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The School of Mechanical & Design Engineering

Find out more about the teaching and research activities taking place within our School of Mechanical and Design Engineering

The everyday tools you use – the phone in your pocket, the train on your morning commute, the car you drive – each relies on ambitious and innovative engineers. At the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, we're helping solve societal problems through creative and practical engineering solutions, combined with technical academic knowledge.

Our engineers make a positive difference locally and globally through their work and research – from using artificial intelligence to improve powered wheelchairs, to creating more efficient solar panels and lightweight manufacturing materials.

We have an open and welcoming culture, with experienced and supportive lecturers and experts, and a focus on practical skills and employability. We've got a proven track record of producing sought after graduates - 95% of our previous students are in work or further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE, 2017).


We run undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, product design, industrial design and innovation engineering.

Many of our courses are accredited by professional bodies allowing our students to progress to become Chartered or Incorporated Engineers. Through our close ties with local industries, national organisations and international businesses, our students get the chance to work in industry through placements and industrial projects. We have a £2,000 fund to support small businesses taking on our placement students.

We support our students to achieve their goals through weekly drop-in sessions with academic staff, support workshops, the Maths Cafe, the Manufacturing Club and student-led software classes. Many of our students also take part in the Formula Student Team where they build a car that's raced competitively against other universities.


Our partnerships with organisations around the world benefit from our teaching and research. Organisations we've working with include Cartier, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Queen Alexandra Hospital, Diamond Light Source, Glaxo Smith Klein, and the Lung Institute.


We're driven to make the world a better place through smarter thinking and design. Our leading experts and postgraduate researchers produce innovative, results-driven research to improve technology. Our REF 2014 results prove we're moving in the right direction - 61% of our research was rated as internationally excellent.

We take part in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research. We're part of a team working on a project called FLOWERS, funded by the European Regional Development fund to use plant fibres to produce more sustainable plastics that can be recycled.

We've also received funding from Innovate UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Interreg, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Our areas of expertise

Explore the work we're doing across our areas of expertise in Mechanical Engineering research.

Research groups

The School is also home to the following active research groups.

We're creating new materials to improve manufacturing and sustainability.

We're researching how to better understand the body through imaging and biomechanics.

We're collaborating with Carl Zeiss Ltd. to research the competence of biological structures, biomaterials, and bio-inspired engineering materials using advanced X-Ray microscopy.

Find out more

Explore the other Schools and Departments that make up our Faculty of Technology.

Contact us

To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2554

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