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Mechanical Engineering degrees in the UK

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Swansea University United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hon)

University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng

Lancaster University United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

University of Greenwich United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering with Management BEng, MEng

University of Manchester United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

University of Brighton United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering (with a Year Abroad) BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons)

University of Leicester United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering (BEng) BEng

University of Warwick United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons), MEng

Robert Gordon University United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng, MEng

University of Chichester United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons), MEng (Hons)

The University of Bradford United Kingdom

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Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)

Bournemouth University (BU) United Kingdom

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BEng/BEng (Hons) Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering BEng, BEng (Hons)

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) United Kingdom

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Study a Mechanical Engineering degree in the UK in 2024

Combining principles of engineering, physics and materials science, mechanical engineering is a broad discipline. As a mechanical engineer, you can expect to be involved in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. These systems can range from vehicles, industrial machinery to robotics.

During an undergraduate degree, you will be given a foundation of knowledge in mechanical engineering, with many opportunities to develop your understanding. You will study modules such as thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics and electronics. You may also be required to work with computer aided design (CAD) systems, as well as familiarising yourself with project development and management.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical projects. You may also be able to participate in a work industry placement, as well as group project work.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation may help you to decide which sector you would like to work within. Common specialisations include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bio-engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Project Management

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or participate in a major project in your final year, this will give you a chance to further explore a favoured area of mechanical engineering.

The accreditation awarded at the end of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as your specific course. Different countries sometimes have their own accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), or a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).

To work as a mechanical engineer, you will need to become accredited. Some degree courses in the UK are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on behalf of the Engineering Council. By studying for a degree that is already accredited, you will get a headstart on becoming a chartered engineer.

Typically, an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering will take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your undergraduate degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could come in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

As well as working directly within mechanical engineering, the wide range of transferable skills will mean that there are many career opportunities available to you. You will have skills in problem solving, computer literacy and project management. The most popular sectors for mechanical engineering graduates are aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, power generation and oil engineering.

During an undergraduate degree, you will be given a foundation knowledge in mechanical engineering, with many opportunities to develop your understanding. You will study modules such as thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics and electronics. You may also be required to work with computer aided design (CAD) systems, as well as familiarising yourself with project development and management.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical projects. You may also be able to participate in a work industry placement, as well as group project work.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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