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Course overview

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.

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, Supply Chain Management and Applied Continuum Mechanics.Study this course and you may be eligible for an Institution of Mechanical Engineers scholarship of up to £5,000.

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.

 
 

Course details

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

Course structure

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.

Engineering Research Project

You investigate an area of engineering and work independently to a level recognised to be at the forefront of the discipline. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research and in knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study. You are required to demonstrate the capacity for a comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals for the solution to the project topic.

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.

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.

Sustainability

You will investigate how the role of the engineer is becoming more focused on serving society as well as industry and to recognise the impact of engineers’ decisions on society and the environment.

As engineers of the future, you will need to have a sustainable worldview, acknowledging international, cultural, and diversity issues in society. In addition, you will also be expected to solve complex problems with consideration for multi-perspective views, long-term effects, risk, and the impacts of decisions on society.

This module will examine the key topics surrounding sustainability in the context of engineering applications across a range of disciplines and key future challenges such as energy, transport, and construction.

The subjects will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will develop key concepts and knowledge. Seminars will allow more focused examinations of important issues and approaches.

 

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.

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.

 
 

Entry requirements

You need a first degree equivalent to at least a UK second class (2.2) honours degree. Acceptable engineering degree subjects include mechanical, aerospace, aeronautical, manufacturing, production and mechanical systems.

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 general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Employability

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.

 

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£6,695 a year

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£13,000 a year

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