At a glance
- Benefit from close links with companies leading the industry
- Your learning will be shaped by high-quality research, which enhances your learning experience and creates exciting industry-relevant project opportunities
- Access extensive laboratory and workshop facilities to aid your practical learning
What is Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering?
The department offers a range of degree courses in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and product design and manufacture. Mechanical engineering focuses on the application of scientific knowledge to solve problems and design machines to help us enjoy a better, more sustainable lifestyle.
In product design and manufacture, the focus is more on visual creativity in designing products that meet people's needs in a modern lifestyle; design engineering combines mechanical engineering with the wider skills needed to create successful products; and manufacturing engineering focuses on the processes and systems for making products with high-quality components supplied in a competitive global market at the lowest cost in the shortest time.
How will I study?
The first two years of your course will be 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. In later years, there is the opportunity to specialise and we offer a wide range of optional modules covering a large variety of subjects from internal combustion engines through to sustainable manufacturing. Project work takes place throughout our courses with students finding the ‘design and make’ projects particularly rewarding. Our overall aim is to support you in becoming a successful, skilled and focused engineer.
Assessment is usually carried out by a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework typically makes up about a third of the marks that contribute towards your degree. After the first year, all marks contribute towards the class of degree awarded.
The department is targeted by a large number of major industrial and commercial companies for recruitment and many of our past graduates are in senior positions.
In 2016, 89% of undergraduates in mechanical engineering who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,890 with the highest being £33,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK
- The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(The Graduate Market in 2013-2016, High Fliers Research)
- We were also ranked as the number one university for job prospects
(Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2015).
Our MEng and BEng honours degree courses are all accredited by the appropriate UK professional organisations, under licence from the Engineering Council. Accreditation by these bodies is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
We strongly encourage you to obtain relevant industrial experience, either before or during your degree course. This is your chance to:
- develop your skills in an industry setting
- improve your employment prospects
- make contacts and meet professionals
- get a real insight into the industry you are interested in
- earn money
Once at Nottingham you may choose to undertake a summer placement or go on a year-long industrial placement as part of our "including an Industrial Year" courses.
We have a dedicated industrial placements team based in the Faculty of Engineering who will assist you in finding an industrial placement. For more information, please visit our placements website.
Many students have the opportunity to take up to a year out to study abroad at a top international university, including our Malaysia and China campuses and at universities in the Universitas 21 group.
Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Nottingham has the highest number of any UK university on outward mobility under Erasmus.*
* Erasmus student and staff numbers by institution, Erasmus+ 2014.
Application and interview
Offers are usually made without interview, except for the product design course.
Applicants who are made an offer will be given the opportunity to visit the department.
For University-wide open days, please see our open day pages.