Key Facts • Mechanical design engineers with the skills this course offers are essential to meeting today’s challenges. Overseas competition and adverse economic and productivity differences across the global markets creates significant competitive pressures in the engineering and manufacturing sectors. The primary strategies for meeting these challenges call for innovation in design and manufacturing processes that can be directly incorporated into products, requiring a new generation of mechanical design engineers, skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. • The MSc Mechanical Engineering course has been designed to reflect the increasing industrial use of complex analytical tools such as Adams Mechanisms, Finite Element Analysis and Solid Modelling techniques. • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Course Overview The course aims to: • Develop the skills required to design and analyse components and systems within a general engineering environment. • Introduce modern computer-based tools used within the industry and give you the opportunity to apply them to realistic problems. • Develop engineering skills including problem-solving abilities, practical competencies, critical appraisal and communication skills.
Assessment Effective communication is key in a professional environment. For this reason, we use project reports, record keeping and oral presentations extensively in our assessments, although we may use time-constrained tests where appropriate. Assessment focuses largely on projects and case studies and we make personal development planning an integral part of the learning process.
Further Study The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes, details can be found at http://www.bcu.ac.uk/postgrad
Employability There are many challenging and rewarding career opportunities for practitioners able to operate at a senior level in the mechanical, automotive, aeronautical and offshore engineering industries. Never has the need been greater for highly skilled, innovative engineers.
Experienced engineer Steven Bourne has gone all the way from apprentice to MSc, picking up awards and accolades along the way.
He works for Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) which provides civil and military space systems and services.
Astrium sponsored him to attend Birmingham City University one day a week for his accredited MSc Mechanical Engineering where, as well as successfully completing the course, he took home the PTC Postgraduate Prize for Outstanding Achievement on a Postgraduate Programme.
“My course has provided me with some excellent engineering skills which have given me the confidence and ability to do this job. I believe my academic success has also given my employer the confidence to trust me with the responsibilities associated with my current job role.” ”After returning to work at Astrium full-time, he moved up to the position of Structures Engineer. Steven had already received his BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from the University in 2007.
Steven found that taking the course boosted not just his skills and knowledge but also his belief in his abilities, especially in presenting to large groups. He said he would recommend the course to anyone looking to build their career in the engineering field and achieve Chartered Engineer status.
For now, Steven has finished studying although he has considered enrolling for a doctorate at some point in the future.
2:2 or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
Recipient: Birmingham City University
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