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Who is it for?

Whether you are a new graduate or an engineering professional, this course has been designed to help you develop advanced skills in thermofluids science and technology, fluid dynamics, structural analysis, heat conversion and recovery. You will learn with leading experts in the field on modules informed by the latest developments in technology and practice.

This course is designed to help you meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market, with a focus on advanced thermal power, systems and processes. As a result, your studies will prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of engineering enterprises.


The programme has been developed from our research strength in fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, mathematical modelling in CAD, renewable and sustainable energy, gas turbine engineering, IC engines and powertrain, and advanced heat transfer.

The Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc will help you:

  • Gain advanced knowledge of the latest technological developments in advanced mechanical engineering, particularly in thermo-fluids applications.
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals, practical skills and an appreciation of the latest developments in engineering solutions in the energy and transport sectors.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the general areas of Mechanical Engineering subjects and to extended knowledge of underlying principles of modern methods of control and design of vehicle and power  train systems.
  • Assess the behaviour of mechanical, aeronautical or electrical systems.
  • Apply advanced methods of analysis to mechanical, aeronautical or electrical systems.
  • Gain extended knowledge of the underlying principles of modern methods of design of mechanical, aeronautical or electrical systems with appropriate methods.
  • Appreciate advanced computer methods, e.g. CFD and CAD, using different software techniques.


The course has been accredited regularly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on behalf of the Engineering Council, as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accreditation takes place every five years and currently the course is going through the re-accreditation process.

Academic facilities

The department has extensive experimental and computational facilities that you can use during your studies, particularly during the work leading to your dissertation. This includes:

  • Micro-gas turbine test cells, which are currently used to develop new technology for utilisation with concentrated solar power.
  • Fuel injection with applications in the automotive industry.
  • Screw compressors and expanders.
  • High-speed aerodynamic measurements test rigs and wind tunnels

The department also has a parallel computing cluster with licences to the most commonly used computational software in addition to in-house developed programmes.

Teaching and learning

The programme comprises lectures, assessed assignments and technical visits.

Teaching by academics and industry professionals whose work is internationally recognised. Seminar series and talks are conducted by visiting speakers.


Assessment is based on marks obtained throughout the year for courseworks, class tests, and end-of-year examinations followed by dissertation. Modules, based on coursework only, are assessed through substantial individually designed courseworks, assignments and small projects. IT skill is assessed through submitted work on design reports and computational courseworks.


On this MSc, there are eight taught modules equating to 120 credits, plus a dissertation of 60 credits. The taught part of the MSc is structured into modules of 15 credits each.

The dissertation provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity to apply knowledge and develop a deep understanding in a specialised topic of your choice. Dissertations can be research- or industry-inspired, allowing you to prepare for your future career choices. Successful industrial projects often lead to the recruitment of students by the collaborating company.

The course follows a weekly teaching structure delivered at City, throughout the year at the rate of four days per week. Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and dissertation will lead to the award of an MSc degree.

Core modules

6 Core Modules, 15 credits each (90 credits):

  • MEM106 Advanced Structural Mechanics (15 credits)
  • MEM107 Advanced Heat Transfer (15 credits)
  • MEM108 IC Engine and Vehicle propulsion (15 credits)
  • AEM301 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (15 credits)
  • AEM305 Gas Turbine Engineering (15 credits)
  • ETM051 Professional Industrial Management Studies (15 credits)

Plus the individual project (EPM949); 60 credits.

Elective modules

Elective modules, choice of two, 15 credits each (30 credits):

  • MEM102 Combustion Fundamentals and Applications (15 credits)
  • EPM707 Finite Element Methods (15 credits)
  • EPM767 Mathematical Modelling in CAD (15 credits)
  • EPM879 Renewable Energy Fundamentals & Sustainable Energy Technologies (15 credits)
  • EPM501 Power Electronics (15 credits)

Career prospects

This Masters is geared towards preparing you for a successful career in mechanical engineering, providing you with highly sought-after, in-depth knowledge of fundamental theory and hands-on experience in the field of mechanical technology. The course also features industry-based projects that can provide you with employment opportunities.

Recent graduate employment destinations include:

  • Ford
  • Rolls Royce
  • Lotus
  • BP
  • Howden
  • Shell
  • Heliex
  • Sortex
  • Transport for London
  • Jaguar
  • Delphi
  • Holroyd

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!






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