A general advanced mechanical engineering course particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors, including mechanical engineering design and assessment. Students will learn project management, design, computer-aided engineering, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity.
Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield is unique in that it offers you a broad range of mechanical engineering projects with the added component of a management flavour. This provides the opportunity for you to enhance your mechanical engineering skill with a view to developing your career in the management of large engineering projects.
In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, you will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is differentiated from other courses available primarily by its industrial context through the strong links we have with national and international industry. We build our industrial links through research and consultancy, which allows us to provide practical and current examples to help illustrate learning throughout the course.
This course is also available on a part-time basis for individuals who wish to study whilst remaining in full-time employment. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offer a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
This degree is particularly industrially focused; although the course does not at present have an industrial advisory board, the course staff are heavily involved in industrially funded and oriented research and development.
The Head of Department, for example, sits on the IMechE Offshore Engineering committee, two BSI committees, the Engineering Integrity Society and is Chairman of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Offshore, Renewable Energy Committee. Course content is reviewed annually by the course team and project/group work is by and large related to the Department's industrially funded research.
This MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The taught programme for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering masters is generally delivered from October until March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the Course Director.
The group project undertaken between October and April enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. You will put in to practice analytical and numerical skills developed in the compulsory modules.
The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multidisciplinary solution. You will develop a fundamental range of skills required to work in a team including team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and exploiting the variety of expertise of each individual member. Each group will be given an industrially relevant assignment to perform. Industry involvement is an integral component for the group project, to give you first-hand experience at working within real life challenging situations.
It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industry partner.
The aim of the individual research project is to provide you with direct experience in undertaking a research/development project in a relevant industrial or research area. You will make a formal presentation of your findings to a panel of academics and industry experts and submit a research thesis.
The individual research project component takes place from March to August.
For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work and supported by academic supervision.
Taught modules 40% Group Project 20% Individual Research Project 40%
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Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering takes you onto a challenging career in industry, government or research. The course reflects the strengths and reputation of Cranfield particularly in the energy, transport and management sectors.
This new, innovative programme offers graduates excellent career prospects in a broad field of mechanical engineering-related industries. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake a PhD. The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based programme covering an important and industrially-relevant portfolio of mechanical engineering modules, such as Biofuels and Combustion, Manufacturing Processes, MEMS, and Automation and Robotics.
All the teaching is delivered by highly experienced and qualified members of academic staff who are at the cutting-edge of research in their respective fields. This programme will be attractive to graduates of mechanical engineering or related subjects.
With leading research into Advanced Mechanical Engineering, the University of Birmingham is the ideal location for bright graduates, looking for a solid and well-respected postgraduate qualification which will act as a springboard for a successful future.
The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for both of its full-time and part-time modes of study.
The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems. A 20-credit synoptic mechanical engineering module has been integrated into the programme and provides research-focused teaching of selected novel case studies from various research areas being carried out within the School in order to enhance the relevant knowledge base of the students.
A further 10 credit module covering research skills, project management and business enterprise will provide the necessary training to enhance the competencies in professional skills that modern mechanical engineers are expected to possess. The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module. The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.
The modules will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods, providing a well-rounded educational experience and an opportunity to further develop skills prized by employers.
There will be a strong emphasis on enquiry-based learning throughout, further enhancing students’ ability to think independently and creatively.
The graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to gain employment in a wide field of careers in mechanical and related engineering. The typical functional roles include design, consultancy, maintenance, operations, and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence
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Whether you are a new graduate or an engineering professional, this course has been designed to help you develop advanced skills in thermofluids science and technology, fluid dynamics, structural analysis, heat conversion and recovery. You will learn with leading experts in the field on modules informed by the latest developments in technology and practice.
This course is designed to help you meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market, with a focus on advanced thermal power, systems and processes. As a result, your studies will prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of engineering enterprises.
The programme has been developed from our research strength in fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, mathematical modelling in CAD, renewable and sustainable energy, gas turbine engineering, IC engines and powertrain, and advanced heat transfer.
The Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc will help you:
The course has been accredited regularly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on behalf of the Engineering Council, as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accreditation takes place every five years and currently the course is going through the re-accreditation process.
