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MSc Maintenance Management provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment. Read more
MSc Maintenance Management provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment.

Graduates of this programme can expect to find work in the areas of maintenance engineering/management, asset management, condition monitoring and reliability and safety engineering.

Description

Maintenance management has grown and developed into a significant major strategic issue for ensuring effective operation of plant and engineering systems in order to meet business objectives. The programme equips engineering graduates from a variety of disciplines with the knowledge and skills to allow them to become effective maintenance managers in a wide range of industries.

Maintenance plays a major part in ensuring the reliability of systems, planning availability of assets, health and safety, environment and product quality standards, customer service and other important areas. If these issues are not addressed, the survival of many organisations is at risk.

Historically, maintenance has been associated with the cost of labour and spare parts. With the advent of modern technology, maintenance has now evolved from a non-issue to a more strategic concern in most organisations. However, other factors such as reliability and availability, downtime and product quality can be key factors when measuring maintenance effectiveness. In addition, the objectives must be attained in accordance with environmental and safety regulations.

The programme provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with, modern cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment.

This course has several different available start dates and study options - for more information, view the relevant web-page:
JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTAB-1617/Maintenance_Management_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTA-1718/Maintenance_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P01009-1FTAB-1718/Maintenance_Management?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00855-1PTAB-1718/Maintenance_Management_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Why Choose This Programme?

Today’s modern and efficient companies require top level maintenance strategies to match their investment. This impacts many industries particularly the advanced manufacturing technologies, transport industry, food production and the oil and gas industry.

This has resulted in a considerable gap between current maintenance skill set and the required skills and expertise needed to maximise the potential benefits from the use of technologies.

Assessment

The taught modules are either assessed by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. In the latter case the final mark is determined by weighted average of the two elements. The MSc project is assessed by project reports, practical operation and an electronic presentation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme can expect to find work in the areas of maintenance engineering/management, asset management, condition monitoring and reliability and safety engineering.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for employers including Royal Mail, British Petroleum, British Energy, Scottish Power, First Scotrail, Siemens plc, Sellafield, Babcock International Group, Ciba Speciality Chemicals, Allied Bakeries, Alcan and Albion Automotive amongst others.

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World leading aircraft manufacturers predict the number of in-service commercial aircraft doubling to over 43,500 in the next 20 years. Read more
World leading aircraft manufacturers predict the number of in-service commercial aircraft doubling to over 43,500 in the next 20 years. Our MSc Aviation Engineering and Management course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the aviation industry.
You’ll develop key problem-solving skills within the field of aviation including airlines, corporate aviation, general aviation, component manufacturing organisations, and related industries, and civil aviation governmental agencies.

You’ll gain an understanding of the various complexities facing aviation businesses through a breadth of industry related modules. Your studies will also cover a wide variety of tools, techniques, and research methods, and how they may be applied to research and solve real-life problems within the aviation industry.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1878-msc-aviation-engineering-and-management

What you will study

The course consists of nine modules with a key theme throughout your studies including the ethical dimensions of decision-making and interpersonal relations. This means you can be confident that you will develop personally and professionally as part of the course, ultimately making yourself more employable. You’ll study the following modules:

- Aircraft Systems Design and Optimization (10 Credits)
This module will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the systems of the aircraft, including preliminary designing of systems primary and secondary systems, operation and maintenance concepts. You will be introduced to novel engineering design methods such as Multi Objective Design (MOD) and multi-disciplinary design optimisation. Part of the module will be delivered with the support of industrial partners and experts, which will bring real scale industrial experience and interaction with the industry.

- Aviation Sustainable Engineering
This module will explore the historical and contemporary perspectives in international aviation framework while looking at the socio-economic benefits of aviation since the Chicago Convention of 1944. You will analyse current and future design and manufacturing trends in the aerospace industry.

- Condition Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing
This module analyses condition monitoring and non-destructive testing, giving you an appreciation for the key concepts and tools in this subject. You will evaluate the use of these tools in different situations within industry and make recommendations on necessary adjustments.

- Advanced Materials and Manufacture
You will look at a range of modern engineering materials and develop an awareness of the selection criteria for aeronautical and mechanical engineering applications. You will also look at a range of “standard” and modern manufacturing processes, methods and techniques.

