Department of Engineering

About the department

We are passionate about education and helping to develop the next generation of engineering professionals. We combine cutting-edge research, industrial links and excellent facilities to deliver industry-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Hull has an excellent reputation for teaching engineering. We were ranked third in the UK for overall student satisfaction in Mechanical Engineering in the National Student Survey 2020. The department has invested in state-of-the-art facilities such as the FabLab and Robotics Lab to enhance its teaching and learning experience.

Ideally positioned at the heart of the UK’s burgeoning ‘Energy Estuary’, we have links with major engineering employers in the region. These relationships inform our teaching and provide opportunities for our students.

Based within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, our academics collaborate with colleagues across the university and industry.

We have a track record of delivering high-quality research that tackles real-world problems. With particular expertise in the field of renewable energy and energy storage; biomedical engineering and advanced materials and acoustics.

Head of department

Ben Hughes

Professor Ben Hughes


MechEngFacilities Lecturer Brian Houston with Students in the FabLab

Engineering Facilities

Engineering students get hands-on with the subject thanks to a range of specialist facilities that support teaching and research, like our FabLab, a space where you can turn your ideas into reality

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Industry Accredited

Our degrees are accredited by industry bodies, including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

A Year in Industry

There’s no experience like work experience - especially when it’s built into your degree.

Engineering students at Hull are given the opportunity to extend their academic studies by spending a year in industry.

Discover a Year in Industry

Computer Science Facilities

When you join us, you get access to the latest industry-standard facilities. High performance cloud computing systems, 3D projection, VR devices, laser scanning, motion capture, humanoid robots … It’s all here. And it’s all for you.

Explore our Computer Science Facilities

Greenpower Education

We’re working with charity Greenpower Education Trust, which gets young people enthusiastic about science and engineering by challenging them to design, build and race an electric car. We’re also one of the key partners in the Greenpower Street Race Hull and the Greenpower car team have a garage on campus.

Visit the Greenpower website to find out more

Formula Student Team

As an Engineering student at Hull, you’ll get the chance to join the Hull University Formula Student team - or HUFS for short - and compete at the Silverstone Circuit, the home of British motorsport.

Start your Engines

Graduate Q&A: Dave Mylett

From the University of Hull to a career in the fast lane.

Dave Mylett graduated with a degree in Mechanical Design Engineering and has since gone on to work in the fast-paced world of Formula 1.

Read about Dave's Journey

Experts Test COVID-19 Face Masks

We led the testing process of COVID-19 face masks before they were distributed to frontline NHS staff in the Humber region. Timothy Dunstan, an electron microscopist, led the testing on a batch of the masks to ensure they met the standard required for use by NHS staff. Since presenting their findings, the face masks have been rolled out to local NHS hospitals.

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Our research is aimed at addressing two of the most important challenges facing the world today: firstly, maintaining energy security whilst reducing environmental impact; and, secondly, improving the healthcare of an increasing, and often aging, population whilst satisfying growing patient expectations.

3 Mechanical Engineering at Hull is ranked #3 in the UK for overall student satisfaction.
Our Mechatronics and Robotics degree is an exciting combination of one third computer science, one third engineering and one third mechatronics and robotics modules.
While studying Biomechanical Engineering, you'll be taught by experienced engineering professionals and by NHS clinicians and clinical engineers from local hospitals. 


National Student Survey (NSS) 2020, HEIs only