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Course overview

This MSc course offers the chance to study advanced topics in mechanical engineering.

Building upon this broad base, we offer a number of streams which allow you to specialise in one particular area including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, or a general advanced mechanical engineering option.

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 specialist lectures from industrial experts.

Key facts

  • This suite of MSc programmes in mechanical engineering offers specialist streams linked to our world-leading research activities and centres
  • Also taught at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus
  • The Faculty of Engineering is ranked 3rd in the UK for research power under REF 2014. More than 98% of engineering research ranked of international quality, with 85% graded as world leading or internationally excellent

Why choose this course?

Accredited

accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Part Time

This course can be studied part time for up to 3 years

Malaysia campus

Also taught at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus

Modules

Each stream offers common core modules, listed below:

Advanced Technology Review

This module exposes you to topics relevant to engineers today that are new and/or developing rapidly and which may be associated with important segments of the UK economy. The aim of the Case Study is to develop your skills in acquiring, assimilating, synthesising and presenting technical and business information in an appropriate form based on sound research.

Integrated Systems Analysis

This module covers topics aligned to the design, description and analysis of dynamically complex, integrated systems. The module is motivated by the recognition that the processes and concerns associated with designing and validating systems are distinct from those connected with designing and validating components. 

Advanced Engineering Design (full year) 20 credits

The module involves five students working as a team to design a product from initial concept to fully engineered drawings.

Starting from a design brief prepared by the supervisor or ‘client’, the group will be required to devise and evaluate alternative design concepts, undertake the detailed engineering analysis and mechanical design, select suitable materials and methods of manufacture and assess costs and the marketability of the product. Manufacture a prototype or proof of concept and evaluate its performance.

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Computing 5 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 6 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Tutorial 11 weeks 1 week 1 hour

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 60.00 Design drawings/diagrams/prototype or proof of concept and the associated 5,000 word report.
Coursework 2 40.00 Final submission engineering drawings, interim presentations/design reviews, continuous peer assessment of each students planning, initiative, judgement and insight.
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring) 10 credits

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety and risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Seminar 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 40.00 Project planning
Coursework 2 20.00 Literature review
Coursework 3 20.00 Experimental Design
In-Class Test 20.00 Stats test
Health and Safety test   Pass required.
Individual Postgraduate Project (summer) 60 credits

This project involves students undertaking an original, independent, research study into an engineering or industrial topic appropriate to their specific MSc programme. The project should be carried out in a professional manner and may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to the MSc programme, as agreed by the relevant Course Director and module convenor.

The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules; the student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, evaluation and oral and written communication.

Final reporting will take the form of a written account including a literature review and an account of the student's contribution. A presentation will be made to academic staff towards the end of the project.

Method and Frequency of Class:

There will be a one hour introductory session/session via Moodle . All other activities are arranged on an individual basis between the student and the project supervisor.

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 10.00 Interim Report (Marked by project supervisor)
Coursework 2 15.00 Supervisor assessment of student input and professionalism (marked by project supervisor)
Coursework 3 10.00 15 minute oral presentation (peer marked and with 1 staff)
Coursework 4 65.00 Dissertation (10,000 word limit)

The project area is flexible and will be supervised by an academic member of staff

Each stream then includes the following compulsory module:

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Flows (autumn) 10 credits

This is an advanced module in fluid mechanics applicable to a wide range of engineering disciplines. You will develop understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in turbulence and turbulent flows in engineering.

Topics to be covered include:

  • fundamental theory of turbulence
  • statistical description of turbulence
  • boundary layer structures
  • turbulent flow control
  • turbulence modelling and CFD
  • experimental techniques
  • practical and industrial examples

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 30.00

Assessed extended laboratory report based on experimental data on turbulent boundary layer taken in the wind tunnel.

Exam 70.00 Closed book examination.
Stress Analysis Techniques 20 credits

This is an advanced module dealing with experimental, analytical and numerical methods for determining stresses and deformations in complex engineering components. Some of the topics covered include: membrane stresses; Beams on elastic foundations; Bending of flat plates; and experimental stress analysis methods. 

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 4 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 One 2 hour exam

Aerospace

Introduction to Aerospace Technology
Aerodynamics

This module aims to develop your understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in fluid mechanics in aerospace engineering. You will study a range of topics: Applied aerodynamics fundamentals and several relevant theories. 

Advanced Aircraft Propulsion Systems

Automotive

Introduction to Automotive Technology (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of automotive engineering. The module also develops the appreciation of the economic and legislative influences on the design of a modern automobile.

