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This MSc in Automotive Engineering is specifically designed to enhance the employment and promotional opportunities of graduates in mechanical and automotive engineering. Read more
This MSc in Automotive Engineering is specifically designed to enhance the employment and promotional opportunities of graduates in mechanical and automotive engineering. The programme considers in depth key areas of automotive technology. Its integrated design covers both the technological and management aspects of the motor industry. The programme aims to:
-Equip you with the theory and the practice of relevant materials, technologies and analytical tools to provide solutions for automotive design and manufacturing problems
-Provide the opportunity for you to use creativity and innovation in the application of technology to the development of the automobile
-Focus on the links between vehicle programmes and the supporting skills of project management
-Develop your skills and application experience through case studies and project work
-Enhance your prospects of professional employment within the industry

Why choose this course?

-The University has been running automotive degree courses for almost forty years and is very well-established within the automotive industry
-The University of Hertfordshire is one of the top 5 UK universities whose automotive engineering degree programmes have been recognised in 2002 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the trade association representing the UK automotive industry
-We have some 250 undergraduate and postgraduate students reading automotive engineering so are one of the largest providers of automotive engineering degree courses in the UK
-We have excellent facilities in automotive engineering technology including a new automotive centre with engine test facilities

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).


This programme is specifically designed to enhance the employment and promotional opportunities of graduates in mechanical and automotive engineering. It offers you an overview of the automotive industry which will be invaluable in job applications and will help to fast-track your career in the new product introduction phase of the industry.

Teaching methods

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and the School of Engineering and Technology has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School of Engineering and Technology also operate an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.


Core Modules
-Advanced Engines & Power Systems
-Auto Materials & Manufacture
-Automotive Dynamics & Safety
-Automotive Electrical Systems
-CFD Techniques
-FEA & Applications
-Integrated Product Engineering
-MSc Project
-Operations Research

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Automotive industry design is undergoing a very swift and radical change and this course prepares automotive engineers to deal with this complex and fast development. Read more
Automotive industry design is undergoing a very swift and radical change and this course prepares automotive engineers to deal with this complex and fast development. Our applied approach to design, manufacture and testing of automotive products ensures that our graduates are ready for automotive industry, with excellent employability prospects. In addition, our location is in the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses and the UK motorsport valley. This offers unrivalled opportunities for students to collaborate with automotive industry and their supply chain. It keeps students abreast with the current developments in automotive technologies, production methods, processes and management techniques. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

You will be taught in a purpose-designed engineering building, by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields. Lecturers include world-leaders in research on sustainable vehicle engineering, and those with experience of designing and working with major automotive manufacturers such as TATA, MAN and BMW. Our visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspective, preparing you for an exciting career; for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule. We have close links with industry including the BMW MINI plant in Oxford, Porsche, Ford, MAN, MIRA and other national and international partners. Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures.

In REF 2014 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised. Regular visits to automotive industry and their supply chain provide students with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of the activities within our department see 2015 highlights. You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), mentored by our alumni and visiting lecturers from automotive and motorsport industry. You will put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website: https://obr.brookes.ac.uk/

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one of two alternative-compulsory modules and one optional module, along with the dissertation.

Compulsory modules
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Sustainable Engineering Technology.
-Advanced Engineering Management

Alternative-compulsory modules (you must pass at least one of these):
-Noise, Vibration and Harshness
-Vehicle Crash Engineering

Optional modules (you take one of these, unless you take both alternative-compulsory modules above):
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Engineering Reliability and Risk Management
-Advanced Powertrain Engineering

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from automotive engineering, offering an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a particular area of automotive engineering, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. MAN (Germany), VUHL (Mexico), McLaren (UK), AVL (Austria), Arctic Truck (Iceland) etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Careers and professional development

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in their chosen industry. Many of our students go on to work with leading automotive or motorsport companies in the UK and worldwide.

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Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities. Read more

About the course

Motorsport is one of the world's most dynamic, competitive industries - and engineers that master their craft have almost unlimited career opportunities.

This MSc in Automotive Motorsport Engineering at Brunel equips graduates with the qualities and transferable skills they need to flourish at a senior level in an exacting industry.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a wide range of specialist skills sought within the industry – including core modules in:

Research methods and sustainable engineering
Racing team management and vehicle testing
Advanced vehicle dynamics, IC engines, materials and manufacturing

You’ll gain practical experience through a team project, and complete a dissertation of your choice, typically covering a design, experimental, computing or analysis subject.


