Mechanical Engineering

The required courses provide a thorough grounding in the essentials of mechanical engineering. Elective courses taken as part of one of the areas of emphasis allow for specialization.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Degree Duration

4 Years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Pathways Available

International Year One


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Degree Overview

The areas of emphasis currently offered are mechanical design, thermal-fluid systems, and robotics and controls. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program are expected to have, within a few years of graduation:

  • Established themselves as practicing professionals or engaged in graduate study in mechanical engineering or a related area.
  • Demonstrated an ability to be productive and responsible professionals.Acted as representatives of their profession in their communities.
  • The number of units required for graduation and the G.E. requirements are described in the Undergraduate Education section of this Bulletin. For information common to all engineering students, see Undergraduate Programs in Engineering above.
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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

Graduates with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering may immediately engage in the design, analysis, testing, production and maintenance of machines and mechanical systems.

The B.S. degree also prepares the student for a continuation of studies in a variety of fields. The student may continue studies at another institution to obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in some area of specialization in mechanical engineering or he/she may decide to obtain a Master's in Business Administration.

Your Pathways

The International Year One is the perfect pathway if you want a undergraduate degree from a UK, EU or US University but do not meet the requirements for direct entry.

The IY1 course provides an intensive combination of first year University subject modules with English language skills.

Following successful completion of the IY1 you will continue onto your second year degree study directly with the University of your choice.

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San Francisco State University

Founded in 1889, SF State offers world-class academics, a diverse campus and an incredible location for students.

With around 27,000 students from all over the globe, international students find SF State a truly welcoming community and diverse place to live in.

SF State has been included in the Top 20 colleges nationwide for best location. It was also rated one of the most diverse colleges in America, according to Wall Street Journal’s 2022 College Rankings.