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MSc in Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc.)

  • Course Director: Prof. David Taylor
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Course Details

Course Description

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide a flexible route to a Masters qualification for students who have completed a Bachelors degree. It addresses advanced topics over a wide range of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects. Within the MSc, there is a wide range of module options and an excellent opportunity to engage in topical research with leading research groups within the School of Engineering, as an important part of this programme is a research dissertation, which directly builds on some of the content of the modules.

Course Structure

The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering consists of taught modules and a project together amounting to 90 ECTS. The taught component comprises modules totalling 50 ECTS credits. In the first semester students must take modules worth at least 20 credits and the balance of the credits in the second semester. M.Sc. students will also complete a substantial research project and submit a dissertation which accounts for a further 40 credits to be eligible for the award of the degree. Those not undertaking the dissertation (or who have partially completed it) may, with approval of the Course Director, take the alternative Engineering Project module (10ECTS) in order to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

Students must take the following modules:
ME7E1 Research Project [40 credits]
ME7B07 Research Methods [15 credits]

The remaining credits can be made up from the following modules:
ME5B03 Advanced thermal fluid sciences [5 credits]
ME5B04 Engineering Vibrations [5 credits]
ME5B09 Control Engineering II [5 credits]
ME5B10 Instrumentation and Experimental Techniques [5 credits]
ME5E04 Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics [5 credits]

ME5MM1 Micro and Precision Manufacturing [5 credits]
ME5MM3 Supply chain management [5 credits]
ME5MM7 Risk management and Safety Assessment Systems [5 credits]

CE7J01 Wind Energy [5 credits]
CE7J04 Energy Policy and Demand [5 credits]
CE7J06 Wave and Hydro Energy [5 credits]
CE7T01 Transportation [5 credits]
CE7C05 Advanced Spatial analysis using GIS [5 credits]

MEP56BM1 Medical Device Design Innovation Project [10 credits]
ME5BIO3 Tissue engineering [5 credits]
ME5BIO4 Finite Element Analysis [5 credits]
ME5M19 Biomechanics [5 credits]
ME5M20 Biomaterials [5 credits]

Some of the module options in either semester may be withdrawn from time to time and some new modules may be added, subject to demand. Additional modules may be chosen, subject strictly to timetabling compatibility, with the prior approval of the Course Director and relevant Head of School.


The pass mark for all elements is 50%. To qualify for the award of the M.Sc. degree, students must achieve an overall average mark of at least 50%, achieve a pass mark in the dissertation and either (i) pass taught modules amounting to 50 ECTS or (ii) pass taught modules amounting to at least 40 ECTS and have a mark of not less than 40% in the failed modules. Both examination and dissertation are subject to external moderation. Those who pass the taught modules (as per (i) or (ii) above) and pass the Engineering Project (taken instead of the dissertation) will qualify for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma. Those students who achieve an overall average mark of 70% or above both for the course and in the dissertation will be awarded a distinction. A distinction cannot be awarded if a candidate has failed any module during the course.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for this course must normally hold a first or second class, first division honors Bachelor degree in engineering or a cognate discipline and pursue the course full-time for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months.

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