Undergraduate courses in the Mechanical Engineering subject area:
- Aerospace Engineering BEng and MEng
- Aviation Engineering BEng and MEng
- Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng and MEng
- Mechanical Engineering BEng and MEng
- Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics BEng and MEng
- Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design BEng and MEng
- Mechanical Engineering with Building Services BEng and MEng
- Motorsport Engineering BEng and MEng
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From jet aircraft to air conditioning plant, from tunnelling machines to body-scanners, from technical consultancy to financial services such as insurance, mechanical engineers deal with the design and production of the machines, systems and structures that are taken for granted in the modern world. The range and diversity of career choice is consequently tremendous.
In response to this diversity, we offer a variety of parallel courses all at both MEng and BEng. There are four main streams: General Mechanical Engineering (GMech), Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Aviation Engineering. Each of these provides an increasing level of specialism as students proceed through the program. There are three corresponding “with” courses that allow students to get a flavour of each specialism without the extensive study in a particular application at undergraduate level. Additionally, we offer a course in Mechanical Engineering with building services to meet rapidly expanding market for engineers who have the technological appreciation to respond to advances in building services engineering. All the courses we offer are accredited by at least one of the professional bodies.
We are one of a few engineering departments in the country which provide the prospective students with a wide range and flexibilities of courses to study. While many prospective students know exactly what branch of engineering they want to study at university, others find it more difficult to know exactly what branch of engineering they will enjoy most, or be most skilled at, before they enter university. We try and accommodate both needs. For the very focused, there are specific streams in Motorsport and Aerospace or Aviation from day one. However, for the student who wants to stay more general, it is possible to transfer between streams at the end of level 1, and to a lesser extent at the end of level 2. The “with” courses offer a students a chance to study some elements of a particular specialism while retaining a general basis in Mechanical Engineering.
Similarly, transfer arrangements are available for capable students to transfer into the MEng after the first or second years, and it is also possible to transfer to or from a programme that integrates a period in Industrial Training (which could take place after year 2 for BEng and MEng, or after year 3 for continuing MEng students) into the academic work.
As the most established subject at Brunel University and taught by the staff of international research profiles, Brunel is routinely in the top three UK universities in the PIP’s annual Graduate Recruiters Survey for General Engineering.
Postgraduate courses in the Mechanical Engineering subject area:
- Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc
- Aerospace Engineering MSc
- Automotive & Motorsport Engineering MSc
- Biomedical Engineering MSc
- Building Services Engineering MSc
- Building Services Engineering Management MSc
- Building Services Engineering with Sustainable Energy MSc
- Sustainable Energy: Technologies and Management MSc
- Renewable Energy Engineering MSc
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Mechanical Engineering offers a number of MSc courses all accredited by professional institutes as appropriate additional academic study (further learning) for those seeking to become qualified to register as Chartered Engineers (CEng). Accrediting professional institutes vary by course and include the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Energy Institute (EI) and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Teaching in the courses is underpinned by research activities in aerospace engineering, automotive/motorsport engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, and energy & environment. Staff generate numerous publications, conference presentations and patents, and have links with a wide range of institutions both within and outside the UK. The discipline benefits from research collaboration with numerous outside organisations including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms and governmental laboratories. We have links with at least six teaching hospitals and work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy and the US.
We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.
Foundation course external to the School at Brunel
The Intensive International Pre-Masters Course is a full-time 14-week course for international students who have marginally fallen below the postgraduate direct entry level and would like to progress onto a Master's degree course in the School of Engineering and Design. It combines academic study, intensive English Language preparation, study skills and an orientation programme.