A degree in Mechanical Engineering is the basis for a professional career in a broad range of industry sectors.
Mechanical Engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of the Engineering disciplines. It is sought by employers in almost all sectors of Engineering and beyond. Our graduates go on to work in fields such as medicine and healthcare, sustainable power generation, environmental technology, food production, sports science, aerospace, automotive, construction, nuclear, mechatronics & robotics, industrial product design, manufacturing, and project management. Engineering graduates are also in demand in sectors such as accountancy, management consulting, and logistics. More than any other discipline, a degree in Mechanical Engineering is preparation for an enormously wide range of careers.
Our professionally accredited degree programmes offer an exciting blend of learning experiences designed to ensure our students not only master the scientific fundamentals, but also develop the skills, attitudes and experience demanded by 21st-century engineering and society. Our ethos is to spend as much time outside the lecture theatre as possible. Our students spend a significant amount of their time working in teams to apply their learning in the solution of practical problems; or in the design, building and testing of new products processes and systems. This means our graduates are very well prepared for their careers ahead, and industry recognises them as highly employable.
All Mechanical Engineering programmes are accredited by our professional body, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and are a recognised qualification on the route to Chartered Engineer status.
Programme in detail
Years One and Two of our programmes are designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of engineering science in subjects such as Thermodynamics; Fluid mechanics; Solid mechanics; Dynamic systems; Materials; Electronics and mathematics. It is this scientific understanding that underpins the practice of all professional engineering. Students also learn about project management, computer programming, and engineering design. Lecture-based learning is complemented by a wide range of laboratory work, practical challenges, team-based ‘design-build-test’ projects, site visits and other activities.
In Year Three students move on to study advanced engineering science and undertake a 300-hour individual research project on a topic of their choice. They can also choose their engineering specialism by selecting one of five thematic streams: biomedical engineering, materials engineering, manufacturing, management, or simulation and analytics.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
267 Year One undergraduates in 2018
UK league tables
Ranked 14th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2019
97% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
Why this subject?
Choose a degree that prepares you to be a modern engineer for the future
You'll benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics.
Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities
Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory, two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind turbines and a water flume.
Shape our flexible programmes around you
Specialise in one discipline or develop a broad skill base across all engineering disciplines.
Gain professional accreditation
All our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. A MEng degree from Liverpool satisfies the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).