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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (BEng, Foundation Entry)

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Manufacturing has increased in complexity in recent years, with the increasing importance of new materials and processes, as well as the need to manage extended, integrated supply chains and networks on a global level. This course has been updated accordingly, in response to this complexity, to enable students to successfully enter this environment.

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering programme provides a thorough grounding in Mechanical Engineering and application of this knowledge to manufacturing technology and materials. You will also study contemporary computer-aided design and manufacture as well as relevant numerical tools.

Through this course of study, you will learn about creating competitive advantage through manufacturing planning, strategy, quality, and control and develop the skills to design manufacturing processes that result in products that meet specific material and other requirements.

You will develop a systematic approach to projects, taking the logical and practical steps necessary to make often complex concepts become reality. You will also learn to be risk, cost and value-conscious, and aware of your ethical, social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities of the mechanical and manufacturing industry.

Modern Manufacturing Engineering takes place in a highly competitive, rapidly changing marketplace and is very different from the traditional impressions of this sector.
This course is available to study on a part-time basis.

The following Bachelor’s degrees have been accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer (CEng in Part) registration for the cohort intakes from 2015 up to, and including, 2023:

  • BEng(Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time 3 Years; Part-Time 6 Years; EngC ref 15962)
  • BEng(Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with a year in industry (Full-Time 4 Years; EngC ref 15963).

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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
BEng | 3 Year Degree Programme

UCAS Code: HH37
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BEng | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry
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Part-time BEng | 3 to 4 Years Degree Programme
For the part-time course, please apply directly to the University by following the Apply button at the top of the page, or by searching Find Your Course for Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. 

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Internships and a year in industry with well-known companies. 
  2. Extracurricular projects such as ‘Engineers without Borders’, ‘IMechE Engineering Design Challenge’. 
  3. State-of-the-art campus and lots of kit that students have access to 9-5 every weekday. 
  4. 24-hour access to the campus CAD and other software facilities. 
  5. 98.4% of our graduates from last year are in employment or full-time education.
  6. Small cohorts and teaching groups.
  7. Programme shaped in partnership with Industry.
  8. Part-time lectures are delivered every Friday afternoon, 1 pm -7 pm, to fit with Industry working week.
  9. For part-time study - extended academic year to complete the BEng part-time in just 3 years if coming with an HNC, 4 years if starting at Level 4.
  10. The Engineering Department has over 20 years of experience in delivering successful part-time Programmes.
  11. Study on our state-of-the-art £300m Swansea Waterfront campus (SA1).

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering programmes are intended to provide students with a thorough grounding in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

In addition, students will develop knowledge in a suitable range of manufacturing processes and materials.  The programmes will also consider environmental aspects of design and technology and will enable students to gain a range of skills, relevant to a broad range of employment opportunities.

A thorough understanding of automation, robotics, digital simulation and manufacturing concepts are also important if engineers are going to be able to deploy these advanced technologies to their full potential. These topics are covered in our programme. 

The university has a long and established record of developing graduates with expertise in mechanical and manufacturing disciplines.

Working closely with a number of local, national and international companies, this programme has been designed to develop graduates that are well equipped to join a global community of Mechanical and Manufacturing engineers.

Our BEng(Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Full-Time 3 Years; Part-Time 6 Years; EngC ref 15962) and BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with a year in industry (Full-Time 4 Years; EngC ref 15963) are accredited as meeting the academic requirement, in part, for Chartered Engineer (CEng in Part)  registration by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Module Topics

Foundation Year (Cert HE STEM)

The foundation year is designed to develop your mathematical, analytical and study skills, to equip you with the necessary academic skills required to successfully study engineering at a degree level.

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Further Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Further Science for Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Manufacturing and Materials (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BEng)

  • Electrical and Electronic Principles (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Applications and Study Skills (20 credits; component pass)
  • Engineering Design (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Engineering Science (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Materials and Introduction to Processing (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BEng)

  • Group Project (20 credits; component pass)
  • Management, Innovation and Sustainability (20 credits; component pass)
  • Manufacturing Design and Technology (20 credits; core)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Stress Analysis and Dynamics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Thermofluids and Control (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BEng)

  • Advanced Processes and Materials (20 credits; component pass)
  • Computational Methods (20 credits; component pass)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Plant and Asset Engineering (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Structural and Fluid Analysis (20 credits; compulsory).

Foundation Year

Students on this type of programme come with a natural interest in their specialism, and the teaching team aims to tap into this interest so students enjoy learning and appreciate the benefits which an engineering degree can add to reinforce their areas of interest.

The assessments for the programme will be a mix of coursework and formal examination. Modules such as group project and Major project will also have presentations where you would be given the opportunity to showcase your work.


The course is assessed by a mixture of coursework, phase tests, presentations, vivas and examinations.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake engineering projects in teams and as individuals, applying the content covered within the modules.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

BEng Four-Year Foundation Entry

For the foundation entry to our four-year degrees, our offers are based on 32 UCAS points (previously 80). We will not specify the subject matter required. We will accept A levels, National Diplomas, Certificates, National Awards or equivalent, including NVQ Level 3, 14-19 Diploma and Access courses. Providing you achieve the points required, one A level would be sufficient. GCSE Maths at grade C or above is also required.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.


112 points (previously 280) from numerate or technical A-Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.

Relevant industrial experience can also be considered when determining eligibility for entry requirements.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate from the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering programme, you will be provided with the learning opportunities, knowledge and skill-sets necessary to join a global community of manufacturing engineers. You will be well placed to meet the needs and challenges of this increasingly technological sector.

Graduates have gone on to make a valuable contribution as Engineers and Managers within a wide range of companies. These include:

  • Ford Motor Company
  • Tata Steel
  • Perkin Elmer
  • Caterpillar
  • Mono Equipment
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • British Rototherm
  • KSR International
  • Aston Martin Lagonda
Additional Costs

Extra costs to be borne by the student

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience. As a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible, these costs will be kept to a minimum, with additional activities being optional.

Field trips and placement costs

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Students who choose to undertake internships/work placements are usually funded by the university (up to £1000) to cover travel and living costs.

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Student Quotes

Nick Tanner, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering / Oceaneering
"The best thing about the course was the lecturer support."

Sarah Chapman-Smith, BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
"Working with a multi-national company has been an amazing experience. I never dreamed that I would have such a great opportunity whilst studying for my degree. The support I have had from lecturers here at UWTSD and the staff at Perkin Elmer has been tremendous. It has taught me skills that will undoubtedly help me after I graduate. It has been such a unique experience and I am so proud of what I have achieved so far. I would highly recommend this course to prospective students. Just take a look at what it has done for me. Helping me to work alongside a multi-national company, three days work, while I study."

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Further Information

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