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Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
26 September 2022

Program description

Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Taught)

As a graduate mechanical engineer, this MSc course will provide you with an advanced qualification which will enhance your career prospects and extend and update your skills and knowledge. The course actively encourages the understanding and practice of inter-disciplinary systems engineering thinking that brings together mechanical engineering subjects in a way that reflects the needs of industrial and academic problem solving.

More specifically, the programme aims to:

  • Provide you with an advanced knowledge of topics in mechanical engineering, and in associated engineering and scientific disciplines over a broad range of specialist subjects.
  • Provide an awareness of the safety, environmental, social and economic context in which mechanical engineers need to operate.
  • Offer you the opportunity to develop a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills that will allow you to follow a career in research, industry and other professional areas of the economy.
  • Help you to gain a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights which are at the forefront of mechanical engineering.

The close integration of the case study and project will allow you to explore, in-depth, a chosen topic related to the course. This provides you with an individually tailored programme to meet your needs in a flexible yet focussed manner, with the project seen as being the key opportunity to acquire and exercise leading edge mechanical engineering knowledge. You will be given the opportunity to show originality in applying the knowledge you acquire, and will develop an appreciation of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. You will be trained to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and will be given the opportunity and encouragement to demonstrate initiative and innovation in solving challenging problems and in designing new components and systems.

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Admission requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in Mechanical Engineering or a similar field from a UK university, or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.

Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core Modules

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Project
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Group Research Study
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Case Study

Optional Modules

  • Measurement Systems
  • Manufacturing Informatics
  • Fundamentals of Nanomechanics
  • Tribology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control
  • Quality and Reliability
  • Theory and Applications of the Finite Element Method
  • Risk and Hazard Management in the Energy Sector
  • Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 2
  • Energy Management
  • Advanced Robotics

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £10,200 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

A. Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of the Programme you will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand theories, scientific principles and concepts in the context of advanced mechanical engineering, thus supporting the effective application of engineering science, mathematics and other disciplines needed for advanced engineering problem-solving.
  • Understand the limitations of current knowledge and technologies and the need to gain new knowledge through further study in response to new and emerging technologies and needs of society.
  • Understand the role of individual and team-based project work in the context of professional mechanical engineering.
  • Develop project management skills appropriate for a career in engineering and an understanding of the application of these skills in a commercial and/or research environment.
  • Enable the critical analysis of information including current literature in support of the identification of gaps in information that may lead to innovations and developments in advanced mechanical engineering.
  • Be aware of and be able to respond to the responsibilities that professional engineers have to society.

B. Intellectual Skills

Upon completion of the Programme you will be expected to be able to:

  • Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based methods in the assessment and solution of mechanical engineering challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems using appropriate innovation and adaptation of methods.
  • Systematically undertake a significant research project in an area of advanced mechanical engineering which includes originality in the application of knowledge.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
  • Conceive, plan, execute and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of group project work.
  • Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.

C. Practical Skills

Upon completion of the Programme you will be expected to be able to:

  • Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of mechanical engineering problems.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility within the completion of a group project, taking account of constraints such as time, cost, health and safety as well as specific mechanical engineering issues.
  • Successfully undertake a major project, taking account of constraints such as time, cost, health and safety as well as specific mechanical engineering issues.

D. Transferable Skills

Upon completion of the Programme you will be expected to be able to:

  • Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
  • Manage resources and time.
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
  • Generate a concise literature review.
  • Make effective use of information technology and communications (ITC) tools.
  • Work effectively in a group context towards achieving specific goals and targets.

Career opportunities

The course provides master’s level training to the standard necessary to practice as a chartered professional mechanical engineer. When you graduate you will be equipped to apply for management level roles across a broad spectrum of mechanical and related engineering fields. The material presented during the course will provide an excellent foundation for any career in mechanical engineering or related discipline.

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