Mechanical Engineering is often associated with large machines such as motorcycles, Formula 1 cars or aircraft, but virtually all man-made products have mechanical features that are designed and developed by mechanical engineers. It is the broadest of the engineering professions as it is not linked to a specific industry. Its graduates have some of the most challenging, rewarding and diverse career opportunities of any discipline. These range from designing the latest vehicles and developing new sustainable forms of materials, through to the search for alternative energy sources and the exploitation of nanotechnology.
Mechanical Engineering Degree highlights
We put emphasis on hands on, project based learning, and invest heavily in our state-of-the-art facilities and flexible project spaces to support this activity.
- The School offers extensive opportunities to gain valuable overseas experience, either during the summer vacation or by taking a year out from the degree programme. We participate in the IAESTE and Erasmus student exchange programmes, which enable students to obtain work experience in companies and universities throughout the world. In recent years students have worked in countries such as Brazil, Finland, USA, France, Iceland, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan, South Africa and Portugal. The Study USA Initiative offers pre-final year students the possibility of working for a year at a college in the USA, providing an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with international business techniques. Our employability programme supports activities such as this, providing help and advice with preparation of CVs, interview skills and providing a point of contact for the duration of placements.
- BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
- The School has strong links with both local and international engineering employers, and has longstanding relationships with companies such as Bombardier, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren F1, Michelin and Rolls Royce. The curriculum is heavily informed by industry representatives who sit on an advisory board within the School.
- Students are offered an optional Engineering Leadership Programme and a range of Employability Development workshops.
- All of Mechanical Engineering degrees come with the option of a sandwich year in industry. You can spend up to 12 months getting hands on experience of a real engineering environment with a relevant company. Students have gained work placements with organisations such as Airbus UK, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines, Nacco Materials Handling Ltd, and Red Bull Technology Ltd. Students also have the opportunity to work or study outside the UK through programmes such as IAESTE, Erasmus, Study Abroad and Study USA. In recent years, students have undertaken placements in companies in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.
World Class Facilities
- The School has a wide range of experimental facilities to support aerodynamics, structures, materials and manufacturing teaching. It also operates a flight simulator and runs an annual flight laboratory course.
A degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions alike. Our graduates are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and the versatility of Mechanical Engineering graduates makes them well suited for a wide range of careers.
Graduates are greatly prized because of their high level of numeracy and analytical ability, their well-developed communication skills and their leadership potential. In contrast to other engineering disciplines they are more likely to progress to senior management roles and they can more easily exploit their skills in the wider commercial, financial or public sectors.
Further study is also an option - students can choose from a range of Master's programmes as well as apply to do a PhD from a comprehensive list of research topics; see the School website for further information.
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
Michael McKay: Flight Operations Director for ESA Mars and Lunar Missions, European Space Agency
Michael Ryan: Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast
Bob Bell: Technical Director of Mercedes GP.
Air Commodore David Case: Royal Air Force.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.