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Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc)

Course Description



Improve graduate employability by developing the postgraduate skills required for a successful transition to industry
Develop and enhance the skills of professional engineers already practising in industry
Equip graduates with transferrable skill sets in numeracy, ICT, team working and effective communication, which are required for management and leadership roles in industry or academia
Develop in-depth technical knowledge in specific subjects and advanced computational modelling for candidates considering academic research or technical specialism in industry.



Mechanical Engineers fulfil important roles in many industries including power, transport, aerospace, manufacturing, marine, and medical devices. Demand for Masters level Mechanical Engineering graduates continues to grow globally.

Queen's University is offering an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering comprising modules from its internationally recognised and accredited MEng course.

A broad range of modules is available with a strong foundation in physical science and numerical analysis. Topics include advanced materials, structures and dynamics, power and energy, design and managment.

Modules have an emphasis on industrial application and are delivered by internationally recognised academic staff with strong industrial research links.


Students must take and pass taught modules equivalent to 120 CAtS points and complete a dissertation, which is equivalent to 60 CATS points.

Taught elements may be selected from a list which, many of which are taught by international subject experts. There is a high level of flexibility to tailor the module selection to individual choice. The normal load is 60 CATS points per semester.

The programme is available for both full-time and part-time modes of study. Part-time students will take 2 or 3 modules per semester, with all 120 CATS points being completed within 3 years.


Formal lectures are presented, but students will also acquire knowledge and understanding experientially through assignments as well as individual and group project work.

Assessment is based on written examinations, coursework and oral presentations by both individuals and groups.

The School provides a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on IT provision and the use of advanced engineering simulation and modelling software platforms that are industrially relevant.

The programme includes a significant piece of independent project work. For full-time candidates this is typically associated with technologically leading research activities within the School. For part-time candidates, the project is normally undertaken in conjunction with the candidate's employer and academic supervision.


The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has an international reputation for research quality, and was one of the top Mechanical Engineering Schools in the last UK REF assessment of higher education. Students benefit from teaching that is informed by leading-edge research and supported by first-class facilities.

Prospects for Mechanical Engineers with Master level qualifications are excellent with very high graduate employment rates and graduate salary levels above the UK average.

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a Masters degree is a Second Class Honours degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) Higher Education Provider or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

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