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MSc Mechanical Engineering

Course Description

Why take this course?

This course is designed to respond to a growing shortage of workforce in mechanical engineering sectors. It intends to equip our students with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills for their engineering competencies and careers. Students have a chance to broaden and deepen their knowledge in wide range of mechanical engineering subjects. This enables our students to undertake an advanced treatment of core mechanical engineering disciplines such as design and critical evaluation of structural integrity, computation fluid dynamics, advanced materials, energy and control systems.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing
Utilise our strong links with companies and investigate real industrial problems to enhance your understanding of the profession
Tie in the topic of your individual project with one of our research groups and benefit from the expertise of our actively researching academics

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), meeting the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Research and development
Product manufacture
Project management

Module Details

You will study several key topics that will help equip you to work as a mechanical engineer in a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering business activity management, research, design and development roles. You will also complete a four-month individual project tailored to your individual interests that can take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

Structural Integrity: Contemporary approaches are applied to the evaluation of mixed mode fracture and fatigue failure. Dynamic plastic responses of structures and the performance of composite structures are evaluated.

Industrial Control Systems: This unit covers mathematical representation of control system models is developed principally using Laplace transforms. System behaviour and simulation is analysed with practical case studies, leading to control system specifications.

Advanced Materials: This unit is designed to deal with a wide range of advanced materials for engineering applications. Teaching will address analytical and numerical methods to assess the strength, stiffness, toughness, non-linearity behaviours, vibration and failures of engineering materials for component and structure design.

Energy Systems: This unit is designed to study the principles and techniques of operation of thermodynamics and combustion systems, as well as the provision and management of energy. The current and future requirements and trends in energy production and consumption are addressed.

Structural Application of Finite Elements: The use of finite element analysis techniques and software applied to structural problems is developed. Modelling with both isotropic and orthotropic materials is investigated, as well as such topics as cracking in dissimilar materials and composite laminates.

Computational Fluid Dynamics: A practical case study analysis approach is used for model formulation and CFD simulation. Fundamental principles are used to appraise the results of CFD analysis of problems with industrial applications.

Individual Project: A strong feature of the course is the individual project, which comprises a third of the course. We encourage students to undertake projects in industrial companies, but we can also use our extensive resources and staff skills to undertake projects within the University.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis with a significant amount of your time spent our laboratories. We pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Written examinations
Laboratory-based project work
A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

The demand for more highly skilled mechanical engineers is always present and it is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers.

When you graduate from this course you could find employment in a wide range of mechanical engineering-based careers, such as design, research and development and manufacturing. You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Mechanical engineer
Product design engineer
Aerospace engineer
Application engineer

Visit the MSc Mechanical Engineering page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

David Hume

192.jpg David Hume, studied the MSc in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing his MSc he started a new position at Smiths Aerospace, a transatlantic aerospace systems and equipment company.
Doing an MSc definitely puts you in a better position when it comes to applying for jobs and has resulted in getting a position at a level above the standard graduate entry.
Before returning to study I'd worked at Fleetlands, who maintain, repair and overhaul helicopters, engines and mechanical components for the armed services. After a three year apprenticeship and another three years working it had given me tons of experience but I'd started to feel in need of a change.
I decided to do a degree at Portsmouth after it was recommended by a friend. The lecturers here are world class engineers Ð leaders in their field Ð so deciding to stay on and do my MSc here was the best decision I ever made. When I chose to do the MSc I was lucky enough to get some funding through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for my tuition fees and a maintenance grant which has helped enormously.
The MSc in Mechanical Engineering could lead to a variety of jobs, but with my background and lifelong interest in engineering I've chosen to take my career in that direction.
Smiths design and manufacture fuel systems and aircraft components for military and civil customers. My role will involve both design and testing and is based on Computer Aided Design (CAD) which I used for one of my course projects. I'm looking forward to applying the theoretical knowledge I learned on the course to working on real projects.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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