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MSc Mechanical Engineering

Course Description

This course is for computing, science and technology graduates who want to qualify to work as an mechanical engineer – a globally recognised profession with a shortage of qualified practitioners in the UK.

About this course

On this course you gain the knowledge the skills you need to work as an engineer, building on your existing degree in science or technology.

A rewarding career

Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of mechanical engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.

What you study

You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering a broad range of topics in mechanical design and analysis.

In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.

One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and choosing and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.


Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include:
-Developing materials to improve insulation and temperature control in pipelines and refineries.
-Developing ultra-light solar and electric powered vehicles.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-mechanical-engineering

Course structure

Full time – 12 to 18 months
Part time – typically 3 years, maximum 6 years
Starts September.

Core modules
-Engineering principles
-Mechanical engineering principles
-Project and quality management
-International product development (group project)

-Equipment engineering and design
-Competitive design for manufacture
-Advanced CAD/CAM
-Industrial applications of finite element methods
-Advanced vibration and acoustics
-Competitive materials technology

Assessment: assessments will be a mix of coursework and exam, depending on the specific module studied.

Visit the MSc Mechanical Engineering page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically you need a minimum of 2:2 honours degree in a relevant science or technology subject, such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, design technology or sports technology. If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. For those applying for 2017, A Level Maths or equivalent is required.

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