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Mechanical Engineering


School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 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.

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 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

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

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 the most recent 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.
  • 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, visit our news and events webpage.

Be a part of our award winning racing team   

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR), is an award-winning team from Oxford Brookes University that has competed in Formula Student since its inception in 1999. The team designs, builds and races a single-seat Formula Student car, and is made up of approximately 200 students from across the department’s engineering courses.

You can see the latest updates from the team on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

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.

Compulsory modules:

  • 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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £6,840 2020/21 £9,000

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £3,490 2020/21 £4,500

International - full time: 2019/20: £14,850 2020/21 £15,700

Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by up to 4% 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

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: /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/postgraduate-loan-scheme/

School scholarships: /ecm/courses/scholarships/

UK/EU: /studying-at-brookes/finance/postgraduate-finance---uk-and-eu-students/sources-of-funding-for-postgraduate-uk-and-eu-students/


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.

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

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

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.


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

Students are also able to make full use of the University Careers support system.

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.

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. Click here to find out more about our research.

The results of the most recent 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.