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Mechanical Engineering MSc

Course Description

About the course

The Mechanical Engineering MSc builds on your undergraduate knowledge base through a number of advanced modules in core subject areas. These are supported by modules in business and electromechanics, providing you with an insight of the engineering business environment and broadening your understanding of other engineering disciplines.

The course provides you with an understanding of the methodology used in research and an awareness of the numerical techniques underpinning the tools employed in mechanical and thermal analysis.

Topicality and direct application to the needs of society are also catered for, providing you with an understanding of the environmental impact of human activities and energy consumption and the role of the mechanical engineer in seeking appropriate solutions.

Course Structure


First semester (September to January)

• Electromechanics
• Engineering Business Environment and Energy Studies
• Numerical Techniques in Engineering
• Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Second semester (February to May)

• Advanced Solid Mechanics
• Research Methods
• Engineering Systems Dynamics and Control
• Advanced Materials and Design

Third semester (June to September)

• This is a major research-based individual project

Optional placement
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

The modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratories. This ensures a good balance between theory and practice so that real engineering problems are better understood through an underpinning of strong theoretical and analytical knowledge translated into practical skills.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend four hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time; for full-time study this would be 16 hours per week during term time. You can expect to also undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week.

Academic expertise

Mechanical Engineering teaching staff are active in several important research areas, including: Combustion modelling and energy conversion research using both experimental and CFD methods to analyse efficiencies and emissions of energy systems Computational rheology, non- Newtonian biofluid simulations, viscoelastic effects on lubrication thin film flows Surface engineering via surface modification of materials for enhancement of mechanical, tribological and chemical properties.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students

Visit the Mechanical Engineering MSc page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Philips Ogun

- Was DMU your first choice? If not, who was your first choice

I applied and gained admission to Newcastle University, Lancaster University and DMU but finally decided to enrol in DMU

- Why did you choose Faculty of Technology at DMU

DMU is one of the few universities offering Mechatronics at MSc level in the UK. The first things that caught my attention were the tuition fees and modules of the course compared to other Universities offering the same course.

- What attracted you to study this particular course/ How I came to start a MSc

Because I have always wanted to integrate my knowledge of Computers, Mechanics and Electronics and Mechatronics was a perfect course to study

- What are my best experiences on the course?

I had a great time during my project. I learnt so many things I have always wanted to know about

- Course Content

All the modules were relevant and well structured. It was my major reason for deciding to enrol in DMU. In my opinion, the content of Mechatronics Business Environment should be reviewed and there should be more of individual assessment than group assessment.

- Faculty facilities

I believe the faculty has good facilities to support learning, project work and research. The technicians in the Mechanical & Electronics lab were fantastic and helped me a lot during my project. The faculty also prides some Engineering software which I found to be invaluable in the course of my study such as Matlab/Simulink, Pro Engineer, Altium Designer etc

- Support

Student support in DMU is great. Everyone cares about you and will be ready to help. I received great support from Lecturers and Course Leaders

- What are the strengths of the course in your view
The course highlights the key element of Mechatronics. Students from different backgrounds come to study Mechatronics. The idea of trying to broaden the knowledge of students before introducing them to the more advanced studies of Mechatronics is helpful to the students.

- How do I see the future
Personally, I am passionate about DMU and the MSc Mechatronics course. I didn’t get anything short of my expectations before joining. I know DMU is one of the leading post 1992 universities and the recent lift in the University ranking shows that the stakeholders are doing great jobs. I am hoping the University will become more popular internationally.


Entry Requirements

You should have the British equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. If you don't have formal academic qualifications but have extensive industry experience you will be considered individually.

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