Department of
Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

About the department


In the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, in addition to getting a sound theoritical grounding you will also get hands-on experience in our labs and workshops, conduct investigations and turn designs into reality. Students in our department are taught by enthusiastic people in a friendly and supportive environment and you will be proud of what you can achieve here at Nottingham. 

Courses in mechanical engineering are made up of lectures, laboratory classes, workshops and design classes, covering the core engineering science and design skills needed to give you a solid foundation in your chosen degree subject.

Employers tell us that the combination of academic study and practical, professional skills is precisely what they’re looking for.

Why study mechanical, materials and manufacturing (M3) engineering at Nottingham?

Study with us because:

  • Top 5 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2018) 
  • Top 10 in the UK for Engineering and Technology (Times Higher World University Rankings 2017)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (QS World University Rankings 2017)

The primary method of building your engineering knowledge will be through lectures with some modules including group based work in our extensive laboratory facilities.

Academics and postgraduate tutors are available for one-to-one support, along with your personal tutor. Students undertaking one of our product design courses will spend much of their time (up to 30 hours in the first year) in the product design studio as the course progresses.  

Assessment and progression

Your learning will be assessed in different ways according to the learning objectives and your mixture of coursework and exams will vary depending on the module.

Some modules have no exams, in which case you may be asked to give an assessed presentation. For example, the engineering maths module is 10% coursework and 90% exam whereas design and manufacture is 60% 

Careers and industry

Our graduate engineers are some of the most sought-after in the industry, with the department supported by an Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) which ensures that our course content is always focused on exactly what the engineering industry require. 

Employers tell us that our combination of academic study and hands-on practical skills that students undertake with their design-and-make activities are precisely what they’re looking for.  

Current accreditation is by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Engineering Designers.
All potential students normally visit the department on university open days, mini open days and once in receipt of an offer you will be invited to one of our offer-holder days.  During the visit you will be shown round the campus and the department.

Download our M3 Engineering 2017 brochure


Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 14081