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MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Course Description

Mechanical Engineering in the UK is a major contributor to the economy, and there is evidence of increasing demand for professional engineers in the field. Furthermore, as recent reports show, median salaries are also on the increase. As the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers puts it “…if humanity is to somehow manage to adjust its behaviour in any controlled way to a position of sustainability, we have limited time in which to do it, and we will need to do it with products and processes based on today’s technology and not tomorrow’s.”

There is an increasing demand therefore for high-quality engineers with flexible postgraduate experience and a good range of transferable skills in the broad field of mechanical engineering. This demand has been demonstrated by recent surveys indicating salaries for young Professional Engineers significantly outpacing national averages.

The primary aim of this programme is to create master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the engineering sector. The graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Specific aims are as follows:

To provide education at postgraduate level in mechanical engineering that will enable graduates to proceed to Chartered Engineer status;
To develop the versatility and depth to deal with new and unusual challenges across a range of engineering areas;
To develop imagination and creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations.

The Structure of the course: 4 compulsory modules, 4 optional modules, and a dissertation (60 credits)

Compulsory Modules

Strategic Management and Enterprise
Research Methodology and Innovation
Advanced Modelling and Design
Advanced Computer Aided Engineering 48 hours lecturing and seminars throughout the year
Dissertation (Individual project)

Stream 1 – Thermofluids

Advanced Thermofluids
Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
Energy Conversion Technologies
Sustainable Development and Energy Use: Energy in Transport and Industry

Stream 2 – Solid Body Mechanics

Structural Mechanics
Dynamics and Modal Analysis
Structural Design and FEA
Creative Design and Human Factors

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

(Student Profile)

Miguel Drummonds

102.jpg As an overseas and mature student my aim was to get enrolled in a UK University that has a world-class reputation for Mechanical Engineering. Being in a diverse student environment was also one of the criteria on my list. I did an in-depth online research of all the universities in and around London that offers my choice of study and made applications to and was successfully made offers to them all. I attended open days at all these institutions. Brunel first sparked my interest through my online research, however, on attending an open day I became so excited, felt at home and could not wait to become a Brunelian. Brunel’s facilities were second to none of all the universities visited. The friendliness of the academic staff that I met was simply amazing.

After three exciting years at Brunel I successfully completed my BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. For that reason, I never wavered in my mind on deciding which university I would spend the next year as a Postgraduate student. The Masters in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Brunel is highly challenging, especially for me as I was juggling between family life and university life. However, there is always a drive to continue as the contents of the modules are very interesting. The course captivates your mind in such a way that one is curious to see what is coming next. The course is also relevant to what the industry is seeking from graduates in terms of the kind of real-life analysis that is carried out. Students also have the opportunity to use many different sophisticated software packages.

Brunel University has become a very happy part of me. So far I have no regrets that I chose to study at Brunel. I would not hesitate to recommend postgraduate studies in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Brunel to any prospective student.


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 engineering; science; technology or 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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