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Mechanical engineering

Undergraduate courses starting in 2024

Mechanical engineering combines mathematics and scientific analysis with creative thinking to design and manufacture machines, technologies and systems.

Many of the products, processes and technologies that make our world a better place rely on mechanical engineering. It plays an important role across a range of industries including aerospace, manufacturing, medicine, renewable energy and Formula 1. There is little in our daily lives that isn’t touched by innovations in these areas. From the cars we drive, to the mobile phones we use, even to the way our food is processed.

Mechanical engineers are not afraid to push boundaries. They bring together creativity and design with scientific knowledge to test the limits of what is possible. At Bath, we want to inspire and equip you to take on new challenges and advance mechanical engineering. We give you the tools to do this by complementing your engineering knowledge with practical and transferable skills such as design, business and management.

We have a solid reputation for research collaboration with industry and this feeds into our teaching. We regularly review our courses with input from industry to make sure that we give you a study experience informed by modern industrial practice.

When you graduate, you’ll have the technical leadership, initiative and interpersonal skills to pursue a professional career in engineering. You could be making your impact on the world by designing low-carbon vehicles, testing new materials, advancing biomedical science or developing the aircraft of the future.

Shape your degree experience

You have the flexibility to transfer to any of our five mechanical engineering courses and from an MEng to a BEng up until the end of your second year. This means you can take your degree in a direction that best suits your ambitions. By choosing to take a placement year, you’ll get to put your theory into practice and earn a wage while you work alongside professional engineers.

Read our blog post by Dr James Scobie on reasons why you should consider studying an MEng over a BEng degree.



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‘It’s not just about engines and turbines, you can go into materials science and look at biomechanics or go into the medical industry looking at prosthetics.’
Enyo Afenu MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with professional placement (Graduating year, 2021)