This programme offers a broad range of advanced subjects across the mechanical engineering disciplines. It’s aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques, or those who want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.
We emphasise the application of computational methods and packages in mechanical engineering analysis design and manufacture to solve complex engineering problems, but you’ll choose from a wide variety of options that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests or career ambitions. You could gain specialist knowledge in mechatronics and robotics, automotive engineering, tribology, aerospace engineering and many more.
You’ll be taught in world-class facilities by researchers who are making breakthroughs in their fields. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career.
We have an impressive range of world-class facilities to support your studies. In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis.
There’s also a well-equipped workshop with CNC machinery, 3D printing facilities and wire EDM for building parts and extensive lab facilities for solid and fluid dynamics, erosion, corrosion, tribology, combustion, control and dynamics, robotics and optical measurement.
In Semester 1 you’ll take a core module that introduces you to the fundamentals of computational and experimental methods, laying the groundwork for the rest of your studies. Beyond this, you’ll be able to choose modules in areas that suit your interests and career aspirations such as Combustion in Engines, fluid dynamics analysis, biomaterials or aspects of automotive and aerospace engineering.
Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the 2016 Advanced Mechanical Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll take two compulsory modules including your Professional project, and then select six optional modules.
|- Engineering Computational Methods (15 credits)|
- Professional Project (75 credits)
|- Finite Element Methods of Analysis (20 credits)|
- Mechatronics and Robotics Applications (15 credits)
- Automotive Chassis Engineering (15 credits)
- Automotive Driveline Engineering (15 credits)
- Surface Engineering (15 credits)
- Biomaterials (Short Course) (15 credits)
- Functional Joint Replacement Technology (Short Course) (15 credits)
- Introduction to Tribology (15 credits)
- Aerospace Structures (15 credits)
- Rotary Wing Aircraft (15 credits)
- Vehicle and Product Systems Design (15 credits)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis (15 credits)
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have previous studies covering advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials and dynamics. Some optional modules will also require studies covering thermodynamics but this is not essential to gain entry onto the course.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science and Engineering B (6 weeks) and Language for Science and Engineering A (10 weeks).
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Scholarships and financial support
The School of Mechanical Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships
After graduating from this course, you will be in a good position to seek employment with many leading organisations such as Airbus, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Transportation, Crompton Technology Group, Cummins UK, DePuy International, EAS Engineering, E-ON UK, Faraday Packaging Partnership, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan Motor Company, Prodrive, Ricardo UK and Siemens.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering andcomputing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.
The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Recent projects for MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering students have included:
- Turbulent Combustion (Experiment and Theory/Modelling)
- Alternative/Sustainable Fuels
- Gas Turbine Cooling Ring Effectiveness
- Engine combustion
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.