Published: 22 August 2018

Five reasons to study mechanical engineering at Surrey

Director of Learning and Teaching Charlotte Foreman reveals what makes our mechanical engineering degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ successes.

Mechanical Engineering student
  1. Professional Training opportunities
    Many students take advantage of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables them to get a year’s valuable work experience with a company like Arup, BAE Systems, GE Aviation or Jaguar Land Rover. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop key skills such as teamworking, project management and communication.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.

  2. Flexibility with common first year
    Choosing the right degree pathway can be difficult, and things sometimes become clearer once you start studying. Whether you opt for our Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Biomedical Engineering courses, you’ll study a common first year which means you can swap to a different pathway, if you decide it’s a better fit, up until the end of your first year.

    Similarly, it’s possible to move from a BEng to an MEng degree provided you achieve satisfactory results in your second year. Whatever your ambitions, there’s plenty of flexibility.

  3. Professional accreditation
    Our mechanical engineering degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) so you be confident that what you’re studying reflects current industry needs. This accreditation means that our MEng programme fully meets the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, while our BEng programme partially meets the academic requirement and can be supplemented by further study.
  4. Industry-standard facilities
    You’ll use the latest design software and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machine tooling equipment within our Design Centre, and have access to leading facilities such as our EnFlo Labs, which host the only environmental wind tunnel in the UK.


  5. Compete in prestigious competitions
    Learning at Surrey isn’t just about lecture theatres and labs. Our students have a great track record in IMechE competitions such as Formula Student (the world’s largest student motorsport competition) and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems competition (which challenges students to design a drone for a humanitarian aid mission). By joining the team you’ll not only gain invaluable hands-on experience, you’ll also get the chance to showcase your skills to potential employers.
    Discover our programmes in mechanical engineering.
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