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Masters in Research (MRes)

Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
H1011
Applications:
University
Level:
Postgraduate
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time; September and January intakes
Delivery:
Full-time; block release
Programme leader:
Dr Abdessalem Bouferrouk
Key fact:
A perfect springboard for engineering graduates looking to specialise in industries such as aircraft design, robotics system development and intelligent systems using the faculty’s extensive engineering laboratories and expert knowledge of academic staff at the forefront of research and consultancy.

Page last updated 17 May 2017

Introduction

The MSc by research ­ Engineering provides a flexible framework if you're an engineering graduate intending to specialise in a specific area of interest, such as aircraft design, robotics system development, vehicle performance or intelligent systems. You will study an engineering research topic in depth during your project dissertation, while working closely with academic experts in the related field and taking advantage of our world-class facilities.

Perfectly placed for your future

UWE Bristol Engineering's strong industry and international academic links give you the opportunity to gain additional industrial experience through an industry-linked project. The course also provides a solid platform for those who wish to pursue higher postgraduate degrees, such as an MPhil or PhD, or gain the necessary skills to become a professional engineering practitioner with additional specialisation in your own field of interest.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

You qualify for the awards MSc Research (Engineering), and Postgraduate Certificate by accumulating credits completion modules as follows:

  • The MSc Research (Engineering) requires 180 credits, including 120 credits from the dissertation and 60 credits from the taught component.
  • The Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering requires 60 credits, all from the taught part of the course (no dissertation is completed).

Core modules include:

  • Project Dissertation - a critical study of recent developments in the chosen field which results in the development and validation of a practical component or artefact that may be a method or a model, a specification, a design document, a software implementation or any other practical and usable deliverable. The production of this deliverable should involve an organised 'engineering' approach or methodology and a substantial element of originality. It is expected that the deliverable will be validated or proved and that the process by which it is produced will be evaluated critically and future work considered.
  • Research Investigation, Planning and Methods for Change - This module is designed to introduce students to various approaches to research methodology in an engineering and technology environment. It will develop the ability to formulate research proposals, select appropriate methods of analysis and prepare and present research outcomes.

There is a wide range of core and optional modules (each worth 15 credits) to select from. These include:

  • Research Portfolio
  • Research Methods
  • Computer Vision and Modern Control
  • Innovations in Operations Management
  • Design of Fluid Systems
  • Structural Integrity in Design
  • Industrial Applications of Vision and Automation
  • Robotics Mechanics, Intelligence and Programming
  • Lean Engineering and Decision Support Tools for Continuous Improvement
  • Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • Concurrent Engineering
  • Flight Test and Airworthiness
  • Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
  • Aerodynamics C
  • Aircraft Structural Design
  • Aero-elasticity
  • Aero-acoustics
  • Embedded Real Time Control Systems
  • Wireless and Mobile Communications
  • Safety Critical Embedded Systems
  • System Design Using HDLs
  • Advanced Control and Dynamics
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

In common with other MScs in the faculty, MSc Research (Engineering) is delivered through a combination of taught modules and an in-depth dissertation.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Full-time study

The taught course is delivered over two teaching blocks, the first of which normally runs from September to December and the second from January to May.

You will undertake a 120 credit dissertation - a substantial piece of independent work that must be completed to achieve the full qualification.

The dissertation period begins in January, and your dissertation must be submitted by the end of August.

Typically full-time students can expect between six and twelve hours classroom contact time each week, which means attending for one or two days per week.

Part-time study

Part-time students generally complete the course over two years. This allows for flexibility in selecting the number of modules you can cope with in one year, bearing in mind other work and life commitments. We endeavour to timetable taught modules on only one day per week. Part-time students may spend an extra year completing the dissertation depending on their personal circumstances.

Assessment

You are usually assessed through a combination of examinations, coursework and the dissertation.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

We have extensive Mechanical, Aerospace, Automotive and Electronics Engineering laboratories at UWE Bristol, including flight simulators, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, high performance driving simulator, state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and modelling stations, industrial robotics and mechatronics labs, advanced workstations for computational fluid dynamics and kinematic modelling and simulation and industry standard simulation suites.

There are over 500 workstations in our teaching laboratories, as well as a large open-access laboratory, providing PC and Unix based machines. We have our own IT Help desk and 24-hour computer labs on campus.

We offer extensive pastoral care system with academic staff and student advisers to guide and support you throughout your time here.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Research Focus

All our Faculty of Environment and Technology staff are active in the fields of research and consultancy, either on an individual level or as part of our research groups and centres of excellence. This interaction between research and teaching provides you with a multidisciplinary environment that ideal for the transition to the next level, either as a PhD researcher or as a practitioner in senior technical positions.

If you are an international student, our ACES programme offers you a range of support activities in academic writing, communication and English language skills. The programme provides courses, workshops, consultations and drop-in sessions to meet your individual language and communication needs. As a full-fee paying international student you are provided with 100 ACES credits when you begin your course that you can redeem against any of the activities offered on the ACES programme.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This course produces graduates capable of ground-breaking research with an in-depth specialisation in a particular area of engineering interest.

On completing this course you will be equally ready to continue onto MPhil and PhD programmes or take a role in a senior technical position in a wide range of industry sectors.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee12500
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1042

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1042

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

Entry

Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in Mechanical, Aerospace, Motorsport, Electronics, Robotics Engineering or a similar Engineering subject, or similar.

We can consider applicants who have a degree in a different subject, but who do have relevant professional experience and an in-depth understanding of degree-level engineering mathematics. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and mathematics knowledge.

We can also consider applicants who do not have a degree, but who do have significant experience in engineering with strong motivation and skills to succeed on the course. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis, and in your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.

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