A degree in Mechanical Engineering is the basis for a professional career in a broad range of industry sectors.
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 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 Institute 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. Lecturebased 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
316 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
Ranked 15th (Aerospace) in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017 and General Engineering is ranked 5th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
90% of our graduates are in work/study six months after graduation (Unistats 2016)
Why this subject?
Choose a degree that prepares you to be a modern engineer for the future
At Liverpool, your learning environment reflects your future working environment. Our emphasis is on active learning, supported by traditional lectures and tutorials. You will benefit from research-led teaching, conducted in collaboration with industry, Government, research laboratories and academics around the world. We have received many accolades from the engineering industry who regard our graduates as among the most employable in the world – the highest validation of our approach.
Benefit from learning in outstanding facilities
We are a Centre of Excellence for engineering research and have a highly respected reputation for world leading experimental facilities. Our £32 million redevelopment includes the award-winning Active Learning Laboratory. This is one of the largest and best-equipped laboratories in Europe and is at the heart of undergraduate learning. The state-of-the-art facilities that you will benefit from include two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique within the academic world), manufacturing robotics, wind turbines, a water flume, additive manufacturing machines and many more.
Put your learning into practice through a year in industry
There is nothing like spending a year working in industry as part of your degree for consolidating your knowledge and giving you a head start in the job market after you graduate. A year in industry can be taken in all our programmes.
Shape our flexible programmes around you
Our programmes provide opportunities for specialisation in one discipline or 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).