Mechanical Engineering deals with the design, construction, and use of machines, and every year thousands of international students choose to study at top mechanical engineering universities in the UK. It is the most popular branch of engineering, attracting twice as many applicants as other engineering subjects, and is widely regarded as a safe route toward well-paid employment.
UK universities provide state-of-the-art facilities, fantastic learning environments and world-class teaching which gives graduates the boost they need to start their careers.
Learn more about the best mechanical engineering schools in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2022) below and, if you need help applying for a place on a highly competitive engineering course, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK Albania today.
Best Mechanical Engineering Universities in the UK
The UK has some of the top mechanical engineering universities in the world which is why so many international students choose to study here. Find the most recent mechanical engineering rankings of schools in the UK below.
1. Imperial College London
One of the most renowned universities in the world, Imperial College London’s Mechanical Engineering department is ranked as the best in the UK by the Guardian and second by the Times University Guide. Imperial work continuously with industry to ensure that their courses – and the facilities, and equipment you will learn to use – remain relevant to the profession.
- Postgraduate course to consider: MEng Mechanical Engineering
2. University of Bath
The University of Bath Faculty of Engineering and Design has strong industry links and is widely acknowledged for its fantastic research programmes. The University offers MSc in Automotive Engineering, Engineering Design, Innovation and Technology Management, and Mechatronics and MEng courses in mechanical engineering give you advanced engineering knowledge complemented by practical and transferable skills.
- Postgraduate course to consider: Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering MEng (Hons)
3. University of Bristol
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol is a dynamic environment with around 2,500 undergraduate and 700 postgraduate students. All undergraduate Engineering courses now offer a year in industry as part of the degree and every undergraduate programme offers a year of study at a university abroad. Bristol consistently ranks in the world’s top 100 and the UK’s top 10 universities in league tables.
- Undergraduate course to consider: Mechanical Engineering, BEng
- Postgraduate course to consider: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, MEng
4. University College London
Engineering at University College London is taught across ten teaching departments and an excellent student staff ratio means plenty of focused learning opportunities across a range of BSc, BEng, MSc, MRes (and more) courses at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level.
- Undergraduate course to consider: Mechanical Engineering BEng
- Postgraduate course to consider: Mechanical Engineering MSc
5. Solent University
Home to a diverse student community studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Solent University in Southampton is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders.
Mechanical Engineering at Solent "focuses on applied engineering principles and places a strong emphasis on employability." An experienced team will help you grow across a varied range of modules including CAD and the Design Process, Mechanical Principles and Applied Mathematics.
- Undergraduate course to consider: Beng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Beng Engineering vs Meng Engineering
Beng Mechanical Engineering is a 3-4 year undergraduate course offered by universities in the UK, with state-of-the-art, modern facilities offering a rich learning experience. Students are introduced to subjects such as Engineering Mechanics, Applied Mechanics and Turbomachinery, whilst learning how to analyse, design and manufacture an enormous range of industrial products
Meng Mechanical Engineering is a 4-5 year postgraduate course that includes all the nuances taught at Beng Mechanical Engineering, with the added benefit of being a higher qualification.
Both courses have the option of adding an industrial placement year whilst studying and both offer fantastic career prospects for international students.