Engineering Mathematics

With a unique blend of advanced mathematics and real-world problem solving, you will combine mathematical theory, practical engineering and scientific computing to address today’s technological challenges.

Career-ready skills

We focus on technical and transferable skills which are highly valued by top companies such as Airbus, Goldman Sachs and Red Bull Racing.

Subject leaders

The University of Bristol is ranked number 1 in the UK for general engineering (Guardian University Guide 2021).

Solve real-world problems

Recent final-year projects have used engineering maths to detect ocean pollution, design nanoparticles that target cancerous cells, and suppress flutter in aerofoils.

Engineering Mathematics at Bristol

Our degrees are mathematics courses based in an engineering faculty - the only courses of their kind in the UK. You will gain access to our outstanding facilities and unrivalled opportunities to specialise.

Our lecturers are world-leading researchers, so our students have access to the latest developments and a wealth of industry contacts.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, including an industrial mentor – an experienced engineer working in the field.

I really enjoy the course – it combines programming, mathematics and physics. I feel I have so many opportunities at Bristol and so much support to achieve my goals.

Laura, MEng Engineering Mathematics with Study Abroad

Career prospects

Our graduates have highly marketable technical and transferable skills. Our many connections with industry, through collaborative research and consultancy, mean that our courses remain extremely attractive professionally and we are well placed to recommend the best graduate employers.

Recent graduate career paths include:

  • renewable energy systems engineer
  • working at the cutting edge of robotics
  • running a financial technology company
  • project engineer at healthcare startup.

Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), providing our graduates with all the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer or Chartered Mathematician.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

In the first two years you will study mathematical and data modelling, mathematics, engineering science, and scientific computing. These topics provide a background to underpin the advanced material that follows.

After your first two years you will have a wide choice of options from across engineering and mathematics to fit your interests, including:

  • artificial intelligence
  • robotics
  • nonlinear dynamics and chaos
  • mathematical physiology and medicine
  • uncertainty modelling
  • computational genomics
  • data science.

The mathematical and data modelling strand is unique – you work in small teams to solve technological challenges. By the third year the challenges are brought by external partners or industry.

Fourth year MEng students can consolidate modelling skills in an extensive individual project. Every project focuses on a genuine scientific, technological or industrial problem, many devised by students themselves. This showcase for your degree can often lead to papers in scientific and engineering journals, PhD research or work in industry.

Real-world experience

The MEng Engineering Mathematics with Study Abroad degree gives you the fantastic opportunity to spend your third year overseas at one of our partner universities. Visit Global Opportunities to find out more about where you can study abroad.

You could also kick-start your career by choosing the MEng Engineering Mathematics with a Year in Industry degree, designed to provide students with professional engagement in a structured and supervised environment to build upon knowledge and skills gained during their first two years of study in an industrial context.

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Engineering mathematics offers a unique blend of advanced mathematics and real-world problem solving. Our passion is using mathematics to solve problems arising from every branch of engineering and more widely across medicine, science and technology.

Our students solve problems ranging from creating algorithms that exploit trends in social media data, to analysing the behaviour of wind turbines, to designing assistance devices for the elderly. Each problem depends fundamentally on mathematics.

Our courses are flexible with strong mathematical content and a choice of options.

Why study Engineering Mathematics at Bristol?

Our engineering mathematics courses equip you with the mathematical modelling, computational and data analysis skills necessary to solve challenging, real-world problems faced by engineers and scientists.

You will learn the very latest techniques from enthusiastic staff and will be able to apply them in our experimental labs. Above all, we encourage you to think widely and freely and to develop your own intellectual curiosity.

You will also meet the increasing demand from industry for highly skilled graduates who can work across traditional discipline boundaries.  

The courses are accredited by the IET and IMA, providing our graduates with all the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer or Chartered Mathematician.

Engineering students at Bristol also benefit from a dedicated Industrial Liaison Office, which develops engineering-specific industrial links for students.

What kind of student would this course suit?

This course will suit you if you have strong mathematical skills and the ability to think freely. You should be keen to develop your intellectual curiosity and be eager to solve the real-world technical problems of today and the future.

How is this course taught and assessed?

We use a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, example classes, hands-on laboratory and problem-solving sessions, teamwork and tutorials.

You will develop important transferable skills, including how to work in teams, how to present your arguments clearly in written reports and how to communicate effectively in presentations.

Assessment is through a combination of written exams, coursework, laboratory exercises and oral presentations.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates have highly marketable technical and transferable skills. Our many connections with industry, through collaborative research and consultancy, mean that our courses remain extremely attractive professionally and we are well placed to recommend the best graduate employers. These include companies that recruit mathematicians as well as engineers, such as Airbus, Goldman Sachs and Red Bull Racing.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.

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