Why Study Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering at The University of Edinburgh is of a medium-size with a strong emphasis on both teaching and research. We provide a friendly environment for learning, with guidance and pastoral care being offered throughout the course.

The Mechanical Engineering laboratories and workshops are equipped with all the facilities required to back up taught lecture material. Students also use advanced design software packages that are commonly used in industry. There is an emphasis on experimental work throughout all the degree programmes, with team work and problem solving used from 1st year onwards.

Our curriculum is structured to help students develop the skills necessary to become professional engineers, though a combination of lecture modules, laboratory work, design exercises, group and individual projects. We aim to teach the scientific principles underpinning mechanical engineering and to show how these principles can be applied to design solutions to real engineering problems. Practical skills are taught in a programme of laboratory and workshop sessions.

All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

Student Profile

Alex, MEng Mechanical Engineering student

"After doing well at school, I had many options to consider in terms of choosing the right university for me. I came to Edinburgh primarily because of the great reputation that the engineering department at the University of Edinburgh has. In addition to this, the city itself really appealed to me. I had visited it before I moved because my sister was already studying here. I found the city to be extremely continental in nature, and more like a large town than a metropolitan capital city. After almost 5 years of living and studying in Edinburgh, I definitely think I made the right choice."

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

The skills you will gain whilst studying this degree are highly sought after in industry. Recent graduates have left for jobs with companies across a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and renewable energy. Many others choose to further their studies by proceeding to postgraduate level studying on PhD and MSc courses.

Our graduates have not only found employment in industries associated with engineering. A number have moved into areas such as management consulting, where a background in management, along with numeracy and problem-solving skills is highly valued.

Some of the companies our recent graduates have gone on to work in include: BMW, British Gas, Exxon-Mobil, JP Morgan, NPower and Unilever.

Four-cylinder combusion engine
Four-cylinder combustion engine
GE J85-17A Turbojet Engine
GE J85-17A Turbojet Engine
Tensile testing of a fibre-reinforced composite coupon
Tensile testing of a fibre-reinforced composite coupon