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MSc Engineering Who is it for?

You are an engineering graduate who is seeking to enhance your knowledge, expertise and skills in engineering and are interested in an industry-focused course supported by experts in each topic area.

Professional Practice for Technologists About the Course

This is a qualification for recent engineering graduates, providing you with an insight to the latest technology, such as our unique 3D immersive technology which is able to model and simulate engineering systems. The course develops skills such as problem solving and critical thinking and is ideally suited for continuing professional development as you embark on the next step of your engineering career.

Learning methods will be varied and include seminar and case study discussions, lectures and practical sessions. The course has a strong industrial focus in the method of delivery. This includes evaluation of case studies, industrial talks/ visits and the potential to attend an optional field visit. This very specialist course ensures that you will be given the attention you deserve from staff who are approachable and helpful with a wide range of specialist backgrounds in both research and consultancy.

We use a range of industrial case studies and will be largely discussion based to highlight the topics and issues faced by professional engineers, including legal factors, project management, health and safety, individual effectiveness and quality practices.

Computer Aided Analysis and Visualisation of Mechanical Systems

You will study advanced numerical algorithms for computer-aided analysis and design of complex multibody dynamics systems. Practical examples are reinforced using interactive computer modelling activities and through the use of virtual prototyping.

Individual Engineering Project

You will have the opportunity to undertake an in-depth technical research project on a topic of your choice enabling you to enhance your research skills and technical knowledge.

Optional Modules Course Modules

Compulsory Modules Mathematical Modelling

In this module you will study the principles and techniques of deterministic, stochastic and differential equation based mathematical modelling. You will be able to perform standard mathematical methods and techniques to solve modelling and real-life problems.

System Dynamics and Vibration

You will understand the theory and practice concerning advanced analysis of the dynamic behaviour of mechanical systems. We use engineering examples and case studies as well as state of the art computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities to reinforce your learning.

Advanced Control Technology This module will provide you with the opportunity to study multi-variable and state models and design of advanced control systems to ensure desirable properties. The lectures will be illustrated with practical examples using typical industrial problems.

Condition Monitoring

You will use sophisticated and automated inspection techniques, data interpretation and analysis techniques to gain a comprehensive understanding of material behaviour and degradation. Electrochemical, environmental and metallurgical considerations will be an important part of this study area.

Sustainable Manufacture

This module will provide you with the skills required to assess and improve the environmental footprint of a product. A range of different tools, standards and labels are compared to enable you to assess products in terms of energy, materials, manufacture and use.

Intelligent Systems

This problem-based module introduces the concept of intelligent systems and their application in games, robots, engineering and the internet.

You will be required to take all compulsory modules plus two designated modules. Designated modules are run dependent upon student numbers for each option.


Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and end-of-stage exams. All students undertake a substantial individual research project.

Career Opportunities

Engineering and associated industries are experiencing a major shortage in well qualified engineers, which has produced a significant demand for individuals with relevant knowledge and expertise. Many different employers require professional engineers to design, acquire, install, operate and manage engineering systems, and engineers are therefore in great demand.

Duration of Course

The course commences in September and January of each year and runs for 12 months, taught over three terms. In two of the terms, you will study three taught modules and complete the dissertation in the final term.

Entry Requirements

You will normally hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area. We expect that students will have a knowledge of engineering from almost any discipline (e.g. mechanical, electrical, manufacturing) and are interested in developing their engineering skills in the area of modelling, control and sustainability. Students for whom English is not the first language will be required to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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