Mechanical Engineering and Design

If you have a talent for figuring out how things work, find out how you could help drive things forward and keep us moving. 

Mechanical Engineering and Design

The Mechanical Engineering and Design group (MED) within Edinburgh Napier’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment offers several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is involved in many engineering areas concerning understanding mechanical engineering principles from automation, energy production design, manufacturing, and materials engineering. 

We offer one of the oldest energy programmes with over 30 years' undergraduate teaching in the UK. The course focuses on problem-solving approaches, with teaching staff having extensive practical experience in solar and wind energy and building service engineering.

What does a mechanical engineer do?

In the Mechanical Engineering programme (BEng/MEng), students are involved in engineering applications such as heat ventilation systems and cars. This requires a broad understanding of different disciplines ranging from mathematics, mechanical principles, the strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, manufacturing technology, and instrumentation and control.

The Energy and Environmental Engineering course focuses on designing a range of energy systems, and students will gain a fundamental understanding of the operation and specification of different renewable energy systems. The course also covers building services design.

Why Edinburgh Napier?

We provide a range of industry-relevant courses, all accredited by the relevant bodies. Our MSc in Advanced Materials Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining [IOM3], and is facilitated by two laboratories in materials testing and analysis, and polymer manufacturing. The programme is suited to students from different backgrounds such as mechanical engineering, energy or design-related engineering programmes, and chemistry-associated areas. The programme covers understanding materials (metallic, polymeric, ceramic or composite) from first principles to applications, properties and testing. 

As manufacturing enters its fourth industrial revolution, there is a demand for those with a mechanical engineering degree who are able to understand the advantages that the application of the available technologies delivers to industry. In our Automation and Control Programme, students will learn modern control systems to control various types of machines, process, robotic and embedded systems. Both the hardware and software design of these systems is studied by applying the technology used in the industry. 

Real-world examples of mechanical and materials engineering jobs include the design and manufacturing of gearboxes, heating systems and renewable technology, such as wind turbines. You could be involved in the design of a standalone solar PV system, evaluate wind energy potential for wind turbine installation and design indoor lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for buildings. 

Our Industrial Advisory Board enables us to remain closely connected with key industry players and ensure our courses are designed to produce graduates who meet their employment needs. Our graduates are therefore equipped with knowledge and skills that make them attractive to various industrial sectors including automotive, manufacturing, marine engineering, oil and gas, building services, railways and building services, and mechanical engineering companies.

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"I chose mechanical engineering because I knew it was a broad subject, meaning it would provide me with many opportunities and I could go down many different routes."

Nicole Pannekoek
BEng Mechanical Engineering student