Mechanical Engineering

Anyone with a passion for maths, physics, design and creative-thinking, who seeks to really make a difference in the world should consider studying mechanical engineering.

Mechanical engineers apply the laws of maths and physics to create everything from handheld consumer devices to wind farms. They are at the forefront of future technologies, with highly-valued skills, good job prospects and rewarding salaries.

The research in our department covers diverse topics, such as advanced materials for aero-engines, adaptive control systems theory, and energy studies in power stations. Our degrees offer you the opportunity to benefit from specialist teaching led by the latest developments in engineering practice and research in these exciting areas.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office (ILO). The ILO assigns every student an industrial mentor from an engineering company with whom you will meet several times over the course of your degree to find out more about engineering careers. The ILO also helps students to find internships with companies.

 

Why study Mechanical Engineering at Bristol?

Bristol's engineering heritage is world famous and the city continues to be an international leader in cutting-edge engineering. The University of Bristol is a leading centre of excellence for mechanical engineering in the UK and internationally.

In 2016 our department was ranked third among Russell Group universities for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey, demonstrating our commitment to students.

Mechanical engineering tuition at the University of Bristol is of the highest quality. The department is ranked fifth nationally in the subject for standards of teaching (Complete University Guide 2017) and we receive very positive feedback and satisfaction ratings from our students. 

We are recognised internationally for our research, and our undergraduate programmes are research-led, particularly in their later years. You will benefit from teaching influenced by the latest developments and expertise. We are a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest robotics lab in the UK.

Upon completion of our fully accredited courses, you will have already met part (studying BEng) or all (studying MEng) of the benchmark academic requirements for becoming an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

MechSoc is the official society for mechanical engineering and is run by our students, with the aim of encouraging social and professional development.

What kind of student would this course suit?

If you enjoy physics and mathematics and love designing and making things, mechanical engineering may be the course for you. Mechanical engineering allows you to continue to study these subjects in more depth and will show you how to apply them to real engineering problems. Our courses suit students who are excited by modern technology and intrigued by discovering how things work.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is taught by lectures, laboratories, design classes and project work.

In the first two years assessment is roughly 75 per cent examinations and 25 per cent coursework. Following this the weighting between examinations and coursework is approximately equal.

What are my career prospects?

A degree in mechanical engineering from Bristol acts as a gateway for any job requiring numeracy, clear thinking and commercial awareness.

Our graduates are in great demand, of those in employment six months after graduation, 95 per cent hold professional or managerial roles, with an average starting salary of £28,000.

A mechanical engineering degree from Bristol opens up potential careers in the automotive, aerospace, building, medical and marine industries. Graduate destinations have included Airbus, BAE Systems, E.ON, KPMG, MoD and Rolls-Royce.

Read more about what students of Mechanical Engineering go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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