The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas.
Mechanical engineering plays an essential role at every level in society. This MSc aims to enhance both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, advanced thermofluids, advanced manufacture techniques and heat transfer. Our options cover a range of application areas and allow for individual specialisation.
You benefit from our mechanical engineering expertise in the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) and in the Dynamics, Control and Vehicles Research Group. These groups have excellent experimental and analytical facilities and strong collaborations with industry, including GE Aviation and Jaguar Landrover.
Facilities available for practical and project work include, in the TFMRC, a wide range of air supplies including a 0.8 kg/s, 7.5-bar screw compressor, two 1 kg/s, 1.5 bar blowers, and a 10 kg/s, 3-bar centrifugal compressor; a variety of jet engines including a 2400-hp engine and several microturbines; and comprehensive instrumentation and measurement systems with both high- and low-speed data loggers and high-speed pressure sequencers. The Centre develops computational fluid dynamics methods for general flow problems, with emphasis on turbomachinery and aerodynamics, and benefits from the University’s high-speed computing capability.
The combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in mechanical engineering.
Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It will expose you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and will demand individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.
Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project will be supervised by a member of faculty.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Each course comprises eight to nine taught modules, typically four to five core modules and four options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer up to the end of August.
You study four core modules in advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced thermofluids, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer applications, and choose a further four modules from a range of options in mechanical and automotive engineering.
In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project. Projects are assigned in the spring term and begin with preliminary research and project planning. Following the summer examinations, you are expected to work on the project full time until the end of August, leading to submission of your dissertation and project presentation.
The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/