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Advanced Mechanical Engineering - MSc

Course Description

About the course

This course aims to produce graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the engineering sector. Graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Students may elect to follow one of two streams: Thermofluids or Solid Body Mechanics.

Engineering courses within the Department are underpinned by research activities in aerospace engineering, automotive/motorsport engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, and energy and the environment. Staff generate numerous publications, conference presentations and patents, and have links with a wide range of institutions both within and outside the UK.


Mechanical engineers apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems and design machines that help us enjoy a better lifestyle. They have an enviable choice of industries open to them and this advanced course helps you develop the versatility to deal with complex challenges faced by senior engineers.

On this course you will:
Develop the versatility and depth to deal with new and unusual challenges across a range of engineering areas
Develop imagination and creativity to enable you to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations
Continue your professional development to Chartered Engineer status with confidence and acquire new skills at the highest level.

Brunel offer a number of mechanical engineering MSc courses, all accredited by professional institutes as appropriate additional academic study (further learning) for thos seeking to become qualified to register as Chartered Engineers (CEng).

Our collaborative research with numerous outside organisations includes major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms and governmental laboratories. We have links with at least six teaching hospitals and work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy and the US.

Accrediting professional institutes vary by course and include The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),The Energy Institute (EI) and The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Course Content

During the first two terms (September - March) you will take eight modules, out of which:
Four are the same for both streams (compulsory modules - 15 credits each)
The other four (15 credits each) are different for the two streams.

In May the final examinations for the taught modules will take place and in their third term (June - September) students will complete the final dissertation.

You have the option to choose one of two specialisations, or ‘streams,’ for your dissertation:
Thermofluids, or
Solid Body Mechanics.

Compulsory Modules

Strategic Management, Innovation and Enterprise
Research Methods and Sustainable Engineering
Advanced Modelling and Design
Computer Aided Engineering 1
Dissertation (Individual project)

Optional Modules

Choose one of the two themes below:

Theme 1 – Thermofluids
Advanced Thermofluids
Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
Energy Conversion Technologies
Renewable Energy Technologies

Theme 2 – Solid Body Mechanics
Advanced Solid Body Mechanics
Dynamics and Modal Analysis
Structural Design and FEA
Human Factors in Design

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.


Advanced Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Miguel Drummonds

102.jpg As an overseas and mature student my aim was to get enrolled in a UK University that has a world-class reputation for Mechanical Engineering. Being in a diverse student environment was also one of the criteria on my list. I did an in-depth online research of all the universities in and around London that offers my choice of study and made applications to and was successfully made offers to them all. I attended open days at all these institutions. Brunel first sparked my interest through my online research, however, on attending an open day I became so excited, felt at home and could not wait to become a Brunelian. Brunel’s facilities were second to none of all the universities visited. The friendliness of the academic staff that I met was simply amazing.

After three exciting years at Brunel I successfully completed my BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. For that reason, I never wavered in my mind on deciding which university I would spend the next year as a Postgraduate student. The Masters in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Brunel is highly challenging, especially for me as I was juggling between family life and university life. However, there is always a drive to continue as the contents of the modules are very interesting. The course captivates your mind in such a way that one is curious to see what is coming next. The course is also relevant to what the industry is seeking from graduates in terms of the kind of real-life analysis that is carried out. Students also have the opportunity to use many different sophisticated software packages.

Brunel University has become a very happy part of me. So far I have no regrets that I chose to study at Brunel. I would not hesitate to recommend postgraduate studies in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Brunel to any prospective student.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering or technology discipline. Other subjects in a related discipline, including but not limited to Physics and Mathematics will be considered and assessed on an individual basis. For international and EU entry requirements please see website View Website

Last Updated

02 June 2017

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