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Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 12 months
Part time: 24 months
Department(s): School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
By combining theory and hands-on learning, our postgraduate Mechanical Engineering master’s degree helps you get ready for a career in the field. Our facilities, which include our High Voltage Energy Storage lab and Joining Technology Research Centre, double as teaching and research spaces.
Use your dissertation and extra-curricular activities to explore your passion and sharpen your skills. And let visiting professionals from the industry show you what a career in this discipline has to offer.
You’ll analyse and test your designs using industry standard CAD and simulation packages, before moving onto design implementation. Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their collective research spans design and simulation, sustainable engineering, materials and joining technology. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Taught by experts
Teaching staff are industry professionals, with specialist knowledge in topics including design, risk and reliability and composite materials.
Learn in the best environment, which includes High Voltage Energy Storage, virtual reality cave (#OxfordMetaverse), materials testing and CAD suites.
Labs double as our teaching spaces, so you’ll get practical experience and expand your research knowledge in the same places.
Employers visit the University as part of our Industrial Lecture Series, and attend our careers fair letting you see what your career options are.
Dive into your passion
Join Formula Student as part of Oxford Brookes Racing, or the Formula Student Autonomous Vehicle project. You could also become a STEM outreach ambassador at events run by the University.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. This course is also accredited by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
You’ll study specialist mechanical engineering subjects, including Composite Design and Impact Modelling, Advanced Strength of Components and Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design. You’ll learn to improve component durability, predict fatigue and fractures, and apply the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). Also you’ll gain and build knowledge of business management as you progress your own enterprise.
For your dissertation, you’ll get to study an area of mechanical engineering that fascinates you at a deep level. And you’ll develop research, planning and project management skills in doing so.
Previously there have been industry-sponsored projects from companies such as Far-Axon, Tranquillity Aerospace and Norbar. Or you can undertake your own project and work closely with the commercial or research organisation of your choice.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods include:
- lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base
- practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation.
Most of our teaching staff are from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. However, we invite visiting speakers from business and industry to provide further input to your learning.
Assessment is continuous and includes:
- coursework exercise
- laboratory exercises
Engineering Business Management (20 credits)
This module provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.
Engineering Reliability and Risk Management (20 credits)
This module covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.
Advanced Strength of Components (20 credits)
This module 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 Mechanical Engineering Design (20 credits)
This module consolidates and refines your 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.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (20 credits)
This module looks at the analysis, quantification, characterization and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
Real-time Embedded Robotics Systems (20 credits)
This module addresses the low-level embedded systems aspects of robotic development. Embedded systems are based on small scale controller boards with a variety of input/output mechanisms. The integration of low-level control with actuators and sensors requires the specific understanding of the commonly used controllers and their interfaces.
Msc Dissertation (60 credits)
The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from mechanical engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of your choice. In addition to developing a high level of expertise in a particular area of mechanical engineering, 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 modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
Our research groups produce high-quality research for the real world. Staff have close links with industry through research projects and consultancies.
You can find out more on our department research pages.
The results of the most recent REF (2014) exercise showed that 96% of research in the department is internationally recognised. 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.
You’ll find your mechanical engineering knowledge is useful for many other disciplines outside of engineering. We’ve seen students go to work across the aerospace, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and finance sectors.
Graduates work for companies such as:
- Lentus Composites,
- Capgemini Engineering,
- PRF Gas Solutions,
- MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,
For careers advice and support, you can use our careers support system.
Specific 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.
An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University
Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
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.
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you may be required to obtain an ATAS certificate before you start your MSc Mechanical Engineering programme with us. For more information visit our ATAS webpage.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase 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 are detailed below.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Personal protective equipment for engineering labs.||£25-40|
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Travel and associated costs if relevant when undertaking work placements.||£30-700 per year|
If you are considering bringing your own computer, most of the software we use is on Windows machines though there is some use of Linux. We do not use Apple MacOS and their use is not required but some students do choose to bring MacOS machines so a Mac can be a viable choice if you so wish.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Funding your studies
Financial support and scholarships
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