The speed of change in motorsport is relentless -and engineers need to inovate to succeed. From F1 pit lane mechanics to testing specialists, engine and aerodynamics maestros to team managers and financial controllers, graduates from this course have a host of exciting and varied career options open to them.

The MSc programme at Brunel University helps you develop imagination and creativity to follow a successful engineering career with a mix of modules covering automotive and motorsport engineering topics, which delivers an integrating layer on top of subject specific first degree or professional skills.

Its primary focus is to create Master's degree graduates who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a multi discipline subject area, typically encountered in the automotive and motorsport engineering industry.

Course Content

The course will allow students the option of specialising in automotive engineering or motorsport engineering, both in the optional modules and the dissertation.

Every student also produces a group project, usually carried out with four or five other students. The group project involves the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a single seater racing vehicle, that will take part in the annual Formula Student competition in July with over 70 teams competing in the event.

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering
Racing Team Management and Vehicle Testing
Advanced Vehicle Dynamics, IC Engines, Materials and Manufacturing
Major Group Project

Optional Modules
Students choose two of the four modules below:

Advanced Modelling and Design
Advanced Thermofluids
Racing Legislation, Finance and Sponsorship
Racing Vehicle Design and Performance

Special Features

Excellent facilities
We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Brunel Automotive Lecture Series
Brunel’s Automotive Lecture Series is a special feature of the taught programmes in the areas of automotive and motorsport engineering. The Series consists of talks on technology and careers by industry leaders, alumni and expert technologists appropriate not only for late stage undergraduate and postgraduate students but also for researchers in the these areas. Topics include themes from the broader automotive and motorsport industry and its technologies including advanced powertrains, vehicle testing and advanced components.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


The Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MSc at Brunel University is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.


Modules are taught over eight months (from October to May) and are assessed by a balanced combination of examination and assignment. For the final four months (June to September), students will conduct an individual project and prepare a dissertation, allowing the opportunity to undertake original research relating to the automotive and motorsport engineering fields.

The group project is conducted throughout the year and is assessed by means of project logbooks, oral presentations and final project reports.

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This course is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to work in the automotive industry, with particular focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems. Read more
This course is aimed at engineering graduates who wish to work in the automotive industry, with particular focus on the design, performance and operation of automotive powertrains and vehicle systems.

Our graduates have the technical and managerial skills and expertise that are highly sought after by the automotive industry.

Our course will not only help prepare you for an exciting career in the industry, but it will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research programme.

Many distinction-level graduates from this programme stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/taught-programmes/automotive/index.html

Learning outcomes

By studying our MSc in Automotive Engineering you will:

- Understand the vehicle design process and the operation and performance of important sub-systems
- Analyse current and projected future environmental legislation and the impact this has on the design, operation and performance of automotive powertrain systems
- Analyse in detail the operation and performance indicators of transmission systems, internal combustion engines and after treatment devices.

Collaborative working

The programme includes traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to gain experience in design, project management and creativity, while working with students from other subjects.

- Group project work
In semester 2 you undertake a cross-disciplinary group activity for your professional development, simulating a typical industrial work situation.

- Individual project work
In the final semester, you undertake an individual research project directly related to key current research at the University, often commissioned by industry.


See programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/me/me-proglist-pg.html#B) for more detail on individual units.

Semester 1 (October-January):
The first semester of our course allows students to choose from a range of fundamental and more advanced lecture courses covering the analysis methods and modelling techniques that are used in the simulation, design and manufacture of modern vehicles and powertrains.

- Five taught units
- Includes coursework involving laboratory or small project sessions
- Typically each unit consists of 22 hours of lectures, may involve a number of hours of tutorials/exercises and laboratory activity and approximately 70 hours of private study (report writing, laboratory results processing and revision for examinations)

Semester 2 (February-May):
In Semester 2 you will study both technical specialist units and project-based units. You will develop your professional understanding of engineering in a research and design context. You will gain analytical and team working skills to enable you to deal with the open-ended tasks that typically arise in practice in present-day engineering.

- The semester aims to develop your professional understanding of engineering in a business environment and is taught by academic staff with extensive experience in industry
- Group projects in which students work in a multi-disciplinary team to solve a conceptual structural engineering design problem, just as an industrial design team would operate
- Individual project preliminary work and engineering project management units

Summer/Dissertation Period (June-September):
The full time summer project gives students the opportunity to develop their understanding of aspects of the automotive material covered in the first semester, through a detailed study related to the research interests and specialisations of a member of the academic staff. The students will often be working as part of a larger group of researchers including postgraduates, research officers and undergraduates and as such have access to the state of the art automotive test facilities within the department.

