Mechanical Engineering with Building Services BEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

Modern businesses demand an increasingly high quality environment in which to work. The design of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, visual and aural services, lighting, transportation and security systems are becoming more complex, efficient and sophisticated to meet this demand. This course covers all the fundamental elements of mechanical engineering and design and provides a background in such fields as electronics, electrical engineering, control, energy and environment.

Read about Student Industrial Work Placements.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel

From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunneling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world.

The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous. In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of parallel courses, three of which give emphasis in the latter part of the course to a particular specialism. We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course.

The range of courses reflects several of our research interests:
  • energy and environmental engineering;
  • internal combustion engines and their fuels;
  • structures and materials;
  • fluid mechanics.


There is a rapidly expanding market for engineers who have the technological appreciation to respond to advances in building services engineering. This course aims to equip you with that appreciation.


Admissions and Course Enquiries
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Admissions Tutor: Mrs Petra Gratton

Related Courses

Course Content

Levels 1 and 2 are common to all mechanical engineering degrees and aim to give you a strong grounding in engineering sciences. You will take a module which includes hands-on workshop practice and transferable skills training.

If you progress to an MEng programme you will, in addition, take Level 4, which represents one further year of study.


Language options are available in the final year of the MEng. Several levels of ability are catered for in French, German, Spanish and Italian.


Design is an integrating subject in that it brings together all the academic disciplines in order to solve typical engineering problems. It is project-based, and often involves working in small groups. This work develops not only your engineering ability but also your communication and graphics skills.

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials, Manufacturing and Electrical Machines
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience
Level 2
  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
  • Design and Analysis of Mechanical Systems and Components

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Numerical Modelling
  • Business and the Environment
  • HVAC Systems
  • Electrical Systems for Buildings

Level 4 (MEng)

  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management and Enterprise
  • Research Methodology and Innovation
  • Advanced Modelling and Design
  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Advanced Solid Body Mechanics

Special Features

  • Much of our research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms.

  • You can enter the course on either the MEng or the BEng route. If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining an average of 60% at that level.

  • Students benefit from laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped.

  • You have the opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe as an Erasmus exchange student or at Iowa University in the US, during your second year.

  • We have very good links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means that:
  • degrees are designed to meet the needs of industry and the market place;
  • the latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course;
  • you have greater choice and quality of professional placements;
  • we have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.


The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which will allow you to train to become a Chartered Engineer in the future.

Fast-track route to Chartered Engineer Status

To become a chartered engineer you must fulfil certain requirements laid down by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. These are:

  • An accredited four-year MEng degree or
  • An enhanced three-year degree – ie a BEng (a BSc will not do), plus a Matching Section of minimum one-year duration.
  • A minimum of two years’ approved industrial training with an appropriate company.
  • A minimum of two years’ professional experience as a practising engineer.

This normally takes a total of eight years and can take longer if industrial training is difficult to come by. The provision of training can be expensive for employers, because they will incur costs in providing it, and will lose the use of an employee’s service while training is undertaken.

Brunel’s sandwich courses help smooth the way through this stage because the integrated work experience is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With a large proportion of industrial training already completed, students are well down the road to registration, even before graduation.

Teaching and Learning

Our philosophy is to underpin the industrial experience base of mechanical engineering with a rigorous and relevant programme of studies in fundamental principles and their applications.


In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 17 hours per week. This will assist you in adjusting from school/college to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

How will I be taught?

Lectures – These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas that you need to understand, and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.

Laboratories – Practicals are generally three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

Design Studios – In a studio you will work on group projects with guidance from members of staff. You may be required to design and produce an artefact or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

One-to-one – On registration for the course, you will be allocated a personal tutor whose role is to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will have one-to-one supervision on all Level 3/4 project work. If you go on an industrial placement, you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will help you to achieve the training objectives necessary to satisfy the requirements for Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. You will also be visited by a member of the academic staff to monitor the progress of your training.


Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this year to continue with the course. Level 2 is worth a third. Students wishing to transfer from the BEng to the MEng must achieve at least 60% at Level 2.

Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations at the end of each term, but work is also continuously assessed throughout. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.

In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.


This degree is very popular in industry and consequently our graduates have a good employment record.


Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (MEng), Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design, Motorsport Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Engineering and Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies.

In 2012/13, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

The range of industries in which our graduates choose to work is vast, and includes: aviation and avionics; agricultural machinery; automotive design and manufacture; building services engineering; electronics; gas and water supply; North Sea oil production; mining and mineral processing; nuclear power; work for the water authorities; TV production; accountancy; banking; insurance; patent engineering; financial consultancy; the police; the armed forces; the railways; and the National Health Service.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as Vodafone, Qinetiq Group, Ford, Delphi, GlaxoSmithKline, GE Energy, the Ministry of Defence and Thales.


Some of our graduates go directly into research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD), whilst others spend several years in industry first.


Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations.

The ethos of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences stems from the initial formation of the University as a technological institution in the mid-1960s. Until very recently, all students on the mechanical engineering degree programmes were sandwich students.

This is still the preferred option, although the increase in student numbers in the last few years has unfortunately not been matched by an equivalent increase in available industrial placements. Also, some students prefer to proceed with a straight-through academic programme.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2015/16 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,500 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE A-level AAB, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
  • Advanced Diploma Progression Diploma Grade A in Engineering, plus the Specialist Unit in Maths for Engineers at grade C along with 1 AS-level (excluding General Studies) at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D, including Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles or equivalent.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D, including Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians, and Further Mechanical Principles with an A-Level at grade A in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, including 6 in Higher Level Maths and 5 in Higher Level Physics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Engineering course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. All Maths and Physics units must be Distinctions at level 3.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to change.

EU Entry Requirements

If your country is not listed here please contact Admissions

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 04 March 2015