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Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons)

Bedford College Engineering Level 3


Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons) (full-time)

The Mechanical Engineering Top-up builds on the students’ knowledge gained at HND level, applying principles of static and dynamic analysis, to the study of mechanical properties of solids and different types of mechanical mechanisms.  Students’ theoretical knowledge of fluids is complemented by the course in Computational Fluid Dynamics, in which students learn how to simulate different single and multi-phase fluid flows, using industry-standard software. The mathematical tools for solving a range of engineering problems is developed in Computer Simulation and Modelling, and the students’ knowledge is applied to a practical context in a Degree Project which lasts the autumn and spring terms.

Course information

Entry requirements

You must have a HND in either Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering.

Course content

The course can be taken Full-Time, over a single year (120 credits) or Part-Time, over two years (60 credits per year)

List of courses taken   (total 120 credits)

  1. Mechanical Degree Project                            (40 credits)
  2. Mechanisms of Machines                               (20 credits)
  3. Computational Fluid Dynamics                       (20 credits)
  4. Computer Simulation and Modelling                (20 credits)
  5. Mechanics of Solids                                      (20 credits)

The course provides an introduction to studying at degree-level at the University of Northampton, with options to continue on further engineering courses at the University.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and end of module exams.

Further study and career options

After this course you can enter a number of engineering sectors in the industry including roles within the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors as well as scientific writing and journalism as well as marketing and sales. Alternatively, you could choose to continue your study at the university towards a postgraduate degree leading to a Master’s level qualification or continue to study an area of specific interest and gain a PhD qualification.

Additional information

You will need to plan for studying the first semester at Bedford College, followed by the second semester at University of Northampton.

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 27/09/2023
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 8:30am - 8:00pm
Fees: £9,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.