- Individual project leading to MSc dissertation
- Depending on the chosen area of interest, the individual project may involve theoretical and/or experimental activities; for both such activities students can use the department computer suites and well-equipped and newly refurbished laboratories for experimental work. The individual projects are generally carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. A number of industrially-based projects are available to students

Subjects covered

- Heat transfer
- Engineering systems simulation
- Engine & powertrain technologies
- Professional skills for engineering practice
- Vehicle engineering
- Vehicle dynamics & aerodynamics

Career Options

Our MSc graduates now work all over the world in various industries, while a number of them pursue their Doctorates in universities worldwide. Recent graduates have secured jobs as:

- Calibration Engineer, Ford Motor Company Ltd
- Product Engineer, Renault
- Engineering Consultant, D'Appolonia

Companies which have hired our recent graduates include:

British Aerospace
Airbus UK
Panama Canal Authority
Moog Controls Ltd

About the department

Bath has a strong tradition of achievement in mechanical engineering research and education.

We are proud of our research record: 89% of our research was graded as either world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, placing us 10th in the UK for our submission to the Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering.

We offer taught MSc students the chance to carry out projects within outstanding research groupings.

Our research impact is wide and we are dedicated to working with industry to find innovative solutions to problems that affect all areas of society.

We are consistently ranked among the UK’s top 10 mechanical engineering departments in the annual league tables.

We believe in producing leaders, not just engineers.

We will give you the edge over your competitors by teaching you how technology fits into commercial settings. You will not only have access to cutting edge science and technology, we will also provide you with the skills you need to manage a workforce in demanding business environments.

For further information visit our departmental website (http://www.bath.ac.uk/mech-eng/pgt/).

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/

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Modern vehicles are often taken for granted and yet they represent an incredibly complex and diverse set of disciplines. The automotive electronics engineer has to bring together real-time software, safety critical constraints, sensor electronics, control algorithms, human factors, legislation and ethics into a working package that satisfies multiple stakeholders.

The Ricardo engineering consultancy helped to develop this course, ensuring MSc students come away equipped with industry-relevant skills. Their continued involvement includes offering the use of pioneering industry equipment through the Ricardo Universities IC Engines research facility. They also help to cultivate future engineering talent, both locally and internationally.

On this MSc course you'll explore a range of topics including interconnected communication networks, entertainment systems, safety critical software, diagnostics, alternative fuels and hybrid technologies.

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), our automotive engineering research group achieved an excellent rating, with 70 per cent of its research rated as internationally excellent or world leading, and 95 per cent deemed to have been internationally recognised.

Our reputation has enabled us to invest more in our facilities.

This MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for further learning for registration as a chartered engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng-accredited BEng or BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course structure

The course starts in September. You will study four modules each term and will take exams after your Christmas and Easter vacations.

For each taught module you will have between three and four hours' contact with the lecturer each week, alongside further self-study tutorial and laboratory exercises requiring study outside of the class contact time.

After all eight taught modules have been completed you will then begin your individual project and masters dissertation stage. This final stage is full-time, but there are no classes during this phase, which ends in early September.

It is possible to study part-time study, by taking the modules at a slower rate. This can be tailored to fit around any personal or professional commitments that you may have. Please note, however, that there is no evening teaching so if you wish to study part-time then you will need to agree on study leave with your employer in order to attend the classes. The final project phase could be conducted at your place of work in some cases.


You will study eight modules and embark on an individual project. This project will form the basis of your dissertation.

Core modules:

Engineering with MATLAB
Sustainable Automotive Power Technology
Automotive Communication Systems
Embedded Processor Systems
Power Train Engineering
Sensors and Interfacing
Power Electronics and Actuators
An individual project on which you base your dissertation

Option modules:

Advanced Computer Systems
Secure Information Systems Engineering

Individual projects have included real-time power-train modelling for software in the loop testing, a smart grid system using electric vehicles as an energy storage resource and an experimental investigation of novel fuel injection and ignition systems for a spray-guided gasoline engine.

Our research labs

The Division of Engineering and Product Design’s research and teaching laboratories house a number of engine test cells in which world leading research is carried out. Although these labs centre on cylinders, pistons and valves they are surrounded by complex electronic equipment to control the mechanics and to monitor pressures, temperatures, chemistry and capture high speed events on computer for real-time and post-run analysis.

