Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc (Eng)

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
12 months full time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have strong grades in relevant modules including advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials and dynamics.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK fees
£13,000 (total)
International fees
£28,000 (total)

Course overview

A student stood in Mechanical Engineering lab at the University of Leeds.

This course offers a broad range of advanced subjects to develop your knowledge across the mechanical engineering disciplines. If you’re a graduate engineer who wishes to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques or want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research or academia, this course will help you do that.

We emphasise the application of computational and experimental methods, and packages in mechanical engineering analysis, design and manufacture to solve complex engineering problems. You’ll be supported in developing advanced engineering skills, selecting particular modules based on your own background and will also choose from a wide variety of modules that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests or career ambitions.

This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the most up-to-date practices and industry-relevant knowledge to pursue an exciting career in this area.

Why study at Leeds:

  • Learn the latest innovations in mechanical engineering from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus that feeds directly into the course.
  • Benefit from our School’s close links with organisations like Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Robotics Leeds, the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas of mechanical engineering.
  • Tailor the degree to suit your specific interests with a large selection of optional modules to choose from, including design optimisation, vehicle systems engineering, biomaterials, energy systems, policy and economics – plus many more.
  • Put theory into practice and conduct both a team design project and an individual professional project, using multi-disciplinary approaches to achieve a solution to programme-specific and industry-relevant design problems.
  • Access our School’s impressive range of specialist facilities including a well-equipped workshop, industry-standard software and CAD facilities.
  • Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who are making breakthroughs in their fields.
  • Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have secured jobs in many excellent organisations, including AECOM and PETRONAS.


Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Course details

Semester 1

In semester 1, you’ll take a core module in advanced engineering skills that introduces you to a range of fundamental methods, laying the groundwork for the rest of your studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to select optional modules which appeal to your interests or background.

You’ll also take part in a team design project, working with peers to a specific design brief taking into consideration factors such as environmental impact, cost implications and more.

Semester 2

The specific skill-based modules that you chose in semester 1 will inform the rest of your studies where, depending on your background, you’ll select from a range of optional modules in semester 2. You’ll choose modules in areas that suit your interests and career aspirations such as fluid dynamics analysis, biomaterials, or aspects of automotive and aerospace engineering.

Project work

Throughout the course, you’ll complete your professional project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.

The professional project allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Past projects have included:

  • Turbulent Combustion (Experiment and Theory/ Modelling)
  • Alternative/Sustainable Fuels
  • Gas Turbine Cooling Ring
  • Effectiveness Engine combustion

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc (Eng) in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Professional Project 60
Team Design Project 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Design Optimisation - MSc 15
Engineering Computational Methods 15
Energy Systems, Policy and Economics for Engineers 15
Fundamentals of Tribology 15
Surface Engineering and Coatings 15
Experimental Methods and Analysis 15
Biomaterials 15
Engineering Psychology and Human Factors 15
Advanced Finite Element Analysis 15
Aerospace Systems Engineering 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15
Advanced Manufacturing 15
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control 15

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the Advanced Mechanical Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you’ll study.

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have the opportunity to be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their disciplines.

You’ll have regular contact with teaching staff through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Specialist facilities

We have an impressive range of world-class facilities to support your studies. In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis.

There’s also a well-equipped workshop with CNC machinery, 3D printing facilities and wire EDM for building parts and extensive lab facilities for solid and fluid dynamics, erosion, corrosion, tribology, combustion, control and dynamics, robotics and optical measurement.

Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.

You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.

Active research environment

Specialising in engineering systems and design, thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces, medical devices and regenerative medicine, our School is at the heart of solving real world problems through high-quality research.

Throughout your degree you will be taught by experts who are leaders in their fields and be directly engaged with their cutting-edge research.

Programme team

Dr Ali Alazmani is Programme Leader for Advanced Mechanical Engineering. His current research interests include active soft materials for sensing and actuation, and morphable soft-bodied robotics applied to healthcare and medical technologies. He is a member of the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation and completed a post-doctoral Fellowship (Wyss Institute, Harvard University & Boston Children Hospital) in Soft Robotics.

The wider programme team is made up of academics and researchers from across the School of Mechanical Engineering, who work within the School’s research institutes and groups, allowing you to benefit from the expertise across a range of our research specialisms.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, scoping documents, presentations, class tests, face-to-face examinations, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have strong grades in relevant modules including advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials and dynamics. We may ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript. Some optional modules will also require studies covering thermodynamics but this is not essential to gain entry onto the course.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Application deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

30 June 2023 – International applicants

10 September 2023 – UK applicants

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates a scheme called the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you are an international (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will need an ATAS certificate to study this course at the University of Leeds.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and descriptor. For this course, the CAH code is: CAH10-01-02 and the descriptor is Mechanical Engineering. Your supervisor will be Ali Alazmani.

More information and details on how to apply for your ATAS certificate can be found at

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

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UK: £13,000 (total)

International: £28,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This course will give you the opportunity to not only study advanced engineering skills but specialise in an area that suits your interests through optional modules from across the different areas of the discipline.

This will open up career opportunities across different sectors of mechanical engineering such as robotics, aerospace, automotive, design and manufacture, biomedical or even academia.

By the time you graduate from this MSc, you will be an all-rounded mechanical engineer with a specialist skill set and the in-depth knowledge sought after by many employers in industry.

Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.

Here’s an insight into some of the job positions and organisations previous graduates in advanced mechanical engineering have secured:

  • Mechanical Engineer, ACSSB
  • Senior Project Manager, AECOM
  • Project Engineer, Translift Sdn. Bhd.
  • Design Engineer, Hinduja Tech Limited
  • Mechanical Project Engineer, Firth Rixson
  • Lead Engineer, Bentley Motors Ltd
  • EMEA Project Manager, IMI Norgren
  • Engineering Officer, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC)
  • Product Design Engineer, Cameron Engineering & Motorsport
  • Control Systems Engineer, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
  • Scientist/Engineer, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  • Mechanical Static Engineer, PETRONAS

Careers support

At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.

  • Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles. 
  • MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate, you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
  • Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
  • Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.

Find out more about career support.