Full time 12 Month(s)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
Students are given a comprehensive introduction to Systems Thinking and its application to engineering (also known as Systems Engineering) during this module. To that end, the module introduces the tools to help in gathering and analysing requirements and continuing through system architecting to solution generation, evaluation and selection.
The modern integration of mechanical, electronic, chemical and software engineering technologies demands an approach to design that enables the designers to handle the inherent complexity. As such, students will be taught how to design complex systems to meet the desires and expectations of customers; this will increase their employability in the Engineering industry.
Students will be educated in the importance of a structured approach to system and product design, including the skills for eliciting, capturing and analysing customer requirements. They will also learn how to introduce functional modelling methods for the analysis and synthesis of a set of requirements and introduce a systems framework for design, in terms of people, processes and tools. A key aim is to enable the students to develop skills in creative thinking, allowing them to, among other things, use tools to generate and select conceptual system design solutions.
By the end of this module, students will have gained a theoretical understanding of the systems approach to system design, including how it relates to systems engineering and its principles through divergent and convergent thinking processes.
To successfully complete this module you will require an open mind and a willingness to think.
The Renewable Energy module provides students with specialist training in this field, with strong emphasis on engineering design, but also included are discussions of costs, grid integration, optimal resource exploitation and environmental aspects. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamentals of a range of sources of renewable energy and the means of its conversion into useful forms. In addition to this, the technical, economical, environmental and ethical issues associated with the exploitation of renewable energy sources will be highlighted.
Students will be provided with a good overview of most rapidly growing forms of renewable energy, they will also learn the basics design concepts of horizontal and vertical axis wind and tidal current turbines, and will consider key power and control strategies. They will be taught how to assess renewable energy resources and how to reliably determine the maximum share of the available source that can be converted into electricity.
Using engineering models and general-purpose technologies, students will learn the formulation and solution of multidisciplinary problems of renewable energy engineering. The discussion of realistic engineering problems and machine design/usage challenges will expose students to technologies presently used in the research and development departments of modern renewable energy organisations.
Pre requisites of this module include Undergraduate level (years 1 and 2) trigonometry, aerodynamics, hydraulics, statistics and calculus, and elements of physics, including principle of energy conservation, kinematics and dynamics of particle motion in non-inertial reference frames.
This module aims to help students identify, understand and then set out the mechanism and mechanical design requirements for products and, in particular, actuators. It also covers actuation system mechanics and geometry with the generic techniques for analysing actuators and their dynamics.
Students will be taught the operating principles of different types of actuators and how they are selected for a dedicated application. They will learn the principles of precision location and of the guidance of moving parts, and use kinematic design to integrate actuators into their systems. Other tasks will include studying the dynamic analysis of the actuation system under different excitation force conditions, and using geometric (kinematic) analysis to predict the motion of a robot mechanism regardless of forces.
These applications of knowledge will allow students to appreciate the mechanics of robotic manipulators, their use in manufacturing and their programming. It will also provide an understanding of actuator operating principles.
Students will become skilled in analysing the dynamics of real systems via applying appropriate approaches including the formulation of actuator system models, time-series analysis and frequency response analysis. They will also come to understand the meaning and significance of factors which determine the performance and stability of machine systems, and be able to set out the scheme design of a machine system which incorporates principles derived from this understanding.
To complete this module we expect you have fundamental knowledge of mathematical tools used in the analysis of structures including matrix methods. We also expect you to have some basic understanding of elasticity and fluids compressibility.
This module concerns the design and application of intelligent control systems, with a focus on modern algorithmic computer-aided design methods. Starting from the well-known proportional-integral algorithm, essential concepts such as digital and optimal control will be familiarised using straightforward algebra and block diagrams.
The module addresses the needs of students across the engineering discipline who would like to advance their knowledge of automatic control and optimisation, with the lectures being supported by practical worked-examples based on recent research into robotics, mechatronic and environmental systems, among other areas.
Students will also be taught statistical modelling concepts that have wide-ranging application for control, signal processing and forecasting, with applications beyond engineering into health and medicine, economics, etc.
