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The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 includes a ranking of the world’s top 300 universities for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering, based on a methodology that assesses academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

If you’re thinking about undertaking a program within this area, read on for an overview of top universities for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering in each world region. Or full the full interactive table, click here.

 

Top 10 Mechanical Engineering Schools in the World

Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015

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Name of Institution

Location

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United States

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United States

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United States

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United Kingdom

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United States

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United Kingdom

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United States

 

Top mechanical engineering schools in the US & Canada

CalTech, USTaking pride of place in the global leaderboard, the US claims 63 of the world’s 300 top mechanical engineering schools, 29 of which are ranked within the world’s top 100. Aside from the six in the top 10, also within the world’s top 50 are California Institute of Technology (Caltech, 8th in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15), Purdue University (102nd in the world rankings), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (63rd in the world rankings), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA,37th in the world rankings), Northwestern University (34th in the world rankings), Cornell University (19th in the world rankings), Princeton University (9th in the world rankings), Pennsylvania State University (13th in the world rankings), Texas A&M University (165th in the world rankings) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech, 355th in the world rankings).

Meanwhile Canada is home to 13 of the planet’s 300 top universities for mechanical engineering, with two in the top 50, and two more in the top 100. In order, these are the University of Toronto (20th in the world rankings), McGill University (21st in the world rankings), the University of British Colombia (43rd in the world rankings) and the University of Waterloo (169th in the world rankings).

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Top mechanical engineering schools in Europe

Cranfield University, UKThe UK offers 28 of the world’s 300 top mechanical engineering universities, the most of any country outside of the US. As well as three within the top 10 (see above), Cranfield University (unranked in the world rankings) and the University of Manchester (30th in the world rankings) are both in the world’s top 50 for this subject. Also in the top 100 are Loughborough University (265th in the world rankings), the University of Nottingham (77th in the world rankings), the University of Sheffield (69th in the world rankings), the University of Bath (179th in the world rankings), the University of Birmingham (64th in the world rankings), the University of Bristol (29th in the world rankings), the University of Leeds (97th in the world rankings), the University of Liverpool (123rd in the world rankings) and the University of Southampton (94th in the world rankings).

Of the 14 German universities featured in the mechanical engineering ranking, six are among the world’s top 50. These are Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen, 147th in the world rankings), Technische Universität München (TU Munich, 54th in the world rankings), Universität Stuttgart (274th in the world rankings), Technische Universität Darmstadt (269th in the world rankings), KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (127th in the world rankings) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin, 192nd in the world rankings).

Ecole Centrale de Paris, FranceFrance claims 11 of the 300 top mechanical engineering universities, including Ecole Centrale de Paris (unranked in the world rankings) and Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech (35th in the world rankings). And Italy has 10 leading mechanical engineering schools, including one within the global top 50 – Politecnico di Milano (229th in the world rankings) – and another in the top 100 – Politecnico di Torino (365th in the world rankings).

There are a further five top universities for mechanical engineering in Belgium, including KU Leuven (82nd in the world rankings) within the top 100. Spain offers four, with its highest ranked offering, Politécnica de Madrid (385th in the world rankings) at 101-150.

Then come Greece, the Netherlands and Sweden, each with three top mechanical engineering schools. These include the Dutch Delft University of Technology (86th in the world rankings) and the Swedish KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (110th in the world rankings) – both within the world’s top 50 for mechanical engineering – as well as the Swedish Chalmers University of Technology (175th in the world rankings) in the top 100. Greece’s highest ranked school is the National Technical University of Athens (441-450 in the world rankings) in the 101-150 range.

ETH Zurich, SwitzerlandEach with two schools in the mechanical engineering ranking are Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Russia and Switzerland. Switzerland’s two schools are both ranked among the world’s top 50 – ETH Zurich (12th in the world rankings) comes 15th for mechanical engineering, and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, 17th in the world rankings) is 49=. While Denmark’s top offering, the Technical University of Denmark (123rd in the world rankings) makes the top 100, Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University (114th in the world rankings) and Austria’s Technische Universität Graz rank 101-150. Ireland’s Trinity College Dublin (71st in the world rankings) and the Czech Republic’s Czech Technical University in Prague (411-420 in the world rankings) both rank 151-200.

