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The University of Southampton

Mechanical Engineering

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Surface Engineering
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Antifouling Systems
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Towing Tank
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Rapid prototyping
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Solar energy
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Formula Student
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Hip Simulator
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Sustainable energy
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Wind Tunnel
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Amphibian Tricycle

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the innovative application of engineering sciences that underpin existing and emerging technologies of all mechanical devices, machines and systems.

A Mechanical Engineer is skilled in the application of a knowledge based on mathematics, science, design, materials and manufacturing, integrated with business and management to develop sustainable and environmentally compatible technological solutions that provide the infrastructure, goods and services needed by society. It is about solving problems: about designing processes and making products to improve the quality of human life. From solar cells to robots, engines to artificial hips, reliable materials to airplanes - engineers design and manufacture a huge variety of objects that can make a real difference to both individuals and society.

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southampton is a broad programme including BEng and MEng Mechanical Engineering as well as postgraduate courses in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science, which incorporates all the classical aspects of Mechanical Engineering and expands to incorporate many Interdisciplinary subjects. We are a leading international centre for research and teaching in Mechanical Engineering: we are consistently ranked amongst the top of British universities in this domain, and our scientists, engineers and their research rank amongst the most influential in the world.

Mechanical Engineering research in the University of Southampton is carried out in a range of research groups and centres. The work covers many topics, from solar cells to robots, engines to artificial hips, nanomechanics to design of airplanes, energy generation to tribology, computational engineering to batteries.

Details of the research is provided on the pages of our research groups and research centres:

Consultancy is provided primarily through the Research Institute for Industry. RIfI is a cutting edge consultancy and applied research organisation able to support and collaborate with industry in the specialist fields of mechanical engineering.

Our world-class facilities provide the foundations for our research, education and enterprise activities and are key to the success of mechanical engineering at Southampton. There are over 50 specialist teaching and research laboratories and testing facilities dedicated to mechanical engineering and related engineering sciences across the University, and primarily in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. Working at the cutting edge, we continuously invest in our facilities to ensure that our researchers, staff and students have access to the equipment that will to allow them to develop and test their best ideas.

Our key facilities include:

 Other facilities include:

  • six design studios containing specialist equipment, including computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM)
  • bioengineering laboratory (cell culture, tissue characterisation, microscopy and fabrication of lab-on-chip devices)
  • Engineering Development and Manufacturing Centre (EDMC), which provides a professional engineering design service for staff (as well as students and industry)
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