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Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

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Undergraduate courses

The Department offers a range of innovative and industrially relevant degree courses currently accredited by professional institutions.

Over the course of your three-year BEng or four-year MEng course, you'll progress from studying engineering theory to practicing your new-found craft.

Manchester was the world's first industrial city, and our Department continues that engineering heritage with courses developed with our industrial partners to ensure excellent employability prospects.

Course options

Read about each area of engineering below, then browse all courses starting in a certain year by following the links at the bottom of the page.

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    Aerospace engineering

    This course prepares you for a professional career in the aerospace industry (design, development, testing and operation of vehicles and systems), as well as in other areas, such as research, management, technical development and finance.

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    Civil engineering

    Our civil engineering degrees prepare you for career options in many aspects of the built environment. You will study core subjects such as structural, fluid and soil mechanics, engineering design and maths, as well as emerging subjects crucial to the future of society - such as climate change.

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    Our aerospace and mechanical courses can be studied in conjunction with management, including additional project management, finance and risk management skills that prepare graduates for the technical, practical and business demands of a career in engineering.

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    Mechanical engineering

    This course gives you an excellent grounding in the knowledge and experience of the most fundamental of all engineering disciplines, preparing you for a variety of careers in engineering, technology, business and management.

About our courses

Listen to staff and students discuss their experiences of mechanical, aerospace and civil engineering at The University of Manchester:


    Course accreditation

    Read about the organisations that provide accreditation for the engineering courses in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, and the advantages that chartered accreditation can have for your future career.


    All our courses are fully accredited by relevant professional institutions. Chartered status is an internationally recognised qualification.

    With an engineering degree, you're also eligible for the European Ingenieur (Eurling) qualification.

    Aerospace engineering courses

    Royal Aeronautical Society logo

    All our aerospace engineering degrees are fully accredited. Our degrees provide the academic base to become a member of a professional institution and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council. BEng(Hons) graduates will need further learning equivalent to master's level for chartered status.

    Civil and structural engineering courses

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    All our undergraduate Civil Engineering degrees are accredited through the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) which is formed of four professional bodies:

    A JBM accredited undergraduate degree provides the academic base to become a member of a professional institution and to register as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council (EngC).

    Our BEng (Hons) graduates partially satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer, but in order to apply for chartered status, our BEng (Hons) graduates would need to complete an additional programme of accredited further learning (such as an accredited Master’s degree).

    Mechanical engineering courses

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers logo

    All our mechanical engineering degrees are fully accredited. These degrees provide the academic base to become a member of a professional institution and a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council.

    BEng graduates will need further learning equivalent to master's level for chartered status.

    What does accreditation mean for me?

    What is accreditation?

    Accreditation is the process by which the Engineering Council collaborates with Engineering Institutions to formally assess the content and quality of our degree programmes in order to produce the highest quality engineers for industry. Accreditation is a mark of excellence and our Department offers degree programmes accredited by IMechE, ICE, RAeS, IStructE and more (see below for details about your course).

    Why is accreditation useful for your degree and career?

    Established in the UK, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is the first and oldest surviving engineering institution in the world. It introduced the idea of ensuring our engineers are educated to the highest possible standards; this system has since been copied around the world.

    If you plan to go into industry as a practising engineer, you will need to become Chartered (CEng); this is the highest professional qualification for engineers. By obtaining an accredited degree you can accelerate this process and your career by completing the prerequisite training while at university. Our degree programmes are specially designed to help you achieve this.

    Should I study for the 3-year BEng or the 4-year MEng accredited degree?

    For all students intending to work as an engineer in the UK or a British company, we strongly recommend that you take the 4-year MEng accredited degree. Your fourth year will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to progress to Chartered Engineer status. We recommend you complete as much as of this in your fourth year here to fast track you when you begin working in industry.

    But I'm not British, should I study for the 3-year BEng or the 4-year MEng accredited degree?

    Overseas students who intend to return to their own countries to practice engineering often require an equivalent certification from the engineering institutions in their own country. In some cases, a British accredited engineering degree is recognised, whereas in other cases it is better to complete the accredited 3-year BEng degree and then specialise with a 1-year MSc degree offered at The University of Manchester. This contributes directly to career development in an international market.