By studying this programme you will engineer a better future. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), our Mechanical Engineering degree can help you gain chartered status, as well as equipping you with a range of skills.
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.
Our next Open Day for this course will take place in Autumn 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Tony Hayward.
Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.
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.
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.
|MSc||Sep 2019||FT||12 months||
|MSc||Sep 2019||PT||24 months||See below|
|MSc||Jan 2020||FT||15 months||
|MSc||Jan 2020||PT||28 months||See below|
|MSc||Sep 2019||FT||12 months||
|MSc||Jan 2020||FT||15 months||
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.
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:
UK / EU 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:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
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.
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.
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.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
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.
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.
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?
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, so your research is both industry-relevant and academically valuable. You will learn to evaluate the conceptual nature of research philosophies and methods, appraise existing literature to develop a literature review using appropriate research methods and techniques, design a poster presentation which outlines integrated and analysed data using appropriate research methods and techniques, and make critical judgements on the applicability of appropriate professional skills and research ethics within a given research context.
In this module you will utilise mathematical concepts such as transform calculus and matrix theory to model systems, using both the transfer function and state-space paradigms. You will then use time and frequency response methods to design controllers for linear systems, applying pole placement techniques using both input-output and state-feedback approaches. You will then extend these to observer design and LQR optimisation. Studying in this module will involve traditional lectures and tutorials, and you will also use industry-standard software for problem-solving within a coursework-based assessment.
In this module you will learn about the fundamentals of thermofluids, including conservation laws and their application, viscosity and the constitutive equations, boundary layers, turbulence, and thermofluid properties. You will develop your understanding of the basic laws of thermodynamics and the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and apply these to complex engineering problems involving energy conservation, heat transfer, and fluid transfer. You will develop the skills to evaluate the mechanisms of combustion and thermodynamic process modelling, and critically appraise the underpinning science of computational fluid dynamics.
This module will provide you with a rigorous grounding in industrial standard design, analysis, and simulation capability, and you will become competent and skilled in the use of advanced computer modelling and simulation techniques. You will critically appraise the use of new and emerging technologies and their impact on the design and manufacture of components; model and analyse vibrations in solids; build simulation models for the purposes of the control of dynamic systems; and develop and evaluate linear dynamic models of automotive and mechanical components.
Advanced Systems Engineering
This module will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental concepts that underpin continuum mechanics, with a focus on the analysis techniques employed on the more common components and structures. You will use advanced failure analysis techniques to determine and analyse stresses and deformations in complex engineering components, and you will consider how this is applied for design assurance purposes. You will also develop an understanding of the behaviour of solids under two or three dimensional stress fields, and the limitations imposed by assumptions and boundary conditions.
Advanced Materials and Manufacture
This module will provide you with the opportunity to investigate the world of new materials, and to develop an understanding of the techniques used in Computer Aided Manufacture. You will consider new techniques in advanced materials and manufacture, and argue and defend the case for their use, with a particular focus on sustainability. You will also synthesize and analyse new materials using appropriate methods, and apply 3D simulation techniques to assess the manufacturing process. The module will be delivered through a combination of taught content, and practical and theoretical research project work, set in the context of industrial applications.
Individual Master’s Project
You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.
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.
The course is accredited by IMechE, ensuring our content remains fresh, relevant and replete with key industry information.
The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
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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: 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:
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 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.
Our students come from around the world but our mechanical engineering course is most popular with international students from:
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:
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.
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.
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