Research and PhD programmes
Mechanical engineering covers the design and development of every kind of machines - from supersonic fighter jets and super cars to bicycles to toasters. And they contribute to the design of other products as well – mobile phones, computers and even windows and doors. Many mechanical engineers specialize in areas such as aerospace, automotive/transportation, manufacturing, and air conditioning. Others cross over into other disciplines, working on everything from artificial organs to the expanding field of healthcare. And some use their mechanical engineering degree as preparation for the practice of finance and law.
Our lab facilities are extensive, modern and well-equipped, including the dedicated aerospace/aviation laboratory, flight simulator, professionally designed Brunel motorsport workshop, modern material/structure testing laboratory, and state-of-art IC engine laboratories.
These centres and groups provide interdisciplinary, collaborative and cross-cutting research platforms. These platforms support and complement our work on global challenges in health, environment, energy and manufacturing.
Applied Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Energy and Build Environment
Many of our academics are also members of the following institutes:
Institute of Energy Futures which hosts the Advanced Power Trains and Fuels Theme
Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
Institute of Materials and Manufacturing
You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics and the support of our Graduate School. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas. We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage.
Our Mechanical Engineering research programmes provide the opportunity to investigate the topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to the discipline.