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School of Mechanical Engineering

Our research

The School of Mechanical Engineering is internationally recognised for high quality fundamental and applied research covering many aspects of mechanical engineering science and practice.

Our research is designed to influence, respond to and engage in industrial, societal and legislative initiatives and drivers. These drivers include energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental impact, emissions, safety, healthcare, and challenges of an ageing population.

To help us achieve this we have four research institutes and two Centres for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine:

Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation which includes: biomechatronics and robotics, design sciences, energy efficient automotive and aerospace design.

Institute of Functional Surfaces which includes: tribology and surface engineering, biomimetics and bioinspiration, scale formation in oil and gas production, corrosion and erosion-corrosion.

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering which includes: joint replacement, tissue re-engineering, cardiac imaging and modelling, cartilage tissue substitution and spine biomechanics.

Institute of Thermofluids which includes: tribology, thermofluids and combustion, engineering fluids and micro/nano-fluidics, engineering optics and datacentres.

In the latest Government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) we achieved an impressive 75% of staff rated internationally excellent or world leading. Research is well funded, to the level of £7.5 million per annum, with funding from a variety of sources including UK Research Councils, the European Union, charities, government agencies and industry.

These high ratings enable the School to attract the best academic staff and researchers, and to invest in our facilities.

We place a strong emphasis on the transfer of
knowledge to industry and technology transfer
organisations. This takes the form of licences, spinout
activities, IP filings, consultancies, conference
organization and training through short courses.

Download the Mechanical Engineering research brochure to find out more about our research activity.

We place a strong emphasis on the transfer of knowledge to industry and technology transfer organisations.


Research degrees

Heart simulator

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.

New investment

Pyramid robot

Our EPSRC National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems is set to make us a world leader in robot design and construction.


Touch testing

We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research brochure

Research brochure

Download a copy of our research brochure.