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Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc/Diploma

Course Description


This programme (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-advanced-mechanical-engineering/ ) aims to develop the knowledge and skills of a Bachelor’s-level graduate Mechanical Engineering to Masters level through advanced teaching, design work and research. As such it is also an opportunity for candidates from a different Engineering background to develop key Mechanical Engineering knowledge and skills required for their professional development. A key objective of the programme is to be an accredited route to becoming Chartered Engineer.

This programme makes use of masters-level courses in the Energy Sciences and Manufacture & Design complemented with specialist courses from relevant MSc courses offered by the institute. We have seen a growing need for an advanced mechanical engineering programme at the request of applicants, and our industry partners. This programme has been specifically developed to meet this need and to encourage students of this field into further learning.

The Scottish Funding Council has made available 20 scholarships covering fees only to students with Scottish backgrounds. 6 of these places are reserved for applicants to this programme in the first instance. The remaining places are spread over all our Energy based MSc programmes. There is no separate application process for this. If you are eligible, you will be considered automatically. You will be notified through the summer if you have been selected.

Programme content

Semester One - Mandatory
- B81PI Professional and Industrial Studies
This course is specifically designed to meet the master’s level outcome requirements in the areas of professional development and practice for chartered engineering status. This multi-disciplinary course uses industrial speakers and speakers from those in the university involved in bridging the gap between academia and industrial application.

- B51GS Specialist Engineering Technologies 1
The first of the specialist engineering technologies courses is based on computational fluid dynamics and assessed by a group project

Optional (Choose two)
- B51DE Engineering Design
In this course students interact with companies in a real life small R&D project supplied by the industrial partners. Working in teams, the students have to manage the design of a prototype, product or system and interact with the industrial contact putting into practice problem-solving skills from other engineering topics studied elsewhere in the programme.

- B51EK Fluids 1
Fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics, including ideal flows, boundary layers, and aerofoils and their use for analysis and design purposes.

- B51EM Advanced Mechanics of Materials 1
Advanced classical mechanics including 3D stress and strain with particular application to thin walled vessels. Fatigue analysis and design for fatigue limit.

- B51EO Dynamics 1
To provide students with a thorough understanding of vibration theory and an appreciation of its application in an engineering environment

- B51EQ Thermodynamics 1
Thermodynamic cycles including heat engines and reverse heat engines and means of evaluating best performance.

- G11GA Flame Appraisal
Introduction to the stages required for evaluating an oilfield for production. This covers geological considerations and fluid flow from oil bearing rock.

Semester Two – Mandatory

- B81EZ Critical Analysis and Research Preparation
This course provides research training and addresses literature review skills, project planning, data analysis and presentation with a focus to critically discuss literature, and use data to support an argument.

- B51HB Failure Accident Analysis
To acquaint students with the potential causes of material, structure or component failure; framework under which a failure or forensic engineering investigation should be carried out and give them the opportunity to work case studies through from information-gathering to preparation of reports and an awareness of fire and explosion engineering.

- B51GT Specialist Engineering Technologies 2
To present advanced theory and practice in important or emerging areas of technology including non-linear final element materials to include contact mechanics, design of components subjected to high stress applications.

Optional (Choose one)
- B51EL Fluids 2
To provide a methodology for analysing one-dimensional compressible flow systems.

- B51EN Advanced Mechanics of Materials 2
To provide students with an opportunity to: carry out advanced analyses of mechanics of materials problems; analyse mechanics of materials where time is a significant additional variable; use final element analysis for cases involving viscoelasticity and complex geometry
engage with the findings of recent research in a mechanics of materials topic

- B51EP Dynamics 2
To provide students with a thorough understanding of control theory and an appreciation of the subject of environmental acoustics and passive noise control

- B51ER Thermodynamics 2
Investigation of heat transfer mechanisms with a view to the design of effective heat exchangers for given operating conditions. The study of radiation heat transfer and combustion equilibrium.

- B51DF Engineering Manufacture
To provide the student with a detailed understanding of the importance and integration of advanced manufacturing technology and manufacturing systems within the context of product engineering. On completion, the students should have acquired a detailed understanding of the product development process from initial conception through to product support as well as appreciate the impact of each stage of the process on the business and organisationally with respect to information dependence and manufacturing processes employed.

- G11GD Flame Development
A continuation of Flame Appraisal, this course looks at the well-head arrangement for oil extraction. This is an introduction to drilling engineering and the techniques required for oil extraction.

Semester 3 – Mandatory

- B51MD Masters Dissertation
An individual project led by a research active member of staff on a current research theme with the aim of leading to the production of a journal article.

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-advanced-mechanical-engineering/

Scholarships available

We have a number of fully funded Scottish Funding Council (SFC) scholarships available for students resident in Scotland applying for Advanced Mechanical Engineering. Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply http://www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-funded-places.htm .

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc/Diploma page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scottish Funding Council - 20+ Awards

A number of SFC (Scottish Funding Council) Key Skills Funded Places are available for students resident in Scotland. These fully-funded places cover the tuition fees for the following postgraduate programmes that meet the skills demands from key sectors of industry:

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scottish residents.For energy-related MSc programmes and MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering and MSc Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.

Application Procedure

Simply state in the online application form that you believe to be eligible and wish to be considered

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are a good Honours degree (2.i) in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics, or a closely related subject. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Alternative backgrounds, such as vocational training complemented with sufficient relevant industrial experience and continued professional development will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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