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Description

This course will provide graduates with advanced knowledge and understanding of Mechanical Engineering in three ways. Firstly, high-quality taught modules will introduce advanced Mechanical Engineering topics such as turbomachinery design, computational stress analysis, plates and shells, contact and friction. Secondly, a substantial group design element will equip students with the ability to carry out advanced design in multinational teams using appropriate design standards and sophisticated engineering analysis tools. Finally, a major research and development project allows the student to demonstrate the ability to work independently on a complex topic and demonstrate initiative in the solution of engineering challenges. 

Durham University has many researchers tackling problems relevant to industry and society. These are organised into three research challenges: sustainable infrastructure, future energy systems and next generation materials and microsystems. These are broad interdisciplinary challenges and will form the topics of many of the substantial projects that student will undertake. Durham students are uniquely placed to take advantage of a broad range of expertise in a general engineering department. 

Course Structure

The course consists of four core modules to provide an advanced engineering education in Advanced Mechanical technologies alongside an optional module that allows students to increase their understanding in a core area suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, laboratory experiments, a group design project and a major, individual research and development project

Core Modules

  • Research & Development Project
  • Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery
  • Applied Mechanics 4

 Optional Modules available in previous years include:

  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 3
  • Applied Mechanics 3

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full-time course beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with students submitting a report and completing an oral examination on their chosen research and development project. The course consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of Advanced Mechanical Engineering technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows students to choose a study course most suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a group design project and an individual research and development project.

Students select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 38 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing students to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase a student’s understanding in either fluid dynamics and thermodynamics or applied mechanics. Students are advised to select the module which they feel would best support their learning needs.

The core lecture modules typically involve 38 hours of lectures and cover topics such as computational stress analysis, fluid mechanics and turbomachinery design. 

The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of mechanical engineering technology. Students gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. Students also benefit from this opportunity to develop their research skills in preparation for their individual research and development project.

A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project students are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. They are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of their ability to present their work to staff and their peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. Students should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with their supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of their research projects. 

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

http://www.durham.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Department of Engineering

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages


Visit the MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering page on the Durham University website for more details!

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