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Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

The course provides advanced, postgraduate education in the theory and practice of mechanical engineering. The course includes a broad range of mechanical engineering topics particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors, including mechanical engineering design and assessment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering course has been developed to equip graduates with an in-depth understanding of project management, the design, computer aided engineering, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity.The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is differentiated from other courses in the world, primarily by its industrial context through the strong links we have with national and international industry.


The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering was set up to complement our existing specialist courses through the provision of a general advanced mechanical engineering course, for students who prefer a broad appreciation of a range of mechanical engineering topics.

The course provides advanced, postgraduate education in the theory and practice of mechanical engineering. The course includes a broad range of mechanical engineering topics particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors, including mechanical engineering design and assessment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering course has been developed to equip graduates with an in-depth understanding of project management, the design, computer aided engineering, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity.

The course is designed for graduates and practicing engineers who wish to enhance their understanding of mechanical engineering with a view to management of large engineering projects. It will also appeal to students as a conversion course from other branches of engineering and as an up-skilling course particularly for overseas graduates.

Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgCert - one year, Part-time PgCert - two years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years

Course overview

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules, a group project and an individual research project.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:
- Demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of advanced mechanical engineering techniques necessary for solutions in the transport and energy sectors.
- Demonstrate systematic knowledge across appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organisations.
- Demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically assess the relative merits, and effectively use appropriate information from a variety of sources.


The taught programme for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering masters is generally delivered from October until March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules.

Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the course director.

- Management for Technology
- Fluid Mechanics and Loading
- Structural Integrity
- Computer Simulations for Engineering Design
- Risk and Reliability Engineering
- Stress Analysis of Components and Structures
- Advanced Control Systems
- Power Generation Systems

Individual Project

The aim of the individual research project is to provide you with direct experience in undertaking a research/development project in a relevant industrial or research area. You will make a formal presentation of your findings to a panel of academics and industry experts and submit a research thesis.

The individual research project component takes place from March to August.

For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work and supported by academic supervision.

Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Comparison of a panel method and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) method to estimate the aerodynamic coefficients of a profile flying in ground effect
- The stress shielding effect of cracks in loaded components
- Review and modelling of heave and roll motion passive damping systems for offshore floating support structures for wind turbines.

Group Project

The group project undertaken between October and April enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. You will put in to practice analytical and numerical skills developed in the compulsory modules.

The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multidisciplinary solution. You will develop a fundamental range of skills required to work in a team, including team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and exploiting the variety of expertise of each individual member. Each group will be given an industrially relevant assignment to perform. Industry involvement is an integral component for the group project, to give you first-hand experience at working within real life challenging situations.

It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industry partner.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Recent Group Projects include:
- Preliminary design of an offshore floating wind turbine
- Multi-disciplinary design of an high speed marine vehicle with aerodynamic surfaces
- Design optimisation of the drive train for a vertical axis wind turbine.


The taught modules (40%) are assessed by an examination and/or assignment.
The Group Project (20%)s assessed by a written technical report and oral presentations.
The Individual Research Project (40%) is assessed by a written thesis and oral presentation.

Career opportunities

Industry driven research makes our graduates some of the most desirable in the world for recruitment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering takes you onto a challenging career in industry, government or research. The course reflects the strengths and reputation of Cranfield particularly in the energy, transport and management sectors. Graduates of this course have been successful in gaining employment in the following:
- Mechanical Design Engineer at Siemens
- Production Line Supervisor & Lean Implementer at GKN Land Systems
- Staff Engineer at BPP Technical Services Ltd working on offshore oil and gas engineering.
- Engineer at Det Norske Veritas
- Management Associate at BMW Group UK Limited
- Project Engineer at BASF Coatings S.A.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/advanced-mechanical-engineering.html

Visit the Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chukwudubem Nwana

Impressive international rankings for the course of study and its reputation as the only postgraduate institution in the EU attracted me to Cranfield University. Also, its collaboration with industry was an important factor.
It helped me to develop my knowledge of business operations and how this interfaces with engineering expertise. I now have options in the manufacturing and the energy industries, both of which are my preferred career choices.
I found the international environment, as well as the access to social and extracurricular activities and facilities such as tennis and Jujutsu classes, and trips to Cambridge and London, fantastic.

Chukwudubem Nwanah, Management Trainee (Supply Chain -manufacturing), Unilever Nigeria,
(MSc, Energy Systems and Thermal Processes, 2014, full-time)

(Student Profile)

Esteban Utrera Ortigado

- Why did you choose Cranfield?

I have been following the MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University through a double degree program with my school in Madrid. This masters covers the main mechanical topics such as fatigue, structural mechanics and FEA which in many cases are explained and presented with examples from the offshore field. Other topics are power control systems, thermal power and fluid mechanics.

This masters provides the knowledge to deal with most common mechanical engineering problems you would face in your professional life.

- What was Cranfield's impact?

Cranfield University is a place where many foreign people study; therefore, it provides you the opportunity to meet a lot of new people and learn new cultures. Furthermore, this MSc gave me the opportunity to work in an international group which is well recognised by companies. It has also provided me good experiences in the research field through my thesis and reviewing and modeling passive damping systems to be applied on a floating offshore wind turbine.

My year at Cranfield has been a really good experience in terms of searching for a job. Cranfield University is recognised internationally therefore it offers you a good chance to improve your CV and many companies will pick your CV before others. Probably the weakest point of Cranfield University is that it is small community and isolated, but at the same time strong personal relationships can be made if you are an open person.

In conclusion, thanks to this year I have focused my professional life. Moreover, I have made good friends; therefore, I wish for future students to attend this masters degree programme.


Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Loans of up to £15,000 total


You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
• have an admissions offer to a Cranfield full-time, taught MSc course in a STEM (Science, Technology Engineering or Mathematics) subject

Application Procedure

If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

If you are yet to secure an offer of a place you can register your interest in the scheme and we will keep you up-to-date.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director.

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