Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
The MSc Mechanical Engineering is aimed at both new graduates and industry professionals who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge in wide range of mechanical engineering subjects, including computational mechanics, thermodynamics, materials technology, computer aided design and engineering simulation. The course is designed as a direct response of growing industry demand and shortage of skilled workforce in mechanical engineering profession.
In addition to technical specialisation, the MSc course will prepare students for professional careers in mechanical engineering requiring high levels of judgement, team-working, leadership, initiative, delegation and decision-making responsibilities.
Entry can be made to the course through holding a 2:2 in a related subject (average of 50% or above marks) of BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering or other related subject.
Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Master-level studies are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake a Top-Up degree Entry programme first.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language. The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
MSC MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WITH PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT
MSC MECHANICAL ENGINEERING WITH WORK PLACEMENT
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Module 1 - Project (Engineering)
The aim of this module is for the student to undertake a major piece of advanced level work having some significant elements of research and originality. This will require the student to specify, plan, execute and report a programme of work leading to the investigation/design of a product / system / service incorporating a number of the following activities: investigation, analysis, design, implementation / simulation, evaluation, test, manufacture, with aspects involving the study of current research or advanced developments (academic or industrial) leading to the development of new knowledge, methods or applications.
Module 2 – The Engineer and Society
The aim of this module is for the student to experience the methodologies and processes to maintain product integrity (reliability, life, safety) within engineering design and the product cycle (total design), to experience the responsibilities of the engineer to both enterprise (innovation, standardisation new materials, total design) and society (safety, reliability, failures) through the comparison of the performance of a product and the appropriate national or international standards, to analyse and evaluate commercial, technical and environmental risks, the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with engineering and to develop a systematic approach to management and business practices and experience the limitations through application to strategic and tactical issues.
Module 3 – Advanced Tribology
The aim of this module is for the student to develop analytical skills in evaluation of fundamental parameters related to lubrication, and methods for calculating friction coefficients and wear rates, the application of calculator and software based techniques for the selection, design and performance evaluation of fluid film bearings including Hertzian contacts, the application of methods for obtaining performance data and/or determining the cause of tribological failures, the selection of appropriate maintenance and design practices relevant to product and system sustainability and operational cost.
Module 4 – Advanced Engineering Systems
The aim of this module is for the student to investigate factors influencing the design and performance of complex engineering systems and to develop a rigorous approach to the inclusion of modelling in the analysis and synthesis of systems. The module covers various topics in control systems, compressible flows and power systems.
Module 5 – Computational Mechanics
This module aims to provide deepening of analytical knowledge and techniques necessary to analyse and solve a variety of mechanical engineering situations and problems, via the use of specific research informed case studies; promote critical thinking in practical circumstance via extraction of data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply its solution using computer based engineering tools.
Module 6 - Research Methods and Module 7 – Research Methodology and Project Management
The aim of these modules is to develop the individual research and management skills necessary to conduct technical studies at an advanced level effectively. Knowledge and skills learned from this module would help to carry out your major project (module 1).
Module 8 – Mechanics and Materials
This module aims to enable the student to develop enhanced skills and knowledge in Mechanics and Materials. The module contents include materials and processes, load determination, stress, strain, and deflection, static failure theories, fatigue failure theories, surface failure, machine element analysis and design.
Module 9 – Advanced Computer Aided Design
This module will help students to gain a deeper understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD). Students develop skills in solid geometric modelling theory including representation schemes, analysis of user interface based on text and graphics, comprehensive coverage of 3D modelling functions and the analysis and solution of engineering design problems using a parametric programming language.
Module 10 – Engineering Simulation
Within this module, students use and evaluate industry standard simulation methods to analyse engineered products. They assess the need for appropriate modelling of systems and analyse how certain factors are affecting the accuracy of a simulation.
Module 11 – Engineering Design
The aim of this module is for students to develop an appreciation of the requirements, and management, of quality design in a 'reduced-cost' business organisation, to develop confidence in applying technology to embodiment design in a concurrent engineering context and to develop an appreciation of design as an activity which satisfies customer needs, and leads to profitable manufacture.
Module 12 – Operations Management
This module aims oo enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge required to lead an operations management team. It covers the following key areas: aggregate planning, linear programming, resource planning – MRP II, ERP, lean and just-in-time systems, supply chain design and theory of constraints.
Module 13 – Professional placement (Engineering)
This module allows students to develop an understanding of the professional practices associated with working in the engineering industry. Students will research, secure and undertake a period of work experience or industrial placement in an organisation appropriate to the field of study. The placement period should normally cover a minimum of 38 weeks full-time throughout the course of the module and a maximum of 40 weeks. Subject to negotiation with tutors, the placement might extend across more than one organisation. Students will be expected to reflect upon this work experience critically and to apply their experience to theoretical and conceptual elements of their course.
Module 14 - Work placement (Engineering)
This module allows students to develop an understanding of the professional practices associated with working in the engineering industry. Students will research, secure and undertake a period of work experience or industrial placement in an organisation appropriate to the field of study. The placement period should normally cover a minimum of 10 weeks full-time throughout the course of the module and a maximum of 15 weeks. Subject to negotiation with tutors, the placement might extend across more than one organisation. Students will be expected to reflect upon this work experience critically and to apply their experience to theoretical and conceptual elements of their course.
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
Accreditation will be sought from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).
The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor and tutorial sessions.
Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, examination, use of online assessment via Blackboard questions, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence and written reports.
The course benefits from world-class facilities in computational mechanics, tribology, surface engineering and additive manufacturing with a wide range of equipment (laboratory and industrial scale) and computer modelling facilities relevant in mechanical engineering.
To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.
You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
Having an MSc in mechanical engineering will boost your career prospects. The course is therefore suitable for engineers who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or other new position. On completion of the course you will have the skills suitable for careers in a wide range of industry sectors including automotive, aerospace, energy and railway industries. You will have the opportunity to progress into a diverse range of careers in product design and development, computer modelling and simulation, materials engineering and manufacturing.
On successful completion of this programme, students will also be eligible to apply for progression to PhD studies within Engineering in UCLan.
During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).
Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.