Mechanical Engineering with Robotics (with an industrial placement year) BEng (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
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UCAS code:
H3F2
Start date:
September 2024
  • 87.9% of our research outputs in Engineering were assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021) 

On this course, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • develop specialised expertise in the field of robotics
  • gain skills in mechanical engineering.

This combination will make you highly employable in various industries – from designing and developing robots, to working on autonomous vehicles, automation, mechatronics, automotive, aerospace and renewable energy projects. You’ll also have the chance to apply for a placement to get work experience in industry, while still being supported by the Department at Sussex.

Our teaching is based on our cutting-edge research in robotics, dynamics and control, sensors and flexible electronics. You’ll study in our state-of-the-art laboratories. There’s a new environment for:

  • constructing robots
  • programming embedded systems to control robots
  • using cutting-edge computer design and modelling facilities.

You’ll have access to our flexible manufacturing system, industrial robotic manipulator, humanoid robots, a fleet of drones and autonomous vehicles. 

To ensure your success at Sussex, you’ll be supported by a dedicated academic adviser throughout your time with us. You’ll also benefit from a team of student mentors who are here to assist you on your academic journey. When you graduate, you’ll have the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to start your career.

 

Accreditation

Our courses are accredited to include the 2023 intake. We are currently in the process of securing re-accreditation for the 2024 intake onwards, according to the rules of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, which require periodic re-accreditation.

    To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. This can be a fantastic opportunity to gain real-life insight into industry as well as skills valued by employers. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:

    • find an employer
    • draft an application
    • prepare for interviews.

    Don’t worry if you’re not successful, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

    We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

    MEng or BEng?

    We also offer this course as a three-year BEng without the industrial placement year, as a four-year MEng, or as a five-year MEng with an industrial placement yearFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

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    Entry requirements

    A-level

    Typical offer

    ABB-BBB

    Contextual offerView contextual offer

    Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

    Subjects

    A-levels must include Mathematics, with at least grade B.

    GCSEs

    You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects. 

    Extended Project Qualification

    We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

    Other UK qualifications

    Access to HE Diploma

    Typical offer

    Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 24-21 credits at Distinction

    Subjects

    You will normally need A-level Mathematics, grade B, in addition to the Access to HE Diploma.

    Additional requirements

    All Access applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis. 

    Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects (including A-level mixes)

    Typical offer

    M1 M2 M2

    If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have grade A at A-level and, M2 and M2 in two Pre-Us. 

    If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades AB at A-level and M2 in Pre-U.

    Subjects

    You must have either Mathematics at A-level grade B or Cambridge Pre-U Principal subject with at least an M2.

    GCSEs

    You should have a broad range of GCSEs  grades 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

    International Baccalaureate

    Typical offer

    30 -32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

    Subjects

    Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5.

    For entry, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

    Typical offer

    Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Distinction in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

     

    Contextual offerView contextual offer

    Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

    Subjects

    A-level must be Mathematics. 

    GCSEs

    You should have a broad range of GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

    Typical offer

    Grades BB in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

    Contextual offerView contextual offer

    Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

    Subjects

    A-levels must include Mathematics at grade B.

    GCSEs

     You should have a broad range of GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

    Typical offer

    DDD-DDM

    Contextual offerView contextual offer

    Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

    Subjects

    The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma should be in Engineering and must include a Distinction in Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems or if taking the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering you must gain a Distinction in the Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.

    GCSEs

    GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 5 is essential (or grade B).

    You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C ), including good grades in relevant subjects.

    Scottish Highers

    Typical offer

    AABBB-ABBBB  

     

    Subjects

    Highers must include Mathematics, grade A. You should normally have an Advanced Higher in Mathematics (grade B).

    Additional requirements

    If you are taking Scottish Advanced Highers we would normally ask for BBB.

    Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

    Typical offer

    ABB-BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

    Subjects

    A-levels must include Mathematics, grade B.

    GCSEs

    You should have a broad range of GCSEs A*-C (9-4), including good grades in relevant subjects.

    International Baccalaureate

    Typical offer

    30 -32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

    Subjects

    Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5.

    For entry, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

    European Baccalaureate

    Typical offer

    Overall result of at least 75% to 77%.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

    Other international qualifications

    Australia

    Typical offer

    Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and between 88% to 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER,  or a Queensland OP of 4 to 5 or better.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Austria

    Typical offer

    Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of between 2.0 to 2.2 or better for first-year entry.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Belgium

    Typical offer

    Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average of 65% or more. 

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Bulgaria

    Typical offer

    Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Canada

    Typical offer

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70%-75% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses.

    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AABBB-BBBBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

    We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    China

    Typical offer

    If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

    We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

    The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

    Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Croatia

    Typical offer

    Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of between 4 and 4.2

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Cyprus

    Typical offer

    Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of between 18/20 and 18.5/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

     

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Czech Republic

    Typical offer

    Maturita with a good overall average.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Denmark

    Typical offer

    Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Finland

    Typical offer

    Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result between MMMM - EMMM

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    France

    Typical offer

    French Baccalauréat with overall final result between 12/20 and 13/20.

