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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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  • Last Updated

    22 August 2018

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Superb industry links and world-class research come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level. Being in the heart of one of Europe’s highest concentration of high-tech businesses provides opportunities for industry-focused studies.You will take charge of your career by building on your undergraduate degree and developing your professional skills. It introduces you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design and equips you for professional practice at senior positions of responsibility.You will gain the skills to take complex products all the way from idea to fully validated designs. Using the most advanced CAD packages, you will learn the techniques required to analyse and test your designs followed by full design implementation. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

  • You will be taught by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields, including world-leaders in research on sustainable engineering, materials and joining technology and design engineers leading development of novel products such as carbon and bamboo bike
  • Our research projects and consultancies are done with partners such as Siemens, Yasa Motors, Stannah Stairlifts, 3M etc. using our facilities including analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Well-funded research programmes in areas of current concern such as modern composite materials, vehicle end-of-life issues and electric vehicles. 
  • Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures. In the most recent REF (2014) 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised.
  • Visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspectives, preparing you for an exciting career, for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule.
  • Our close industry links facilitate industrial visits, providing you with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of activities within our department see our departmental news.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, one optional module and the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing and Design 
  • Engineering Business Management 
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management 
  • Advanced Strength of Components 
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design I
  • The Dissertation 

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Crash Impact Modelling 
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Real-time Embedded Robotics Systems 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Assessed coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for continuous assessment.

Assessment methods include examination and coursework, reflecting the development of academic content from the more practical aspects to the more conceptual.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose-built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment including analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.

Visit the MSc Mechanical Engineering page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!






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