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MSc Mechanical Engineering

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area






On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Mechanical engineering is surely one of the most demanded and popular engineering disciplines. It is predicted that, in the United Kingdom alone, there will be demand for 100,000 new STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering) professionals per year, thus the Royal Academy of Engineering sent out a message that ‘Demand for graduate engineers exceeds supply’. As it is a requirement to have an MEng or MSc engineering qualification to achieve an professional affiliation like Chartered Engineer status, an MSc programme would address your needs to attain such status and widen and deepen your skill set for solving 21st century technical challenges.

With the recent significant investment in engineering programmes and laboratory facilities, this programme is customised for you to meet the increasing demand for general engineering professionals with advanced technical skills in the mechanical and wider engineering sector. The programme is designed to be a broad and challenging taught postgraduate course, which would be ideal for those who seek a postgraduate qualification to enhance their knowledge, skills, and therefore their employability. The programme would furnish you with the skill sets that are required by industries.

The interactive programme will provide you fundamental and advanced engineering knowledge and hands-on skills that a professional engineer needs for solving technical complex issues with a multi-disciplinary innovative and strategic approach. The programme is aimed at both the home and overseas market and, in particular, students working in the general engineering and technical/management sector or students who would wish to work in these sectors.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Dr Subramaniam Arunachalam BSc, BEng (Hons), PhD, PGCertHE, FHEA, Course Leader for MSc Mechanical Engineering

Global engineering, including UK based firms, are in desperate need for qualified technology specialist and problem solvers. As a chartered engineer and department lead, I have ensured that the curriculum is designed to integrate you into managing and further revolutionising Industry 4.0. The upskilling master's qualification with significant content on employability and professional skills will aid you to catalyse your professional career progression!

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 BEng Honours or 2:1 BSc Honours in Engineering

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
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What you'll learn

Mechanical engineering, arguably termed as the mother of all engineering disciplines, is one of the most popular students’ destinations here in the UK and beyond. The discipline applies engineering, physics, engineering mathematics, and materials science principles to design, operate, analyse, manufacture, and maintain industrial systems consistency and reliably. The MSc course is designed to meet the increasing demand for general engineering professionals with advanced technical skills in mechanical engineering. The course will provide fundamental and advanced engineering knowledge and hands-on skill set that a 21st century engineer needs for solving technical complex issues with a multi-disciplinary, innovative and strategic approach. The programme is aimed for learners from home and overseas and, in particular, professionals working in the general engineering and technical/management sector or those who would wish to work in these sectors.

What you'll study and when

  • Mental Wealth: Professional Life
  • Applied Research and Engineering Practice
  • Structural Stability and Dynamics
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Smart Industries and Digital Manufacturing
  • Industrial Placement

Offering a placement year as well, the programme is designed using the Engineering Council’s attributes of Chartered Engineer. This is ensuring the core skills required for a 21st century competent engineer, as elaborated by the Engineering Council, are well-integrated into the programme’s curriculum.

How you'll be assessed

All assessments are designed to ensure that the MSc Mechanical Engineering course will equip you with all of the skills required to progress within the engineering industry, giving you a major competitive edge. Apart from the coursework and exams, you will be assessed by using technology and other diverse modes. Your learning journey will be further supported by using technology enhanced learning as you will also participate in learning latest industry-standard software.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Your academic team includes a dynamic mix of research-active industrial practitioners, renowned researchers, chartered professionals and technologists, whose combined knowledge ensures you leave with a comprehensive understanding of advanced mechanical engineering practice and research. You will be setting your own research–based learning where you will evaluate and critique recent data, literature and case studies as well. You will be delivered guest sessions by industry specialists (e.g. Atkins, Costain Skanska, Laing O’Rourke, HS2 project etc.) to further widen and deepen your knowledge of real-world issues and how they link to the concepts, theories, principles, values, philosophies and hands-on practical elements taught during the course.

Your future career

Engineering is a growth industry and currently there is a shortage of quality engineers in the UK. Our mechanical engineering programme is unique, as there is a strong emphasis on professional life and employability skills, embedded throughout all aspects of your advanced technical course focusing on your enhanced key skills such as communication, digital proficiency, intelligence (like emotional and social) and teamwork.

An MSc qualification in Mechanical Engineering will give you a practical edge as the discipline overlaps with a number of engineering profession. There are many career paths available, ranging from hard-core engineering to consultancy and even banking, once you have completed this course. Many graduates choose to pursue a professional high-flying career in the expansive engineering sector, in roles such as consultants, designers, field engineers, project managers or senior managers.

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