    Additional requirements

    You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalauréat with a final result of at least 12/20 in Mathematics.

    Germany

    Typical offer

    German Abitur with an overall result of 2.0 to 2.2 or better.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 12/15).

    Greece

    Typical offer

    Apolytirion with an overall average of between 18 and 18.5 will be considered for first-year entry.

    You must also have either Apolytirion pathway in Mathematics with a score of 19 or the Pan Hellenic in Mathematics with an overall score of 17.

    Additional requirements

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Hong Kong

    Typical offer

    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 to 4, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives.

    Additional requirements

    You must have some advanced/higher level ability in Mathematics, and will need to complete both the Compulsory and Extended Mathematics components.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Hungary

    Typical offer

    Erettsegi/Matura with a good averageof at least 55544.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    India

    Typical offer

    Standard XII results

    75% - 80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)
    80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
    80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Iran

    Typical offer

    Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

    Subject-specific knowledge

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Please note

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Ireland

    Typical offer

    Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H2,H2,H3,H3 to H2,H2,H2,H3,H3.

    Additional requirements

    Highers must include Mathematics, grade H1.

    Israel

    Typical offer

    For first year entry at least 80% (or 8/10) in at least 6 subjects, including one 5 unit subject, in one sitting of the Bagrut.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics to a high level is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Italy

    Typical offer

    Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of between 78/100 and 81/100.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Japan

    Typical offer

    Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

    Subject-specific knowledge

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Please note

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Latvia

    Typical offer

    Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Lithuania

    Typical offer

    Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Luxembourg

    Typical offer

    Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with between 43-46 points overall.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Malaysia

    Typical offer

    Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  ABB-BBB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.0 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Netherlands

    Typical offer

    Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.



    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Nigeria

    Typical offer

    You are expected to have one of the following:

    • Higher National Diploma
    • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
    • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
    • Advanced Diploma

    You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.


    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Norway

    Typical offer

    Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Pakistan

    Typical offer

    You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

    You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Poland

    Typical offer

    Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects including Mathematics in the 75th percentile.

     

    Additional requirements

    Please note: Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Portugal

    Typical offer

    Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark between 16/20 and 17/20.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.


    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Romania

    Typical offer

    Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average between 8.0 and 8.5 including a score of 8 in Mathematics.

    Additional requirements

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Russia

    Typical offer

    Applicants who have good grades in the Attestat o Srednem Obrazovami (Certificate of Secondary Education) and who have successfully completed the first year of a Russian University degree, with a minimum GPA of 4.0, will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses.

    Subject-specific knowledge

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Please note

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Singapore

    Typical offer

    A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Slovakia

    Typical offer

    Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita) with an average grade above 2.0 from 4 subjects including Mathematics.

    Additional requirements

    Please note: Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Slovenia

    Typical offer

    Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.


    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    South Africa

    Typical offer

    National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Spain

    Typical offer

    Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result between 7.5 and 8.0.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.

    Sri Lanka

    Typical offer

    Sri Lankan A-levels

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Sweden

    Typical offer

    Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include B grades in the majority of subjects and to include grade B in Mathematics.

     

    Additional requirements

    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

    Switzerland

    Typical offer

    Federal Maturity Certificate.

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    Turkey

    Typical offer

    We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

    Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    USA

    Typical offer

    We look at your full profile considering everything you are studying, including the High School Graduation Diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades and AP tests. We expect to see a combination of these qualifications.

    Alongside your High School Graduation Diploma, we would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores with either, a combined SAT test score (evidence-based reading and writing and mathematics) of 1300, or a combined ACT score of 26

    AP and SAT Subject tests

    Please check the individual course pages for our typical A-level offer and see below for the corresponding scores we would require from AP test scores:

    A Level requirements

    AP test grades

    AAA

    555

    AAB

    554

    ABB

    544

    BBB

    444

     

    We will also accept a combination of any 3 AP tests and SAT subject test where a score of 600 in an SAT subject test can be substituted for an AP test in the above table

    If you are applying for a degree with an A level subject requirement in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology will normally need to hold an AP test in that subject.

    College level credits

    We also accept college level 3-credit courses in academic subjects as the equivalent of a UK A Level on a case by case basis.  These can be combined with AP tests and or SAT subject tests

    Associate degrees

    An Associate degree with a GPA of 3.0 will meet our entry requirements for year 1.

    Foundation Year entry

    Students who have a High School Diploma and SAT or ACT tests only would be eligible to apply for our Foundation Year

     

     

    Additional requirements

    Evidence of existing academic ability at a high level in Mathematics is essential.
    Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis

    My country is not listed

    If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

    English language requirements

    IELTS (Academic)

    6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component

    Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

    Find out more about IELTS

    IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course.

    We accept IELTS One Skills Retake.

    We do not accept IELTS Online.

