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Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc

Course Description

The main objective of this programme is to produce graduates with the ability to plan, execute and produce reports on technical projects for industry and academia. The programme is composed of taught units, assessed by examination and coursework submission, and a major research project supervised by academic staff in the department.

The facilities and expertise in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have earned us consistently high rankings in university league tables and an internationally excellent rating for research.

Programme structure

Core units
Four mandatory units, each worth 10 credits, are designed to develop your skills of investigation, system analysis and project planning.
-Finite Element Analysis
-Literature Review
-Power Generation for the 22nd Century
-Research Project Proposal

You will be able to choose eight optional 10-credit units from the list below at the start of the programme. The current options list is as follows:
Design and Manufacture
-Virtual Product Development
-Robotic Systems

Engineering and the Environment
-Environmental Thermalhydraulics

-Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing
-Non-linear Behaviour of Materials
-Advanced Composites Analysis

-Advanced Dynamics
-Systems and Control Engineering 4
-Nonlinear Structural Dynamics
-Generic Propulsion

Research project (60 credits)
Each student is allocated an individual project, worth 60 credits, which is supported from within the department through the three main research groups:
-Dynamics and Control
-Design and Process Engineering
-Solid Mechanics

Provided that the content is academically rigorous, industrially-related projects are possible, through either your own contacts or the department's strong links with major companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Bechtel, British Energy, Nestlé, Qinetiq Ltd, Renishaw, Renold Chain and Rolls-Royce.


Several of our recent students have gone into research, including two recent PhD graduates from Bristol.

One further student is currently working towards an Engineering doctorate with the Systems Centre in Bristol and has been working closely with a local company, Vestas Wind Systems (his industrial sponsor). His research title is "Expanding the life cycle of wind turbine components through reverse engineering and repairing solutions".

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an engineering-based subject.

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