- Lean Maintenance Operations & Certification
This module will help you develop and understand concepts in Six Sigma, lean maintenance, operational research, reliability centred maintenance and maintenance planning. You will evaluate and critically analyse processes within highly regulated industries.

- Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering Management
Covering the principles and implementation of the safety, health and environmental management within the workplace, you will look at key concepts in human cognition and other human factors in risk management and accident/incident investigation. You will also gain an understanding of the role of stakeholder involvement in sustainable development.

- Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers
This module will explore a range of purposes and issues surrounding successful strategic management and leadership as well as appraising a range of leadership behaviours and processes that may inspire innovation, change and continuous transformation within different organisational areas including logistics and supply chain management.

- Research Methods for Engineers
The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to determine the most appropriate methods to collect, analyse and interpret information relevant to an area of engineering research. To provide you with the ability to critically reflect on your own and others work.

- Individual Project
You will undertake a substantial piece of investigative research work on an appropriate engineering topic and further develop your skills in research, critical analysis and development of solutions using appropriate techniques.

Learning and teaching methods

You will be taught through a variety of lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work.

You will have 10 contact hours per week, you will also need to devote around 30 hours per week to self-study, such as conducting research and preparing for your assessments and lectures.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Aerospace engineering is an area where demand exceeds supply. As a highly skilled professional in aircraft maintenance engineering, you will be well placed to gain employment in this challenging industry. The aircraft industry is truly international, so there is demand not only in the UK, but throughout the world.

Careers available after graduation include aircraft maintenance planning, engineering, materials, quality assurance or compliance, technical services, logistics, NDT, method and process technical engineering, aircraft or engine leasing, aviation sales, aviation safety, reliability and maintainability, operations and planning, airworthiness, technical support, aircraft surveying, lean maintenance, certification, production planning and control.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation allows you to research a specific aviation engineering topic, to illustrate your depth of knowledge, critical awareness and problem-solving skills. The dissertation has three elements of assessment: a thesis, a poster presentation, and a viva voce examination.

Facilities

The aerospace industry has become increasingly competitive and in recognising this, the University has recently invested £1.8m into its aerospace facilities.

Facilities available to our students have been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With access to an EASA-approved suite of practical training facilities, our students can use a range of industry-standard facilities.

Our Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics. It has a 19-passenger configuration.

The EASA-approved suite contains training and practical workshops and laboratories. Each area contains the tools and equipment required to facilitate the instruction of either mechanical or avionic practical tasks as required by the CAA.

Students use the TQ two-shaft gas turbine rig to investigate the inner workings of a gas turbine engine by collecting real data and subsequently analysing them for engine performance.

Our sub-sonic wind tunnel is used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations.

The single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 flight simulator can be programmed for several aircraft types that include the Airbus A320 and the Cessna 150.

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The MSc in Design of Rotating Machines is made up of a set of advanced key mechanical engineering topics that engineers must understand to design and monitor rotating machinery. Read more
The MSc in Design of Rotating Machines is made up of a set of advanced key mechanical engineering topics that engineers must understand to design and monitor rotating machinery. It aims to provide you with the necessary theoretical knowledge in the areas of stress analysis (theoretical and numerical), rotor dynamics, gears, bearings, transmissions, computer aided engineering, condition monitoring, vibrations and project management. Theoretical aspects of the taught course are further put into practice the use of design case studies illustrating real engineering problems. The MSc in Design of Rotating Machines is a high quality mechanical engineering course. The syllabus and teaching style has been shaped by feedback from industrial partners and former students, for over thirty years.

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Designed in consultation with industry, the MSc Applied Instrumentation and Control gives you a structured approach to the implementation of recent developments whilst embedding the knowledge we have acquired through many years of experience. Read more
Designed in consultation with industry, the MSc Applied Instrumentation and Control gives you a structured approach to the implementation of recent developments whilst embedding the knowledge we have acquired through many years of experience.

Using case studies throughout, you build up knowledge that is instantly applicable to industry, ensuring an efficient and relevant knowledge transfer into the work place.

Accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control.