    Other English language requirements

    Proficiency tests

    Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

    169 overall, including at least 162 in each skill

    Check your Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) qualification meets all of our language requirements

    Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

    We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

    You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

    169 overall, including at least 162 in each skill

    Check your Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) qualification meets all of our language requirements

    Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

    We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

    You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

    Standard – LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 with a minimum of 36 in each component.

    LanguageCert International ESOL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course.

    We only accept LanguageCert when taken at SELT Test Centres. We do not accept the online version.

    Pearson (PTE Academic)

    59 overall, including at least 59 in all four skills.

    Check your Pearson (PTE Academic) qualification meets all of our language requirements

    Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

    Please refer to our English language requirements above, and as listed for each of our undergraduate courses, to find the appropriate English level for the course you are applying for.

    PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course.

    We do not accept the PTE Academic Online test.

    TOEFL (iBT)

    80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

    Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

    Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

    TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course.

    We do not accept TOEFL (iBT) Home Edition.

    The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

    English language qualifications

    AS/A-level (GCE)

    Grade C or above in English Language.

    Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

    GCE O-level

    Grade C or above in English.

    Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

    Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

    GCSE or IGCSE

    Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

    Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

    Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

    If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

    If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

     Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

    Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

    The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

    Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

    Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

    International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

    English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

    Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

    Grades A – C in English

    Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

    If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

    If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

    The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

    West African Senior School Certificate

    Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

    Country exceptions

    Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

    If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

    You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

    Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

    List of exempt countries

    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada**
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United Kingdom
    • USA

    ** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

    Admissions information for applicants

    Transfers into Year 2

    Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

    If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

    For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

    Don’t meet our entry requirements?

    If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house Foundation Year course to prepare you for Year 1 of your chosen degree:

    If you don't have the required language skills for this course you could consider the International Study Centre. The ISC offers a range of foundation courses in combination with English language teaching.

    Modules

    This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

    Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    Global Design Challenge

    You join all first-year students in the School of Engineering and Informatics in a team-based, week-long activity, the Global Design Challenge. Each team designs a solution to a problem faced by a community in the developing world. You develop transferable skills, benefiting both your studies and your future employability.

    We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

    We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

    We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

    Industrial placement

    We offer you the chance to take an industrial placement year as part of your course. The industrial placement provides you with the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, in an area relevant to your course, and to receive a salary.

    Your time in industry develops your technical, team-working and transferable skills as you apply what you have learned in your studies to a business environment.

    A year in industry is a proven way to fast-track your career. Many students who undertake an industrial placement perform better academically on their return to their course and are more likely to secure employment as a direct result of their year in industry.

    Our careers team offers dedicated support to help you obtain a placement, including:

    • finding an employer
    • drafting an application
    • preparing for interviews
    • ongoing help throughout a placement.

    Don’t worry if you’re not successful in securing a placement, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

    Please note that if you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

    We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

    Societies and partnerships

    You’ll be welcomed into our active, student-run engineering societies, and benefit from our partnerships with:

    TEF 2023 silver

    Silver

    The student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.
    This rating was awarded in 2023, for four years.
    (Teaching Excellence Framework 2023)

    Find out more about our approach to teaching and supporting you to thrive

    Our staff

    Fees

    Home students:
    £9,250 per year
    Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
    £9,250 per year
    International students:
    £25,000 per year
    Placement:
    Find out about tuition fees for placements

    Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis. Find details on our tuition fees page.

    Additional costs

    Note about additional costs

    Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We’ll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out how to budget for student life.

    Placement

    This course offers you the opportunity to apply for a placement. Find out about placement fees at Tuition fees. You’ll need to pay for your own travel costs to and from your placement.

    Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

    Find out about our terms and conditions

    Scholarships

    Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

    • Chancellor's International Scholarships

      £5,000 per year of full time study

      Find out more

    • Climate Leaders Scholarship

      £3,000 cash per year of full time study.

      Scholarships recipients will be supported to develop a high level project plan and provided with mentoring support.

      Find out more

    • Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (Organ)

      £800 cash award. In addition, the selected recipient will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

      Find out more

    • Dr John Birch Music Scholarships

      £800 cash award. In addition, scholars will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

      Find out more

    • Sanctuary Scholarship
      • Full 'Overseas' tuition fee waiver 
      • £14,400 per year of undergraduate study (up to 4 years)
      • Sussexsport membership
      • Continuation of housing

      Find out more

    • Sports Scholarships Scheme

      Recipients of the scholarship can receive between £500-£1,250 per year as well as a range of other benefits.

      Find out more

    • Sussex Bursary

      £1,000 in your first year of study (either Year 1 or Foundation Year).

      £500 in subsequent years.

      Find out more

    Careers

    Gain the skills for a career in engineering, and benefit from our industry links with companies like Jaguar, IBM, Siemens and Thales. The technical, team-working and design skills you develop on this course mean you can go into graduate jobs in sectors including:

    • aerospace and energy
    • construction and manufacturing
    • automotive.

    You can also meet graduate employers at careers events. Recent sessions have included talks by IBM and Atkins, and advice on applying for graduate schemes.

     

    Working while you study

    Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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    Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Merit in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma.

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels - contextual offer

    Grades BC in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

    Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) - contextual offer

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