Our reputation

Ranked top 5 for Mechanical Engineering by all the major UK league tables

Globally renowned for our teaching and research, the School of Mechanical Engineering is one of the leading Mechanical Engineering schools in the UK. We have over 1000 students from over 65 countries studying with us.

We’re second in the UK for Mechanical Engineering for the quality of our research according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

Our achievements

  • Top 100 university for engineering and technology - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.
  • Top 150 university for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Mechanical Engineering

  • 1st in the Guardian university league tables 2018
  • 5th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 7th in The Complete University Guide 2019
  • 89% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 - ranked 2nd out of the Russell Group universities.

Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 6th in The Complete University Guide 2019.

University awards

The University of Leeds was named University of the Year in 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Mechanical Engineering
  • Joint fourth for the quality of our research in our unit of assessment
  • 3.14 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 84% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 75% of our research outputs are ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The quality of our research, and the funding it attracts, means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, you’ll be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the forefront of their fields – academics who share your passion for the subject.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, which enhances the links between the School and our industrial partners, along with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), help ensure our programmes are of the highest standard and meet the needs of industry.