This course has several available start dates and modes of study - please view the relevant web-page for more information:
JANUARY 2017 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00725-1DLAB-1617/Applied_Instrumentation_&_Control_(January)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00927-1FTAB-1718/Applied_Instrumentation_and_Control?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

SEPTEMBER 2017 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00725-1DLA-1718/Applied_Instrumentation_and_Control_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Distance Learning) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00725-1DLAB-1718/Applied_Instrumentation_and_Control_(Distance_Learning)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

Accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control, the MSc Applied Instrumentation and Control provides a solid foundation in measurement science and control theory, practical experience of data acquisition and instrument networking, analysis of systems for condition monitoring, fault detection and control system design.

Designed in consultation with industry, the programme provides a structured approach to the implementation of recent developments whilst maintaining a secure underpinning identified through many years of experience.

Using case studies throughout, the programme provides you with knowledge that is instantly applicable to industry, thus ensuring efficient and relevant knowledge transfer. The programme will include a project which may be industrially based.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) as meeting the Engineering Council’s further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Career Opportunities

The programme caters for an extremely wide range of industries and services for which the measurement of process variables and environmental factors are vital to their business performance. It will also be of interest to companies that manufacture and supply such measurement systems.

The range of sectors includes: petrochemicals, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, optics and optoelectronics, medical instrumentation, power generation and the food, environmental and water industries. The employment areas within these sectors include: computer controlled instrumentation systems; process instrumentation; technical management and sales; process control and automation; sensor development and manufacture; instrument networking; instrument development; and test and measurement systems.

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Climate change, the global consumption of energy and the use of fossil fuels to provide us with heat, power and transportation are all engineering challenges which need addressing now and in the future. Read more
Climate change, the global consumption of energy and the use of fossil fuels to provide us with heat, power and transportation are all engineering challenges which need addressing now and in the future. It is clear that solutions to these long-term problems ­– ensuring the best use of resources, and developing new more sustainable ways to produce and use energy – will require graduates who can work in an increasingly multidisciplinary environment.

This course will offer you the knowledge and expertise you will need in relation to sustainable energy and the environmental impact of energy systems.

The distinctive features of the programme include:

• The opportunity for students to learn in a research-led teaching institution serviced by staff rated in the highest possible category by independent Government assessment.

• The opportunity to work in facilities commensurate with a top-class research unit.

• The opportunity for students to undertake project work in a successful, research-based environment.

• The programme has been designed to provide technical and managerial skills needed by industry, academia and the public sector.

• The substantial industrial input to the programme through invited lecturers and where appropriate offer industrially-based projects.

• A variety of specialist modules on offer.

• An open and engaging culture between students and staff, with student representatives as full members on School committees.

Structure

The programme is presented as a two-year part-time Master's level programme, and is also available in full-time mode over one year.

The programme is presented in two stages: In Stage 1 students follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, with a limited amount of choice between optional modules. Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector
Energy Management
Energy Studies
Fuels and Energy Systems
Sustainable Energy and Environment Case Study
Dissertation: Sustainable Energy and Environment

Optional modules:

Earth and Society
Low Carbon Footprint
Environmental Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Power Systems & High Voltage Technology
Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
Alternative Energy Systems
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 1
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2
Waste Management and Recycling

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles are used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will be required to attend lecture-, lab- and tutorial-based study during the semesters, and later undertake an individual research project.

While a 10-credit module represents 100 hours of study in total, typically this will involve 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the beginning of Stage 2, you will be allocated a project supervisor. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff in consultation with industrial partners, usually in areas of current research or industrial interest. You are also encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate with students, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for a third to a half of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher. Candidates achieving 60% may be awarded a Merit and for those achieving a 70% average a Distinction may be awarded. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

Career prospects

Graduates typically gain employment in large energy-focussed companies, the public sector, consultancies, research and development, or set up their own companies. A number also go on to undertake PhD study.

