Masters degrees in Vibration offer advanced study of the oscillations that occur around a point of equilibrium, and the effects of these in various circumstances.
Taught MSc degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering subject.
From mobile phones and loudspeakers, to manufacturing equipment and medical devices, vibration plays a huge part of our day-to-day life.
Training includes testing and analysis of free, forced and damped vibration. You will learn to detect faults caused by issues such as imbalances and friction, and how to manage them effectively.
For example, you may choose to examine the power of vibration in tools and systems to achieve a desired effect or output. Or, you might investigate methods for noise reduction in both urbanised and rural areas to diminish effects of vibration on human and animal life.
Finally, you could even explore disaster management, such as reducing the impacts of earthquakes through structural engineering techniques.
Careers may include the design manufacture of suppression and suspension devices, environmental monitoring, or public policy and legislation.
On this course you gain the knowledge the skills you need to work as an engineer, building on your existing degree in science or technology.
A rewarding career
Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of mechanical engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.
What you study
You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering a broad range of topics in mechanical design and analysis.
In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.
One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and choosing and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.
Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include • developing materials to improve insulation and temperature control in pipelines and refineries • developing ultra-light solar and electric powered vehicles.
Assessments will be a mix of coursework and exam, depending on the specific module studied.
Mechanical engineering is an area with a high demand for skilled graduates. The government has identified this sector as key for driving growth, and the skills you learn on this course prepares you for a highly paid career.
Our graduates have gone on to roles including • design engineer, Rolls-Royce • engineer, GE Aviation • assistant engineer, Boeing • mechanical engineer, Mott Macdonald • design engineer, Siemens • sub-sea turbine engineer, E.ON.
As a mechanical engineer, you make a major contribution to the built environment, the economy and the quality of life of every member of society. Mechanical engineering is ever-changing and offers diverse career opportunities, with plenty of potential to transfer between career routes.
You can move into various industries including • aerospace • automotive • transport • building services • medical engineering • sport equipment design • power generation • alternative energy • product testing • project management.