Why choose Bristol?

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a forward-thinking department with balanced strengths in teaching and research, inside an integrated Faculty which also includes the Departments of Aerospace EngineeringCivil EngineeringElectrical and Electronic EngineeringEngineering Mathematics and Computer Science.  Many of our staff are world-class experts in their area of research and are active in developing new methodologies and technologies in modern research laboratories. This helps us to provide students with relevant project assignments and up-to-date course material.

The courses in Mechanical Engineering at Bristol have a reputation for being fundamental. Staff are at the forefront of their research fields and this enables them to keep their teaching material right up to date. You will find the staff approachable and helpful and your personal tutor or supervisor is there to give pastoral support and guidance throughout your study so that you can reach your full potential. 

Our graduates are in high demand by industry and often promoted quickly to senior positions around the world. A degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol is ideal preparation for starting a career in industries such as the automotive, aerospace, building, process, medical and marine industries. Our graduates also find employment in other areas such as accountancy and the city.

The quality of the teaching in our Department is graded as 'Excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This places us in the top 10% of Mechanical Engineering Departments nationally for the standard of teaching. We are consistently ranked in the top five for Mechanical Engineering by The Times Good University Guide. The Department has one of the most active and extensive research profiles in the University and was ranked as one of the top six UK departments specialising in Mechanical and/or Aerospace Engineering in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).This reflects the Department's research-intensive ethos, in which high quality research and teaching delivered by leading researchers in the field forms a core part. The University of Bristol is clearly one of the leading centres of excellence for Mechanical Engineering in both the UK and internationally. The Department has also been ranked first in the latest National Student Survey for overall satisfaction (for the Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering subject area).

If you choose to study at Bristol, you will meet both staff and students from a wide variety of disciplines with a range of different backgrounds and interests. We have developed a range of undergraduate degree programmes designed with the needs of students and industry in mind. All programmes are of 4 years' duration, leading to the award of Master of Engineering (M.Eng), with the exception of the B.Eng programme which is completed after 3 years.

Your choice of course and university is an important decision and we hope the information on this site will answer any questions you may have about Mechanical Engineering at Bristol and what it is like to study here. If we can be of any further help, please feel free to email eng-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is ranked sixth overall in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

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