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Summary. This programme is suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical science graduates who want to specialise in this vibrant strand of engineering. Read more

Summary

This programme is suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical science graduates who want to specialise in this vibrant strand of engineering. The academically challenging course provides exposure to modern issues in advanced mechanical engineering science, with the opportunity to specialise in mechatronics. You will learn to confidently use advanced electrical systems and understand both the impact and use of control systems, instrumentation and sensors. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of the relevant fundamental science, methods, analysis and engineering applications.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science; Control and Instrumentation; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Advanced Electrical Systems; Advanced Control Design; MSc Research Project

Optional modules: Automotive Propulsion; Advanced Computational Methods I; Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems I, Fuel Cells and Photovoltaic Systems 2; Engineering Design with Management; Numerical Methods; Advanced Management

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Like our classic MSc, this course combines advanced taught modules with research experience. But with an MSc(Res), the research project goes into much more detail. Read more
Like our classic MSc, this course combines advanced taught modules with research experience. But with an MSc(Res), the research project goes into much more detail.

Careers

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a career in industry. You’ll get plenty of practical research experience, as well as training in research methods and management. Recent graduates now work for Arup, Rolls-Royce and Network Rail.

Core modules

Technical Communication for Mechanical Engineers; Information Management for Researchers; Advanced Experiments and Modelling; Individual Research Project; Innovation Management.

Optional modules

A selection from: Reciprocating Engines; Signal Processing and Instrumentation; Aerodynamic Design; Mechanical Engineering in Railways; Sports Engineering; Condition Monitoring.

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. You’re assessed by exams, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

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Enhance your knowledge of aerospace systems and structures with advanced modules and an extensive research project. Subjects include. Read more

About the course

Enhance your knowledge of aerospace systems and structures with advanced modules and an extensive research project. Subjects include: aerodynamics and aeropropulsion, fatigue and fracture of aerospace components, composites for aerospace applications and structural health monitoring of aerospace structures.

Your career

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a career in industry. You’ll get plenty of practical research experience, as well as training in research methods and management. Recent graduates now work for Arup, Rolls-Royce and Network Rail.

A world-famous department

This is one of the largest, most respected mechanical engineering departments in the UK. Our reputation for excellence attracts world-class staff and students. They’re involved in projects like improving car designs and designing jaw replacements – projects that make a difference.

Our world-famous research centres include the Insigneo Institute, where we’re revolutionising the treatment of disease, and the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing. We also work closely with the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Support for international students

Our students come from all over the world. We’ll help you get to know the department and the city. Your personal tutor will support you throughout your course and we can help you with your English if you need it.

Labs and equipment

We’ve just refurbished a large section of our lab space and invested over £350,000 in equipment including new fatigue testing facilities, a CNC milling centre, a laser scanning machine and a 3D printer.

Core modules

Information Management; Research Project; Advanced Experiments and Modelling; Design Innovation Toolbox.

Examples of optional modules

A selection from: Computational Fluid Mechanics; Renewable Energy; Engineering Composites Materials; Advanced Fluid Mechanics; Reciprocating Engines; Aerodynamic Design; Experimental Stress Analysis; Tribology of Machine Elements; Aeropropulsion; Condition Monitoring.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments
and a dissertation.

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This course meets an urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems that are needed to design and build secure, reliable, low-carbon and affordable energy systems in developed and developing countries around the world. Read more
This course meets an urgent need for specialists in advanced electrical energy systems that are needed to design and build secure, reliable, low-carbon and affordable energy systems in developed and developing countries around the world. The programme maintains a particular focus on the integration of renewable generation in to electricity transmission and distribution networks and will prepare you for a new era of truly ‘smart’ grids.

Distinctive features:

• The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

• You will undertake project work in a research environment where staff were top in the UK for Research Impact in terms of their research’s reach and significance.

• The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery, many of whom are Chartered Engineers or have experience of working in industry.

• The variety of advanced level modules on offer.

• The emphasis on progression towards independent learning in preparation for lifelong learning.

• The emphasis on acquisition of practical skills through industrially based final year group projects.

• The approval as Further Learning by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

• An open and engaging culture between students and staff.

Structure

This course is presented as a one-year, full time Masters level programme.

