MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Mechanical Engineering

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
One year full-time; two or more years part-time.
Part-time, full-time, part-time day release, starts September
Programme leader:
Rachel Szadziewska
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), this course gives you further skills, knowledge – and qualification – in Mechanical Engineering, to help prepare you for a range of exciting roles or career moves, or for further study.

Page last updated 24 October 2016


Professional engineering institutions now require engineers to have at least an MEng or MSc qualification for Chartered Engineer status. And with many high-tech engineering companies now operating pan-European and globally, Master's level qualifications are often considered essential for career development.

Knowledge and research that leads the way

The MSc Mechanical Engineering is designed to allow BEng and BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering graduates, and those from related disciplines, to top up qualifications through the MSc-route equivalent of an MEng Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics has a longstanding reputation for offering IMechE-accredited BEng (Hons) and MEng Mechanical Engineering degrees, alongside a range of MSc programmes in related specialised subjects.

Graduates with an in-depth understanding of engineering design and analysis, and the ability to appreciate the challenges of managing complex operations, are in high demand. This course is designed to meet that demand, and to bridge the skills and knowledge gaps for BEng or BSc graduates, and make them more employable. With its foundations in mechanical engineering, this course is a great opportunity to learn how to develop advanced solutions to engineering problems using the latest computer tools and simulations. It also addresses a need for people who work well in project teams, and an extended piece of independent research is a significant part of the course.

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The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

Core modules include:

  • Modelling and Simulation - An introduction to finite element analysis, practical composite Finite Element modelling techniques and computational fluid dynamics.
  • Computer Vision and Modern Control - Explores imaging, image formation, image processing and analysis, 3D vision, virtual engineering, virtual instrumentation and digital control.
  • Innovations in Operations Management - An in-depth look at innovations strategy, managing operations and processes, open innovation and the underpinning theories of the management of innovation learning, resource based value and social capital.
  • Masters Group Project - Working in groups on research programme design, along withdesign and development programmes, including stakeholder requirements, specification development, revision of design process, analysis and modelling, and design for manufacture as well as purpose.

Optional modules include:

  • Design of Fluid Systems - This module looks at the design hierarchy for fluid and thermal systems, finite origins of the governing equations, analytical solutions and their shortcomings, difference method, application to governing equations and numerical stability.
  • Structural Integrity in Design - Here, you will advance your knowledge in structural integrity concepts, failure criteria, designing against fatigue, non-destructive testing and inspection techniques, structural health monitoring and fracture mechanics.
  • Industrial Applications of Vision and Automation - This module explores methods of machine vision and automation, software based image analysis and computer vision, to solve industrial inspection problems.
  • Robotics Fundamentals
  • Intelligent and Adaptive Systems

The optional modules available to you may be determined by the subjects you have studied in your degree.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

The MSc Mechanical Engineering comprises a combination of taught modules and a dissertation.

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

Study time

For full-time students, the taught course is in two teaching blocks, from September to December, and then January to May. You then begin your dissertation.

Part-time students generally complete the course over two or more years. This allows for flexibility in the number of modules you can comfortably handle in one year alongside personal and professional commitments.


Assessment is through a combination of examinations and coursework, and your dissertation project.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) , which confirms it meets standards set by the Engineering Council for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree gives you vital knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers prefer recruiting graduates from accredited degrees, which are also more likely to be recognised by other countries that sign up to international accords.

In the Department and Engineering Design and Mathematics, all courses deemed appropriate for accreditation and exemption are inspected regularly by the relevant institutions. Accreditation visits are cyclical, and it's important you check the current accreditation status for individual courses.

To find out more, visit the IMechE website or check our department's accredited courses.

Study facilities

We host our own servers to provide Windows, Linux and Unix-based operating systems. There are over 500 workstations available in our teaching laboratories, as well as a large open-access laboratory that provides PC and Unix-based machines. We have our own IT Helpdesk and 24-hour computer labs on campus.

Our dedicated engineering facilities include a flight simulator, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, a motorsport workshop, specialist laboratories and industry-standard simulation suites.

We operate an extensive pastoral care system to provide guidance and support throughout your studies, including induction courses and access to academic staff and student advisers.

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


Careers / Further study

An accredited Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering provides an essential stepping stone for any mechanical engineer aspiring to take their career to the highest level. Mechanical engineers are vital to society and the economy. For example, they're often involved in making maximum use of high-capital plants and operations such as power stations, oil refineries, chemical plants and hospitals.

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.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee7000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)583
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1042
International-Full Time-Award Fee12500
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 general information about managing money, FAQs and tips see our fees and funding pages.

For information about funding options visit our postgraduate funding and scholarships pages.


Entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • A UK honours degree of 2:1 or above in Mechanical Engineering accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, or an accredited degree in a closely related subject such as Physics.
  • A UK honours degree of 2:2 in Mechanical Engineering accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, or an accredited degree in a closely related subject such as Physics, and three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:1 or above in Mechanical Engineering or in a closely related subject such as Physics.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2 in Mechanical Engineering or in a closely related subject such as Physics, and three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application.

Please upload your degree transcript when you complete the online application form.

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