Introduction to Engineering

Specialist engineering

Harper Adams concentrates on the teaching of specialist mechanical engineering courses aimed at the agricultural and off-highway industries. Our Agricultural Engineering graduates are leading the development of machinery and systems to support the challenges of the global agricultural industry, whilst our Off Road Vehicle Design graduates are involved in the development of the next generation of off-highway vehicles in a range of industries including military, construction and agriculture.

Our reputation for excellent teaching and applied research is built on a long and successful history of supplying high calibre engineers to industry who already have a proven ability to deliver solutions to complex real world problems.

Engineering students

The emphasis on projects, teamwork and placement helps students prepare for the graduate workplace and learn from each other, as well as making valuable professional contacts for the future. Students are encouraged to compete for in-house and national prizes, many of which are sponsored by industry and involve solving real problems. Others embark on projects which attract interest far beyond the University. One student drove a car he rebuilt himself 8,000 miles from London to Mongolia for charity. Another's final year project, designing off road wheelchairs for people with mobility impairments, later became the basis of a successful company (



The engineering industry has a huge shortfall of suitably qualified people, so professional engineers are in great demand in the UK and worldwide. Harper Adams gives you the skills, knowledge and, vitally, experience that employers and society needs. At Harper Adams you are treated as a professional engineer from day one. Because of the strong engineering and management elements of the courses, students have the skills to find employment throughout the engineering industry and are not restricted to agricultural or off-highway engineering careers alone.

Our graduates have an excellent rate of employment; many are offered their first job by their placement employer. They can be found working around the world as designers, consultants, project managers, test and development engineers, and product specialists. An engineering degree is regarded by employers as a highly flexible degree which incorporates a range of transferable skills, and the managerial, analytical and problem solving skills that you learn at Harper Adams will also make you highly employable outside of the engineering industry.

We have developed strong relationships with some of the biggest names in the sector including JCB, Claas, John Deere, BAE Systems, CNH, AGCO and Jaguar Land Rover - many of which also offer scholarships. Most of our scholarship students will spend their placements and holidays working with these employers, have their final year projects sponsored, and then go on to develop successful graduate careers with them.


There is a wealth of professional, technical, research and teaching experience within the engineering department's staff. Our academic staff are professional engineers with expertise across a range of specialisms, including vehicle and machine design for off-road and agricultural applications, electronics, and hydraulics. A member of the team provides dedicated maths support, while skilled technicians support student projects.

What are Incorporated and Chartered Engineers?

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) describes an Incorporated Engineer as an applications-based engineer who works with the technology that is available, while a Chartered Engineer specialises in analysis, creating the technology of tomorrow. Our courses are accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and recognised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). MEng graduates are eligible for initial registration for Chartered Engineering status. BEng students can become chartered engineers after completing additional study to Master's level. BSc graduates are eligible for Incorporated Engineer status. FdSc students can achieve Incorporated Engineer status by completing additional study to BSc level.