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MSc Mechanical Engineering (Modelling)

Course Description

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Modelling) offers a set of excellent curricula in highly sought-after engineering and scientific subjects. Computational modelling has become an essential part of mechanical engineering at the level of industrial product development, and the manufacturing sector in particular has been experiencing a significant uptake of computational engineering technologies to increase its competitiveness in the global market. This programme is designed for engineering and science graduates, providing a wide exploration of these new and advanced technologies.

On this MSc programme, students will explore the design, development, and application of computational systems for the solution of physical problems in engineering and science. They will formulate and model real-world problems, and then develop methods to solve these problems using computer technology. Here at Aston University, our aim is to develop the computing skills required in a modern engineering environment - for example, design, performance simulation and optimisation. Particular emphasis is placed on enabling students to develop predictive models in the most demanding engineering areas where experiments are not feasible or too expensive. A wide range of state-of-the-art modelling technologies will be covered in this MSc programme. The dissertation project will provide an opportunity for students to employ these modelling methods in industrially-based products or systems.

Many of the new opportunities and major advances lie at the boundaries between the traditional disciplines of science, engineering and technology. The emergence and use of high-performance computing has led to the creation of an innovation branch of scientific investigation. It is now widely acknowledged that computer simulation has joined theoretical analysis and physical experimentation as a tool for discovering new knowledge. Computational modelling represents a new intellectual paradigm for scientific exploration and the visualization of scientific phenomena. It permits a new approach to the solution of problems that were previously inaccessible. Computational modelling is also wealth-generating, since by guiding choices, it cuts down on experimentation and costs, and consequently speeds up time to market. While not a new concept, it is becoming an increasingly important tool for industry. It has presented industry with a new opportunity for substantial improvements in operational efficiency, safety and productivity.

Such rapid development of computational technologies calls for high-end computational experts who have both interdisciplinary skills and fundamental knowledge in mathematics, computer science and mechanics - people who are confident in developing a product or application from model to reality on a computer. Consequently, there is also an urgent need for new advanced curricula to meet industry’s demand for such experts who are able to develop new investigative tools and apply them to scientific research and engineering design. Such curricula must involve cross-disciplinary education to produce scientists and engineers with a multiplicity of viewpoints and backgrounds; individuals, that is, who understand the fundamental physical principles involved in a problem of design or analysis, as well as the mathematical and computational tools required to solve it.

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Modelling) is unique in its approach to meeting this need. Closely allied to our research groups, the curriculum is administered by a cross-disciplinary academic team within the School of Engineering & Applied Science.

The MSc has an interdisciplinary curriculum with modules drawn from several engineering and computer science subject groups. The programme consists of a number of intensively taught modules followed by a period of individual research (the MSc project). The MSc project starts after the examinations at the end of the second semester, and is completed over a period of six months. A special project supervisor will be assigned to each student.

English language requirements for international students: IELTS with overall band score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking and a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Listening) or TOEFL iBT score of 100 (minimum 22 in each section).

Entry Requirements

2:2, engineering, physical science, mathematics or related discipline

Course Fees

UK/EU: £4,350 (2010 fee), International: £13,950 (2010 fee)

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