The programme takes place over two stages: In Stage 1 students follow taught modules to the value of 120 credits, whilst Stage 2 consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

Research Study
Advanced Power Systems & High Voltage Technology
Advanced Power Electronics and Drives
Alternative Energy Systems
Magnetic Devices: Transducers, Sensors and Actuators
Management in Industry
Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulation
Power System Protection
Power Systems Analysis
Smart Grids and Active Network Devices
Dissertation [Electrical Energy Systems]

Optional modules:

Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
Energy Management
Energy Studies

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore you are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January or May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and pieces of coursework.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.

Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits

Career prospects

Graduates from courses such as these are in high demand and are expected to gain employment in large electrical energy utilities, electricity distribution companies, consulting companies, the public sector, eg energy agencies and the Carbon Trust, and in research and development. A number of graduates set up their own companies.

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Summary. Suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical science graduates wishing to specialise in unmanned systems or in support of continued professional development, this programme is supported by several major UK companies, including Thales, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Cobham. Read more

Summary

Suitable for engineering, mathematics or physical science graduates wishing to specialise in unmanned systems or in support of continued professional development, this programme is supported by several major UK companies, including Thales, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, QinetiQ and Cobham. You will design and build a sophisticated unmanned system during the course of your studies and will have access to rapid prototyping facilities and testing facilities to put your designs through mission testing. You will have access to a sophisticated autopilot system and will be trained in its use.

Modules

Compulsory modules include: Unmanned Vehicle Systems Design; Group Design Project; Systems Reliability; Design Search and Optimisation; Aerospace Control Design; Avionics; MSc Research Project

Optional modules: Aircraft Structural Design; Control and Instrumentation, Wing Aerodynamics; Advanced Control Design; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Aircraft Propulsion; Aircraft Structures; Composites Engineering Design and Mechanics; Powered Lift; Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Applications of CFD; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Automotive Propulsion

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As a graduate mechanical engineer, this MSc course will provide you with an advanced qualification which will enhance your career prospects and extend and update your skills and knowledge. Read more
As a graduate mechanical engineer, this MSc course will provide you with an advanced qualification which will enhance your career prospects and extend and update your skills and knowledge. The course actively encourages the understanding and practice of inter-disciplinary systems engineering thinking that brings together mechanical engineering subjects in a way that reflects the needs of industrial and academic problem solving.

The close integration of the case study and project will allow you to explore, in-depth, a chosen topic related to the course. This provides you with an individually tailored programme to meet your needs in a flexible yet focused manner, with the project seen as being the key opportunity to acquire and exercise leading edge mechanical engineering knowledge. You will be given the opportunity to show originality in applying the knowledge you acquire, and will develop an appreciation of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be trained to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and will be given the opportunity and encouragement to demonstrate initiative and innovation in solving challenging problems and in designing new components and systems.

The close involvement with industry, particularly at the project stage, ensures that the experience the course provides has both relevance and meaning. Lecturers delivering the modules are working with some of the world's most renowned engineering companies. Partners include Airbus, BAe Systems, Bosch, Tata Steel, Daimler, EADS, Fiat, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Messier-Dowty, Network Rail, TWI, Parametric Technology, Physical Acoustics Ltd, Renault, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, SAP, Siemens, Silicon Graphics, Stile Bertone, The Highways Agency, TRL, Microchip, and WS Atkins.

This degree course will prepare you for entry into careers in research or industry. In addition to technical skills, you will acquire professional skills such effective communication with technical, management and non-technical audiences, project planning, evaluation and prioritisation.

Structure

This is a one year full time MSc course beginning with a taught section worth 120 credits. The Autumn and Spring semesters utilise taught and research project based material to enable you to progress from a typical bachelor graduate standard at entry to the master’s level. The eight taught optional modules are split between these semesters to provide eighty credits of masters level study. Two twenty credit Case Study modules form both group (semester 1) and individual (semester 2) activities. This prepares you for the third section of the course where you will use your advanced skills to complete an in-depth project and prepare a dissertation in the field of Advanced Mechanical Engineering. The project and dissertation stage of your course are worth a further 60 credits.

