Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
1st in the UK (Engineering) – based on the proportion of world-leading research
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
2nd in the UK
Imperial has one of the largest and most advanced mechanical engineering departments in the world.
It has a long-standing and well-established international reputation for the quality of its research, which is organised into three divisions:
- Applied mechanics
- Mechanics of materials
The Department is one of the most successful in gaining funds for research from government, industry and charities. Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with industry, government establishments and other universities, both in the UK and worldwide.
Creating work that’s useful and has a practical application is our main aim, which is why we have forged close relationships with a range of industries, from those involved in the development of aircraft engines to human knee joints. It is this focus that keeps us motivated to produce new inventions, which have led to the creation of a number of patents and spin out companies through Imperial's technology transfer company, Imperial Innovations.
The Department receives sponsorship from major businesses and organisations such as Airbus, AWE, BASF, British Energy, BP Global Fuels, EDF, EPSRC, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Scania, Serco, SKF, and the Wellcome Trust.
Our extensive laboratory facilities aid learning and research in every aspect of mechanical engineering. There is a well-equipped PC cluster providing access to a wide range of computer software, particularly for computer-aided design.
The Department offers a number of study options to help you take your knowledge to the next level.
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- MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering (1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time)
- MSc Sustainable Energy Futures (delivered by Energy Futures Lab) (1 year full-time)
- PhD Mechanical Engineering research
(2–4 years full-time; 4–6 years part-time)
- MD(Res) Mechanical Engineering research
(2–4 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time)
- EngD/PhD Non-Destructive Evaluation
(2–4 years full-time)
Delivered in our Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative Non-Destructive Evaluation
The Department’s mission is to conduct world class research and respond to changing global requirements by developing new technologies to solve practical problems.
Our research platform is formed by our combined theoretical and experimental approach, backed by our well-equipped experimental and computational facilities. The view that science, engineering and medicine are no longer separate disciplines is the basis for future developments and we expect increasingly rapid changes in technical requirements to lead further towards this multidisciplinary science-based approach.
Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with industry, government establishments and other universities, both in the UK and worldwide. The Department receives sponsorship from major businesses and organisations such as Alstom Power, BP Global Fuels, DaimlerChrysler, EPSRC, Ford, Honda, Innovene, the Ministry of Defence, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Unilever.
Our research activities have led to the creation of number of patents and spin-out companies through Imperial’s technology transfer company, Imperial Innovations. The Department also hosts, or contributes to, the Centres for: Adhesion, Adhesives and Composites; Ion Conducting Membranes; Vibration Engineering; Railway Research; and Non-Destructive Evaluation.
Areas of world class expertise in mechanical engineering in the Department include dynamics, non-destructive testing, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, combustion, fuel chemistry and tribology.