MSc students often carry out projects in these labs and make their contribution to research or commercial innovation. For details of these state of the art laboratories see Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories.

Professor Stipidis and his team provide valuable state-of-the-art research into automotive communications architectures and also provide infrastructure for some of the laboratory exercises in the Automotive Communications Systems taught module.


This course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of researchers. It is ideal for those hoping to be employed as development or research engineers.

The MSc can also serve as the basis for further study at a doctoral level.

The nature of graduate work varies; it could be with OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover; it could be with consultants such as Ricardo, Lotus or AVL; or Tier One suppliers such as Delphi, Infineon or Denso.


Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.


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Our MSc Automotive Engineering course will teach you the skills you need to become a skilled engineer, capable of undertaking related tasks within and across different organisations. Read more
Our MSc Automotive Engineering course will teach you the skills you need to become a skilled engineer, capable of undertaking related tasks within and across different organisations.

What's covered in the course?

Our MSc Automotive Engineering course will teach you the skills you need to become a skilled engineer, capable of undertaking related tasks within and across different organisations.

The course will encourage creative thinking and the development of engineering leadership skills, as well as teaching you how to solve problems through research. You’ll engage in independent study, advancing your understanding and developing new skills.

In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in computer aided methods and intelligent technologies, hence, there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry.

Why choose us?

-You’ll be introduced to industry-standard, sophisticated computer-based tools, such as mechanism analysis, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and solid modelling, and have the opportunity to apply them to real engineering problems.
-Our accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) keeps our course fresh and relevant, as well as providing us with key industry contacts and insight.

Course in depth

Knowledge and understanding are acquired though formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, and a range of independent learning activities. Emphasis is placed on guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process. This independent learning includes an element of peer review in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning.

Lectures are used to introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. Technology enhanced learning is used, where appropriate, through the provision of online resources, discussion forums and other activities. Analytical and problem-solving skills are further developed using a range of appropriate 'real' and 'theoretical' case studies and problem-based learning scenarios.

You will be supported by a personal tutor based at the University, who will see you for regular one-to-one meetings. These meetings will generally take place at the beginning of each semester and at the end of the academic year.

The course has an emphasis on active and participative education, including practical learning, problem-based learning and group work, which will develop their skills of analysis, synthesis, decision making and the ability to cope with new and unfamiliar problems.

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods such as coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts, and project work.

-Research Methods 20 credits
-Advanced Dynamics 20 credits
-Advanced Systems Engineering 20 credits
-Control Engineering 20 credits
-Vehicle Control Systems 20 credits
-Advanced Powertrains and Controls 20 credits
-Master’s Project 60 credits

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The course is accredited by IMechE, ensuring our content remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry information.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of modern automotive systems and processes, and their application within industry. It will relate to the requirements of new global, environmental infrastructure and economic drivers.

There is high demand throughout the automotive industry for engineers who can demonstrate that they have both a detailed academic knowledge and advanced practical skills. Employers are also keen to employ people who can design and analyse complex systems and components within the automotive engineering environment.

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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?. If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?

If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

The Automotive courses are based around the use of industry standard engineering software and hardware provided by our partners. The student will gain an in depth understanding of Pro Engineer Wildfire, Alias Auto Studio, Cambridge Engineering Selector, ANSYS FEA, Cham Phoenics CFD, Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA software and will gain hands on experience of related hardware such as Minolta Vi910 laser scanner, TESA coordinate measuring machine, ZCorporation and Startasys rapid prototyping, KRYLE 3 Axis Machining Centre and Beavor Turning Centre, Lister Petter Diesel engine dyno, Race Technology real time data acquisition.

This virtual design and analysis approach is backed up by experimental analysis on real vehicles which will be supported by partners such as James Watt Automotive who have a wealth of experience in developing and running vehicles for motorsport.

Course content

The course consists of 8 taught modules plus a major personal project leading to a written thesis. The taught modules cover the broad range of activities involved in vehicle design. You will study topics such as solid and surface modelling, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis, advanced engine design and aerodynamics. The subject area of your final thesis can be selected to suit your own aspirations and interests. You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely to develop an academically challenging portfolio of work. The focus of this project will determine whether you will opt for the title of MSc Automotive or MSc Autosport.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Design Technologies for Master
-Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engine Design
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Control Systems

Option Modules are:
-Applied Structural Integrity
-Sustainable Design & Manufacture
-Advanced Engineering Materials
-Industrial Placement MSc Engineering Handbook

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Modern industries rely on engineering innovations and continuous advancement in this field means that today's engineers enjoy dynamic and rewarding career opportunities. Read more
Modern industries rely on engineering innovations and continuous advancement in this field means that today's engineers enjoy dynamic and rewarding career opportunities. The automotive sector continues to be a success, building over 1 million vehicles across more than 70 different types of model in 2013 and generating exports of over £30 billion*.

