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Mechanical Engineering

MSc

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Superb industry links and world-class research come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level. Being in the heart of one of Europe’s highest concentration of high-tech businesses provides opportunities for industry-focused studies.You will take charge of your career by building on your undergraduate degree and developing your professional skills. It introduces you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design and equips you for professional practice at senior positions of responsibility.You will gain the skills to take complex products all the way from idea to fully validated designs. Using the most advanced CAD packages, you will learn the techniques required to analyse and test your designs followed by full design implementation.  Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 1 year
  • Part time: 2 years

UCAS Postgraduate code

32923

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will be taught by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields, including world-leaders in research on sustainable engineering, materials and joining technology and design engineers leading development of novel products such as carbon and bamboo bike
  • Our research projects and consultancies are done with partners such as Siemens, Yasa Motors, Stannah Stairlifts, 3M etc. using our facilities including analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Well-funded research programmes in areas of current concern such as modern composite materials, vehicle end-of-life issues and electric vehicles. 
  • Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures. In REF 2014 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised.
  • Visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspectives, preparing you for an exciting career, for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule.
  • Our close industry links facilitate industrial visits, providing you with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of activities within our department see 2015 highlights.
  • You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), where you have a chance to put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website.

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, another three modules and the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design I consolidates and refines students' ability to tackle advanced and complex interdisciplinary design projects based on the principle of "Theory of Inventive Problem Solving" or known as the TRIZ principle.
  • Advanced Materials and Strength of Components develops knowledge and skills in fatigue and fracture analysis which are used to predict the conditions for fatigue failure and fracture and the life of mechanical components.
  • Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.
Alternative compulsory modules (choose a minimum of two):
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design II consolidates and refines students' ability to tackle advanced and complex interdisciplinary design projects based on the analytical and CAE simulations.
  • Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS, and an introduction to MATLAB.
  • Sustainable Engineering Technology presents the concepts of sustainability and applies them to issues facing vehicle engineering and transport, such as the manufacturing processes, carbon foot-printing, materials of construction and choice of powertrain.

Optional modules (choose a maximum of one):

  • CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterization and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
  • Vehicle Crash Engineering will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium-to-high-impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
  • Data Acquisition Systems will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical issues relating to the acquisition and analysis of data.

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from motorsport engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of motorsport. In addition to developing a high level of expertise in a particular area of motorsport, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. Far-Axon, Clayex/Dymola, Tranquillity Aerospace, Norbar, etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation. 

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Approach to assessment

Assessed coursework exercises, essays, presentations and laboratory exercises form the basis for continuous assessment.

Assessment methods include examination and coursework, reflecting the development of academic content from the more practical aspects to the more conceptual.

Specialist facilities

We have purpose-built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £6,450

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £3,290

International - full time: 2017/18: £14,000

Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

If you are UK/EU student, this is a great year to study Masters in the UK as the UK government has just introduced a new scheme, available to all students (under the age of 60). Postgraduate loan scheme: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/postgraduate-loan-scheme/

Departmental scholarships: http://mems.brookes.ac.uk/scholarships/index.html

UK/EU:http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/finance/pg-home/support/

International: 

A number of external organisations are also offering awards of up to £2,000 which you may be interested in to supplement any other funding you find. As these are external awards, please contact the companies involved if you have any queries:

Findamasters: http://www.findamasters.com/fundingAwards/

TARGET Courses: 

Postgrad.com: http://www.postgrad.com/editorial/bursaries/

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University


Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Careers

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in a wide range of industries.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The emphasis in our research groups is producing high-quality research for the real world. Staff have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies. 

The results of the REF 2014 exercise showed that 96% of research in the department is internationally recognised, and 57% was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent, compared with 45% in 2008. More specifically, 50% of the impact case studies returned were judged to be internationally excellent, and 72% of the research outputs were judged to be internationally excellent or world leading.