Mechanical Engineering - MSc

Attendance:
MSc - Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2019, January 2020
Campus:

By studying this programme you will engineer a better future. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our MSc Mechanical Engineering degree can help you gain chartered status, as well as equipping you with a range of skills.

What's covered in the course?

Advance your knowledge and understanding, develop your critical thinking and prepare to work across a range of organisations with our MSc Mechanical Engineering course.

You will engage in independent study and systematic enquiry at an advanced level, developing new skills and becoming capable of undertaking mechanical engineering tasks using the latest technologies. You'll also work on industry-standard complex analytical tools such as Matlab/Simulink, CATIA, Ansys and ADAMS Mechanisms. You will work collaboratively with tutors, practitioners, theorists and designers, equipping you with everything you need to launch your career.

In the UK, companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Honda require a constant supply of highly-skilled engineers with the kind of fully-rounded experience which our course will give you.

In addition to further academic research opportunities, career prospects are expected to keep pace with the rapid advances in computer aided methods and intelligent technologies, hence, there is expected to be continuing demand for competent, versatile postgraduates who can design and implement innovative solutions for industry.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our accreditation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) keeps our course fresh and relevant, as well as providing us with key industry contacts and insight. It also means the course satisfies academic requirements towards, and allows graduates to apply for, Chartered Engineer status (CEng).
  • 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.
  • You will gain the interpersonal skills necessary to liaise and work in teams, structuring your work and meeting the varying demands of the workplace.
  • You will be able to apply real-life problem-based learning to industry and commerce, while also learning new technologies and techniques to solve global engineering problems.

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This course is open to International students

Speak to an expert

If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Tony Hayward.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

New £10,609 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

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Course Accreditations

Accreditations:

Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

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.

International Students

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International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2019 FT 12 months £7,100 per year
PT 24 months £3,550 per year
MSc Jan 2020 FT 15 months £7,100 per year
PT 28 months
TBC

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2019 FT 12 months £12,300 per year
Jan 2020 FT 15 months £12,300 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course duration

Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:

  • September start (full-time) 12 months
  • September start (part-time) 20 months
  • January start (full-time) 15 months
  • January start (part-time) 20 months

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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

Module

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

Thermofluids
20 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to learn about the Fundamentals of Thermofluids: the conservation laws and their application, viscosity and the constitutive equations, boundary layers, turbulence and thermofluid properties. Computational Fluid Dynamics. Overview of discretisation methods: FD, FE, FV etc. The finite volume method of discretisation. Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows, boundary layers, turbulence, compressible flows, flows with heat transfer. Validation of CFD.

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Control Engineering
20 credits

The module utilises the mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory used to model systems using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. You will then be able to design controllers for linear systems using time and frequency response methods, in particular, pole placement techniques will be applied using both input-output and state-feedback approaches. These will then be extended to observer design and LQR optimization.

Teaching and assessment will comprise not only of traditional lectures and tutorials, but also the use of industry standard software for problem solving.

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Advanced Systems Engineering
20 credits

This module provides you with an awareness of advanced structural techniques used for study of deformable solids, a general knowledge of the techniques employed and skills to perform analysis for selected solid components and structures. It aims to provide you with the following: the skills and confidence to perform advanced analysis of solid components and structures; the knowledge of selected advanced analysis techniques employed on the more common components and structures; and an understanding of the behaviour of solids under two or three dimensional stress fields, and the limitations imposed by assumptions and boundary conditions.

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Advanced Dynamics
20 credits

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 help you meet these needs.

A principal aim of both programmes is to respond to the market need for engineers who are competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. This module delivers against this aim, providing you with a thorough technology grounding supported by directly relevant design, simulation and analysis experiences.

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Advanced Materials and Manufacture
20 credits

This module provides an opportunity for you to investigate the world of new materials and to develop an understanding of the techniques used in Computer Aided Manufacture. This will be set in the context of industrial applications and delivered through a combination of taught content and both practical and theoretical research project work.

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Research Methods
20 credits

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

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Individual Master’s Project
60 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed Level 7 project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide upon your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school, and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

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You will acquire knowledge and understanding of the subject through formal lectures, tutor-led seminars and practical activities, as well as a range of independent learning activities. The course structure emphasises guided, self-directed and student-centred learning with a progressively increasing independence of approach, thought and process.

Lectures will introduce themes, theories and concepts, which are further explored in seminars. You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, where appropriate, through online resources, discussion forums and other activities. You will consult advanced textbooks, together with professional material and journal articles, in order to ensure that you develop a critical understanding of work at the forefront of your discipline.

A range of assessment methods are employed with associated assessment criteria. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods such as coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts, and project work.

This course is accredited by:

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The course is accredited by IMechE, ensuring our content remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry information.

  • The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and Students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. 
  • The accredited MSc will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  • The accredited MSc full meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (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

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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.

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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

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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.

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 are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.

We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Learning from industry experts

Discover more about the industry experts you can meet on our Engineering degree courses.

Laura Leyland is one of our lecturers, watch this video to find out more.

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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.