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Best Mechanical Engineering Universities in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is one of the best countries in the world for studying engineering and technology. The EduZenith article below will give you a list of some of the best mechanical engineering universities in the United Kingdom (UK).
EduZenith Staff
Did You Know?
According to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the University of Bristol was ranked as one of the top six UK departments for specializations in mechanical engineering. Also, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory is considered to be at the forefront of the robotic revolution.

Mechanical engineering is a very important branch of technology, concerning the study and design of machines and manufacturing process. Studying mechanical engineering from a reputed university does enhance one's future prospects.
Every year, many surveys are carried out to collate a list of the best colleges in various disciplines - medicine, pharmacy, nursing, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, interior design, law, etc. These surveys are carried out state-wise, country-wise, and across the world too. As far as engineering is concerned, the United Kingdom has always prided itself on offering the best methods and quality of education. Read the following paragraphs to know about the top mechanical engineering universities in the United Kingdom.
Eligibility to Study Mechanical Engineering in the UK
  • If you are a resident of the United Kingdom, you need to have a relevant number of A-levels, out of which at least one must include science subjects like chemistry, computers, electronics, etc. This criterion varies from one university to the other.
  • If you follow the International Baccalaureate, you need to score a mandatory number of points, again varying within universities.
  • For MEng courses, you will need a minimum of AAA or higher, depending on the institution.
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma is acceptable in some universities as well.
  • Requirements vary for undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and research courses, according to your performance and the university.
Note: Requirements, fees, scholarships, etc., are subject to terms and conditions and vary according to institutions.

Top Eight Universities for Mechanical Engineering

University of Cambridge
  • It is the second-oldest university in Britain and was founded in 1209.
  • It is noted for its history and education style and has a great many student unions and societies.
  • Its engineering department contains undergraduate and graduate courses for all the branches of engineering including mechanical.
  • The undergraduate course lasts for 4 years, while the graduate course lasts for 1 to 3 years, depending on the specialization.
  • It also has research programs, like Ph.D, M.Phil, etc., with experienced faculty and excellent training modules.
Website: University of Cambridge

Imperial College, London
  • It has a distinguished methodology of teaching and research.
  • It has exclusive research themes, namely, thermofluids, applied mechanics, and material mechanics.
  • It has collaborations with the nation's leading technology sectors, which lends a state-of-the-art touch to the existing teaching methodologies and faculties.
Website: Imperial College, London

University of Oxford
  • It is believed to be one of the oldest universities in the world, and as per the latest statistics, houses more than 20,000 students.
  • It has a number of international affiliations, making it one of top educational institutions in the world.
  • Undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering are offered here (with honors).
  • The university also boasts of placement options and higher research programs.
Website: University of Oxford

Cranfield University
  • It provides extensive graduate and post-graduate courses that propel you towards lucrative career opportunities.
  • It is renowned for its innovative teaching methods, especially in the field of mechatronics and machine operations.
  • It has a 60-year old legacy, and is committed to making a difference in the fields of technology and management.
  • The growth of aeronautics' research in this university led to the subsequent development of the mechanical and manufacturing fields.
Website: Cranfield University

The University of Manchester
  • It offers a 3-year undergraduate course and a 4-year graduate course.
  • Graduate courses with specializations may extend up to 5 years.
  • The teaching methods used are distinct and versatile, and they prepare you for all kinds of practical exposure within the mechanical engineering field.
  • It holds research seminars and projects, and prepares you for a number of career opportunities in the industrial sector. It also holds important accreditation.
Website: The University of Manchester

Loughborough University
  • It has a prestigious record of international research.
  • It has achieved a maximum 5 stars in the QS Stars University Ratings 2014.
  • It has been rated as excellent as regards to employment, learning, innovation, research, teaching, facilities, etc.
  • It has superb contacts with mechanical companies and holds recruitment drives every year.
  • It offers various courses in every field including mechanical, and the range of courses includes high standard diplomas, bachelors, and masters.
Website: Loughborough University

The University of Sheffield
  • It has a collaboration with some of the biggest names in the manufacturing industry.
  • It uses a versatile research technique that sets it apart from the other universities.
  • The research themes here are divided into five categories, namely, mechanics, dynamics, thermofluids, biomechanics, and manufacturing.
  • It boasts of state-of-the-art equipment and tools that provide practical knowledge and exposure to students.
  • Its research center works to improve the fields of transport, health care, aerospace, etc.
Website: The University of Sheffield

University of Bristol
  • Extensive international research is conducted on the campus, which helps students gain exposure to real-time projects.
  • The teaching standards have been rated as 'Excellent' by the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England).
  • It offers courses which provide plenty of in-depth knowledge that prove useful to begin career in the automotive, mechanical, aerospace, and marine industries.
  • It offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs with honors.
Website: University of Bristol
Other Universities in the UK

  • University of Southampton
  • University of Warwick
  • UCL (University College, London)
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Cardiff University
  • Newcastle University
  • Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Lancaster
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Brunel
  • University of Sunderland
  • Swansea University
  • Plymouth University
  • University of Brighton
  • Greenwich University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Bradford University
  • Kingston University

Source: Top Universities

Though each one of the universities mentioned above follow a general education pattern, they have their individual training module, methodologies, workshops, and project patterns. Obtaining a degree from any one of these universities is a huge achievement in itself, combine it with your aptitude and skill, and you are sure to advance in this field. Do not forget though, just because you secure an admission to any one of the above universities does not guarantee a bright future. In the end, it is your enthusiasm to study and work hard that will bring you success, else even the world's best educational institution may not be able to help you. Good luck!