In Semester one 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.
The specific skill-based modules that you chose in semester one will inform the rest of your studies where, depending on your background, you’ll select from a range of optional modules in semester two. 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.
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)
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.
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.
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
Team Design Project
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
Design Optimisation - MSc
Engineering Computational Methods
Energy Systems, Policy and Economics for Engineers
Tribology and Surface Engineering
Experimental Methods and Analysis
Engineering Psychology and Human Factors
Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Vehicle Systems Engineering
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
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.
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.
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.