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Mechanical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

Mechanical Engineering (with Advanced Practice)
MSc

 
  • January 2020: Apply now to start January 2020.
 

Course overview

This MSc programme offers you an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering which are in demand from industry. You study develop knowledge and key skills in CAD/CAM and Product Development, Finite Element Methods and Machine Design and options available include Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design, Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain Management and Applied Continuum Mechanics.

There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate master’s award:

  • MSc Mechanical Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification. The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme.A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting. We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

Professional accreditation

Our one-year MSc Mechanical Engineering is accredited to CEng level by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The accredited Masters-level award will provide you with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in preparation for your registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

The two-year MSc Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as accredited title.

 
 

Course details

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Practice in Science, Engineering and Design

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship: Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Vocational Internship: Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

CAD/CAM and Product Developments

This module provides knowledge of time compression technologies to enable design and delivery of innovative products and reduce time to market. It includes a study of rapid prototyping and production development techniques alongside a review of collaborative product development and concurrent design engineering strategies using 3-D modelling to minimise manufacturing lead time. You are introduced to various software packages; you are encouraged to take a critical view of these packages and consider their integration with other systems.

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

Finite Element Methods

This module provides practical experience of using commercially available finite element packages. The application of the method is demonstrated using a number of case studies. You are encouraged to use the technique as an extension of your standard text books in solving design and manufacturing problems.

Machine Design

Engineering Design may be defined as an interactive decision-making process that has as its objective the creation and optimization of a new or improved technical system for the fulfilment of a human need or desire, with due regard for conservation of resources and environmental impact.

This module develops the comprehensive theories and the principles of Mechanical Design and applies them to the design and analysis of realistic engineering problems analytically and/or computationally.
Specific areas of study include:
- advanced principles of design and stress analysis
- design of a mechanical drive
- design details and other machine elements
- experimental stress analysis

Lectures introduce each major topic on the module emphasizing both the conceptual and theoretical development and their applications to realistic engineering problems, through worked examples. Tutorials and seminars are used primarily for you to practice and to provide feedback. Laboratory session is used to investigate the experimental stress analysis and develop a deeper understanding of the theory and principles.

Assessment is by three in-course assignments.

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


Supply Chain Management

This module demonstrates how to benchmark an organisation and introduces you to the concepts of key performance indicators, total quality management (TQM), six sigma, total productive maintenance (TPM) and supply chain management. You learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management enable you to plan activities, which improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

 

and one optional module

Continuum Mechanics

This module develops a universal framework of mechanical principles that applies to all materials and integrates classical treatment of fluids and solids with more recent developments in rheology. The theoretical development is made concrete through extensive use of examples drawn from real world applications to ensure it is thoroughly grounded in current industrial practice.

Tutorials provide the opportunity for you to become fluent in the manipulation of the appropriate notations, principles and laws; and to develop competence in the application of these principles to a broad range of real world examples and Case Studies.

Manufacturing Systems

This module considers typical hardware and software involved with automated machinery and production processes. It shows you how machines can be integrated into flexible cells and flexible manufacturing systems and, when linked with appropriate production management software, into computer integrated manufacturing systems.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

 
 

Entry requirements

You will need a first degree equivalent to at least a UK second class (2.2) honours degree. A range of degree subjects are acceptable including mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, mechatronics and other subjects with significant mechanical engineering content.

Students with a degree awarded outside the UK must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

Non-EU international students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.

For additional information please see our entry requirements

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Employability

Career opportunities

Mechanical engineers typically work in structural engineering, research and development, automotive engineering and design, the aerospace industry, manufacturing, processing and chemical industries as well as management positions.

 

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Full-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,335 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£7,000 a year

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  • Length: September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks
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Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.

 

Skills

Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.

 

Earnings

The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018, tees.ac.uk/source)

 

Campus

Study in our friendly town-centre campus with over £270m recently invested and another £300m over the next 10 years.

 

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