MSc Mechanical Engineering

MSc Mechanical Engineering

This programme has been developed to meet the increasing demand for advanced engineering skills within manufacturing and engineering sectors as well as the demand for professional development for practising and graduate engineers.

The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study advanced topics in engineering, developing their knowledge at an advanced level while gaining a understanding of issues affecting mechanical engineering considerations.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Engineering
Contact Name:
Andrew Thorn
Contact Email:
Language Choice:

Follow Us facebook

This programme has been developed around the growing need for highly skilled mechanical engineers while recognising the need for graduate engineers to enhance their skills and gain professional recognition. The programme as split into two parts and will examine key areas in mechanical engineering such as; structural integrity and materials evaluation, simulation and modelling, mechanisms of material failure and the importance of strategic implications. 

Part 1

Develops knowledge acquired from previous studies in more detail while providing an in depth understanding of areas that a mechanical engineer would wish to investigate. The MSc Mechanical Engineering programme enables students to gain an in depth knowledge and understanding of engineering design, mechanisms of material failure, structural integrity and simulation and modelling

Part 2

This gives the students the opportunity to put ideas into practice by researching an area of interest or a project within the working environment. This could be evaluating materials and their applications to prevent failures in service, modelling fluid flow in processes, or studying the influences or effects of corrosion on materials and how it can be prevented.

Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Engineering Design and Analysis
  • Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Mechanisms of Material Failure
  • Leadership, Product Development and Innovation
  • Design for Manufacture

Part II (60 credits) 

  • Major Project 

Assessment used within this programme is mostly coursework based with examinations utilised in two modules. Assessments are designed to develop the students ability to analyse complex problems in advanced engineering environments while at the same time understanding what the problem is and developing relevant solutions through practical work, research, case studies and critical evaluation. In some modules students are required to present their research/findings to their lecturers and peers followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are utilised by the programme team to generate student lead work.

An honours degree of at 2:2 or above classification in an appropriate based discipline. The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent qualifications

These will be considered for entry onto the programme. For example, an applicant with a good HND, together with at least five years relevant experience would be considered. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support his/her application.

Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We will take into account your skills, achievements and work experience. Evidence of personal professional and educational experience will be sought to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme.

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferable within businesses and from sector to sector. Our graduates will have gained expertise designed to enhance their employability within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, energy and oil and gas sectors. For example:structural integrity engineer in the oiling gas sector, product life cycle enhancement specialist.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

The School of Engineering prides itself on providing a supportive and friendly learning environment enhanced by the excellent industrial and research experience of the programme team, many of whom have had many years of industrial experience at a senior level. This knowledge and experience enables all students to gain an advanced level of knowledge in mechanical engineering.

Class sizes are generally around 15-20 students which creates an environment where students can foster ideas and discuss issues that they have in common with their fellow students.

Our extensive engagement with employers and professional institutions means we are able to enhance our graduate employability and career opportunities. Our vision for students, is to create an environment that will enable them to achieve their full potential and enhance their earning and career prospects.