Mechanical Engineering and DesignOur approach is based on good design practice and applied engineering problem-solving
Mechanical Engineering and Design students engage in enterprising problem-solving assignments, using good design practice and applied study. Courses cover a broad range of industry pursuits.
Mechanical engineers and designers are generally well-paid and respected professionals. They work in a fast-paced and dynamic industry, and there's always a high demand for specialists in this area. There is a wealth of career opportunities available for those with a degree in mechanical engineering or design.
Accreditation and recognition
Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance and professional relevance, and many employers actively seek graduates holding accredited degrees. That's why all engineering and design degrees at LSBU are accredited or developed in partnership with the leading professional accrediting bodies - in particular the Institution of Engineering Designers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) is the UK's only professional body representing those working in the field of Engineering Design. Members work in a diverse range of industries that span product design, architecture, mechanical, automotive and aircraft design, design education, IT and computing.
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with around 100,000 members working at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.
Mechanical Engineering at LSBU is ranked 1st for student experience and teaching quality in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
All of our individual course entries have specialist careers information. You can search our courses and download our Careers in Engineering Guide (PDF File 3,650 KB).
Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering is one of the most diverse of all engineering disciplines, with employment opportunities available across pretty much every sector you can think of – energy, transport, aviation, motor companies, robotics, pharmaceuticals and the marine industry. Mechanical Engineers can also find themselves involved in managing people and resources, as well as in developing new materials and technologies. Read more about our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) course.
Careers in Design
Making a product desirable and attractive involves far more than just thinking about whether it looks good, feels right and is user-friendly. We give all our students the skills of industrial designers need to make successful and profitable products from the conceptual stage to the finished article. Graduates find roles in all areas of 3D design, including toy, exhibition and product design and consultancy. Read more about our Product Design BSc (Hons) course and our Engineering Product Design BSc (Hons) course.
Providing a platform
Each year students have the opportunity to gain industry exposure in a professional summer show exhibition at the University. The 10 most noteworthy designers then go on to exhibit at London's New Designers annual exhibition. The private view of our Product Design and Engineering Product Design students' end of year exhibition took place in the Keyworth Building, Keyworth Street and was a huge success, pulling in a considerable crowd of family, friends and fellow designers.
Find out our students' works at Product of South Bank Exhibition Page
The Nathu Puri Institute
The Nathu Puri Institute, based at LSBU, fosters enterprise amongst engineers to help prepare the next generation of leaders and to support the UK's engineering industry and to enhance its competitive edge from an international perspective.
Prof. Nathu Puri is an alumnus, an honorary graduate, a donor and a close friend of London South Bank University. Prof Puri owns Purico, a group of companies with total annual sales of over $650 million. His passion for securing deals remains undimmed; these days however his attention is increasingly focused on charitable work, with a particular emphasis on education.
LSBU's Employability Service offers advice on how to shape your career. This complete service provides free professional information, advice and guidance while you study at LSBU and for up to two years after you graduate.
You'll gain the knowledge and training needed to meet future demands for products and services in mechanical engineering, mechatronics and product and engineering product design.
Well-placed and considered investment means you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios. And you'll learn in an environment that is absolutely in tune with leading technologies.
Take a tour of the Engine and Petrol Laboratories.
Virtual Engineering lab
Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.
- Design and manufacturing workshops – traditional soft modelling and prototyping facilities, the latest Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining technology, industry-standard lathes, milling machines and metal sheet cutters
- Rapid prototyping technology – multi-material 3D printers and laser cutters.
- Innovative virtual engineering laboratory with multi-avatar virtual reality capability
- Electronics laboratories for process and machine control, and coding for microprocessors and the Arduino platform
- Dedicated robotics and mechatronics laboratory
- Engine laboratory (diesel and petrol)
- Thermodynamic laboratory
- Materials testing laboratory
- Adobe Suite
- Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere: industry standard software for professional graphic design, film and video editing and website development.
- Autodesk Suite
- AutoCAD, Inventor, Alias, VRed: a comprehensive 3D rendering software package that delivers simulation, collaboration, visualisation and digital prototyping tools for the complete design and engineering process.
- Simulation software that enables students to create models that predict how their products will operate in the real world. For example, our Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) package allows students to model air flow over vehicles, while our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) package helps students select the optimum materials and components for their design proposals.
- Siemens NX
- This advanced engineering package is perfect for digital manufacture and equips students for work in a typical professional environment.
- MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, control systems, test and measurement. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.
- A graphical programming platform that helps engineers scale from design to test, and from small to large systems. It is a development environment for problem solving, accelerated productivity, and continual innovation.
Facilities for materials testing
Our facilities for materials research are extensive and include sophisticated equipment for growing engineering coatings and functional thin films for devices such as solar cells. They support sophisticated characterisation techniques, including electron and atomic force microscopies and nanohardness testing that probe materials at the nanoscale.
In our on-going desire to be in line with current technologies, we have installed scanning acoustic microscopy technology to non-destructively examine sub-surface defects and features.
Accessing our facilities
Our extensive facilities and talented students and staff are regularly involved in knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Follow these links to find out more about how we work with businesses at LSBU and about facilities and venue hire at LSBU.