MEng Mechanical Engineering with Study Abroad

2024 entry

Course summary

This course is well balanced, covering a wide range of topics in engineering science and engineering practice. The course is designed to educate the next generation of mechanical engineers to have a positive impact on our society across the 21st century.

Our curriculum embeds a diverse set of professional engineering and management skills spanning four core thematic areas:

  • design and manufacture
  • dynamics and control
  • materials
  • energy and fluid flow.

Years one and two are common to all mechanical engineering students and cover the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering. Teaching is delivered via lectures, seminars, laboratories, design classes and short projects in modelling and manufacturing.

This course provides the opportunity to study abroad in an English-speaking environment in your third year and is ideal if you are seeking a career abroad or in a multinational company. You will follow the MEng course at Bristol in your first, second and fourth years.

You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner institutions in or outside Europe, such Sweden, Netherlands, the US, Singapore or Australia. To find out more about studying abroad, visit Centre for Study Abroad.

In the fourth year you will return to the University of Bristol and have the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options and undertake a substantial group project to address an open-ended technical challenge.

There is no direct entry onto the course but you can transfer from the other courses if you reach a high academic standard in your first two years.


Our Mechanical Engineering with Study Abroad MEng is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (IMechE) so as a a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

First-year students studying Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Design all start their degree with a broad knowledge of the fundamentals and a command of the skills that underpin modern engineering.

You will share common units with your peers in other disciplines and work on an interdisciplinary project, based on global challenges and inspired by Engineers Without Borders.

You will meet and work closely with more people from the start of your degree, broadening your social circle and long-term professional network. Interdisciplinary working is now the norm in industry, and good understanding of disciplines other than your own will serve you well when you enter the workplace.

Starting your degree with a broad foundation of knowledge will expand your frame of reference, enabling you to be more creative as you progress with your programme and become more specialist in later years of study. The skills-based approach will provide you with technical abilities that will enable you to be successful in your degree and your career.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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