For each of the following subject areas, the historical evolution of design of the component is considered with regard to the influences of performance optimisation, cost, and legislative requirements:

  • Engine (i.c. types and development trends, fuel economy and emissions, alternative and hybrid powertrains)
  • Transmission (manual and auto gearbox, differential, 2- and 4WD systems)
  • Body/chassis (skeletal and unitary constructions, crashworthiness, aerodynamics)
  • Control systems (steering and linkage, braking inc. ABS and traction/stability control)
  • Suspension (arrangements, handling/dynamics)

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 One 2 hour exam
Internal Combustion Engines (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of internal combustion engine fundamentals, design and performance. The module also develops the skills to analyse engine behaviour and formulate design specifications to meet performance requirements through the selection/application of appropriate models.

This module includes:

  • Design features, function and layout
  • Performance, efficiency and energy flows
  • Fuel delivery and gas exchange processes
  • Combustion, heat release and work transfer
  • Coolant system and heat rejection
  • Lubrication system and friction
  • Aftertreatment system, emissions and test regulations

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 Closed book examination
Automotive Vehicle Dynamics

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Process Capability

The module will give students in-depth understanding of technical capability of modern manufacturing processes in relation to product design. The aim of the module is to develop students’ abilities to understand and assess the capability of single and combined manufacturing processes. You’ll spend two hours in lectures and two hours in seminars each week when studying this module.

Flexible Automated Manufacture

This module introduces the important aspects of advanced automated manufacturing principles. It aims to help you develop a sound understanding of flexible automated manufacturing solutions. Through case studies, you’ll study their role in the context of current and future manufacturing challenges, as well as their advantages and limitations. Topics include:

  • computer integrated manufacturing
  • implications of mass customisation on automated manufacturing systems
  • the impact of enterprise agility on their manufacturing facilities
Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

20-credit worth elective modules must be chosen from the following list.

Introduction to Aerospace Technology
Introduction to Automotive Technology (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of automotive engineering. The module also develops the appreciation of the economic and legislative influences on the design of a modern automobile.

For each of the following subject areas, the historical evolution of design of the component is considered with regard to the influences of performance optimisation, cost, and legislative requirements:

  • Engine (i.c. types and development trends, fuel economy and emissions, alternative and hybrid powertrains)
  • Transmission (manual and auto gearbox, differential, 2- and 4WD systems)
  • Body/chassis (skeletal and unitary constructions, crashworthiness, aerodynamics)
  • Control systems (steering and linkage, braking inc. ABS and traction/stability control)
  • Suspension (arrangements, handling/dynamics)

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 One 2 hour exam
Computer Modelling Techniques

This module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the main stream computer modelling techniques used in modern engineering practice, including Finite Element, Finite Difference and Finite Volume methods.

Advanced Materials

This is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way the module is like the Individual Project.

The module has four cycles,  each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the Teachers straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme.

 

The point of this module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle.

The classes are seminars, where good practice is openly discussed and materials' advantages and disadvantages are openly debated.

This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials' themes, such as aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials, and so on.

The module deals with:

  • the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications
  • the processing of these materials
  • the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties
  • ultimate performance

 

Internal Combustion Engines (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge of internal combustion engine fundamentals, design and performance. The module also develops the skills to analyse engine behaviour and formulate design specifications to meet performance requirements through the selection/application of appropriate models.

This module includes:

  • Design features, function and layout
  • Performance, efficiency and energy flows
  • Fuel delivery and gas exchange processes
  • Combustion, heat release and work transfer
  • Coolant system and heat rejection
  • Lubrication system and friction
  • Aftertreatment system, emissions and test regulations

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 Closed book examination
Introduction to Turbulence and Turbulent Flows (autumn) 10 credits

This is an advanced module in fluid mechanics applicable to a wide range of engineering disciplines. You will develop understanding and application skills of basic concepts and fundamental knowledge in turbulence and turbulent flows in engineering.

Topics to be covered include:

  • fundamental theory of turbulence
  • statistical description of turbulence
  • boundary layer structures
  • turbulent flow control
  • turbulence modelling and CFD
  • experimental techniques
  • practical and industrial examples

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 30.00

Assessed extended laboratory report based on experimental data on turbulent boundary layer taken in the wind tunnel.

Exam 70.00 Closed book examination.
Cognitive Ergonomics in Design

This module will provide you with a thorough understanding of cognitive ergonomics and the way in which the consideration of cognitive ergonomics can impact on human performance in the workplace. 

Biomedical Applications of Biomaterials (autumn) 20 credits

This module is concerned with the biomedical application of materials. It addresses three key areas: 

  1. The clinical need for materials in medicine. An outline of cases where disease and trauma can be treated using materials and the tissues involved. 
  2. The biological responses to materials in the body. Specifically the effect of the biological environment on materials and the effect of implantation of materials on the body. 
  3. The application of materials in medicine. The material requirements, surgical procedures and expected biological performance of biomaterials. The advantages and disadvantages of using different types of materials and the importance of the design of medical implants.

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Practicum 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 20.00 Laboratory report
Coursework 2 20.00 Clinical observation report
Exam 1 60.00 Closed book exam. 2 hours.
Aerospace Manufacturing Technology

This module covers a range of topics relating to basic airframe structure. Airframe component manufacturing techniques, automated manufacture, geometry and material constraints will be covered. 

Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering (spring) 10 credits

An introductory module on the design, manufacture and performance of fibre-reinforced composite materials. 

Constituent materials including fibres, resins and additives are described. Processing techniques and the relationships between process and design are highlighted. Design methodologies and computer-aided engineering techniques are demonstrated for component design. Case studies from a variety of industries including automotive and aerospace are presented.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 1 100.00 2 hour exam
Flexible Automated Manufacture

This module introduces the important aspects of advanced automated manufacturing principles. It aims to help you develop a sound understanding of flexible automated manufacturing solutions. Through case studies, you’ll study their role in the context of current and future manufacturing challenges, as well as their advantages and limitations. Topics include:

  • computer integrated manufacturing
  • implications of mass customisation on automated manufacturing systems
  • the impact of enterprise agility on their manufacturing facilities
Finite Element Analysis
Computational Fluid Dynamics

In this module you’ll develop an advanced understanding of fluid mechanics. You’ll use computational methods in fluid mechanics to further understand how techniques are applied to real fluid engineering problems. For example, you’ll study fluid/structure interactions, air flow, channel flow and water wave propagation. You’ll spend between two and four hours in lectures and two hours in computing sessions each week.

Materials Degradation and Surface Engineering (spring) 20 credits

This module covers the principles of material degradation and a wide spectrum of surface engineering techniques as general solutions to increase the lifetime and surface functionalities for engineering components

Key material degradation phenomena are introduced, including oxidation, corrosion, and wear, etc. Techniques used to inhibit the degradation of materials will be explained, together with some typical examples on materials selection, materials engineering, surface protection and inspection strategies.

The most common surface engineering methods are presented, including surface treatment, surface thermochemical process; electrodeposition and electroless plating, thermal spraying, diffusion coatings and vapour phase deposition. The selection criteria and applicability of each processing method are discussed, along with case studies in industrial applications.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 12 weeks 12 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 10 page written report
Exam 1 70.00 2 hour exam
Joining Technology (spring) 10 credits

This module examines, in-depth, the processes used for joining metallic (e.g. steel, aluminium and titanium alloys) and non-metallic (e.g. polymers and fibre reinforced composites) materials. 

Topics covered include:

  • mechanical joining
  • adhesive bonding
  • soldering and brazing
  • solid state joining (friction welding and diffusion bonding)
  • fusion welding (arc welding and the many classes thereof, resistance, electron beam and laser welding)

The fundamental characteristics of the various processes are examined along with procedures for practical applications. The origins of defects within joints and methods needed to control or eliminate them are also considered. The mechanical behaviour of joints is analysed, as is the effect of joining on the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of the base materials. Other features such as residual stress and distortion are addressed. Attention is also given to appropriate design for manufacture in a modern manufacturing context.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 25.00 Case study review
Exam 1 75.00 1 hour 30 minute unseen written exam
Analysis and Design of Composites (spring) 10 credits

Heterogeneity of composites (fibre and matrix at microscale and layup of plies at mesoscale); anisotropic behaviour (classification of completely anisotropic, monoclinic, orthotropic, transversely isotropic and isotropic); constitutive relationship (stress-strain relationship for anisotropic materials); thermal stresses (constitutive relationship in presence of temperature change); laminate analysis (classic laminate theory, advanced laminate theories); finite element approach (shell, solid, continuum shell); failure criteria (maximum stress, Tsai-Wu, Hashin, Puck, Overview of WWFEs); design of composite laminates (simplified analysis, basic design rules and practices), layup optimisation (concept of optimization, Matlab optimisation toolbox, strength and other constraints).

The module will be taught primarily through scheduled lectures and a substantial piece of coursework parallel to the lectures to apply the theories as one learns.

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Computing 2 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Lecture 12 weeks 1 week 2 hours

 Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 50.00 Individual assignment
Exam 1 50.00 1.5 hour exam
Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 17 November 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Research project
  • Lab sessions
  • Computer labs

How you will be assessed

  • Exams
  • Examinations
  • In-class test
  • Online exams
  • Coursework

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:1 in a relevant subject (BEng, BSc, or international equivalent)

Applying

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

Qualification MSc
Home / UK £10,500
International £25,000

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, there are no additional costs for your budget, apart from your tuition fees and living expenses. Lab and safety equipment is provided for free by the Department.

You should be able to access all of the books you’ll need through our libraries and it is not usual for students to buy their own copies. Any field trips are also funded by the Department. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates work for a diverse range of employment sectors with companies including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata Steel
  • Airbus
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Ford
  • BAE SYSTEMS

A large percentage of students go on to PhD studies at Nottingham and other UK universities.

Career progression

92.3% of postgraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000, with the highest being £32,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and provides you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC).

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

Related courses

The University has been awarded Gold for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Tuesday 17 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.