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Mechanical Engineering Masters Degrees

We offer a wide variety of research fields, from fundamental to applied research, from nanotechnology to manufacturing system, through our Mechanical Engineering research degree programmes.

Our mechanical engineering research addresses major societal challenges. Our revolutionary research provides solutions to many issues facing industry. Motivated graduates and engineers are welcome to join us and carry out world-leading research with impact.

Mechanical Engineering research

We develop life-changing solutions in healthcare. We continue to add to our extensive knowledge of joint implants. We have unparalleled expertise in 3D printing and its applications across many fields. We advance the capabilities of micro-manufacturing. 

During your PhD in mechanical engineering, you will work as part of one of our research groups. These groups will carry out research activity over a wide range of research topics. Our research groups include:


Design, Manufacture and Materials

Fluid Dynamics and Thermal Systems


Work on projects with other schools in the University throughout your PhD in mechanical engineering. We integrate long-established engineering groups with medical, social and scientific researchers. We collaborate with external institutions, companies and consultancies, many of which are household names. These collaborative projects reflect the multidisciplinary nature of our research.


We have a range of state-of-the-art specialist mechanical engineering facilities for research, which are available to our students during their research projects.  


You will be taught by leaders in their field and be supported throughout your learning journey. Get in touch with our mechanical engineering staff


Studying a research degree with us provides you with:

  • training as part of the largest cohort of interacting and supportive research students in the University
  • access to purpose-built postgraduate study suites
  • cutting-edge labs, equipment and excellent technical support
  • access to a broad knowledge and network base from across our research portfolio
  • development of technical and generic skills
  • advanced taught courses and career development workshops

We are seeking graduates in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering and engineering mathematics. We also welcome applicants with degrees in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and mathematics.

Most of our research students graduate with a PhD in mechanical engineering. This requires three years of full-time study or five years part-time. An MPhil degree is available for candidates who are unable to commit this length of time.


Our graduates have a good record of finding employment. Many industrial sectors need the expertise and knowledge that you'll develop during your PhD in mechanical engineering. Graduates work in a variety of engineering sectors and many work in universities as researchers.