The department has extensive experimental and computational facilities that you can use during your studies, particularly during the work leading to your dissertation. This includes:
The department also has a parallel computing cluster with licences to the most commonly used computational software in addition to in-house developed programmes.
The programme comprises lectures, assessed assignments and technical visits.
Teaching by academics and industry professionals whose work is internationally recognised. Seminar series and talks are conducted by visiting speakers.
Assessment is based on marks obtained throughout the year for courseworks, class tests, and end-of-year examinations followed by dissertation. Modules, based on coursework only, are assessed through substantial individually designed courseworks, assignments and small projects. IT skill is assessed through submitted work on design reports and computational courseworks.
On this MSc, there are eight taught modules equating to 120 credits, plus a dissertation of 60 credits. The taught part of the MSc is structured into modules of 15 credits each.
The dissertation provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply knowledge and develop a deep understanding in a specialised topic of your choice. Dissertations can be research- or industry-inspired, allowing you to prepare for your future career choices. Successful industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of students by the collaborating company.
The course follows a weekly teaching structure delivered at City, throughout the year at the rate of four days per week. Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and dissertation will lead to the award of an MSc degree.
6 Core Modules, 15 credits each (90 credits):
Plus the individual project (EPM949); 60 credits.
Elective modules, choice of two, 15 credits each (30 credits):
This Masters is geared towards preparing you for a successful career in mechanical engineering, providing you with highly sought-after, in-depth knowledge of fundamental theory and hands-on experience in the field of mechanical technology. The course also features industry-based projects that can provide you with employment opportunities.
Recent graduate employment destinations include:
The course provides an academically challenging exposure to modern issues in Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science giving you the opportunity to specialise in Mechatronics. It is suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical sciences graduates who wish to specialise in advanced mechanical engineering science or to support continued professional development. It offers a sound understanding of the relevant fundamental science, methods, analysis and engineering applications.
This masters course could see you designing robots and building machines with the power to change modern life. Mechatronics is an exciting branch of engineering, uniting the principles of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering.
This course will feature the expertise and guidance of our cutting-edge Electro-Mechanical Engineering Research Group. You will learn to confidently use advanced electrical systems and understand both the impact and use of control systems, instrumentation and sensors.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will have the chance to broaden your engineering education by selecting specialist modules as well as completing core modules. Core modules focus on mechanical engineering, electrical systems and control. Specialist modules include Robotics and Automotive Propulsion.
The final four months will focus on applying research. You will engage in experimental and practical study and apply computer simulations to complete a research project and dissertation.
The course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and practical skills to pursue a professional career or further research in mechatronics.
The latest generation of strong, lightweight and flexible materials is transforming industry. Aviation, aerospace, manufacturing and other sectors rely on our cutting-edge research into composites and other materials.
The MSc Engineering Materials is a one-year masters degree. The postgraduate course covers the latest techniques and methods in this dynamic advanced mechanical engineering science subject.
Material properties, their limitations and engineering context are widely studied in this course. You will develop your knowledge of microstructural and surface characterisation and investigate the performance of structural materials in engineering applications.
The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will study core modules as well as choosing specialist modules, including Biomaterials and Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems. You will advance your understanding of materials manufacture, design and their use in transport applications in the aerospace, marine and automotive sectors. There is also the opportunity to advance your management skills in the first semester.
The final four months will focus on research. You will complete a research project, taking advantage of our many facilities, including a 3D computed tomography imaging laboratory to study internal structures of materials.
This programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills of a Bachelor’s-level graduate Mechanical Engineering to Masters level through advanced teaching, design work and research. It provides an opportunity for candidates from a different Engineering background to develop key Mechanical Engineering knowledge and skills required for their professional development. A key objective of the programme is to be an accredited route to becoming a Chartered Engineer.
This programme makes use of Masters-level courses in the Energy Sciences and Manufacture and Design complemented with specialist courses from relevant MSc courses offered by the Institute. There is a growing need for an advanced mechanical engineering programme from our industry partners and this programme has been specifically developed to meet this need and to encourage students into further learning.
The Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. Six of these places are reserved for applicants to this programme in the first instance. The remaining places are spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected