Kingston University
Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering) with Professional Placement BEng (Hons)
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 40 graduates of Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering) with Professional Placement BEng (Hons) and other courses in Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Mechanical Engineering.

Overall student satisfaction
48 /100
40 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Mechanical Engineering

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Mechanical Engineering at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26500 £26000 £31500
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £30000 £18500 - £31500 £24000 - £38500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Mechanical Engineering

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £29750 £31542 £37045
25-75 percentile range £25540 - £33016 £25315 - £38559 £29562 - £45197

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • You’ll design, test and develop vehicles from concept through to production.
  • Kingston offers the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, such as a 3D design studio, a mechanical engineering workshop and automotive testing facilities.
  • You’ll build a strong base of technical, management and personal skills and gain hands-on experience.

About this course

These courses are ideal if you’re considering a career in the automotive industry. The courses focus on the design, testing and development of vehicles and/or

components, from concept to production.

Whether you choose the MEng course or the BEng, you’ll take the same modules until Year 3. Then the routes diverge. The MEng contains an extra year of study, offering further expertise in areas such as computer aided engineering and automotive aerodynamics.

Future Skills

Embedded within every course curriculum and throughout the whole Kingston experience, Future Skills will play a role in shaping you to become a future-proof graduate, providing you with the skills most valued by employers such as problem-solving, digital competency, and adaptability.

As you progress through your degree, you'll learn to navigate, explore and apply these graduate skills, learning to demonstrate and articulate to employers how future skills give you the edge.

At Kingston University, we're not just keeping up with change, we're creating it.

Career opportunities

Graduate destinations include Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Formula 1, McLaren, Williams F1, and Vauxhall.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering) with Professional Placement BEng (Hons) at Kingston University

30% Engineering professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Engineering professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions, backed up by design classes, workshops and site visits. Assessment methods are usually split between exam and continuous assessment coursework (eg reports, computer exercises, laboratories and essays). Some modules are assessed by coursework only.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Mechanical Engineering

Qualification requirements

Including a relevant subject/science @ C or above (80 UCAS tariff points)

Access to HE Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus A Level English at grade B. Preferred:- Performing Arts, Art & Design, Digital Film and Video Production,Business IT, Applied Science,Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

Including one in a relevant subject/science (90 UCAS tariff points)

T Levels T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other further education courses. T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher education and/or apprenticeships. Students who study T Level spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action. T Levels are the equivalent to three A levels and we recognise the UCAS tariff points they attract in line with other qualifications that aid progression to higher education.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering) with Professional Placement, BEng (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering) with Professional Placement BEng (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Kingston University in related subject specific rankings.


    • #52 
    • #67 
    Mechanical Engineering
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 14 May, 2024]

See all 24 university rankings of Kingston University

About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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