BEng Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers help shape the way we live through the design and manufacture of everyday items, from sports equipment to high-tech operating theatres for hospitals, vehicles and public transport infrastructure, and industrial applications such as the structural design of oil platforms. A wide range of skills are needed to achieve this in an efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

This programme will develop your knowledge and skills across the full range of mechanical engineering, from the fundamentals of design and manufacture to fluid dynamics. This degree will give you a broad base of knowledge which can be applied to a variety of mechanical engineering-related industries and beyond.

Rewarding careers
Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers can be found working around the world, from running oil platforms to working on automation and robotics, designing futuristic buildings and working in the manufacturing industry. As a graduate of this programme you can expect to secure a professional or managerial position with organisations such as AMEC, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Mars and Shell.

Two degrees in four years
Upon successful completion of your programme of study, you will be awarded with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds and the SWJTU Bachelor degree of Mechanical Design, Manufacture and Automation.

Mechanical Engineering students


Course content
These are the typical modules studied and may change from time to time.

Year one is a common year for all students, dedicated to developing your English language, physics and mathematics skills to allow you to succeed on your chosen programme of study for the following three years.

Year 1
Compulsory modules

  •  English study skills for engineering
  • Physics 1: Materials
  • Physics 2: Electricity
  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematics 2
  • Military skills training
  • Military theory
  • Moral and legal foundation
  • Introduction to Mao Zedong thought and theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics 1
  • Physical Education 1
  • Introduction to Mao Zedong thought and theories of socialism with Chinese characteristics 2
  • The basic principles of Marxism.

Year 2
Compulsory modules

  • Engineering communication skills 1
  • Computers in engineering analysis
  • Design and manufacture 1
  • Thermofluids 1
  • Solid mechanics
  • Engineering materials
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Chinese modern and contemporary history
  • Physical education 2.

Year 3
Compulsory modules

  • Engineering communication skills 2
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Vibration and control
  • Design and manufacture 2
  • Economics and management
  • Mechatronics and measurement systems
  • Thermofluids 2.

Optional modules
You will study one of the following modules:

  • Mechanical engineering theory and design
  • Railway vehicle engineering.

Year 4
Compulsory modules 

  • Thermofluids 3
  • Manufacturing systems and processes
  • Professional skills
  • Individual project
  • Finite element methods of analysis.

Optional modules
You will study one of the following modules:

  • Vehicle design and analysis
  • Aerodynamics with computational fluid dynamics
  • Biomedical engineering.