How will I study mechanical engineering?

Bringing together science and technology, engineering relies on strong theoretical knowledge and creative flair. 

When you study mechanical engineering, you will have an immersive learning experience.

Lab-based learning

An aeronautics students in the lab

As an engineering student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories, so we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in an environment tailor-made for your course. Covering a broad range of engineering topics, as a mechanical engineering student, you will experience learning a variety of different laboratories. 

The Control and Dynamics Laboratory is home to flight simulators and programmable control experiments. Typical laboratory sessions include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Our Aerodynamics Laboratory contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels. Typical laboratory experiments in here include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and the influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

With a tensile test machine and machinery for static loading experiments, our Mechanical Laboratory is the place to learn about material behaviour under different loading conditions. The Computer Simulation Laboratory features a well-equipped computer laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used in industry for the analysis of scenarios.

Practical experiences

University life is more than just working hard and getting a degree – it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people and make great friends for life. On our mechanical engineering courses, we'll get you involved in industry events and competitions, where you can apply the skills you learn throughout your degree, and enhance your practical skills. 

The Salford Racing society is just one of many societies where our engineering students can apply their skills. Formula Student is the world’s largest student-led motorsport event connecting students from across the world to compete in building a track grade race car. Salford students established a team in 2015, with the aim to compete against other universities at Silverstone. In both 2018 and 2019, our team made it to the finals!


Aeronautics students in the lab

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your theoretical knowledge base in your chosen field of engineering. You will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialist subjects. 

During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 


Inside Clifford Whitworth library

Successful engineering knowledge-building relies on lots of study. Whether you are collaborating with your coursemates on a group project, or working your way through the latest seminar reading list, you'll find you will spend lots of time in our library.

Our recently-refurbished Clifford Whitworth Library has physical and virtual resources that will support your aeronautical engineering studies. The modern learning space includes computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to journals, databases, and software.

With an onsite cafe, breakout areas, comfy chairs and 24-hour access, it is also the perfect place for writing up seminar notes and finalising assignments - day or night!