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, lighting 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 background in subjects like electronics, electrical engineering, control, energy and environment.


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 and includes topics like natural ventilation of deep-plan buildings and the application of solar energy in buildings.

This course aims to produce mechanical engineering graduates with enhanced knowledge of building services equipped to play leading professional roles in industry and public service.


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Course Content

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

Work Placement (thick-sandwich mode of study)

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Mechanical and Electrical Services for Buildings
  • FEA, CFD and Design of Engineering Systems
  • Professional Engineering Practice

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

  • Staff teaching on the course carry out much of their research with collaborators outside the University, including major oil companies, plant and equipment manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms. This means that links between the Mechanical Engineering staff and industry are very strong.
  • If you enter on the BEng route, you can transfer to the MEng programme at the end of Level 2 by obtaining  a pre-set progression standard.
  • If you start on the full-time course, you can transfer to the sandwich course at any time before the end of Level 2.
  •  Mechanical Engineering and the three corresponding “with” courses are taught together in the first and second years, so that students may elect to change course to get a flavour of specialism in their third year of study.
  •  Students benefit from excellent laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well-equipped. Industry-standard specialist software for engineering design is available to students 24 hours a day in dedicated computer clusters.
  • 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.


The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). The BEng degree course fulfils the academic requirement to go forward for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng); it partially fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

Facts and Figures

The department has about 700 undergraduate students, 300 postgraduates and around 100 research students and assistants. Each year we take in about 160 new students, of which around half are studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Teaching and Learning

Our philosophy at Brunel is to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of scientific principles in mechanical engineering, and to provide them with the transferable skills that are designed to meet the challenges of employment within the engineering sector of the global economy.

How many hours of study are involved?

In Level 1, contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at 19 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 two or 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.In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. 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 also have one-to-one academic supervision on Level 3 project work.


You will undertake assignments, project work, reports on laboratory practicals, oral presentations and short tests. There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.  The final degree classification is calculated from a combination of Level 2 and Level 3 grades. Level 1 does not count towards your final degree, but you must pass the year in order to progress.


The four-year thick-sandwich degree programme enables you to gain high-quality, relevant professional experience which is sought by employers. This puts graduates from the course in a strong position when entering the job market. Students have the opportunity to change from the full-time mode of study to the thick-sandwich course up to the end of Level 2.

Work Placements:

You can choose to study either a full-time course or the prestigious sandwich course. Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. The placement in industry is taken between Levels 2 and 3 for at least 44 weeks. This time can count towards becoming an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre will support you to get the best placement to suit your aspirations. They can help you with advice to compose the best possible applications, and coach you with mock interviews – often with the support of industry visitors.

The organisations that employ the students on placement are checked to ensure they can provide suitable training experiences. Quite often, Brunel graduates within firms mentor current students. The placement is assessed, and students must pass it to graduate with the words ‘with Professional Development’ in their degree title. Each student is allocated both a mentor within the company and an Industrial Tutor from Brunel, who is on hand to help ensure that the placement yields the best possible experience for the student’s personal professional development.

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.

The preferred option is for students to gain industry experience through taking up a placement year. Often students return to the employer where they carried out their placement upon graduation.


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 2013/14, 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:

  • Alstom
  • Amec
  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • Clancy Docwra
  • Hoare Lea
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Mace
  • Qinetiq
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • 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.

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 2015/6 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 2016/7

  • GCE A-level AAB-ABB, including Maths and Physics. Typical offer AAB to include 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. Plus A-level Maths at grade B. Access students who are not taking A-level Maths are encouraged to apply for the Foundations in Engineering course.
  • 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 review and change each academic year.

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 University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have 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 number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Thursday 12 November 2015