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 and 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, or pending accreditation, 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 and 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, teambased ‘design-build-test’ projects, site visits and other activities.
In Years Three and Four 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.
The most important element of the MEng programme is the two-year Capstone project: a team project in which students design, build and race a single seat race car, a high speed bicycle or an underwater remotely operated vehicle; or in which students work with our industrial partners, alongside professional engineers, as they develop solutions to real industrial problems. These projects are designed to transform student engineers into fledgling professionals. They are rewarding for the students, are valued by industry and have been commended by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Work placement/Year in industry
Students are encouraged to gain relevant work experience to enhance their employability by applying for a summer internship or a year placement with an approved company/organisation. The School of Engineering MEng and BEng with a year in industry programmes are available to all* students. Whilst the School of Engineering and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and competition to be accepted into one can be significant. They therefore cannot be guaranteed. Students who fail to secure a suitable placement offer will transfer back to the standard version of the programme without a year in industry.
*Overseas students are applicable, though restrictions may apply.
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) and 100% of Mechanical Engineering MEng students employed after graduation (unistats.co.uk 2018).
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 tunnels 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 of our BEng/MEng degree programmes are accredited, or preparing for accreditation, by at least one professional engineering institution, providing you with a solid foundation for your career. An MEng degree in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering from Liverpool, satisfies all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We have excellent links with the professional engineering institutions and benefit from their support.
Our plans for teaching 2021/22
Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.