Mechanical engineers design, develop, build and test objects and systems in motion. They are at the centre of things as they create technologies to meet human needs whilst ensuring that designs function safely, efficiently, and reliably.
Mechanical Engineering is one of the most popular branches of engineering to study in the UK. Every year thousands of Indian students apply to study at top UK mechanical engineering schools as they offer good employment prospects worldwide. Skilled mechanical engineers are in demand in the UK and are listed in the UK shortage occupation list 2021.
Learn about the top mechanical engineering schools in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021) and the courses they offer below and if you need help applying to a UK university, arrange your free consultation with SI-UK India today.
Top Five UK Universities for Mechanical Engineering Studies
1. University of Bristol
Ranked top in the UK for the subject, the University of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering offers forward-thinking, research-led teaching in an inclusive and welcoming learning environment. All undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Engineering offer a year in industry as part of the degree and every undergraduate programme offers a year of studying abroad. Bristol’s engineering heritage is world-famous and the University consistently features in the UK’s top 10 universities in all league tables.
2. Imperial College London
The world-leading Imperial College London’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is ranked second in the UK by the Guardian as it brings together internationally leading staff, exceptional students and cutting edge facilities. The University continuously works with industry to ensure that their courses remain relevant to the profession and the students benefit from the exceptionally high level of industrial collaboration and support offered within the Department.
- Course to consider: MEng Mechanical Engineering
3. University of Bath
A consistent top ten UK university, the University of Bath’s Faculty of Engineering and Design has strong industry links and is known for its outstanding research programmes. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath offers advanced knowledge along with practical and transferable skills as well as the chance to gain professional experience during your studies. Interesting programmes to study include MSc in Automotive Engineering, Engineering Design, Innovation and Technology Management, and Mechatronics.
- Course to consider: MEng Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
4. University of Leeds
One of the UK’s largest universities with a single campus location, the University of Leeds’s Faculty of Engineering has been a winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for services to engineering and technology. Leeds features in the top ten to study mechanical engineering in all major university league tables. The University’s School of Mechanical Engineering has over 1,500 students from 60 countries studying with them and its research quality is one of the best in the UK.
- Courses to consider: BEng Mechanical Engineering, MEng Mechanical Engineering
5. Loughborough University
Loughborough University offers exceptional teaching and state-of-the-art facilities in what is known as the UK’s largest single-site green campus. The University has an excellent track record of providing industry relevant experience and placements in the Faculty of Engineering. Students benefit from the professional accreditations that courses carry and are taught the latest technical and transferable skills specific to the mechanical engineering industry.
For more information on the best universities to study the different branches of engineering in the UK, see our Engineering Subject Guide.
Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineers are at the centre of technology and innovation and in demand as per the UK shortage occupation list and graduates are always needed in sectors such as the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, electronics, transport, energy and biotechnology industry.
Positions in which graduates are hired are aerospace engineer, automotive engineer, mechanical engineer, CAD technician, contracting civil engineer, control and instrumentation engineer, maintenance engineer and nuclear engineer.
Some of the famous UK companies that hire mechanical engineering graduates include Airbus, Ford, Network Rail, TFL, EDF, BP and Atkins.
Study Mechanical Engineering in the UK
Applications are still open at UK universities for September 2021 and January 2022 entry. If you are interested in studying Mechanical Engineering in the UK in September 2021, hurry and arrange your free consultation online or at one of the SI-UK offices near you today.
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