The concept of state variable feedback is utilised as a unifying framework for generalised digital control system design. This approach provides a relatively gentle learning curve, from which potentially difficult topics, such as optimal, stochastic and multivariable control, can be introduced and assimilated in an interesting and straightforward manner. The module also aims to develop an appreciation of the constraints under which industrial applications of control operate, and to introduce the computational tools needed for designing these control systems.
Major global companies across the engineering discipline, including automotive and communications companies, have positions for graduates with a control engineering background. This module is also very useful for those who wish to work with robotics and autonomous systems.
Ultimately, students will come to understand various hierarchical architectures of intelligent control. They will also be able to design optimal model-based control systems and design and evaluate system performance for practical applications.
Previous courses about control systems are not a pre-requisite. Students taking this module are expected to be able to confidently manipulate algebraic expressions, vectors and matrices, including scalar and vector products.
There is a perceived lack of critical understanding and training in modern industrial design methods using state-of-the-art CAD/CAE/CAM technology and design optimization. This module aims to address this imbalance by providing exposure to the advanced aspects of many software tools such as finite element analysis (FEA), cutting path analysis and product data management (PDM): all key tools in many decision-making and design optimisation processes.
Students are introduced to the use of computer-based tools for strategic decision making in industry. It is not a training workshop on how to use specific software; it is instead a study on how to use the software well, in particular to facilitate making engineering decisions. During the module, the students will learn what engineering models are required in industry and how that data is managed using PDM and PLM. They will also learn how to prove that their numerical analyses is of a good enough standard to be used in decision making; and how cutting path analysis can be used as a strategic tool for cost reduction.
Increasingly, employers are expecting graduates to leave university already versed in tools used in industry, so the importance of this module in terms of employment opportunities cannot be overstated.
At the end of this module, the students will be able to use their understanding of solid mechanics to devise appropriate Finite Element Analysis methodologies and assess the validity of their analysis, and will be able to create designs that can be reliably realised using Computer Aided Manufacturing methodologies. They will also gain a comprehensive understanding of the use of Product Data Management and be able to judge when it is to be used as compared to alternative methods.
Most students taking this module will already have an understanding of basic solid mechanics, design, numerical analysis and manufacturing as appropriate for an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. While the basics will be reviewed, CAD, basic FEA, solid mechanics and basic manufacturing are pre-requisites. In addition, students are expected to have a few pre-requisites related to mathematical ability that may be used in lectures and assessments. In particular, students taking this module are expected to be able to confidently:
Projects are obtained from local companies who have a genuine engineering problem, design or development requirement. The three-week project commences with a team and project assignment and briefing lecture. Each team then meets their company and is assigned an industrial contact and academic supervisor for the project. Communication with the company and academic supervisor for most of the project is at the discretion of the team.
During the project, students will learn how to structure a technical problem, assess the technologies required to meet the requirements using available literature and resources, work creatively to develop possible solutions, and apply multidisciplinary scientific and engineering skills to assess the technical validity of those solutions. The modules ends with a presentation session.
This module gives the opportunity to apply the technical, problem analysis and project management skills learned in earlier modules to a real industrial environment. Gaining professional experience solving problems in industry in this way can greatly increase the employability of postgraduates. Students can also forge useful connections during their communication with the companies.
Projects may require advanced engineering skills in any field so the module is suitable for students on all MSc courses.Previous experience of working with industry is not required.
The technical projects tackled during this module are varied and in most cases obtained from local companies who have a genuine engineering problem, design or development requirement. They can vary from research-orientated investigations of new methods or techniques to solution of shop-floor problems to improve productivity.
Projects are approximately eighteen-weeks in length and may be either selected from a ‘pool’ or self-proposed. Part-time students may undertake a project linked to their company subject to approval. Students are assigned an academic supervisor from the university and primary contact from the company.
During the project, students will assess the needs of an organisation and consider the required approach to delivering change; define a technical problem and critically appraise the nature of this problem; and finally identify various methodologies that could be appropriate for this problem situation and a sound project plan to implement them.
By the end of the module, postgraduates will have demonstrated the skills of independent learning and the ability for constructive critical reflection that is essential for continuing professional development.
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.
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 consideredIf 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 ThermodynamicsAdditional 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
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