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Mechanical Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

This programme has been designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market by providing the skills and abilities to contribute to the availability of well-designed products, process and systems.

As a broad-based Mechanical Engineering degree this programme provides a wide variety of career options in the engineering sector.

Core study areas include experimental mechanics, simulation of advanced materials and processes structural analysis, computer aided engineering, engineering design methods, sustainable development: the engineering context, the innovation process and project management, thermofluids and a project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/mechanical-engineering/

Programme modules

- Experimental Mechanics
This module introduces the following elements: experimental techniques for analysis and characterisation of various engineering materials and full-field, non-contact optical methods for deformation and strain measurements. Students will learn to identify the most appropriate experimental techniques for evaluating material response in a specific setting and for different types of materials.

- Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes
The objective of this module is to introduce students to the concepts in numerical simulation of advanced materials and processes. To enable students to gain theoretical and practical experience in simulating mechanical behaviour of advanced materials and modelling processes related to these materials using finite element modelling techniques.

- Structural Analysis
Students will gain an understanding of modern concepts of structural analysis. They will gain practical experience in analyses of structures using finite-element modelling and understand the need for structural analysis in design.

- Computer Aided Engineering
Students will learn how to evaluate, choose and implement CAE systems. Students will learn to select and apply appropriate computer based methods and systems for modelling engineering products; analysing engineering problems; and assisting in the product design process.

- Engineering Design Methods
The aims of this module are to provide students with a working understanding of some of the main methods which may be employed in the design of products and systems. Students will learn to identify appropriate methods and techniques for use at different times and situations within a project.

- Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context
The objective of this module are to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable development and to provide them with an understanding of how engineers can help manufacturing businesses develop into more sustainable enterprises.

- The Innovation Process and Project Management
This module allows students to gain a clear overview of the innovation process and an understanding of the essential elements within it. Students will learn strategies for planning and carrying out innovative projects in any field.

- Thermofluids
In this module students study the fundamentals of combustion processes and understand key aspects relating to performance and emissions. Students develop knowledge and skills required by engineers entering industries involved in the design and use of combustion equipment.

- Project
In addition to the taught modules, all students undertake an individual major project. Part-time students normally undertake a major project that is based on the needs of their employing company.

How you will learn

You will learn through a carefully balanced combination of lectures, in-class guided workshops, hands-on computer modelling and independent research.

The programme consists of eight, week-long, taught lecture modules plus project work. Each taught module is self-contained and covers a complete target. This programme is available in both full-time and part-time forms. Full-time students commence their studies on the first Monday in October for a period of 12 months. Part-time students may commence their registration at any time between October and the following March, and take 3 years (typical) to complete the programme.

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Plan and monitor multi-disciplinary projects;
- appreciate the central role of design within engineering;
- demonstrate competence in using computer based engineering techniques;
- analyse and understand complex engineering problems; and
- use team working skills and communicate effectively at an advanced technical level.


As a student within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering you will have access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment. Our computer labs are open 24/7 and use some of the latest industry standard software including STAR-CCM and CAD.

We have high-tech laboratories devoted to:
- Dynamics and control
- Electronics
- Fluid mechanics
- Materials
- Mechatronics
- Metrology
- Optical engineering
- Structural integrity
- Thermodynamics

Careers and further study

The programme will allow students to acquire the technical and transferable skills required to succeed in a career in industry or academic research. Graduates may also study for an MPhil or PhD with the School.


The University offers over 100 scholarships each year to new self-financing full-time international students who are permanently resident in a country outside the European Union. These scholarships are to the value of 25% of the programme tuition fee and that value will be credited to the student’s tuition fee account.
You can apply for a scholarship once you have received an offer for a place on this programme.

Why Choose Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough?

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is a leader in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international industrial links, and a long standing tradition of excellent teaching.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee, comprising of engineers at senior levels in the profession, ensures that our programmes contain the optimal balance of subjects and industrial relevance, with our programmes accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

- Facilities
The School has laboratories devoted to disciplines such as; dynamics and control, automation, fluid mechanics, healthcare engineering, internal combustion engines, materials, mechatronics, metrology, optical engineering, additive manufacturing, sports engineering, structural integrity and thermodynamics.

- Research
The School has a busy, multi-national community of well over 150 postgraduate research students who form an important part of our internationally recognised research activities.
We have seven key research centres (Electronics Manufacture, Intelligent Automation, Regenerative Medicine Embedded Intelligence, High Efficiency SCR for Low Emission Vehicles and High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre) and we are a lead governing partner in the newly formed UK Manufacturing Technology Centre.

- Career prospects
90% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Our graduates go on to work with companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, Ford, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Millbrook Proving Ground, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/mechanical-manufacturing/mechanical-engineering/

Visit the Mechanical Engineering (MSc) page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in any engineering discipline, or HND with appropriate industrial experience.

Course Fees

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