A 10-credit module typically represents 100 hours of study in total. This may involve 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment: all students are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently. You must keep your personal tutor, project supervisor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect your capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

Core modules:

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Group Research Study
Advanced Mechanical Engineering Case Study
Advanced Mechanical Engineering Project

Optional modules:

Measurement Systems
Manufacturing Informatics
Fundamentals of Nanomechanics
Tribology
Artificial Intelligence
Control
Quality and Reliability
Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector
Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
Management in Industry
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2
Energy Management
Advanced Robotics

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles and mechanisms will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will be expected to attend lectures and participate in tutorial classes. All students must complete 120 credits in Stage 1 in order to progress to the dissertation, for which they are allocated a supervisor from among the teaching staff. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest, although you are encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

Assessment

Achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom based modules is assessed by University examinations set in January and May/June. Predominantly examination-based assessment will be deployed in eight modules (80 credits) taken in Stage 1 of the programme. The balance between examination and coursework depends upon the modules selected, with the equivalent of up to six credits being available in coursework elements in individual modules, in addition to two double module (40-credit) case studies.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a Merit. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits required for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

Career prospects

The course provides master’s level training to the standard necessary to practice as a chartered professional mechanical engineer. When you graduate you will be equipped to apply for management level roles across a broad spectrum of mechanical and related engineering fields. The material presented during the course will provide an excellent foundation for any career in mechanical engineering or related discipline.

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The MSc in Mechanical Engineering offers Design and Manufacture specialist study options. This gives you the opportunity to meet the requirements for professional engineering competence set by the UK’s Engineering Council (UK-SPEC). Read more
The MSc in Mechanical Engineering offers Design and Manufacture specialist study options. This gives you the opportunity to meet the requirements for professional engineering competence set by the UK’s Engineering Council (UK-SPEC). You will advance your core knowledge in the discipline you choose and be given the appropriate support and experience to develop the inter-personal skills you will need to manage resources and plan objectives effectively.

This course has several available start dates and study methods - please view the relevant web-page for more information:
JANUARY 2017 (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00851-1PTAB-1718/Mechanical_Engineering_with_Options_in_Design_or_Manufacture_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

SEPTEMBER 2017 - (Part Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P00851-1PTA-1718/Mechanical_Engineering_with_Options_in_Design_or_Manufacture_(Part-time)?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

JANUARY 2018 (Full Time) - http://www.gcu.ac.uk/ebe/study/courses/details/index.php/P01005-1FTAB-1718/Mechanical_Engineering_with_Options_in_Design_or_Manufacture?utm_source=ZZZZ&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting

Programme Description

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme offers two specialist two study options: Design and Manufacture. These options share a number of common modules that directly reflect the activities of a professional mechanical engineer. The development of these Masters options is in direct response to the specification of benchmark requirements for professional engineering competence by the UK’s Engineering Council (UK-SPEC).

Mechanical engineers have traditionally been not only specialists, but also generalists, who have the breadth of expertise necessary for operation as project managers, leaders and innovators. In addition to advancing the core knowledge base of the discipline in your selected option, the programme will provide the necessary and continuing development of appropriate inter-personal skills at this level to enable management of resources and planning objectives.

In the School of Engineering and Built Environment, the area of mechanical engineering has very strong industrial links through its industrial advisory board, undergraduate placement scheme and its highly successful part-time undergraduate programmes which all contribute to a highly successful MSc programme.

Why Choose This Programme?

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering has very strong industrial links through its industry advisory board. The school participates in many research activities within the area of mechanical engineering. This includes; advanced materials and manufacturing processes, finite element analysts, computer-aided design and manufacture and machine condition monitoring.

Assessment

The taught modules are either assessed by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. In the later case the final mark is determined by weighted average of the two elements. The MSc project is assessed by project reports, practical operation and an electronic presentation.

Career Opportunities

There are opportunities for graduates in the areas of mechanical design engineering, project engineering, manufacturing engineering or engineering sales. Graduates have found employment in the oil and gas industry, defence, computer-aided engineering and building services.

The programme may also form a part of CPD for engineers working towards chartership.

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Summary. Suitable for engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates, this course is led by world-class experts from the national Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS). Read more

Summary

Suitable for engineering, mathematics and physical sciences graduates, this course is led by world-class experts from the national Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS). This programme provides a comprehensive and academically challenging exposure to modern issues in advanced mechanical engineering science. You may specialise in any relevant aspect of tribology, from the traditional concepts of friction and wear to the cutting-edge development in surface engineering and biomedical engineering.