This course is designed for the aspiring automotive engineer who wishes to work at the forefront of automotive technology. If you have a background in mechanical, manufacturing and engineering systems, or a closely related science discipline, such as chemical, applied sciences or industrial design, then this is the course for you.

This course should equip you with the advanced practical skills and expert knowledge needed to succeed in the industry. You will be taught by staff who are dedicated professionals in their field and supported by an excellent range of industry standard equipment. This includes an open plan design studio equipped with design and analysis software and an advanced automotive laboratory with vehicle and engine test facilities including a four-post ride simulator, wind tunnel and thermal imaging facilities.

*Engineering UK Report, 2015

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This course develops the combination of technical knowledge and management expertise that are required to successfully deliver multi-million pound engineering projects.

Course overview

This Masters-level course equips you to be the type of person who can lead a technical team to deliver on time and on budget. You will build on your technical background while adding business and management skills. These skills include project control, supply chain management, risk management and quality optimisation.

Our supportive tutors also help you develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects. For example, you will gain expertise in negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics, and managing change.

Modules include ‘Engineering Operations Management’, ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’. Your Masters project will involve a real-world project that is supported by a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element, and it is an opportunity to impress not only your academic assessors but also potential employers.

Sunderland has long-standing expertise in engineering management and strong links with employers. We host the Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) which provides problem-solving solutions to manufacturers of all capabilities. We are a leading research group in automotive, manufacturing and maintenance engineering. This research informs our teaching and facilitates your own research as part of your Masters project.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At MA level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Project Management and Control (30 Credits)
-Engineering Operations Management (15 Credits)
-Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)
-Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)
-Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)
-Advanced Maintenance Practice (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities with specialist laboratories and modelling software.

Engineering facilities
Our specialist facilities include laboratories for electronics and electrical power, and robotics and programmable logic controllers. We also have advanced modelling software that is the latest industry standard. In addition, the University is the home of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), which builds on Sunderland’s role as a centre of excellence in the manufacturing and assembly of cars.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.
Some of the most important sources for engineers include:
-British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
-Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology. These include journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and dissertations. A limited number of articles are full-text
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text Elsevier journals
-Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 that span engineering and management subjects

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to manufacturers and commercial organisations and there is a constant exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

As part of the course, you will undertake a project that tackles a real-world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor. This relevant work experience will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and further boost your employability.

Potential management roles include:
-Project manager
-Design engineer
-Manufacturing engineer
-Mechanical engineer
-Electrical engineer
-Product engineer
-Maintenance engineer

Engineering management provides good career prospects with salaries ranging from £30,000 up to around £80,000. A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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This MSc programme offers you an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering which are in demand from industry. It is an ideal bridging programme for those graduates seeking to register as a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Course details

You study the core modules in CAD/CAM and Product Development, Finite Element Methods and Machine Design and you select three additional modules from Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design, Manufacturing Systems, Project Management and Enterprise, Supply Chain Management and Applied Continuum Mechanics.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Mechanical Engineering is accredited to CEng level by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The accredited Masters-level award will provide you with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in preparation for your registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

What you study

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.

Core modules
-CAD/CAM and Product Developments
-Finite Element Methods
-Machine Design
-Practical Health and Safety Skills
-Project Management and Enterprise
-Research and Study Skills

And three optional modules
-Applied Continuum Mechanics
-Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Design
-Manufacturing Systems
-Supply Chain Management

MSc candidates

Modules offered may vary.


You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.


Mechanical engineers typically secure employment in structural engineering, research and development, automotive engineering and design, the aerospace industry, manufacturing, processing and chemical industries as well as management positions.

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This programme is for engineering graduates aspiring to responsible positions within aerospace, automotive and general mechanical engineering companies. Read more
This programme is for engineering graduates aspiring to responsible positions within aerospace, automotive and general mechanical engineering companies. It is also ideal for engineers holding a BEng degree that require a further learning element to qualify for Chartered Engineer registration.

