MSc Mechanical Engineering

There is strong demand for high-quality engineers with a postgraduate qualification in mechanical engineering and a good range of skills. This MSc Mechanical Engineering has been designed to help you achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and will develop the technical and non-technical skills needed to succeed in this industry.

The range of modules will enhance the depth of your knowledge, while developing the skills to manage people and projects. You will use state-of-the-art engineering analysis software, and employ appropriate analytical and computer-based techniques. Additionally, you will gain an awareness of wider issues such as environmental management and safety.

Your dissertation will allow you to research a specific topic, based on real issues that organisations face. Staff are active in research and/or consultancy, which brings relevant case studies and context to the subjects you will study.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Treforest A
Part-time 2 Years September Treforest A
  • Advanced Materials and Manufacture - 10 credits
  • Fatigue and Fracture - 10 credits
  • Further Computational Fluid Dynamics - 10 credits
  • Further Finite Analysis - 10 credits
  • Non-destructive Testing - 10 credits
  • Research Methods for Engineers - 10 credits
  • Industrial Heating Systems - 20 credits
  • Professional Engineering Management - 20 credits
  • Safety Health and Environmental Engineering - 20 credits
  • Dissertation - 60 credits

 

Direct Entry students with no prior knowledge of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) or Finite Element Analysis (FEA) will also be given the option to enrol in the following modules:

  • Engineering Computational Analysis - 20 credits

Teaching

The MSc Mechanical Engineering is delivered in two major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year (February and September). Modules are taught through lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work.

We have excellent links with employers in Wales, the UK and beyond. Through regular consultation with practising professionals, we keep our mechanical engineering courses up-to-date with industry standards. Our strong links also mean you’ll have opportunities for site visits and industrial placements.

Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest insights. Not only will you be taught by academics who are specialists in their fields, but you will also benefit from guest speakers from the engineering world

Assessment

The Mechanical Engineering Masters is continually assessed by coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation has three assessment elements: a thesis, a poster presentation and an oral examination (viva voce).

Accreditations

This Mechanical Engineering degree has been developed in collaboration with industry, ensuring quality and relevance to the modern working environment. The course meets the educational requirements to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Engineering Council and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Facilities

Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

  • Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (SolidWorks, Ansys, FEA and CFD, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Simul8, etc.), with a cluster (Super Computer) for use on high end computational activities.
  • Dedicated project rooms for all cohorts, access to laser cutter and a four-axis CNC router.
  • Composite manufacturing facilities, including autoclaves.
  • Additive manufacturing facilities (3D printing), laser scanner, wind tunnel, extensive material testing facilities, as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in all core subjects, mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities.
  • Access to technical staff in our workshops which include CNC machining centre, lathes and milling machine, drills, etc, for use on all project work undertaken.
  • Large open access multi discipline built area for projects.
  • Well-equipped Formula Student build area.

Lecturers

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in mechanical engineering, although related engineering disciplines may be considered.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £14300 

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

Mechanical engineers work in areas as diverse as design, research and development, environmental engineering, numerical analysis, computer modelling, use of materials, and control systems. In such a competitive industry, having a postgraduate qualification in mechanical engineering will improve your career prospects and mechanical engineering graduates are likely to progress to occupy senior positions in the engineering industry and related sectors.

Graduates may also progress on to an engineering PhD or engineering research degree.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a Mechanical Engineering student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.