MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Study with one of the largest Engineering Schools in the UK
Study with one of the largest Engineering Schools in the UK
Build real engineering prototypes in exciting engineering projects
Build real engineering prototypes in exciting engineering projects
Benefit from strong links to industry
Benefit from strong links to industry

This course includes the options of:


Work placement*

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Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

Why choose this course?

  • The MEng in Mechanical Engineering is a broad subject and there have been thousands of successful UH graduates of this discipline working in all fields of engineering
  • You can apply your knowledge to typical mechanical projects such as the design of a hovercraft
  • You may join the automotive students and help design, build and race single-seater race car in the UK Formula Student Competition
  • You may join aerospace students on projects involving Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), rocketry and space tourism
  • You will learn how to apply computer-aided engineering and industrial-standard software, recommended by the Automotive Industry Advisory Panel
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Rolls Royce plc, BAE Systems, and RP Aero Systems
  • Recent Mechanical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Ocado, Ford and General Electric
  • We are members of the CDIO Initiative (Conceive Design Implement Operate), a worldwide network of academic professionals, industry representatives and engineering leaders who have a passion for engineering education and engineering leadership. The CDIO framework has been embedded into our undergraduate degree programme, ensuring you’ll put into practice what you learn through “Design and Build” projects during your studies.

What's the course about?

Learn the fundamental skills and knowledge of a modern engineer. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to engineering, giving you the flexibility to work in a broad range of industries. Among the general topics, you’ll study engineering mathematics, materials and electrical science, mechanical science, manufacturing technology, computer-aided engineering and thermodynamics. During your MEng year, you’ll deepen your understanding of engineering through a selection of advanced modules. As with the BEng, you’ll get the chance to work on some impressive team projects, including designing a hovercraft, a Formula Student racing car and an unmanned aircraft. This course is the first step towards chartered engineer status.

Your main campus is College Lane

This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

More about the Course

Our School of Engineering and Technology is well known for project-orientated learning, and mechanical engineers have the opportunity to take part in exciting team projects such as the UH Hovercraft, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ESCO-UAS) competition or the Formula Student competition. For more information see

Our students can take the work placement option, spending their Third Year in industry. Some students take the opportunity to study part of their degree abroad through student exchange programmes with other universities in the EU, USA or Canada.

A mechanical engineering degree will provide you with the flexibility to be employed in any industrial company irrespective of their product range. Mechanical engineers are involved in producing innovative designs, using the latest materials and Computer Aided Engineering systems to meet ever-increasing expectations in 21st century living.  With our excellent teaching standards and facilities, the University has a strong track record of providing industry with these highly skilled professionals.

In your first year you will study the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a modern engineer including principles of flight and an introduction to aircraft systems. In particular you will be introduced to computer packages commonly used in the aerospace industry.

In your second year the core themes from year 1 are further developed so that they can be applied to solve engineering problems encountered in industrial and commercial environments. You will learn about the design process, through both group design and detail design work, and will have the opportunity to work on the Class 200 Formula Student car.

In your third year you have the chance to work for an engineering company on placement.

In your fourth year you have the option of covering either manufacturing or the rapidly growing field of micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS). Project work, both in teams on design and individually on a topic of special interest, encourages you to develop valuable practical, interpersonal and communication skills. You also have the opportunity to work on the University's entry to the Formula Student competition.

In your final year you will study at Masters level, deepening your knowledge and understanding of engineering as well as developing your business and management skills. The Team Project is multidisciplinary and involves applying your skills to solve an unusual and challenging problem.

Alumni Stories

Adrian Moore

Meet Adrian Moore who combined his passion for motorsport and mechanics for his career. He is currently the CEO of Xtrac who design and manufacture transmission systems for motorsport and high performance vehicles.

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Current job roleCEO
Year of graduation1998
Course of studyBEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Adrian Moore

University life and experience

Adrian decided to study at the University of Hertfordshire as, from an early age, had always been interested in automotive and aerospace technology. The University (known then as Hatfield Polytechnic College) had a strong reputation and extremely close links to those industries. Adrian even made use of those connections and was sponsored by Rolls-Royce for his entire degree!

He enjoyed his time studying at the University as it gave him a broad understanding of mechanical engineering, with a particular emphasis on mechanical design ad materials technology. This knowledge has proved invaluable throughout his career and has enabled him to specialise in these areas. However, he believes the key to his success is the enthusiastic and supportive teaching staff.

Future aspirations

Adrian has enjoyed a successful and varied career having previously working on two F1 teams. He is currently the CEO of Xtrac who design and man design and manufacture innovative transmission systems for motorsport and high-performance automotive applications. In the future, he hopes to lead Xtrac into major growth with considerable investment in new facilities, machinery and staff.

From his experience as an undergraduate, he is determined to invest in the future of the industry by hiring a large number of appetencies and undergraduates. He states that, 'The high performance automotive industry is going through a huge period of rapid change with the introduction of new technologies for the electrification of road vehicles. With that uncertainty comes opportunity. It is a fast changing industry for hard working, dedicated and innovative thinkers and it is shaping the future of our world.'

The high performance automotive industry is going through a huge period of rapid change with the introduction of new technologies for the electrification of road vehicles. With that uncertainty comes opportunity.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.

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