About the programme

This programme is designed to deepen and widen your knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering specialist topics. It offers a wide range of core modules that advances the core knowledge base of the disciplines and provides the necessary and continuing development of appropriate interpersonal and transferable skills at a level that a Mechanical Engineer would be expected to have, allowing you to function in an advanced engineering environment as senior engineers and managers. While the main focus of the programme is on taught modules, you will have the opportunity to explore a specific subject in more detail through the dissertation.

Your learning

The programme will be delivered by highly-qualified and experienced members of the School’s teaching staff through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratories, case studies and specialist guest lectures. Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations.

A key component of the programme is the research based dissertation. This will give you the opportunity to investigate a project in your chosen field of interest.

You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Core modules include:
- Advanced Structural Integrity
- Advanced Fluid Mechanics
- Computational Fluid Mechanics
- Advanced Finite Element Methods and Analysis
- Instrumentation and Measurement
- Advanced CAD/CAM
- Advanced Heat Transfer
- Composites Design and Analysis
- Project Management
- Research Methods.

Our Careers Adviser says

Our graduates will have developed expertise to improve their employability within design and development of the automotive, aerospace, offshore, oil and gas and all main stream mechanical engineering industry sectors.

It is expected that graduates will obtain professional employment with companies such as Rolls Royce, Howdens, Doosan Babcock, Babcock International, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems, and Thales Optronics.

Professional recognition

The programme has been designed to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for CEng registration and we will be seeking this accreditation in the near future.

Industry-standard facilities

Our recently upgraded facilities will ensure you’re equipped to deal with the requirements of industry:
• Recent investment in new laboratories for engineering and physics will further enhance our reputation for applied interdisciplinary research
• Paisley Campus – fully equipped manufacturing workshop; materials testing and analysis facilities; metrology laboratory; rapid prototyping centre; and assembly and welding laboratories
• Significant investment in facilities for thin film technologies, micro-scale sensors and nuclear physics research
• Lanarkshire Campus – £2.1 million engineering centre, with particular focus on the design and engineering disciplines opened in 2008
• Both Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses have modern, dedicated IT facilities utilising a range of industrial applications software such as PRO/Engineer, Ansys, Fluent, WITNESS and MS Project.

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A dual pathway conversion course that gives STEM students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in building services engineering. Read more
A dual pathway conversion course that gives STEM students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in building services engineering.

Building services engineers are responsible for the mechanical and electrical systems that contribute to people's comfort, health and productivity. They provide analytic and design skills to buildings of all scales and levels of complexity, from residential and commercial, to industrial and cultural.

With greater efficiency constantly being sought in the use of energy and materials (for environmental and economic reasons) there is a growing demand for a new generation of environmentally responsible buildings. Currently however, the field of architecture and engineering is facing a deficit of people with the right type of expertise. In response, this full time Masters course has been created to provide a route through which STEM graduates (or people with relevant experience) can align their skills with the needs of the profession.

Course detail

The MSc Building Services Engineering is suitable for graduates with degrees in technological subjects (such as mechanical, aeronautical, civil and automotive engineering), or maths or science graduates. Graduates of the pure sciences will be recommended to enter the MSc course through the pathway offering some preparatory grounding in relevant technical subjects.

In developing the skills to practice as a building services professional, you will learn about the relevant technologies and methods of the discipline, and will be introduced to themes related to management and professional conduct within an engineering context.


Over the course of one year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

• Mechanical Services
• Construction Procurement
• Low Carbon Building Services
• Building Services Design Project
• Building Engineering Research
• Dissertation


Input from industry practitioners as well as other interdisciplinary professionals is a key part of the course. Along with field trips to working sites, this will help you develop an understanding of how to apply the concepts and principles to real world situations and projects.

Through project work, group work, hands-on practice and theory, you will gain the skills needed to make a positive impact on the places where people live, study and work.

Much of the teaching will focus around a studio-based engineering design project under the guidance and critique of your tutor. There will also be traditional teacher-led classroom delivery supported by online materials.


We use a range of assessment tools throughout the course, including exams, coursework, presentations, lab reports and portfolio development.

Careers / Further study

A career in building services engineering is likely to be varied, analytical and inventive. This Masters will equip you with the knowledge and experience needed to step into a wide range of roles, including Building Services Consulting Engineer, Mechanical Building Services Design Engineer, Sustainability Engineer and MEP Construction Engineer.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Mechanical engineering plays an essential role at every level in society. Our course is for you if you’re a newly qualified or practising engineer looking to improve your expertise in specialist areas. Read more
Mechanical engineering plays an essential role at every level in society.

Our course is for you if you’re a newly qualified or practising engineer looking to improve your expertise in specialist areas.

