University Of Bristol Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering is one of six departments in the Faculty of Engineering.
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 percent 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, and have been ranked first in the latest National Student Survey for overall satisfaction (for the Mechanical, Production and Manufacturing Engineering subject area).
The Department is recognised by academic peers, by students and by their employers as one of the foremost centres of mechanical engineering education and research in the UK and internationally. 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 the automotive, aerospace, building, process, medical and marine industries, or other areas such as accountancy and the city. Many of our graduates go on to careers that make an important contribution to society in terms of wealth generation, safety and environmental sustainability.
Staff in the Department are at the forefront of their research fields and this enables them to keep their teaching material current. Our fully IMechE accredited degree provides a sound foundation for further study and many of our graduates go on to study for a higher degree.
We have one of the most active and extensive research profiles in the University, please visit the research pages for more information:
Our research quality was highly ranked in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The Department received an ‘Excellent’ rating in the Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) and consistently appears at or near the top of national surveys and league tables.
Courses and programmes
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is consistently ranked in the top five for Mechanical Engineering by The Times Good University Guide and is recognised by academic peers, by students and by their employers as one of the foremost centres of mechanical engineering education and research in the UK and internationally.
BEng in Mechanical Engineering (H305)
3 years full-timeYears one and two include lectures, problem-solving seminars, design and manufacturing project work, presentation skills, lab experiments and study visits to engineering companies. A large feature of the third year is a major individual research project.
MEng in Mechanical Engineering (H300)
4 years full-timeIn the first three years this course follows the same structure as the BEng in Mechanical Engineering. In the final year you can undertake specialised optional courses and a group project.
You can transfer between the BEng and MEng during your first two years, subject to performance. Transfer in the third year is at the discretion of the Faculty and subject to compliance with the University’s progression regulations
MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Study in Continental Europe (H301)
4 years full-timeThis course comprises years one, two and four of our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree (with some minor modifications to allow additional language tuition in years one and two), and a third year studying at a university in Europe.
MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Study Abroad (Entry by transfer from H300, H301 or H305)
4 years full-timeThis course comprises years one, two and four of our MEng Mechanical Engineering degree, and a third year studying abroad at an English-speaking university.
This study option is based on available overseas placements, places are limited and available on a competitive basis.
BEng Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (H361)
3 years full-timeYears one and two offer a grounding in mathematics, computing, analogue and digital electronics, dynamics and control, electrical energy technologies, and thermal management. In the third year you will choose from a range of units and engage in a significant individual design project.
MEng Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (H360)
4 years full-timeYears one and two follow the same structure as the BEng. In the third and fourth year you will choose from a range of units and engage in group design projects and an individual research project.
You can transfer between the BEng and MEng during your first two years, subject to performance.
MEng Engineering Design with Study in Industry (H150)
5 years full-timeThis unique course gives you the opportunity to study bespoke design units, to undertake industrial placements and to work on real-world design projects in partnership with industry
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was ranked as the very best out of all Russell Group Universities by the National Student Survey, a ranking that exemplifies the department’s continual commitment to its students. We are in the top five of mechanical engineering departments nationally for the standard of teaching, and we receive very positive feedback and satisfaction ratings from our students.
MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering
This MSc delivers a solid grounding in the science and engineering principles that underpin the global nuclear industry. Throughout the programme you will benefit from a connection, via the South West Nuclear Hub, to the University of Bristol’s UK-leading industrial research.
MSc Advanced Composites
This programme provides you with an in-depth theoretical understanding and practical knowledge of advanced composite materials. The programme is based in the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), one of the world’s leading centres in composite materials, which houses a number of state-of-the-art composites manufacturing facilities.
The MSc in Robotics will provide you with the ability to understand, design and implement modern robotic systems. This programme exposes you to a wide range of advanced engineering and computer science concepts
PhD Mechanical Engineering
Main research areas: dynamics and control, solid mechanics, engineering systems and design, ultrasonics and non-destructive testing, robotics, fluid and aerodynamics.
PhD Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Our four-year programme leads to the award of a joint PhD degree from both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.
PhD Advanced Composites
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science offers students with outstanding potential across engineering, science and mathematics the chance to participate in cohort-driven training in composite materials and structures technologies and undertake cutting-edge research.
PhD Functional Nanomaterials
Our four-year integrated PhD programme begins with a structured year of training, giving you all the foundational skills necessary for you to prosper in your PhD research.
EngD Non-Destructive Evaluation
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) provides opportunities for collaborative industry-university research in advanced sensor and imaging technology. The Centre is jointly sponsored by EPSRC and industrial partners, with students registered at the Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Strathclyde, Nottingham, Warwick and Imperial College London, where the Centre is managed.