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MEng (Hons) Micro-mechanical Engineering (with a year in industry)

Manipulate materials to change the way we use them

Year of entry: 2020

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAA (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fees

£21,330 per year (2019/20)

Clearing and adjustment 2019

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Micro-mechanical technology is the driving force behind hundreds of devices we use everyday. 

Fitness trackers, airbags and smartphones all rely on a combination of electronic and mechanical devices and systems to carry out some of their key functions.

In this innovative course, you'll be at the cutting edge of research into micro-electronic and micro-mechanical technology, manipulating materials to devise new solutions to real-world engineering challenges.

We build employability into every aspect of our courses. Alongside developing an in-depth understanding of your subject, you'll gain a range of transferable skills that will allow you to take on a career in a number of sectors and thrive in management roles. 

Quality teaching and support

We're first among surveyed Russell Group universities for 'The Teaching on my Course' and "Academic Support" (National Student Survey 2019).

Strong links with industry

The skills you'll learn are directly relevant to the latest developments in engineering such as robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and immersive technology.

Prepare for your career

Extensive project work throughout your course allows you to experience the management, coordination and decision-making processes required by engineers. You'll develop key transferable and managerial skills.

Course content

At the beginning of your course, you'll develop a solid foundation in mechanical, electrical and electronic principles and programming.

You'll take part in extensive laboratory sessions and hands-on project work, during which you'll have the chance to build an innovative medical device, an environmental monitoring station and a robotic water collection and analysis device.

In your final two years, you'll develop a specialist knowledge of micro-mechanical engineering, focussing on the intricacies of working with miniturised technology. You'll also be able to choose a number of option modules, meaning you can learn more about other aspects of the discipline. 

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

You'll study five core modules and build an innovative medical device using a combination of micro-electronic and micro-mechanical components in groups as part of a hands-on practical project.

  • Stage 1 Project (20 credits)

Core modules

  • Mathematics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Circuits (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Electrical Machines (10 credits)
  • Programming for Microcontrollers (10 credits)
  • Materials and Mechanics (30 credits)

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

You'll study five core modules. As part of your stage 2 project, you'll work together with other students to design and implement an environmental monitoring station using electronic devices, mechanical components and computing. 

  • Stage 2 Project (20 credits)

Core modules

  • Engineering Mathematics, Signals and Systems (20 credits)
  • Manufacturing and Fabrication (20 credits)
  • Thermo-dynamics and Fluid Dynamics (20 credits)
  • Sensors, Noise and Filters (20 credits)
  • AC Machines and Power Electronics (10 credits)

Year 3

In your third year, you'll study six core module and design a robotic water collection system as part of a group project. You'll also choose two option modules. 

  • Stage 3 Project (40 credits)

Core modules

  • Control (10 credits)
  • Mechanics & MEMS (10 credits)
  • Management (10 credits)
  • MEMS: Materials, Manufacturing & Measurement (10 credits)
  • Composite Materials (10 credits)
  • Microfluidics (10 credits)

Option modules

  • Robotics Design & Construction (10 credits)
  • Biomedical Engineering (10 credits)
  • State Space & Digital Control (10 credits)
  • Accounting & Finance (10 credits)
  • Human Robot Interaction (10 credits)

Year 4

In Year 4 you'll work in industry. You can choose to work in the UK or in Europe.

This will develop your professional, time management and interpersonal skills in a structured environment, and gives you a good opportunity to network for your future career. You may find that you want to continue work from your year in industry in your MEng Individual Project.

Your year in industry will be assessed with a report.

Year 5

In your final year, you'll complete a major individual project and study three core modules. You'll also choose one option module.

  • Stage 4 Individual Project (80 credits)

Core modules

  • NEMS (10 credits)
  • Smart Materials (10 credits)
  • Low Carbon Technologies (10 credits)

Option modules

  • Future Healthcare Engineering Technologies (10 credits)
  • Skills for Business Leadership (10 credits)
  • Sensors & Instrumentation (10 credits)
  • Advanced Control (10 credits)
  • Strategic Management (10 credits)

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Conduct theoretical and applied research at the interface between electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create advanced components, devices and systems in applied engineering and micro-mechanical technologies.
  • Extract and critically evaluate information about (and data from) biomedical and engineering systems through analytical and computational methods and modelling.
  • Combine electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering to create, design, implement and operate innovative micromechanical systems that address real-world problems aligned with technical, social and economic needs.
  • Apply professional skills of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering , combined with an understanding of systems and components, to solve technically challenging problems.
  • Debate, defend and contextualise information in a succinct and technically accurate manner for audiences of engineers and members of the public, and to write and interpret technical documentation.
  • Proficiently manage themselves, teams and complex projects in preparation for technical careers as leaders in applied engineering.
  • Explain and reflect on the role of the engineer in society and in company structure, and on the nature of their own learning style, based on personal experience in a commercial company or academic research institution.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2019 entry. They will be updated with fees for 2020 as soon as they are available. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £21,330

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We're still confirming opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21. More information will be available in the autumn.

Funding 2019/20

Here are some opportunities for students joining us this September. Similar opportunities will be available next year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our courses are highly intensive. Your timetabled activities each week will include:

  • Lectures
  • Practical work
  • Group project work
  • Workshops
  • Computer laboratories
  • Supervisions


Throughout your degree, you'll work together with other students to create usable devices. This extensive project work is a key component of your degree and will give you the opportunity to not only develop a solid knowledge of engineering design and construction principles, but also key project management, teamwork and leadership skills that are indispensable to employers.

In your final year, you'll complete a major individual project supervised by an academic member of staff. 

Independent study

You'll also be expected to spend time studying independently. As you progress through your course you'll take on more independent study, guiding your own learning and developing your project management skills. 

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1,200 hours a year learning.


We have a range of facilities available including laboratory space, recording studios, digital media suite and computing classrooms. 

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Electronic Engineering, on Campus West.

Most of your contact hours will be in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with some additional teaching on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assignments will be designed not just to test your knowledge, but also to challenge you to creatively apply what you've learned. We use a variety of assessment styles, including a practical portfolio. You'll encounter all of them during your course, but the exact balance will depend on the modules you choose:

  • Closed-book exams
  • Short technical reports
  • Electronic portfolios, including programming exercises, video reports or blogs
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Major technical reports

You'll receive written feedback on work you hand in to help you understand your grade and develop your skills. For your individual project you'll produce a written report, have a viva (a presentation and question/answer session) and also show your project on our demo day, which our external advisory board attend.

Entry requirements

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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Careers and skills

We have the highest proportion of graduates finding employment within one year of finishing their studies in the UK (UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017). Our students enter a wide range of careers.

We design our courses with your future in mind. Throughout your time with us, you'll build a range of transferable skills that are valuable to a wide variety of employers.

Career opportunities

  • Avionic systems engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Digital consultancy
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications design
  • Broadcast engineering
  • Automotive safety
  • Visual effects

Transferable skills

  • Time management
  • Teamworking
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • System analysis
  • Problem solving through design

Next steps

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Admissions Tutor - Dr Jude Brereton

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