Our MSc will enhance both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in areas such as:
-Computational fluid dynamics
-Advanced thermofluids
-Advanced manufacture techniques
-Heat transfer

You’ll develop your academic and professional excellence. Our options cover a range of application areas – you’ll be able to specialise in your area of interest.

A combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in mechanical engineering.

How will I study?

There are core modules and options, and a supervised project. Modules are taught in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. Your project is undertaken over the spring term and the summer. It leads to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.

Modules are assessed via:
-Laboratory reports
-Unseen examinations

The project is assessed by:
-An interim report
-A presentation
-A substantial dissertation

MSc project

On our Masters courses, you’ll complete a substantial MSc project, which is often practical as well as theoretical. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules.

It demands individual responsibility and exposes you to issues of:
-Project management
-Documentation and communication
-Critical awareness and creative thinking

In Engineering and Design, project assessment can include interim reports, presentations and a dissertation. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in our Department, and a member of faculty supervises the project.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


There is a demand for highly qualified engineers worldwide.

Graduates of our courses in mechanical and automotive engineering have the choice of careers in the transportation, manufacturing, energy-supply and sustainable-energy industries, telecommunications, electronics, automotive and control.

Destinations of recent graduates include:
-Mechanical applications engineer with Maclaren
-Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery
-Rydon (construction)
-Jaguar Land Rover

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The work-based approach of the MSc Professional Engineering enables you, as a working engineer, to obtain your degree without the need for a career break or long absences from your organisation. Read more
The work-based approach of the MSc Professional Engineering enables you, as a working engineer, to obtain your degree without the need for a career break or long absences from your organisation. This degree will capitalise on your company-specific knowledge and experience, and we will help you to identify self-study requirements to provide additional learning, knowledge of application and demonstration of skill-sets leading to professional engineering institution membership and, provided you can demonstrate the UK-SPEC standards, registration for Chartered Engineer status.

If you would like to become professionally-qualified but are unable to commit to full-time study, you might like to explore the opportunities provided by engineering gateways. This site provides information on pathways to professional qualification for working engineers who do not have the full exemplifying academic qualifications.

Students may also be eligible for the MSc bursary scheme in aerospace engineering. To find out if you could be eligible visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website. Nominated company employee applicants must be working in the UK in the aerospace sector on the first day of the MSc programme.

You will normally study on a part-time basis for three years: two years to complete the work-based learning modules and a further year to complete an individual project. You’ll need to achieve a total of 180 credit points for a Master's degree and you’ll be expected to take 60 credit points of study in each academic year. You must complete your studies within five years. The programme is based upon the requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which is the standard for recognition of professional engineers in the UK. It includes eight 15-credit point modules plus a 60-credit point project which you undertake once you have completed the other modules. Students may start this course in Semester A (September), Semester B (January) or Semester C (June).

Teaching methods

This programme is work-based. The structure reflects the requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). When you enrol on the programme you will agree and prepare a tailored individual learning contract, assisted by our academic staff and your company. The contract will take into account your present and future work-based activities and any constraints in terms of learning opportunities.

Throughout the three year programme the University will provide a nominated programme specialist who will liaise with you. Additional academic staff will also support you when you are undertaking modules relating to their area of expertise.

Why choose this course?

-This Master's degree provides the opportunity for graduates working in engineering and computing/IT professions to study, as part of working towards professional body institution membership and Chartered Engineer status
-This MSc programme offers the convenience of work-based 'learning whilst earning'
-Candidates receive the benefits of continuing professional development (CPD)
-A flexible way of meeting employer and employee aspirations without the disruption of losing engineers from the workplace


You will be in employment in mechanical, aerospace, automotive, electrical, electronic, manufacturing or production engineering or computing, information technology/systems.


Year 1
Core Modules
-Professional Development Audit

-Design Processes and Methodologies
-Management, Business Practices & Risk Management
-Mathematical and Computer Modelling WB
-Scientific Principles and Technologies
-Technology Practice, Developments and Design Innovation WB

Year 2
-Design Processes and Methodologies
-Individual Project Work Based
-Management, Business Practices & Risk Management
-Mathematical and Computer Modelling Techniques
-Mathematical and Computer Modelling WB
-Scientific Principles and Technologies
-Technology Practice, Developments and Design Innovation WB

Year 3
-Individual Project Work Based

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Would you like to stand out in the employment job market by advancing your current qualification to master’s level?. The MSc Mechanical Engineering course will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of mechanical engineering. Read more
Would you like to stand out in the employment job market by advancing your current qualification to master’s level?