All home to just one leading school in this field are Finland, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Serbia. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (246th in the world rankings) is the highest ranked among these, at 101-150, while Finland’s Aalto University, Hungary’s Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Polish Warsaw University of Technology, the Portuguese University of Porto and the Serbian University of Belgrade all rank 201-300.

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Top mechanical engineering schools in Asia

Tsinghua University, ChinaAfter the US and the UK, China claims the strongest representation in the mechanical engineering ranking, home to 22 of the world’s 300 top mechanical engineering schools. These include Tsinghua University (47th in the world rankings), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (104th in the world rankings) and Peking University (57th in the world rankings) – all within the world’s top 50 for mechanical engineering.

Japan is next up, with 14 top mechanical engineering universities, including the University of Tokyo (31st in the world rankings), the Tokyo Institute of Technology (68th in the world rankings) and Kyoto University (36th in the world rankings) within the top 50. There are 11 entrants for South Korea, including two in the top 50 – KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (51st in the world rankings) and Seoul National University (SNU, 31st in the world rankings).

With a total of nine schools ranked in India, the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology perform particularly well, with four – IIT Bombay (IITB, 222nd in the world rankings), IIT Delhi (IITD, 235th in the world rankings), IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP, 324th in the world rankings) and IIT Madras (IITM, 322nd in the world rankings) – ranked among the world’s top 100.

National Taiwan University, NTUBoth Taiwan and Malaysia each claim eight leading mechanical engineering universities, with two each among the top 100 worldwide – Taiwanese National Taiwan University (NTU, 76th in the world rankings) and National Tsing Hua University (167th in the world rankings) and the Malay Universiti Malaya (UM, 151st in the world rankings), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM, 309th in the world rankings).

Hong Kong has five representatives, two of which are in the top 50 – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, 40th in the world rankings) and University of Hong Kong (28th in the world rankings) – while a further two are in the top 100 – the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, 46th in the world rankings) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (162nd in the world rankings).

Singapore likewise has a strong offering, with NUS in 8th place and Nanyang Technological University (NTU, 39th in the world rankings) at 17=. Lastly, both Indonesia and Thailand each have one school featured. These are the Thai Chulalongkorn University (243rd in the world rankings) and the Indonesian Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB, 461-470 in the world rankings).

Learn more about studying abroad in Asia with our country guides, or discover more leading schools in the region with the latest QS University Rankings: Asia.

Top mechanical engineering schools in Latin America

USP, BrazilNine of the 13 top mechanical engineering universities in Latin America are claimed by Brazil. Of these, two are among the world’s top 100: Universidade de São Paulo (USP, 132nd in the world rankings) and Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp, 206th in the world rankings).

Mexico boasts three top mechanical engineering universities, including the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM, 175th in the world rankings) at 151-200. The other Latin American country featured in the mechanical engineering ranking is Chile, with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (167th in the world rankings).

View our full range of Latin American country guides, or discover more leading schools in the region with the latest edition of the QS University Rankings: Latin America.

Top mechanical engineering schools in Australia & New Zealand

University of Melbourne, AustraliaAustralia appears a total of 14 times in the mechanical engineering ranking, with the University of Melbourne (33rd in the world rankings), Monash University (70th in the world rankings), the University of Sydney (37th in the world rankings) and the University of New South Wales (48th in the world rankings) all among the world’s top 50. Also in the top 100 are Australian National University (ANU, 25th in the world rankings), RMIT University (304th in the world rankings) and the University of Queensland (UQ, 43rd in the world rankings).

Neighboring New Zealand, meanwhile, offers a pair of leading mechanical engineering schools – the University of Auckland (92nd in the world rankings) at 51-100 and the University of Canterbury (242nd in the world rankings) at 151-200.

Find out more about studying in Australia and New Zealand with our country guides.

Top mechanical engineering schools in the Middle East

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi ArabiaBoth Saudi Arabia and Turkey each have four top universities for mechanical engineering, including the Saudi King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM, 225th in the world rankings) and King Saud University (KSU, 249th in the world rankings), both at 101-150. Meanwhile Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (401-410 in the world rankings) ranks at 51-100, followed by Istanbul Technical University (501-550 in the world rankings) at 101-150.

While the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (190th in the world rankings) is Israel’s only offering in the ranking, Egypt has three representatives, including Cairo University (551-600 in the world rankings). South Africa is the only other African nation featured, with the University of Cape Town (141st in the world rankings).

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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