Why study Mechanical Engineering in Bristol?

Mechanical systems make all our machines work, from satellites to miniature cameras. Mechanical engineers design and implement practical solutions for products and processes, making the best use of new materials and technologies. If you like using science to solve real-world problems and have a flair for design and creative thinking, this is the course for you.

Projects to make a difference

Project work is at the heart of our courses, putting theory into practice.  This timelapse video of a first-year project build, shows the culmination of eight weeks' detailed design and planning. Read the blog or find out more about our undergraduate projects.

Why Bristol?

  • We're in the top 3 for Mechanical Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and consistently in the  top five of The Times Good University Guide.
  • Our students, staff and researchers come from countries across the world so you'll benefit from a rich cultural diversity. We're proud of our inclusive and welcoming learning environment. Respecting different ways of thinking and working is especially important in teamwork, a big part of our practice-based curriculum and a key employability factor. 
  • We're forward-thinking. Research-led teaching means courses are current and relevant.
  • We're an approachable and helpful bunch. Your personal tutor/supervisor will help you reach your full potential. 
  • As engineering becomes increasingly international, we offer study abroad options, adding real value to your degree.
  • Bristol's engineering heritage is world famous. We're a big part of the city's continuing technology revolution. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory, for example, is the largest robotics lab in the UK.
  • As part of an integrated Faculty, you'll meet staff and students from a wide variety of disciplines (Aerospace EngineeringCivil EngineeringElectrical and Electronic EngineeringEngineering Mathematics and Computer Science). 
  • The faculty's Industrial Liaison Office matches every student with an industrial mentor and assists with internships and industrial placements.
  • Fantastic facilities - thanks to a recent £22+ million investment. 
  • Our active and extensive research profile is pioneering new methodologies and tech.


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 traditional career paths such as aerospace, building, automotive and defence but skills in team working, report writing and creativity can also open doors in business, finance, law, the Civil Service and more. Graduate occupations include:-

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

The department encourages students to turn some of the amazing concepts, devices and artefacts they work on during their final-year projects into viable commercial propositions. A number of our mechanical engineering students go on to start their own businesses.

Research excellence

The Department has one of the most active and extensive research profiles in the University. We ranked  fourth in the UK for Research Intensity in the Complete University Guide subject tables 2022.  This reflects the Department's research ethos. Many of our staff are world-class experts in their area of research and are active in modern research laboratories. We cover diverse topics, such as advanced materials for aero-engines, adaptive control systems theory, and energy studies in power stations. 


Student life in Bristol

Why you'll fall in love with our city. 

Everyone is so supportive which means you'll make great friends. I am looking at going into Engineering and Technology Consulting. My degree has given me the expertise and transferable skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication. This has made me the well-rounded individual that top companies are looking for.

Rebecca Heald (MEng with study abroad)

Get ahead, get accreditation

Our courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Upon completion, you will have already met part (BEng) or all (MEng) of the benchmark academic requirements for becoming an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The numbers

95% of our MEng Mechanical Engineering students are in work or further study fifteen months after graduation.  
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The Average Graduate Mechanical Engineer salary is more than £28,000.
Glassdoor.com, Aug 2021

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