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Mechanical Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering at LSBU is a broad-based course which will enable you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in core mechanical engineering disciplines, combined with research and business skills demanded by Industry and the Professional accrediting body (IMechE). The modules studied are informed by applied research from within the department and close links with industry and enterprise organisations. This MSc course builds on LSBU's rich history in engineering, where it has been studied for over 100 years.

LSBU offers sophisticated practical facilities including a virtual reality suite, advanced CAD-CAM capability including multi-axis milling, turning, and coordinate-measuring machine (CMM). Laboratories are well equipped for experimentation in solids, solid-mechanics and thermofluids. In addition to structured sessions, you'll be encouraged to utilise the facilities for your major project.

Research and business skills are developed through specific modules, using engineering examples and case-studies and our course incorporates a management-related module focused on entrepreneurship and project management. This management module develops our graduates' commercial awareness and ensures that they have the skill-set valued by industry employers. The major project offers the opportunity to specialise in one area, which may be relevant to your future employment or further research aspirations. You'll be offered a wide range of projects supported by academics with expertise in the field, or you can propose your own project.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/mechanical-engineering-msc


- Technical research and professional skills
This module develops the skills needed to gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in a group project environment.

- Technology evaluation and commercialisation
You'll be guided towards identifying a technology project idea and evaluate its business potential by conducting detailed research and analysis.The outcomes from this will serve as the basis for implementation of the selected technology in the business sense, developing the appropriate commercialisation strategy, and writing a business plan for your high-tech start-up company.

- Engineering design, analysis, and manufacture
This module broadens your knowledge base, and will involve case studies and practical work that demonstrate how advanced analysis is employed in the engineering design process. The module will involve the application of finite element analysis (FEA) and CAD-CAM, with an integrated approach to engineering design.

- Advanced solid mechanics and dynamics
This module covers the basic concepts of solid mechanics from a mathematical modelling perspective.The module incorporates engineering design and appreciation of sustainability issues as common themes running through the module.You'll need a good background in analytical techniques like linear algebra and differential equations. You'll use classical approaches to solid mechanics together with modern approaches and deal with complex problems in mechanics both systematically and creatively.

- Advanced instrumentation and control
This module develops advanced techniques in data acquisition and manipulation required for instrumentation and control applications, including structures of virtual instrumentation, data acquisition tools and wizards. You'll explore the theory behind modern control systems and consolidate lectures with experimental computer-based assignments using industry standard hardware and software (NI DAQ and LabView).

- Advanced thermofluids and energy analysis
This module provides you with an opportunity to study applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on power-producing devices, energy systems and renewable energy. You'll cover experimental techniques for measurement of performance of power-producing devices and fluid mechanic systems in both theory and practice. You'll analyse energy systems, including environmental impact, and develop the ability to critically appraise alternative power-producing devices to meet current and future energy needs.

- Major project
You'll undertake a major project in an area that is relevant to your MSc in Mechanical Engineering.You'll choose your project and carry it out under the guidance of a supervisor. At the end of the project, you'll present a dissertation, which forms a major element of the assessment.

Assessment is comprised of examinations, practical work, laboratory reports, log-books, formal reports, presentations and a spoken examination following competition of your major project.


This MSc will deepen and broaden your knowledge base in the mechanical engineering field, helping you to attain professional awards such as becoming a Chartered Engineer. Chartered Engineers typically earn more than their colleagues, and our broad-based masters has been designed in accordance with IMechE's guidelines to ensure you have a wide range of career opportunities open to you after graduation.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. The School has a strong culture of research and extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. London South Bank University is based in central London, providing excellent access to the professional body head-quarters (IMechE) for attending extra-curricular lectures, and use of library resources.


During your master's course you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios which are highly in tune with leading technologies. LSBU has made considerable investment into it's engineering facilities, and thanks to our commitment to developing work-ready graduates, you'll be developing and producing your work in an industry standard environment.

- Virtual Engineering lab
Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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