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Course summary

Our mechanical engineering research is varied and world-leading, covering topics from clean energy and advanced materials to manufacturing systems, robotics and healthcare. The department hosts members of six research groups covering:

  • Dynamics and Control
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Engineering Systems, Design and Innovation
  • Ultrasonics and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Robotics
  • Fluid and Aerodynamics
Our students collaborate worldwide with industrial partners, other universities, public-sector organisations, research institutes and NGOs, producing novel and multidisciplinary research which addresses technical, societal and environmental challenges. They also make use of extensive and modern laboratory facilities at Queens Building in central Bristol, and at collaborating centres. With a large, diverse and active cohort of PhD, EngD and MScR students, the department forms a close-knit and supportive community of practice in engineering research. Its success is evidenced by consistently high performance in national rankings for research and teaching quality. As well as postgraduates holding individual research studentships in Mechanical Engineering, the department hosts students from many EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training including Future Autonomous Robotic Systems (FARSCOPE), Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing, Nuclear Energy Futures, Digital Health and Care, Future Innovation in NDE, Composites, and others. Applicants should contact a potential academic adviser to discuss available projects before submitting an application.

Assessment method

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region:

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

PhD applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a masters degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Applicants without a master's qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree. MSc by Research applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline and demonstrate readiness to pursue a research degree. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4665 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4665 Year 1
Scotland £4665 Year 1
Wales £4665 Year 1
Channel Islands £4665 Year 1
EU £25300 Year 1
International £25300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.
Mechanical Engineering at University of Bristol - UCAS