Engineer at RED DOT Corporation
  • Principal Mechanical Engineer at Cadent Gas Limited
  • Design and Development Project Engineer at European EMC Products Ltd

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.

The average salary for UK engineering graduates after 15 months of graduating is £28,000. In comparison, ARU engineering graduates earn £30,000 on average. ARU ranked in the top 15% in the country for graduates in employment and/or further study (Graduate Outcome Survey 2023), and ranked 3rd in the country for graduates who are employed as managers, directors, or senior officials 15 months after graduating. We are also in the top 15% in the country for graduates that agreed they are using what they learnt during their studies.

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. Some of our mechanical engineering students have gained placements at New Holland, Tecosim and many others. We have strong relations with industry and will support you if you are interested in integrating a placement into the course.

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.

We also have a very active Engineering Society which runs engineering events at the university and across the UK where you can meet like passionate and like-minded peers.

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.

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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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