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Mechanical Engineering

This course will enable you to undertake an advanced treatment of core mechanical engineering disciplines, numerical modelling and simulation of engineering systems using finite element analysis. Overall we aim to provide you with an appreciation of the national and international environment in which you are likely to work.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

You will study several key topics that will help equip you to work as a mechanical engineer in a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering business activity management, research, design and development roles. You will also complete a four-month individual project tailored to your individual interests that can take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

Structural Integrity: Contemporary approaches are applied to the evaluation of mixed mode fracture and fatigue failure. Dynamic plastic responses of structures and the performance of composite structures are evaluated.
Industrial Control Systems: This unit covers mathematical representation of control system models is developed principally using Laplace transforms. System behaviour and simulation is analysed with practical case studies, leading to control system specifications.
Advanced Materials: This unit is designed to deal with a wide range of advanced materials for engineering applications. Teaching will address analytical and numerical methods to assess the strength, stiffness, toughness, non-linearity behaviours, vibration and failures of engineering materials for component and structure design.
Energy Systems: This unit is designed to study the principles and techniques of operation of thermodynamics and combustion systems, as well as the provision and management of energy. The current and future requirements and trends in energy production and consumption are addressed.
Structural Application of Finite Elements: The use of finite element analysis techniques and software applied to structural problems is developed. Modelling with both isotropic and orthotropic materials is investigated, as well as such topics as cracking in dissimilar materials and composite laminates.
Computational Fluid Dynamics: A practical case study analysis approach is used for model formulation and CFD simulation. Fundamental principles are used to appraise the results of CFD analysis of problems with industrial applications.
Individual Project: A strong feature of the course is the individual project, which comprises a third of the course. We encourage students to undertake projects in industrial companies, but we can also use our extensive resources and staff skills to undertake projects within the University.

Assessment methods

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis with a significant amount of your time spent our laboratories. We pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here's how we assess your work:
written examinations
coursework
laboratory-based project work
a major individual project/dissertation

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2019 15,100 (Year 1) International 16 16 Months
MSc Full-time January 2019 7,700 (Year 1) Home/EU 16 16 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 5,030 (Year 1) International 3 3 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 2,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 3 3 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 15,100 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,700 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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