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Course overview

Who is this course for?

Are you interested in how things work? Do you enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together?

As a mechanical engineering student, you’ll learn how to design, analyse and improve mechanical systems from tiny components to large-scale machines.

You’ll gain hands on experience with cutting edge technology and software, and you’ll work alongside faculty members who are all experts in their fields.

You also have the opportunity to work with world-leading research groups and academics on your research project and engage with a wide range of industry partners from different sectors such as aerospace, automotive, nuclear, medical, energy and more.

What knowledge will I gain?

As a mechanical engineering student you will gain a wide variety of skills including solid understanding of mathematics, physics and materials science to design, analyse and optimise mechanical systems.

Proficiency in CAD software and other simulation tools to model and simulate mechanical systems and components.

In depth knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials selection to ensure that mechanical systems are reliable, efficient, and cost effective.

Mastery of the principles of thermodynamics, mechanics and dynamics to design energy systems, engines and machines.

Key facts

  • This suite of MSc programmes in mechanical engineering offers specialist streams linked to our world-leading research activities and centres such as Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham Energy Institute and the Centre for Additive Manufacturing
  • Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which means that graduates are deemed to have met, part or all, of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer, and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period on initial professional development in industry
  • Also taught at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus
  • 7th in the UK for Research Power (Research Excellence Framework 2021)

Why choose this course?

11th in the UK

for both Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

The Times Good University Guide 2023

Part Time

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

Modules

Each stream offers common core modules, listed below:

Advanced Technology Review (autumn) 10 credits

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 (autumn) 10 credits

This module covers topics aligned to the design, description and analysis of dynamically complex, integrated systems. Examples of such include automotive power trains, aero-engines and combined heat and power generating plant.

This module covers the following topics:    

  • Basic concepts in Design of Experiments and the analysis of experiments including the effects of noise
  • Reliability of systems - reliability models for components and how these are combined to form system reliability assessments        
  • Dynamic behaviour of systems : introduction to the state-space protocol and dynamic simulation of systems.

Emphasis throughout the course will be on real applications and tasks involved in the engineering of 'integrated systems' products.

Delivery

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

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 System Simulation Exercise
Class-based Assignments 10.00 5 class-based assignments, 2% per assignment
Exam 60.00 Examination
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

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 (spring) 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

Fundamentals of Aerospace Technology (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to most of the main fields within Aerospace technology such that students understand the basics and are equipped to understand 'what there is to know' in this field.

The main topics covered are:

  • A brief history of aircraft
  • Aerodynamics
  • An introduction to Aircraft Propulsion
  • An introduction to Flight dynamics
  • An introduction to aerospace materials and structures
  • A brief overview of Astronauts and Space
  • A brief introduction to Rotorcraft
  • Airworthiness
  • An introduction to Avionics
  • Future developments in aircraft

 

Re-assessment

Students who fail this module overall and are required to complete a re-assessment will be re-assessed by exam. The re-assessment exam mark alone will be used to determine whether students satisfy progression requirements.

Aerodynamics (spring) 10 credits

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 such as applied aerodynamics fundamentals and several relevant theories. 

This module includes:

  • Introduction to Aerodynamics.
  • Inviscid, irrotational and incompressible flow: potential flow solutions, source and sinks, doublets, vortex, circular cylinder placed in a uniform flow, Kutta-Joukowski theorem on lift, the Kutta condition, Biot-Savart law.
  • Two-dimensional aerofoils: thin flat-plate aerofoil, thick cambered aerofoil, aerofoil nomenclature, NACA aerofoils, pressure distributions, flow separations, lift and drag curves.
  • Finite-span wings: induced drag, downwash angle, effect of aspect ratio, Delta wings, vortex breakdown.
  • Boundary-layer control: stalling speed, high-lift devices, flaps, slats, Gurney flaps, winglets, vortex generators, wall suction, riblets.
Aerospace Manufacturing: Airframes and Aeroengines (spring) 10 credits

Automotive

Advanced Powertrain Engineering (autumn) 10 credits

An advanced module which builds on the students knowledge of thermo-fluids as applied to a range of advanced powertrain systems.

  • 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
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
Automotive Vehicle Dynamics (spring) 10 credits

The module covers the following topics:

  • Planar motion in a moving frame of reference
  • Vibration modelling; the quarter-vehicle model
  • Tyre forces and basic tyre modelling
  • Ride comfort
  • Lateral vehicle dynamics: handling and stability, understeer/oversteer
  • Simulation tools and basic model building: special reference to Matlab
  • Overview of vehicle chassis enhancement by electronic control, for example, anti-lock braking systems, traction control, dynamic stability control, etc.

Examples and applications of the concepts and techniques developed are given on passenger cars, heavy vehicles, and motorcycles. 

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Process Selection and Capability (autumn) 10 credits

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 Systems (spring) 10 credits

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

This module covers:

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Workshop 8 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Group Project: FMS design for product families.
Coursework 2 10.00 Lab report
Exam 1 60.00 1.5 hour exam
Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing (spring) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with detailed knowledge of the various Additive Manufacturing technologies including specific design, material and process principles. Students will gain an insight into current and future applications as well as the research developments required for the advancement of this technology.

This module will cover design, processing and material aspects of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies, as well as the current and potential applications of the technology in a wide variety of sectors. Topics covered will include:

  • commercial and experimental systems
  • material requirements
  • design for Additive Manufacturing
  • software and systems
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 Monday 12 February 2024.

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

Cognitive Ergonomics in Design 10 credits

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. 

