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Undergraduate Study

Interested in studying mechanical engineering at the University of Adelaide?

Take the first step towards a diverse, challenging and innovative career and explore the Bachelor level degrees available in the School of Mechanical Engineering.

  • What is Mechanical Engineering?

    Mechanical Engineers apply advanced in technology and scientific principles to the design, development and manufacture of products, processes, machines and mechanical engineering systems.

    From designing motor vehicles, aircraft engines, mining equipment and bionic limbs to improving access to vital services in third world countries, race car suspension and energy efficient systems, mechanical engineering encompasses a broad range of fields concerned with leading edge technologies across many applications.

  • Why Study With Us?

    Each of our undergraduate degrees allow students to build a solid foundation in core mechanical engineering disciplines and enables graduates to be employed either in their chosen specialisation or a general mechanical engineering position across a broad range of industries.

    As our degrees are accredited under the Washington Accord in areas including Asia, Europe an the Americas, your qualification from the School of Mechanical Engineering could take you anywhere you dream of.

    Receive high quality, award-winning teaching

    The education offered in the School of Mechanical Engineering is considered as one of the best in Australia, producing top quality graduates who are highly motivated life-long learners with the right mix of theoretical and practical skills.

    The teaching approaches in the School are of the highest quality and have been recognised with prestigious teaching awards. Lecturers from the School have also been awarded the the "Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching".

    Be immersed in an active and vibrant research environment

    Researchers in the School are world leaders in a number of research areas including fluid mechanics (the movement of gases and liquids), combustion of fuels, acoustics and vibration, fatigue of materials, corrosion, robotics and the development micro-manipulators. The research conducted in these areas is internationally recognised with staff publishing the outcomes of their work in internationally recognised journals. The work from our research is transferred from our laboratories into real applications. You can be a part of this research environment as an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

  • What Can I Study?

    To help find a mechanical engineering degree that matches your goals, search Degree Finder for degrees, courses and careers.

  • Where Can Mechanical Engineering Take Me?

    Underpinned by world-leading research and a vibrant, innovative environment that facilitates knowledge generation and technology development, the School of Mechanical Engineering will equip you with the necessary tools to push the boundaries of modern technology and make a profound impact on the world.

    Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of industries and areas, including but not limited to:

    • Aeronautical laboratories
    • Sporting goods
    • Chemical processing
    • Power generation
    • Automotive manufacturing
    • Consulting
    • Mechanical building services
    • Defence technology
    • Food processing
    • Public utilities (i.e. electricity, water supply)
    • Research
    • Health
    • Maritime industry
    • Manufacturing

    Faced with a global skills shortage and increasing demand for qualified graduates, the modern world continues to rely on mechanical engineers to rise to the unique challenges of the 21st century. As a mechanical engineer, you can enjoy lucrative national and international job prospects as well as challenging, creative and rewarding long-term careers involving imagination, innovation and teamwork.

    You could be working in companies ranging from small to medium enterprises to large multinationals, including consulting engineering practices, government bodies, construction companies, mining and oil companies, research organisations and universities. Because of the strong analytical training and transferable nature of the skills that are a feature of engineering degrees, you can also work in non-engineering positions, such as advertising, banking, computing, commerce, management consulting, planning, teaching, supply management and systems management. Engineers are essential to most large companies.

  • How Do I Apply?

    Application Process

    Applications for admission to university are coordinated by the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre SATAC. Visit How To Apply for more information about selection criteria, steps for applying, important closing dates and what to do when you are offered a place at the University of Adelaide.

    International Student Applications

    International applicants should refer to the International Student website for admission information.

School of Mechanical Engineering

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