Department of Mechanical Engineering

Number 1 in the UK

The National Student Survey 2014 has ranked us best in the UK for student satisfaction.

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Student projects

Individual and group project work is key to all our undergraduate programmes.

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Film: placement experience

Hear from Mechanical Engineering student Alex Boudier about her time on placement.

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10th in the UK for research

REF 2014 rates our research as world-leading and internationally excellent.

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PhD opportunities

Our Gas Turbine Research Unit (GTRU) has exciting research opportunities for up to four fully-funded PhD studentships to start in Summer/Autumn 2015. Find out more.



Summer/Autumn 2015

About us


We are one of the UK's leading Mechanical Engineering departments with a reputation for outstanding teaching, innovative research and strong links with industry.

Key facts

  • Number 1 for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • Top 3 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • Top 3 for satisfaction with teaching (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 89% of our research is graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Our research

Our research activities cover the following broad areas:

  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Machine Systems
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Materials and Thermo-Fluids

Accredited programmes


Our MEng programmes are accredited by the Engineering Council and Professional Engineering Institutions, providing a secure route to gaining Chartered Engineer status.