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Mechanical Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is for engineering graduates aspiring to responsible positions within aerospace, automotive and general mechanical engineering companies. It is also ideal for engineers holding a BEng degree that require a further learning element to qualify for Chartered Engineer registration.

About the programme

This programme is designed to deepen and widen your knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering specialist topics. It offers a wide range of core modules that advances the core knowledge base of the disciplines and provides the necessary and continuing development of appropriate interpersonal and transferable skills at a level that a Mechanical Engineer would be expected to have, allowing you to function in an advanced engineering environment as senior engineers and managers. While the main focus of the programme is on taught modules, you will have the opportunity to explore a specific subject in more detail through the dissertation.

Your learning

The programme will be delivered by highly-qualified and experienced members of the School’s teaching staff through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratories, case studies and specialist guest lectures. Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations.

A key component of the programme is the research based dissertation. This will give you the opportunity to investigate a project in your chosen field of interest.

You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Core modules include:
- Advanced Structural Integrity
- Advanced Fluid Mechanics
- Computational Fluid Mechanics
- Advanced Finite Element Methods and Analysis
- Instrumentation and Measurement
- Advanced CAD/CAM
- Advanced Heat Transfer
- Composites Design and Analysis
- Project Management
- Research Methods.

Our Careers Adviser says

Our graduates will have developed expertise to improve their employability within design and development of the automotive, aerospace, offshore, oil and gas and all main stream mechanical engineering industry sectors.

It is expected that graduates will obtain professional employment with companies such as Rolls Royce, Howdens, Doosan Babcock, Babcock International, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems, and Thales Optronics.

Professional recognition

The programme has been designed to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for CEng registration and we will be seeking this accreditation in the near future.

Industry-standard facilities

Our recently upgraded facilities will ensure you’re equipped to deal with the requirements of industry:
• Recent investment in new laboratories for engineering and physics will further enhance our reputation for applied interdisciplinary research
• Paisley Campus – fully equipped manufacturing workshop; materials testing and analysis facilities; metrology laboratory; rapid prototyping centre; and assembly and welding laboratories
• Significant investment in facilities for thin film technologies, micro-scale sensors and nuclear physics research
• Lanarkshire Campus – £2.1 million engineering centre, with particular focus on the design and engineering disciplines opened in 2008
• Both Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses have modern, dedicated IT facilities utilising a range of industrial applications software such as PRO/Engineer, Ansys, Fluent, WITNESS and MS Project.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification, in a mechanical engineering or similar area from a recognised institution or an equivalent professional qualification, for MSc entry. Applicants with lesser degree qualifications in engineering, who have appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students would be invited to join the MSc programme. Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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