What students say about mechanical engineering
I have about 20 hours of teaching each week, mainly lectures, but also tutorials and laboratory experiments. My course covers mathematics, thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, mechanics, industrial skills, design, computer work (design and programming), experiments and statistics, among others. My mechanical engineering department has lots of laboratories, mainly engine labs. There is also the formula student lab and specific undergraduate laboratories such as beam bending or viscious fluids.2nd year, University of Birmingham
This engineering course is incredibly demanding with at least 30 hours' contact time with lecturers a week for the first two years, with the same workload of coursework and reading, if not more, than any other degree course. All the content is interesting and challenging with varied and balanced types of work to complete such as lab work, tutorials, essays, project reports, practicals and exams.3rd year, Newcastle University
The experience is fantastic - a lot of work, but very rewarding. Coursework consists mostly of lab reports, design projects and sometimes particularly difficult problems relevant to the content being lectured at the time. Lab reports can often be challenging, while design projects are more time consuming than difficult. The problem courseworks are by far the most difficult, but still take a fraction of the time of the design projects.2nd year, University of Nottingham
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
- Design technology
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Engineering professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Design engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Aeronautical engineer
Other real-life job examples
- Manager in manufacturing
- Investment advisor
- Quality control engineer
What employers like about this subject
A mechanical engineering degree will help you gain specific technical training, knowledge of environmental and safety issues and the ability to plan, prioritise and solve problems under pressure and to deadlines. You can also gain a number of useful transferable skills, like numeracy, problem-solving, team-working and the ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds. These skills are in demand from employers in the oil and gas industry, aerospace, car industry, electricity generators and suppliers, technical consultancy, defence and the Armed Forces.