Mechanical Engineering MSc


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MSc Mechanical Engineering
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Upper second class Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or BSc in a relevant subject (or international equivalent).
Other requirements
Applications from students with non-engineering background will be considered if they have good academic credentials (a minimum of upper 2.1 BEng/BSc Honours degree) and strong motivations to study Mechanical Engineering.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides advanced understanding of mechanical engineering, offering streams for a particular specialisation.
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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. 

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 build on our key research and academic strengths, along with our strong industrial links. Hence modules and projects delivered by internationally recognised experts in the area, including specialist lectures from industrial experts.

This course is also taught at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus.

Key facts

  • The Faculty of Engineering conducts research that has been recognised by the Research Excellence Framework (2014) as being world-leading or internationally excellent, placing it in the UK’s top ten universities for engineering.
  • This new suite of MSc programmes in mechanical engineering offers specialist streams linked to our world-leading research activities and centres.
  • We were also given the highest possible rating at the last UK Teaching Quality Assessment.
  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs a 5-week Engineering English language and study skills course. This course isdesigned in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering to prepare students going onto engineering programmes.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to your MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website or contact


Course details

This 12 month course offers six different streams which allow you to specialise in one particular area, including general, aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, materials and manufacturing.

MSc Mechanical Engineering - General
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.

MSc Mechanical Engineering – Aerospace
We see this as 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.  

MSc Mechanical Engineering – Automotive

We see this as 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. 

MSc Mechanical Engineering – Bioengineering 
Whether you want to develop life saving artificial hearts, car air-bag systems, or simply want to explore exciting new applications of engineering, this course is for you. You will learn how to transform lives with mechanical engineering. In addition the course will provide insight into bioengineering – via specialist modules delivered by leading researchers and a bioengineering focused individual project.

MSc Mechanical Engineering – Materials
Mechanical engineers apply their expertise to the design, construction and operation of products and processes. They have to combine imagination with the latest technological advances to meet complex requirements. New materials such as lightweight alloys and polymer composites are continually being developed and there is a need for graduates with an in-depth knowledge of materials, their properties and manufacturing routes, so that best use can be made of them. The course will provide insight into materials research – via specialist modules delivered by leading researchers and a materials focused individual project.  

MSc Mechanical Engineering – Manufacturing
The course provides a unique combination of engineering science, design, business studies 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.

This is a full-time masters degree course which consists of 120 credits of core and optional taught modules along with a 60-credit summer individual project often linked with industrially sponsored research. Projects include experimental studies, design oriented studies, and development of mathematical or computational models. All students study Advanced Technology Review - where you will learn about the latest, cutting edge developments in engineering from our world-leading research groups. The remaining taught modules will depend on your chosen stream, as described in the course content.

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.



MSc Mechanical Engineering - General

Core modules

50 credits of optional modules should be chosen


MSc Mechanical Engineering – Aerospace

Core modules

40 credits of optional modules should be chosen


MSc Mechanical Engineering – Automotive

Core modules 

40 credits of optional modules must be chosen


MSc Mechanical Engineering – Bioengineering 

Core modules 

30 credits of optional modules must be taken  


MSc Mechanical Engineering – Materials

Core modules

40 credits of optional modules must be taken


MSc Mechanical Engineering – Manufacturing

Core modules

40 credits of optional modules must be taken


Optional modules

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.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Further funding may be available through the Faculty of Engineering, details can be found on the Faculty website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

For those who wish to opt for the Aerospace stream, Aerospace MSc Bursaries are available from the Royal Academy of Engineering.



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.

As well as offering you the chance to pursue a fulfilling career within 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

Availability for employment and salary data for this department is not attainable due to a small sample size.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  



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