Modules

Compulsory modules: Introduction to Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science; Tribological Engineering and Engine Tribology; Surface Engineering; Bio, Nano and Modelling Aspects of Tribology; Microstructural and Surface Characterisation; MSc Research Project

Optional modules: Manufacturing and Materials; Failure of Materials and Components; Advanced Sensors and Condition Monitoring; Experimental Mechanics; Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics; Microstructural Engineering for Transport Applications; Biomaterials; Advanced Management

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Deepen your knowledge and understanding with a series of advanced engineering modules. You choose the subjects from a list of options. Read more

About the course

Deepen your knowledge and understanding with a series of advanced engineering modules. You choose the subjects from a list of options. You’ll also have the chance to explore a subject that interests you through your own research project.

Your career

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a career in industry. You’ll get plenty of practical research experience, as well as training in research methods and management. Recent graduates now work for Arup, Rolls-Royce and Network Rail.

A world-famous department

This is one of the largest, most respected mechanical engineering departments in the UK. Our reputation for excellence attracts world-class staff and students. They’re involved in projects like improving car designs and designing jaw replacements – projects that make a difference.

Our world-famous research centres include the Insigneo Institute, where we’re revolutionising the treatment of disease, and the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing. We also work closely with the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Support for international students

Our students come from all over the world. We’ll help you get to know the department and the city. Your personal tutor will support you throughout your course and we can help you with your English if you need it.

Labs and equipment

We’ve just refurbished a large section of our lab space and invested over £350,000 in equipment including new fatigue testing facilities, a CNC milling centre, a laser scanning machine and a 3D printer.

Core modules

Technical Communication for Mechanical Engineers; Information Management; Advanced Experiments and Modelling; Individual Research Project; Design
Innovation Toolbox.

Examples of optional modules

A selection from: Computational Fluid Mechanics; Reciprocating Engines; Signal Processing and Instrumentation; Mechanical Engineering of Railways; Sports Engineering; Additive Manufacturing; Renewable Energy; Condition Monitoring.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, tutorials, small group work and online modules. You’re assessed by exams, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

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The MSc Maintenance Management (Oil & Gas) takes your existing engineering qualification or experience, regardless of discipline, and gives you the modern cost effective maintenance management techniques that the Oil and Gas industry are looking for. Read more
The MSc Maintenance Management (Oil & Gas) takes your existing engineering qualification or experience, regardless of discipline, and gives you the modern cost effective maintenance management techniques that the Oil and Gas industry are looking for.

Programme Description

The oil and gas industries are widely affected by a growing range of factors, including shifting global economics, an evolving global energy mix and environmental issues.

There is an increasing demand for those working in the industries to develop an intelligent awareness of this complex business environment and to grasp the ways in which these changes will affect organisations.

Developed in conjunction with industry, the School of Engineering and Built Environment at GCU offers a suite of programmes designed to provide the knowledge required for a range of professional careers within the oil and gas industry.

This programme provides suitably qualified or experienced engineers of all disciplines with modern, cost effective maintenance management techniques for the efficient operation of all types of sophisticated, complex equipment.

Why Choose This Programme?

Today’s modern and efficient companies require top level maintenance strategies to match their investment. This impacts many industries particularly the advanced manufacturing technologies, transport industry, food production and the oil and gas industry. This has resulted in a considerable gap between current maintenance skill set and the required skills and expertise needed to maximise the potential benefits from the use of technologies.

Assessment Methods

The taught modules are either assessed by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. In the latter case the final mark is determined by weighted average of the two elements. The MSc project is assessed by project reports, practical operation and an electronic presentation.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme can expect to find work in the areas of maintenance engineering/management, asset management, condition monitoring and reliability and safety engineering. Recent graduates, from the MSc Maintenance Management programme, have gone on to work for various employers including: Royal Mail, British Petroleum, British Energy, Scottish Power, First Scotrail, Siemens plc, Sellafield, Babcock International Group, Ciba Speciality Chemicals, Allied Bakeries, Alcan and Albion Automotive amongst others.

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