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, one optional module and the dissertation.
- Sustainable Manufacturing and Design provides students with experience of using an integrated CAD/CAM software package, typical of those used in modern manufacturing industry. Initially students will re-enforce their CAD modelling skills in creating their own design or a part or product. Students will then perform an analysis of these models to determine manufacturability and simulate common machining processes and produce cutter paths for use in CNC machine tools. Students will consider the embodied energies of the materials chosen, the energy associated with manufacturing and assembly, and the energy associated with any finishing operations.
- Engineering Business Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.
- 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.
- Advanced 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 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.
- 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.
Optional modules (choose one):
- Crash Impact Modelling 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.
- Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterization and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
- Real-time Embedded Robotics Systems 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.
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.
We have purpose-built teaching and research facilities with the very best equipment including analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Our dedicated computer suites provide access to the latest industry-standard design software - find out more here.
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