The MSc Mechanical Engineering course will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in key aspects of mechanical engineering. Throughout the duration of this course you will develop a critical awareness of ethical and environmental considerations, in addition to learning about advanced mechanical engineering practice and theory.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), this course fully meets the academic requirements to become a Chartered Engineer.

At a time when there is an international shortage of mechanical engineers there has never been a better time to enter this dynamic and rewarding industry.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

This course can also be started in January - for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/mechanical-engineering-msc-ft-dtfmez6/

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the various aspects of the engineering industry. Their experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 25% of universities for the percentage of research outputs in engineering that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework 2014.)

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. We’ve built up numerous industrial links during the 50+ years that we’ve been offering engineering courses. These links help ensure high quality placements and collaborative projects.

Northumbria has the advantage of being located in the North East of England, which is a centre of manufacturing and technical innovation. As well as Nissan, the region’s #1 company, there is a strong concentration of automotive, engineering, chemicals, construction and manufacturing companies.

Teaching And Assessment

The initial semesters of this course focus on taught subjects that cover topics such as computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, multidisciplinary design and engineering optimisation, composite materials and lightweight structures, advanced stress and analysis and thermo-mechanical energy conversion systems.

Teaching is primarily delivered by lectures, seminars and workshops, all of which are assessed by methods such as assignments, exams and technical reports. All of this course’s assessments have been devised to closely mirror the outputs required in a real working environment.

On completion of the taught modules you will undertake a substantial piece of research related to an area of mechanical engineering that particularly interests you. Our teaching team will be on-hand to offer support and guidance throughout every stage of your course.

Module Overview
KB7001 - Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7006 - Composite Materials and Lightweight Structures (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7008 - Advanced Stress and Structural Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7030 - Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7042 - Thermo-Mechanical Energy Conversion Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7043 - Multidisciplinary Design & Engineering Optimisation (Core, 20 Credits)
KB7052 - Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to our dedicated engineering laboratories that are continuously updated to reflect real-time industry practice.

Our facilities include mechanical and energy systems experimentation labs, rapid product development and performance analysis, materials testing and characterisation, 3D digital design and manufacturing process performance.

You will be given the opportunity to get hands-on with testing, materials processing, moulding, thermal analysis and 3D rapid manufacture to help you create the products and systems required for the projects you will work on during your course.

Your learning journey will also be supported by technology such as discussion boards and video tutorials. You will also participate in IT workshops where you will learn how to use the latest industry-standard software.

Videos of lectures will on many occasions be made available through Panopto video software to further support teaching delivery.

You will also have access to all Northumbria University’s state-of-the-art general learning facilities such as dedicated IT suites and learning areas.

Research-Rich Learning

When studying at Northumbria University you will be taught by our team of specialist staff who boast a wealth of multi-dimensional expertise.

Our teaching team includes a dynamic mix of research-active industrial practitioners, renowned researchers and technologists, whose combined knowledge ensures you leave with an in-depth understanding of key mechanical engineering practice and research.

You will be encouraged to undertake your own research–based learning where you will evaluate and critique scientific papers and write research-based reports based on the information gathered.

We aim to regularly welcome industry specialists to deliver guest lecturers to further enable you to understand real-world issues and how they link to the concepts, theories and philosophies taught throughout your course.

The department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering is a top-35 Engineering research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK-wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA15). This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

Give Your Career An Edge

The MEng Mechanical Engineering course will equip you with all of the skills required to progress within the engineering industry and competition of your master’s degree will give you a competitive edge thanks to the additional skills and knowledge you will acquire.

Our accreditation with the IMechE ensures that this course’s content is in-line with the latest developments within this sector, making our course highly valued by employers.

By completing this course you will have completed the academic requirement to become a Chartered Engineer, a status that is associated with improved employability and higher salaries.

Employability is embedded throughout all aspects of your course and you will leave with enhanced key skills such as communication, computing and teamwork.

Your Future

Mechanical Engineering overlaps with a number of engineering disciplines meaning there are many career paths available to you once you have completed this course.

Many graduates choose to pursue a career in the expansive engineering sector, in roles such as designers, analysts, project managers or consultants.

You may also wish to progress your knowledge to PhD level and this course will provide you with a solid foundation that you can easily build on and advance to an even higher level.

Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of engineers. 90% of our graduates are in work or study within six months of graduating and, of those in work, 80% are employed in a professional or managerial job (Unistats 2015).

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