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MSc Advanced Engineering Design

Course Description


This programme is aimed at high calibre and ambitious Mechanical Engineering graduates who wish to gain expertise in systematically developing complex, multidisciplinary engineering design.

You will learn:

How to design products requiring embedded intelligence and comprehensive engineering analysis
How to use six CAE software packages

Why a program in Engineering Design ?

Engineering Design is the application of engineering principles, the experience of making, and use of mathematical models and analysis. The design and production of complex engineering products often require the use of embedded intelligence and detailed engineering analysis involving mechanical, electronic and control functions. Advanced theoretical knowledge and a wide range of computer driven tools, methods and methodologies are essential for this process.

Thus there is a need for an integrated course where advanced theory, human factors and creativity tools essential to successful product development are taught, training in software, research and/or application is provided and experience in the application of these knowledge and skill components in an integrating real life group project is given. This course has been developed to fulfil this need.

The course is constituted with the following five items:

1) A preparation module called 'Engineering Design in Perspective' (Module 1), delivered in a block fashion during the first two weeks. The module provides an appropriate base level and fulfils the requirements for the group project module.
2) Six other taught modules, each worth 15 credits totalling 90 credits:
Microcontrollers and Digital Control (Module 2)
Advanced Computer Aided Engineering (Module 3)
Structural Design and FEA (Module 4)
Design of Mechatronic Systems (Module 6)
Creative Design and Human Factors (Module 7)
Design of Manufacturing Systems and Economics (Module 8)
3) Design Experience (Module 5), a group project module linked to industry worth 30 credits
4) A dissertation, (Module 9) worth 60 credits
5) Work in a purpose equipped Design Studio with various experiential learning facilities including computers for the exclusive use of the MSc Advanced Engineering Design students

Visit the MSc Advanced Engineering Design page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Muthukrishnan Kumarasamy

101.jpg The course was intense and connected the essential points between academic theories and industrial real-time applications. Every theory session had an appropriate hands-on session to support and validate the theories. All the course materials are advanced and industry-oriented. Group projects, individual projects, assignments and programming exercises kept us engaged.
I must say that the staff were very helpful and experienced. The Professors, other lecturers, supervisors and technicians helped us to achieve what we came here for.
I had the opportunity to work with the Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) as an employability representative (part-time job).
I did an industrial project with Subsea7 ONG Company and built a test rig for offshore splash zone installations. It was a wonderful experience and I learnt numerous concepts through this project. It was a combination of mechanical design, electrical connections, microprocessor programming and instrumentation. I was given the opportunity to work with specialized Orcaflex software. I built a steward platform with other requirements and testing equipment. It was very useful for my career and personal aspirations.
My final year dissertation was with Jones and Shipman Company based in Leicester. I performed a massive FEA on huge grinding machine and created a customized program for performing a multistage analysis on the machines through Abaqus. The program was written in Python and was an instant hit in the industry. My results were implemented and my paper was selected for Simulia International Conference. My dissertation received a Brunel Alumni prize for best dissertation award.
I got a job as a Design Engineer in a ground breaking power storage company and I am working in a core design team of the company developing new solutions. My Master’s degree sowed the seeds of engineering so deep that I am continuing my researches in computational methods and its applications. All design processes involve transforming conceptual models into design, detailing the design and manufacturing phases. Working through hand calculations, modeling, analysis, prototyping and detailed drawings are my day-to-day activities. Designing and devising a test rig to measure performance are also part of the work.
In summarising my time at Brunel, “To experience the best of engineering at a University named after the best engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brunel is priceless!!


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis. English Language RequirementsIELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) TOEFL Paper test: 550 (TWE 4) TOEFL Internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17) Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)

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