Postgraduate study

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.

Taught programmes

  • 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.


    Programme details South West Nuclear Hub

  • 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.


    Programme details

  • MSc Robotics

    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


    Programme details Supplementary details

Research programmes

  • 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 details

Doctoral training

  • 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.


    Programme details Farscope website

  • 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.


    Programme details ACCIS website

  • 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.


    Programme details BCFN website

  • 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.


    Application details

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