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 love maths and physics and have a flair for design and creative thinking, this is the course for you.

Why Bristol?

  • We're currently top for Mechanical Engineering in the Guardian University Guide 2021 and consistently in the The Times Good University Guide top five.
  • We scored 93% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020).
  • 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), sharing diverse backgrounds and interests. 
  • The faculty's Industrial Liaison Office matches every student with an industrial mentor and assists with internships and year in industry placements.
  • Fantastic facilities - thanks to a recent £19 million investment. 
  • Our active and extensive research profile is pioneering new methodologies and tech.
  • Project work helps you put theory into practice - and it's fun, as this video demonstrates...


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 joint fourth in the UK for Research Quality in the Complete University Guide subject tables 2019.  This reflects the Department's research-intensive 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).

Design and Make Blog

One of the first year projects - design and build a vending machine. 

The numbers

95% of our MEng Mechanical Engineering students are in work or further study six months after graduation.  
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The Average Graduate Mechanical Engineer salary is more than £28,000.
Glassdoor.com, Sep 2020

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