Mechanical Engineering MSc - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

Mechanical engineering combines scientific principles, mathematics, and realisation to design, develop and implement innovative solutions to contemporary problems. This programme will enhance your skills and provide you with advanced subject knowledge to accelerate your engineering career.

From designing replacement hip joints and hospital MRI scanners, to developing autonomous vehicles and monitoring the structural health of offshore windfarms, mechanical engineering contributes greatly to contemporary life and is central to the innovation carried out in many industries.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our MSc Mechanical Engineering programme comprises of advanced topics in mechanical engineering and industry linked project work. You will benefit from the teaching of some of the world’s experts in their fields, a state-of-the-art working environment, and networking opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Over the course of the year, you will study six taught modules and also undertake a major individual project. These will provide you with advanced knowledge while allowing you to develop your specialist skills, which will enable you to take advantage of the many senior engineering and technology employment opportunities available at home and abroad. You will become familiar with stress analysis, finite element analyses and modelling; renewables including wind, tidal and hydro-power; mechanisms and mechanical design; control and self-learning systems; and systems analysis, among other topics. At the same time, you will develop capabilities that are highly valued by employers more generally, such as problem-solving, analytical skills and team-working abilities.

A major element of the programme is a dissertation project during which you will undertake independent research and receive one-to-one supervision from an academic specialist, and possibly be working with one of our industry partners. During this project, you will bring together everything that you have learnt and apply it to an advanced individual project. This will allow you to practise your skills and demonstrate your professional competences, thereby improving your employability.  These projects have led to employment for many graduates and recent examples include:

  • Control design for a mobile robot used for nuclear decommissioning tasks
  • Fire resistance of FRP-concrete columns
  • Wave powered eddy current heat generator for seawater desalination technologies
  • Improved solar thermal systems

Additional to the dissertation project, you will also complete an industry linked project. This exciting project will both challenge you and allow you to apply your abilities to real-world problems. You will gain experience of working in real professional environments, while gaining and developing highly employable skills, such as communications, team-working and project management.

Assessment

Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global companies.

In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.

Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

Community

As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.

Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.

You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.

Career

Our MSc in Mechanical Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.

There is a wide range of sectors where mechanical engineering is relevant, and starting salaries are highly competitive. Roles include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Technical Team Leader, Manager or Director
  • Engineering Consultant

In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.

Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Mechanical engineering combines scientific principles, mathematics, and realisation to design, develop and implement innovative solutions to contemporary problems. This programme will enhance your skills and provide you with advanced subject knowledge to accelerate your engineering career.

    From designing replacement hip joints and hospital MRI scanners, to developing autonomous vehicles and monitoring the structural health of offshore windfarms, mechanical engineering contributes greatly to contemporary life and is central to the innovation carried out in many industries.

    Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our MSc Mechanical Engineering programme comprises of advanced topics in mechanical engineering and industry linked project work. You will benefit from the teaching of some of the world’s experts in their fields, a state-of-the-art working environment, and networking opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

    Over the course of the year, you will study six taught modules and also undertake a major individual project. These will provide you with advanced knowledge while allowing you to develop your specialist skills, which will enable you to take advantage of the many senior engineering and technology employment opportunities available at home and abroad. You will become familiar with stress analysis, finite element analyses and modelling; renewables including wind, tidal and hydro-power; mechanisms and mechanical design; control and self-learning systems; and systems analysis, among other topics. At the same time, you will develop capabilities that are highly valued by employers more generally, such as problem-solving, analytical skills and team-working abilities.

    A major element of the programme is a dissertation project during which you will undertake independent research and receive one-to-one supervision from an academic specialist, and possibly be working with one of our industry partners. During this project, you will bring together everything that you have learnt and apply it to an advanced individual project. This will allow you to practise your skills and demonstrate your professional competences, thereby improving your employability.  These projects have led to employment for many graduates and recent examples include:

    • Control design for a mobile robot used for nuclear decommissioning tasks
    • Fire resistance of FRP-concrete columns
    • Wave powered eddy current heat generator for seawater desalination technologies
    • Improved solar thermal systems

    Additional to the dissertation project, you will also complete an industry linked project. This exciting project will both challenge you and allow you to apply your abilities to real-world problems. You will gain experience of working in real professional environments, while gaining and developing highly employable skills, such as communications, team-working and project management.

    Assessment

    Engineering is more than just theory and, as a result, you will experience labs/practical sessions, workshops and group tutorials, alongside lectures. This contact is with academic staff that are internationally recognised and work alongside global companies.

    In addition, our technicians and admin support team are very approachable and have many years of experience in helping students achieve success.

    Assessment varies between modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typically you can expect assignments such as coursework, presentations and formal examinations.

    Community

    As a department, we prioritise delivering high-quality, rigorous programmes that prepare and equip our graduates for a rewarding career. The Department provides an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the dynamic nature of professional engineering.

    Our Department is an internationally recognised leader in research and innovation and, as such, you will join a thriving and supportive academic community. Staff and students alike will welcome and support you both academically and socially.

    You will be encouraged throughout your programme in a friendly, vibrant environment that is conducive to excellent research and learning.

    Career

    Our MSc in Mechanical Engineering is designed to support your career ambitions and progression. By enabling you to develop your technical and professional skills to an advanced level, and allowing you to apply what you have previously learnt to real-world problems, this programme equips you with the knowledge and experience for a range of engineering careers, and will put you ahead of the competition.

    There is a wide range of sectors where mechanical engineering is relevant, and starting salaries are highly competitive. Roles include:

    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Production Engineer
    • Aerospace Engineer
    • Automotive Engineer
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • Technical Team Leader, Manager or Director
    • Engineering Consultant

    In addition, studying at Masters level will further enhance your prospects, opening up opportunities to progress further in your career.

    Alternatively, our programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and experience to take up further study at PhD level and begin a career in research, exploring innovative, cutting-edge areas of the engineering discipline.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Duration: 12 months, full-time or 24 months, part-time

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines, or in Physics. HND or equivalent together with appropriate industrial experience may be considered
    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications at International Qualifications

    Your degree needs to have covered modules in: Mechanics, Control, CAD, Simulation, Fluids and Thermodynamics

    Additional requirements: Some experience in industry in a technical position requiring engineering skills is desirable but not required

    English language: IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0
    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found at English language requirements

    10 week- Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
    For details of eligibility see: Pre sessional programmes

    4 week- Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
    Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes

     Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding

    Further information: Please see our website

     

     
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £8,500 £4,250
    Overseas £19,500 n/a

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Research Areas

Our research is recognised for its exceptional quality and international reputation and is supported by RCUK, EU and industry funding. As a result, our work crosscuts traditional research fields, is strongly multidisciplinary and focuses on achieving high impact. We have contributed substantially to a wide range of application domains including energy, transport, cyber-crime and social computing.

Facilities

The Engineering Department houses a wide range of facilities covering many areas from renewable energy to high-frequency electromagnetics. Our state-of-the-art equipment is in active use for world-leading research, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.