Postgraduate study
Engineering

PgDip/MSc Mechanical Engineering

This MSc programme offers you an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering which are in demand from industry. It is an ideal bridging programme for those graduates seeking to register as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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You study the core modules in CAD/CAM and Product Development, Finite Element Methods and Machine Design and you select three additional modules from Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design, Manufacturing Systems, Project Management and Enterprise, Supply Chain Management and Applied Continuum Mechanics.

Professional accreditation

Engineering Council accredited degree Our 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.

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Modules

Core modules

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.

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.

Project Management and Enterprise

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully project manage new product developments focusing on project management skills and processes, quality assurance issues, new product development processes and statistical analysis techniques. It provides you with an opportunity to develop a project plan for a programme of research based on scientific literature, with particular reference to key concepts such as innovation, enterprise and originality.

This fundamental project management basis is interlinked with developing an understanding of entrepreneurial best practices to enable you to transfer your ideas into the commercial arena. This element of the module focuses on intellectual property rights, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, business start-up processes and includes an element of foresight thinking.

Research and Study Skills

This module offers foundation knowledge in a range of research methods. It illustrates the significant role that theoretical principles play in the research process and the importance of presenting clear and credible arguments and evidence to support the design and findings of research.

 

and three optional modules

Applied 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.

Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design

This module equips you with a comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques, methodologies and approaches to automotive engineering and vehicle design; and in particular, seeks to develop your systematic approach to design and innovation processes in automotive engineering. You develop a systematic and critical understanding of the breadth and depth of systems, modules and components of modern vehicles, together with a critical awareness of the key drivers for continuous improvement and innovation in the automotive sector.

The module complements technical understanding with a critical awareness of current problems, regulatory frameworks and safety and environmental issues, informed by current professional practice in the area of vehicle design and automotive engineering.

This module is delivered through a structured series of lectures for the duration of the module, supported by tutorial sessions. In addition to evaluating current designs and practice, you are encouraged to develop your own design concepts and innovations.

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.

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.

 

MSc candidates

Major Project

This is the culmination of the programme of studies. You undertake a challenging problem related substantially to your discipline. The project is linked where possible to an industrial or external partner organisation, which may even host your work and substantially direct the activity. Where this is not possible, a real or simulated real problem may be chosen as the subject for the work. It is, however, expected that even where the problem is simulated or hypothetical, it will be treated as if real. The project outcomes should be at a publishable standard.

 

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.

How you are assessed

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

Career opportunities

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

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class honours degree in a related engineering discipline. Suitable subjects include mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, mechatronics and other subjects with significant mechanical engineering content.
In addition, international students will normally need at least 6.0 with no component below 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 1 year

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Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 738800

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