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.
This course is for practicing engineers or graduates who want to become technical specialists or managers in industrial and manufacturing companies.
It increases your career potential by improving your
You also develop your understanding of current best practice in the theory and application of leading edge technologies, processes and systems in mechanical engineering.
Option modules include • advanced manufacturing technology • competitive design for manufacture • computational flow dynamics (CFD) • sustainability, energy and environmental management.
The international product development module involves working in multidisciplinary teams to develop a new product in a global market. This develops much sought after advanced technical and business skills. The project provides a supported environment to develop your ability in an area of your interest.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
Core management modules
Core technical modules
If you are a new graduate, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to begin a career as a technical specialist in mechanical engineering. If you are already employed in mechanical engineering, it improves your career potential and can lead to leadership roles with greater responsibility. It can also help towards a career in engineering research or teaching.
Engineering is constantly changing, and graduates often need to deepen their technical skills and understanding.
This course is especially relevant for mechanical and manufacturing engineers and technicians wishing to broaden their industrial and managerial skills. It is ideal for continuing professional development and updating technical skills.
You study eight taught modules drawn from a wide choice of technical and management modules. This gives you advanced tuition in areas of engineering tailored to your career needs such as design, manufacturing, materials, networking or electronics and telecommunications.
We emphasise applying knowledge to relevant workplace skills in areas such as
The international product development module involves working in multidisciplinary teams to design and develop a product in the global market.
This flexible course helps you to develop your career based your needs, and helps you on your path towards Chartered Engineer status.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.
This course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
You choose a combination of management, technical and optional modules from a choice of 36. Your choice must total eight 15-credit modules and be agreed with your course leader. At least four must be technical modules.
Optional management modules
Optional technical modules
• group project - international product development • competitive materials technology • advanced CAD/CAM • competitive design for manufacture • advanced manufacturing technology • advanced metallic materials • sustainability, energy and environmental management • computer networks • communication media • network applications • communication engineering • digital signal processing • applicable artificial intelligence • microprocessor engineering • software engineering • operating systems • object oriented methods • digital electronic system design • VLSI design • industrial applications of finite element methods • industrial automation • robotics • machine vision • equipment engineering and design • control of linear systems • advanced investigatory techniques for materials engineers • advanced control methods • advanced vibration and acoustics
By final examination, coursework and project reports
Graduates in technical subjects can broaden their experience in mechanical manufacturing, electronics and information technology, networking, materials and management areas.
The flexible choice of modules allows you to tailor the course to your particular needs and this can enhance career prospects in the engineering industry, research, teaching and public service.