Mechanical Engineering at UofG

Have you applied for Mechanical Design EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMechanical Engineering with AeronauticsMechatronics or Product Design Engineering but want to know more? Watch our very own Dr Safa Hashimand Mechanical Engineering student Lynn MacFarlane discuss why they love Mechanical Engineering.

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering at UofG

World changers welcome

Formula Student

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Each year Formula Student (FS) challenges university students from around the world to design and build their own single-seat racing car, which is then put to the test at the famous Silverstone Circuit. University teams from multiple disciplines work together, developing creative solutions, building teamwork and communication skills, and learning how to deliver projects to budget and deadlines.

32 Engineers

20 Hours a week

12 Months

1 Car

The team enjoyed success at the recent Formula Student Russia, taking…

  • 1st Best Business Presentation
  • 2nd Cost and Sustainability Presentation
  • 1st  Design Presentation
  • 1st Overall


UGRacing were delighted to unveil their 2015 Silverstone entry back in March and they hope to be able to build on their recent success in Russia.

For more information head to their webpage

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Stuart Gill: Final Year Mechanical Engineering Student

I recommend Mechanical Engineering to anyone with an analytical mind and a passion for problem solving...You won’t regret it. 

My name is Stuart Gill and I am in my final year of a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Glasgow. Over the course of my degree I have constructed a fully automated showering system, disassembled an engine and I have got to grips with Matlab. I have learned about jet engines, auto-vehicle guidance systems, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, structural mechanics and many of the fundamental building blocks of engineering.

In addition to the well-established classical theories, mechanical engineering teaches you about emerging technologies. I’m currently studying microscale manufacturing processes and last semester I completed my dissertation which focused on analysing deployable booms for use on-board nano and pico satellites in space. Hopefully, this gives you an idea of the diverse range of subjects that a degree in mechanical engineering can teach you about.

The course is not limited to living in Glasgow, either. There is also a chance to study abroad. The university has a number of partner institutions around the world and as a mechanical engineering student the course compatibility is excellent. In my fourth year I studied at the National University of Singapore, one of the best experiences of my life so far. It gave me the opportunity to work in a completely different environment and experience a brand new culture. I would encourage everyone to take part in the study abroad programme.

However, even if you decide not to head overseas, The University of Glasgow is a fantastic place for students. There are two student unions, plenty of bars, clubs and pubs and a team for every sport imaginable. I’m a member of the mountaineering club at the moment and was previously sponsored by the Chancellors Fund for Sport. This allowed me and a few friends to cycle across central Europe for one month, a trip that covered 2500km and spanned 9 different countries.

Needless to say, I have enjoyed my time here at university. Now that it is coming to an end and I am stepping foot into the graduate world I am beginning to notice how useful my degree is. It doesn’t just open doors to careers in engineering, finance or technology but a whole host of industries seek out mechanical engineering graduates for a diverse range of occupations. The job prospects are excellent; there has never been a better time to be a mechanical engineer.

Reflecting upon my experiences, I think three words that would best describe the programme would be interesting, engaging and fun. I recommend it to anyone with an analytical mind and a passion for problem solving. Choose mechanical engineering. You won’t regret it. 


Alumni Profile

Hannah Jenkins – Product Design Engineering graduate 2013Hannah Profile

Since leaving the university, as a joint winner of the Glasgow University Engineering Society Medal, Hannah has joined Dyson as a Graduate Designer.

Here Hannah speaks about her internship experience whilst she was a student here:

'During my four month internship at 4c Design I worked on an individual pro bono project. Through the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow, we were introduced to Lenny, a 10 year-old boy with interstitial lung disease; a life-long condition, which means he must carry around a constant supply tank of liquid oxygen when he is away from home

I set out to design and make a bag better suited to a 10 year old child, which could carry the tank securely and fit Lenny more comfortably. The bag had to be suitable for running around outside, walking to primary (and soon secondary) school, long walks, as well as sitting on the sofa. After researching and further testing a range of bags, it appeared the most efficient option was to purchase and alter an existing bag. I opted for the Camelbak mini-mule and set to work cutting it up at the seams to alter it. It is safe to say my fingers were in pieces, but I am now a dab hand with the needle and thread! I think even my granny would be proud of the result!'


See what Formula Student means to UGRacing

See what FS means to head engineer Calum Macdonald.