I would like to welcome all new students to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Well done on your recent exam achievements; approximately one in ten applicants to Mechanical Engineering at Bath join our engineering degree, so you’ve done really well at this stage of your career. I wish you continued academic success during your time with us.

Your first few weeks at the University are an important time, both academically and socially, and we have a busy induction programme planned for you. It is really important to attend the Department induction events as you will be given important information to help you during your first semester, and you will meet key people in the Department.

Before you arrive

We do not expect you to buy any textbooks but, if you are planning some reading over the summer, I would suggest you try An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, Parts 1 and 2, by M. Clifford, published by Hodder Education, as it is relevant to all first year units. However, this is not compulsory and we assume that new students have no knowledge of this engineering content.

A full Year 1 and Year 2 reading list is also available.

During your first semester, you will study engineering design and you will need some equipment for this part of the course.

You will receive an email to confirm that you are able to register online at the beginning of September. Once you have registered, please check your University of Bath email account for updates and information. You can do this through the Outlook Web App. You can also follow Mechanical Engineering at Bath on Facebook.

The Department has a site licence for all the academic software that you will need as part of your degree, but if you wish to buy a new laptop or computer before joining us, advice on the specification is listed below but also available from our Moodle virtual learning environment Mechanical Engineering Courses Homepage. You will be able to access Moodle once you have registered.

Which laptop to buy

  • Intel laptop i5 or i7
  • minimum Windows 10 64 bit
  • minimum 8 gigs of RAM preferably 16Gb
  • hard drive minimum 500 Gigabyte preferably SSD
  • a graphics dedicated card to run Inventor and Fusion 360
  • Parallels or Bootcamp for Mac and a dedicated graphics card

We look forward to meeting you in September.

Dr Mike Wilson,
Director of Undergraduate Studies