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Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is vital to all aspects of our everyday lives and is everywhere you look. It involves the design, construction and operation of mechanical systems and has a central role in many professional industries.

Mechanical Engineering courses

Our three-year BEng Mechanical Engineering course provides a solid grounding in Mechanical Engineering. The four-year MEng Mechanical Engineering course allows you to specialise in one of ten themes.

BEng Mechanical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Acoustical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Advanced Materials

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Aerospace

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Automotive

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Computational Engineering and Design

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Engineering Management

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Mechatronics

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Naval Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering / Sustainable Energy Systems

MEng Mechanical Engineering (Malaysia Campus)

Foundation Year Engineering/Physics/Maths/Geophysics


Why study Mechanical Engineering at Southampton?

Southampton is one of the top UK universities for Mechanical Engineering, ranked in the top ten by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. Our courses are taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their fields, as a student here you will benefit from learning about new developments as they are discovered.

We understand that a Mechanical Engineer must be practical and entrepreneurial so we will give you the confidence and ability to apply fundamental knowledge to solve real engineering challenges. Our core technical syllabus is blended with ongoing design projects including the design and build of a fully functioning 3D printer in your second year. A group of fourth-year students recently designed and built a miniature locomotive and competed in the IMechE Railway Challenge against industry and other universities. Find out about more of our students' design projects on the Design Show blog.

Our students have been involved in a number of prestigious projects, from designing underwater unmanned vehicles to working on a steam-powered racing car to set a new world record.

You are able to take the Industrial Placement Year, which is an additional year-long module that allows you to apply for a placement with an engineering-based organisation. The successful placement will be recognised on your Degree Certificate.

As one of the top 1% of universities worldwide, we invest in our facilities to create a dynamic learning environment. You will enjoy access to our new design studios and workshops and our new Boldrewood Innovation Campus.

Our Mechanical Engineering courses provide you with a route to chartered status and all our courses are fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Study abroad

As a Mechanical Engineering student you can opt to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Sweden, France and the USA.

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What are my career options?

As a Mechanical Engineer you will apply the principles of force, motion, energy and materials to design products that are reliable, safe and cost-effective. Regardless of your chosen career path, the creative and analytical skills that you will develop could launch your career in business, design, consulting and management.

At Southampton, we have a dedicated Employability Officer for Mechanical Engineering to help guide your career path and can advise on industry placements. Our graduates can now be found working with the British Army, Siemens and European Space Agency.

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“From an early age, I loved to design and build. In a way I think I was bound to study engineering, there is no path I would rather be on.”

Henry Barnard - Mechanical Engineering, second year

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