Mechanical Engineering graduate destinations

Engineering graduates are highly employable, with well developed skills in areas such as numeracy, team working, report writing and creativity. Bristol graduates are in demand, with the university's high academic standards and excellent teaching attracting many recruiters.

Data obtained from

  • Single honours Mechanical Engineering courses (BEng and MEng), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 64 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 83.1%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 66%
Part-time work 2%
Due to start work 0%
Full-time study 23%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 3%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 7%

Sector information

Of those who start work, a large number typically embark on an engineering career; the remainder enter a huge range of unrelated occupations that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, and the broad skills base of engineering graduates is appreciated. This can include working in high profile areas such as business, finance, law and the Civil Service, as well as areas which might seem more unrelated such as advertising, journalism and social work.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Manufacturing 12
Engineering 9
I.T. 3
Accounting and management consultancy 3
Other sectors (11 sectors) 14

Employers and occupations

Those entering engineering will find possibilities in a range of different functions, although the exact spread of opportunities will vary according to your degree subject. Functions include research and development, design, consultancy, production, contracting, and commercial work such as sales and marketing. Your career need not be confined by your original choice of function - indeed some mobility is built into many training schemes.

Examples of employers

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Atkins
  • BAE Systems
  • Dyson
  • Morgan Stanley

There are also opportunities to apply one's scientific training and knowledge in new ways such as patent work, health and safety, and technical writing. Engineering offers the chance to apply your personal values in a huge range of contexts, from defence to development.

Examples of occupations

  • Graduate Design Engineer
  • Technical Analyst
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer
  • Platform Development Engineer
  • Analyst

Further study

Anyone wishing to continue on to postgraduate study will find exciting opportunities at both Master's and PhD level, with funding more readily available than in most disciplines.

Higher degrees undertaken by 2016/17 graduates include Mechanical Engineering (PhD) and Robotics (DPhil).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 5
Postgraduate taught degree 4
Postgraduate certificate 0
First degree 3
Other certificate 1
Professional qualification 1
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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I wanted to use my engineering knowledge but not as a classic engineer. A good scientific degree is a prerequisite to train as a patent attorney as the job requires a broad knowledge of scientific concepts to analyse patentable inventions. I think Bristol is well regarded and several of my firm's partners are Bristol graduates.

Gregory, Patent Attorney, A. A. Thornton and Co. (MEng Mechanical Engineering, 2012)

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