Masters in Research (MRes) Engineering

Entry year
Course code
Engineering Design and Mathematics
One year full-time, two years part-time; September and January intakes
Full-time; block release
Programme leader
Professor Yufeng Yao

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2020 and January 2021 intakes. Applications for 2021/22 should be made from October 2020. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit our Engineering page.

Page last updated 16 July 2020


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.

MRes 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



You qualify for the awards MRes Engineering, and Postgraduate Certificate by accumulating credits completion modules as follows:

  • The MRes 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).

You will study:

  • 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.

Plus optional modules (the number depending on credit requirements):

  • Any Masters-level engineering and research module within FET*

*The modules must be agreed with your supervisory team.

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.

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.


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

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


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 / 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.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information. 


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.

We can consider applicants who have a degree in a different subject, but who 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.

With your application, you should submit a draft project proposal of 300-500 words, to include a project title, aim or research question, possible methods and six relevant references.

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.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications

For further information