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Mechanical Engineering

MSc

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Accreditation(s)

Institution of Engineering and Technology; Engineering Council

  • Engineering Council
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology

Overview


Superb industry links and world-class research make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level.

Take charge of your career by building on your undergraduate degree. You will develop your professional skills and prepare for professional practice at a senior level.

The course covers research, development and practice in advanced engineering design. Using the most advanced CAD packages, you will learn the techniques to analyse and test your designs. And then move onto full design implementation.

Our teaching staff have exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields. They include world-leaders in research on sustainable engineering, materials and joining technology. Teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

We are located in the heart of one of Europe’s highest concentration of high-tech businesses. Our close industry links enable us to organise site visits which allow you to explore technical challenges and the latest technology.

Hands working on car parts

How to apply


Entry requirements

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.

OR

An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

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.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£6,840

Home/EU part time
£3,490

International full time
£14,850

Home/EU full time
£9,000

Home/EU part time
£4,500

International full time
£15,700

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£6,840

Home/EU part time
£3,490

International full time
£14,850

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,000

Home/EU part time
£4,500

International full time
£15,700

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


The course is structured around three periods:

  • Semester 1 runs from September to December
  • Semester 2 from January to May
  • 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.

Hands operating a machine

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Sustainable Manufacturing and Design

This module provides you with experience of using an integrated CAD/CAM software package, typical of those used in modern manufacturing industry. Initially you will re-enforce your CAD modelling skills in creating your own design or a part or product. You 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. You 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

This mdoule provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Engineering Reliability and Risk Management

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

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 I

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.

Optional modules

Crash Impact Modelling

This module 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

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

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.

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

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 that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is continuous and includes:

  • coursework exercise
  • essays
  • presentations
  • laboratory exercises
  • examinations.

Research


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.

After you graduate


Career prospects

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

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

Our Staff


Miguel Fernandes Ferreira

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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.