Mechanical Engineering - MSc

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:
Fees:
£6,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Develop the skills required to design and analyse components and systems within a general engineering environment on our postgraduate mechanical engineering course.

You will be introduced to modern computer-based tools used within the industry and have the opportunity to apply them to realistic problems. You'll develop engineering skills including problem-solving abilities, practical competencies, critical appraisal and communication skills.

What's covered in the course?

The MSc Mechanical Engineering course has been designed to reflect the increasing industrial use of complex analytical tools such as Adams Mechanisms, Finite Element Analysis and Solid Modelling techniques.

You will become skilled in the use of industry standard software such as Matlab/Simulink, CATIA, Ansys and ADAMS Mechanisms

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Why Choose Us?

  • Located in the prestigious £114 million City Centre Campus at Millennium Point in the heart of Birmingham, we have fantastic facilities that support students from all levels of study including foundation, professional development short courses and postgraduate research.
  • Our well-equipped laboratories enhance your educational experience, providing a bridge between theoretical learning and hands-on teaching to prepare you for a career in industry.
  • Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering is a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry - giving you the best possible introduction to modern engineering.
  • The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving you access to industry-standard tools such as ProE. We are a lighthouse member of the SAP University Alliance Programme and are also working with leading international technology and engineering solution provider, Technosoft, providing you with access to the latest industry-standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.
  • We have strong academic and research links with business and industry, such as Morgan Motor Company, and actively work with leading international technology and engineering solution partners.
  • More than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made by approval of various research projects in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.
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This course is open to International students

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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £6,500
PT 29 months £3,250 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £12,000
PT 29 months £1,000 per 15-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Semester 1 - Postgraduate Certificate

Dynamics

The Automotive and Mechanical Engineering programmes share the common philosophy of one which aims to provide engineers with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis and simulation capability. This module is consistent with this approach since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. A principle aim of both programmes is to respond to the market need for engineers that are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Digital Design and Analysis

The Automotive and Mechanical Engineering programmes share the common philosophy of one which aims to provide engineers with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis and simulation capability. This module is consistent with this approach since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. A principle aim of both programmes is to respond to the market need for engineers that are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Thermofluids

The module aims to provide a foundation for academic research skills employed in all modules, but particularly the master’s dissertation. This will enhance the student’s learning experience providing a research output which is both industrially relevant, and contributes academic value to the research base of their chosen industry.

Life-Cycle Management

The Automotive and Mechanical Engineering programmes share the common philosophy of one which aims to provide engineers with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis and simulation capability. This module is consistent with this approach since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. A principle aim of both programmes is to respond to the market need for engineers that are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Semester 2 - Postgraduate Diploma

Control

The programme philosophy is one which aims to provide engineers within the design role with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard simulation tools. This module is consistent with this philosophy since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. The primary aim of this programme is to respond to the market need for engineers that are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant simulation and analysis experiences.

Manufacturing Processes

The programme philosophy is one which aims to provide engineers within the design role with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard simulation tools. This module is consistent with this philosophy since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. The primary aim of this programme is to respond to the market need for mechanical engineers competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Finite Element Analysis

The programme philosophy is one which aims to provide engineers within the design role with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard simulation tools. This module is consistent with this philosophy since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. The primary aim of this programme is to respond to the market need for mechanical engineers competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Knowledge Based Engineering

The programme philosophy is one which aims to provide engineers within the design role with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard simulation tools. This module is consistent with this philosophy since it directly includes content and resources that specifically meet these needs. The primary aim of this programme is to respond to the market need for mechanical engineers competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim through providing a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

Semester 3 - MSc Award

Master's Project

Our course is structured in a way that is directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs.

You can take this course on a full-time or part-time basis – it will take 13-months to complete if you enrol in September for the full-time course (17 months, if you start in January, or 29 months if taking the course on a part-time basis).

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This means the course satisfies academic requirements towards, and allow graduates to apply for, Chartered Engineer status (CEng). 

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Student stories Steven Bourne

Structures Engineer

Experienced engineer Steven Bourne has gone all the way from apprentice to MSc, picking up awards and accolades along the way.

He works for Astrium, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) which provides civil and military space systems and services.

Employment Opportunities

There are many challenging and rewarding career opportunities for practitioners able to operate at a senior level in the mechanical, automotive, aeronautical and offshore engineering industries. Never has the need been greater for highly skilled, innovative engineers.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our mechanical engineering course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

More about our facilities

Man-Fai Yau

Senior Lecturer

Man-Fai has 10 years' experience in private sector industry, two years' with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and 12 years' university lecturing.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295