This programme considers aspects of sustainable energy generation and the issues concerned with bulk electrical energy transport to the ultimate user. In order to design and develop our future energy networks, we must have knowledge and understanding of the current infrastructure.
The programme provides a solid grounding in generation, transmission and distribution engineering and considers the wider issues of energy, renewable generation and sustainability. Potential students should have a first degree in engineering, physics or applied mathematics. The programme is particularly relevant for students considering a career in the electrical power industry.
Semester one: Power Systems Analysis; Power Generation – Technology and Impact on Society; Transmission and Distribution; Fundamental Principles of Energy.
Semester two: Advanced Electrical Materials; High Voltage Insulation Systems; Power Electronics for DC Transmission; Mechanical Power Transmission and Vibration; Green Electronics; Nuclear Energy Technology; Renewable Energy from Environmental Flows; Bioenergy.
Plus three-month independent research project culminating in a dissertation.
On this course you gain the knowledge the skills you need to work as an engineer, building on your existing degree in science or technology.
A rewarding career
Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of mechanical engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.
What you study
You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering a broad range of topics in mechanical design and analysis.
In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.
One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and choosing and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.
Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include • developing materials to improve insulation and temperature control in pipelines and refineries • developing ultra-light solar and electric powered vehicles.
Assessments will be a mix of coursework and exam, depending on the specific module studied.
Mechanical engineering is an area with a high demand for skilled graduates. The government has identified this sector as key for driving growth, and the skills you learn on this course prepares you for a highly paid career.
Our graduates have gone on to roles including • design engineer, Rolls-Royce • engineer, GE Aviation • assistant engineer, Boeing • mechanical engineer, Mott Macdonald • design engineer, Siemens • sub-sea turbine engineer, E.ON.
As a mechanical engineer, you make a major contribution to the built environment, the economy and the quality of life of every member of society. Mechanical engineering is ever-changing and offers diverse career opportunities, with plenty of potential to transfer between career routes.
You can move into various industries including • aerospace • automotive • transport • building services • medical engineering • sport equipment design • power generation • alternative energy • product testing • project management.