About the Department

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.

The Department consistently appears at or near the top of national surveys and league tables.

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