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Mechanical and Energy Engineering MEng

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Development option


Mechanical Engineering at Brunel is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and 2nd in London (The Guardian University league tables 2018).

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

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

Read about Student Industrial Work Placements

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

From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, tunneling machines to body-scanners, technical consultancy to financial services, mechanical engineers deal with the design and poduction of the machines, systems and structures which help make the modern world function so smoothly.

As such, the career paths avaliable to you will be as diverse as they will be engaging. In response to the variety of roles available to Brunel mechanical engineering graduates, the course is tailored to give you a range of knowledge, with emphasis given in the latter part of the course to specialised content.

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.


This course aims to prepare engineering graduates with the knowledge base, understanding and skills to play leading professional roles in industry involved in the design and operation of traditional and modern sustainable energy systems. The graduates will acquire expertise in the technological design and analysis and the environmental and economic implications of energy generation, supply and usage.

We also offer the Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year course


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course Content

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Solid Body Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Thermofluids
  • Analytical Methods and Skills
  • Engineering Materials and Design
  • Energy and Electrical Power
  • Mechanical and Energy Laboratories, Technical Drawing and Workshop Experience.

Level 2

  • Solid Body Mechanics
  • Thermofluids
  • Professional Engineering Applications and Practice
  • Computing, Analytical Methods, Control and Instrumentation
  • Design of Conventional and Renewable Energy Generation and Storage Systems

Level 3

  • Major Individual Project
  • Power Generation Systems and Sustainability
  • FEA, CFD and Numerical Modelling
  • Professional Engineering Practice.

Level 5 Compulsory

  • Major Group Project
  • Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Advanced Thermofluids
  • Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer.
Level 5 Options (choose two)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies I - Solar, Thermal and Electric Power Generation Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technologies II - Wind, Tidal, Wave, Hydroelectricity
  • Renewable Energy Technologies III - Geothermal, Biomass, Hydrogen
  • Management of Energy Systems and Economics.

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



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

With international agreements to reduce greenghouse gas emissions placing more on energy saving systems, opportunities for graduates of this course exist through the world, as contributors to the challenging global energy market.


Graduates will be eligible to undertake directly supervised research, leading to the award of a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) either at Brunel University or any other university in the UK or elsewhere.

Work Placements

Sandwich students undertake high-quality, paid work placements within prominent companies and organisations. Potential placements with top energy companies, such as Arup, British Gas, BISOL solar, British gas, Centrica, EDF energy, EoN, Hoare Lea, GE Energy, Kingspan Industries, RES and Rolls Royce, will be offered.

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.

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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Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-level AAA, including Maths and Physics (General Studies not accepted).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma not accepted for the MEng entry. BTEC Extended Diploma students are encouraged to apply for the BEng degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MEng.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D* in Mechanical Engineering with Distinctions in Further Mathematics for Technicians and Further Mechanical Principles and A-Level at grade A in Maths.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D* with A-Levels grade AA in Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 34 points, including 6 in Higher level Maths and 6 in Higher level Physics
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Applicants should apply for the BEng. Those who achieve the progression requirement can transfer to MEng at the end of level 2.
  • Foundations of Engineering courses For Brunel Foundations of Engineering progression requirements, see the course page.

Five GCSEs to include grade B or grade 5 in Maths, and grade C or grade 4 in English Language and two science subjects.

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.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

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. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


You will be introduced to subject material, including key concepts, information and approaches, through a mixture of standard lectures and seminars, laboratory practicals, field work, self-study and individual research reports.

The aim is to challenge and inspire you to expand your own knowledge and understanding. Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, laboratories, design studios and one-to-one supervision.


There are written examinations in May of each year. In Level 3, all students undertake a major individual project, often with industrial support. This is worth a third of the overall marks for the year.

Special Features


Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


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

Facts and Figures

  • The UK Climate Change Act 2008 includes legally binding targets for the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Internationally Kyoto Protocol has imposed similar conditions on signatory states. Methods of energy generation, sources of energy consumption, amount of energy demand and how it is delivered are understood to have a strong bearing on GHG emissions.
  • Worldwide more efficient conventional power plants (including carbon capture and storage), nuclear, non-conventional fossils and renewables are being considered as viable generation alternatives. Private and public sectors are gearing up to meet this challenge - new cleaner conventional power plants are being implemented and renewables are being aggressively promoted through favourable policies, such as Feed in Tariff (FiT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes in the UK.
  • Similar incentive schemes are being run in Spain, Germany, USA, India, Brazil and China among many other nations. Developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and elsewhere are constructing new power infrastructure whilst overhauling the existing ones requiring advice on technical design, feasibility studies and enviro-economic analysis from energy consultancy companies. It is expected that graduates from this course will be suitable for and employed in these growing sectors.

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,170 final year

International students: £18,000 full-time

Additional course related costs

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