This MSc course offers the chance to study advanced topics in mechanical engineering, covering engineering science, design and technology.
Building upon this broad base, we offer a number of streams which allow you to specialise in one particular area including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, materials and manufacturing.These streams build on our key research and academic strengths, along with our strong industrial links.
Modules and projects are delivered by internationally recognised experts in the area, including special lectures from industry experts.
- This course is also taught at The University of Nottingham'sMalaysia Campus.
- The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014, the British Government’s Research Excellence Framework. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world-leading or internationally excellent.
- The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework(TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.
Mechanical engineers apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems and design machines that help us to enjoy a better lifestyle. As a mechanical engineer, you may work in design, development, research, consultancy, manufacture or marketing, combining technical and managerial experience.
Whether you are a UK student, looking to complete your studies towards requirements for chartered status, or an overseas student, looking to study at one of the leading UK engineering faculties, this could be the course for you.
The MSc programme is a full-time degree course studied over a period of one calendar year beginning in late September. However, the programme may be taken part-time over (up to) three years. This can be done by taking the taught modules flexibly in each semester to accumulate 120 credits in total (The basic structure of each taught semester is 11 weeks of teaching followed by a period for revision and examinations).
The individual project worth 60 credits can be started any time after at least 80 credits of taught modules is passed.
Mechanical Engineering Streams
This 12 month course offers four different streams which allow you to specialise in one particular area:
- Advanced Mechanical Engineering: You will be able to choose from a number of optional modules, in addition to the core modules, in order to create a more generalised path of study for the award of MSc Mechanical Engineering.
- Aerospace: A flexible alternative to an aerospace engineering programme. Aerospace companies predominantly employ mechanical engineers in their professional engineering cohort. Graduating as a mechanical engineer with a focus on aerospace makes you attractive to the aerospace industry without removing the option of working in any of the other industrial sectors. In addition the course will provide insight into aerospace engineering research, via specialist modules delivered by leading researchers and an aerospace focused individual project.
- Automotive: A flexible alternative to an automotive engineering programme. This course is designed for people who think they would like to work in the automotive industry. By having a masters degree in mechanical engineering (automotive) it is immediately apparent to a potential employer that you have all the core skills a mechanical engineer would be expected to have and that you have chosen to specialise in modules relevant to automotive. In addition the course will provide insight into automotive engineering research – via specialist modules delivered by leading researchers and an automotive focused individual project.
- Manufacturing: The course provides a unique combination of engineering science, design, and manufacturing engineering required for a career in the manufacturing sector. Employment prospects are excellent for highly motivated students on this course, fascinated by engineering with a strong interest in manufacturing.
MSc Mechanical Engineering (part-time)
The MSc programme is a full time degree course studied over a period of one calendar year, beginning in late September. However the programme may be taken part-time over up to three years. This can be done by taking the taught modules flexibly in each semester to accumulate 120 credits in total. (The basic structure of each taught semester is 11 weeks of teaching followed by a period for revision and examinations). The individual project worth 60 credits can be started any time after at least 80 credits of taught modules are passed.
The taught subject programme consists of units called modules totalling 120 credits. Each module has a credit value, normally 10 credits, although some taught modules have values of 5 or 15 credits and the individual project module has 60 credits. A 10 credit module represents approximately 100 hours of student learning, teaching and assessment. To gain an MSc the number and level of credits must abide by the University Qualifications Framework.
Mechanical Engineering Streams
Each stream offers common core modules, listed below:
- Advanced Engineering Design: MM4AED (20 credits)
- Integrated Systems Analysis MM4ISA (10 credits)
- Advanced Technology Review MM4ATR (10 credits)
- Advanced Research Project Organisation and Design : H14POD (10 credits)
- Individual postgraduate project MM4IPP (60 credits)
Then a choice of either:
- Finite Element Analysis MM4FEA (20 credits)
- Computational Fluid Dynamics MM4CFD (20 credits)
Each stream then includes the following different modules:
Advanced Mechanical Engineering
- Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Flows MM4TTF (10 credits)
- Stress Analysis MM3SAM (20 credits)
+20 credits of of optional modules, of which 10 credits or more must be level 4 modules.
- Introduction to Aerospace Technology MM3AET (10 credits)
- Aerodynamics MM4AER (10 credits)
- Aircraft Propulsion Systems MM4APS (10 credits)
+ 20 credits of optional modules, which can be either Level 3 or Level 4 modules
- Internal Combustion Engines MM4ICE (10 credits)
- Introduction to Automotive Technology MM3AUT (10 credits)
- Automotive Vehicle Dynamics MM4AVD (10 credits)
+ 20 credits of electives, which can be either Level 3 or Level 4 Modules.
- Manufacturing Process CapabilityMM3MPC (10 credits)
- Flexible Automated Manufacturing MM3FAM (10 credits)
- Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing MM4AMG (10 credits)
+20 credits of optional modules, of which 10 credits or more must be Level 4 modules.
- Introduction to Aerospace Technology MM3AET
- (10 credits) - autumn
- Introduction to Automotive Technology MM3AUT (10 credits) - autumn
- Flexible Automated Manufacture MM3FAM (10 credits) - autumn
- Computer Modelling Techniques MM3CMT (20 credits) - autumn
- Advanced Materials Characterisation MM4AMC (10 credits) - autumn
- Surface Engineering Technology MM4SET (10 credits) - autumn
- Internal Combustion Engines MM4ICE (10 credits) - autumn
- Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Flows MM4TTF (10 credits) - autumn
- Cognitive Ergonomics in Design MM4COG (10 credits) - autumn
- Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials MM4BAB (20 credits) - autumn
- Aerospace Manufacturing Technology MM3AMT (10 credits) - spring
- Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering MM3FRC (10 credits) - spring
- Finite Element Analysis MM4FEA (20 credits) - spring
- Computational Fluid Dynamics MM4CFD (20 credits) - spring
- Joining Technology MM4JTN (10 credits) - spring
- Analysis and Design of Composites MM4ADC (10 credits) - spring
- Technologies for the Hydrogen Transport Economy MM4HYE (10 credits) - spring
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
On completion of the course, you will have the skills suitable for a wide range of careers concerned with product structural integrity and failure analysis of materials in sectors such as aerospace and automotive.
Students in the department have gone on to a variety of different careers, including civil engineers, engineering technicians, quality assurance and regulation officers and engineering professionals.
As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within the industry and related areas, the MSc programmes offered by the department provide an excellent foundation for further research and a significant number of our students continue their studies to PhD level and beyond.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2016, 87.5% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,300 with the highest being £26,000.
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research