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.
Fundamentals of Aerospace Technology (autumn) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to most of the main fields within Aerospace technology such that students understand the basics and are equipped to understand 'what there is to know' in this field.

The main topics covered are:

  • A brief history of aircraft
  • Aerodynamics
  • An introduction to Aircraft Propulsion
  • An introduction to Flight dynamics
  • An introduction to aerospace materials and structures
  • A brief overview of Astronauts and Space
  • A brief introduction to Rotorcraft
  • Airworthiness
  • An introduction to Avionics
  • Future developments in aircraft

 

Re-assessment

Students who fail this module overall and are required to complete a re-assessment will be re-assessed by exam. The re-assessment exam mark alone will be used to determine whether students satisfy progression requirements.

Advanced Powertrain Engineering (autumn) 10 credits

An advanced module which builds on the students knowledge of thermo-fluids as applied to a range of advanced powertrain systems.

  • 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
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.
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 20 credits

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.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to numerical methods in engineering
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for thermo-fluids problems
  • Coursework on running FEA and CFD software
Advanced Materials Characterisation 20 credits

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

 

Fibre Reinforced Composites Manufacturing 10 credits

This module introduces 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 Systems (spring) 10 credits

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

This module covers:

  • Basic airframe structure
  • Airframe component manufacturing techniques
  • Joining techniques
  • Assembly technology
  • Composite structures
  • Jigless assembly and automated manufacture
  • Basic aero-engine structure
  • Geometry and material constraints
  • Manufacturing processes: forging, casting, welding and joining techniques, special processes, small and non round hole manufacture
  • Certification, verification inspection and quality control

Method and Frequency of Class:

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Seminar 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours
Workshop 8 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Method of Assessment:

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 30.00 Group Project: FMS design for product families.
Coursework 2 10.00 Lab report
Exam 1 60.00 1.5 hour exam
Computational Fluid Dynamics 20 credits

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 Design Against Failure (spring) 10 credits

This module focuses on understanding and manipulating of material's microstructure to avoid failure. It addresses the main areas of mechanical failure using specific material system examples to illustrate how materials design is used to develop better materials for particular applications. 

The four areas are:

  • Design for strength – metallic alloys, ceramics
  • Design for toughness – metallic alloys (including discussion of strength/toughness balance for Al alloys)
  • Design for creep resistance - metallic alloys
  • Design for fatigue resistance
Finite Element Analysis 20 credits

This module will allow the theoretical background needed to understand linear Finite Element analysis. To present a number of examples to illustrate how practical problems can be analysed using FE software.

You will cover the following topics: 

  • Structural analysis
  • Derivation of finite element equations using energy considerations
  • Linear and quadratic elements
  • Beam, plate and shell elements
  • Practical applications of finite elements in stress analysis problems
  • Examples of finite element applications
  • Introduction to thermal problems
  • Introduction to non-linear problems
Technologies for the Hydrogen Economy 10 credits

In this module students develop understanding of hydrogen vehicle technologies and their role in delivering more sustainable transport and energy sectors.

The module covers technologies currently under development and those likely to be used in future vehicle power-train systems, as an energy storage buffer for the grid and as an alternative gas vector to decarbonise heat.

Technologies covered include;

  • electrolysers, storage, fuel cells and the impact of hydrogen on different applications.
  • Hydrogen use in the transport and energy sectors
  • Sustainable sources of Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen storage and distribution
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen Vehicles
  • Grid stability and decarbonisation of heat applications
  • Economic and environmental feasibility assessment

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks 1 week 2 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Exam 100.00 1 examination (2 hours)
Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing (spring) 10 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with detailed knowledge of the various Additive Manufacturing technologies including specific design, material and process principles. Students will gain an insight into current and future applications as well as the research developments required for the advancement of this technology.

This module will cover design, processing and material aspects of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies, as well as the current and potential applications of the technology in a wide variety of sectors. Topics covered will include:

  • commercial and experimental systems
  • material requirements
  • design for Additive Manufacturing
  • software and systems
Aerospace Manufacturing: Airframes and Aeroengines (spring) 10 credits
Materials for Low Carbon Transport 10 credits

An introductory module to the specialist area of materials for low carbon transport.

  • Overview of policy, regulation and materials requirements for low-carbon transport Composites
  • Emerging propulsion materials and systems (fuel cells, rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, superconductors) for road vehicles, trains and aircrafts.
  • Advanced metal and alloys (steel, titanium alloys, aluminium alloys, magnesium alloys and superalloys) for transport applications.
  • Advanced composites including carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) for transport applications.
  • Ceramic thermal barrier coatings for aircraft gas turbine engines
Digital Manufacturing

The module introduces the relevant background and fundamental concepts regarding the integration of different Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in modern manufacturing systems.

The focus is on understanding topics such as cyber-physical systems, adaptive and autonomous manufacturing, digitalisation, data analytics and emerging business models through a series of relevant case studies.

The aim of the module is to enable students to develop a sound understanding of how ICT technologies can be combined and integrated with available manufacturing technologies in the context of today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing challenges.

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 Monday 12 February 2024.

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 2024 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 £11,850
International £28,600

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

Additional costs

All students will need at least one device to approve security access requests via Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). We also recommend students have a suitable laptop to work both on and off-campus. For more information, please check the equipment advice.

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.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

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.

Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

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

73.3% 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 £27,500.

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time, postgraduate, home graduates within the UK.

Accreditation pending

This degree is currently under consideration for accreditation.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates

This content was last updated on Monday 12 February 2024. 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.