Mechanical Engineering Design MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This course has been designed to enhance your career as an engineering designer and aims to advance to positions in design management in a short period of time.
The course offers a balanced suite of modules that will explore technical deepening, technical broadening and management. In addition, you will undertake a substantial project that will allow you to develop your own particular interests within the broad area of mechanical engineering design.
You will have the opportunity to study in one of the most advanced precision engineering laboratories in the UK, with a range of ultraprecision surface measurement, coordinate measurement and machining equipment. You may have the opportunity in the Mechanical Science laboratory to access a range of mechanical test and analysis equipment, to enable fatigue, modal and thermal analysis.
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
1 year full-time
Entry requirements for this course are usually the following:
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Systems or a closely related science subject area or an equivalent professional qualification.
• You are also encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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Technical broadening within a module covering Finite Element Analysis and Dynamic Analysis is used to ensure that you are equipped to effectively study the more advanced analytical elements of the course. Further technical broadening is provided within modules covering Computer Aided Design and Air Management.
Building on this, Advanced Mechanical Analysis takes you much deeper into these subject areas. You should become equipped to undertake non-linear solid and complex dynamic and analysis using computer aided modelling techniques. Non-technical broadening is included in the course with the study of Project Management and New Product Development. This provides you with a good basis to undertake your project and a framework for your future career development.
Professional Development and Research Methods
This is an innovative module which you will hopefully find not only challenging but also rewarding as it aims to extend the way you think about engineering management excellence and research application. It has been designed to deliver a detailed understanding of overarching professional management concepts and standards, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, together with both industrial and academic career progression. The module provides a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools which enable you to benchmark your interpersonal skills and provide reflective career planning through portfolio development, aligned to professional registration routes. It will further examine the process of change management and the importance of technical and commercial leadership within an industrial context. Specific focus will be placed upon individual obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
Applied Computer Aided Design
This module uses theory and practice with 3D modelling software to design a working gearbox from a range of applications such as automotive, marine and industrial. You will select a category and develop a design that is appropriate to your specific interest. The assignments are progressive, the first being the design of a suite of gearbox components followed by the assembly of a complete virtual unit, thus demonstrating your ability to design to a professional standard using a high level CAD package, such as Solidworks.
Advanced Static Analysis
This module aims to extend your knowledge of the scientific principles used in more advanced static analysis of mechanical components and systems and to understand the role that mathematical and computer based modelling plays in this type of analysis. The module allows you the opportunity to gain experience in the use of commercial analysis software to solve non-linear structural problems.
Advanced Dynamic Analysis
This module aims to combine theoretical and practical analysis of dynamic motion with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). You’ll have the opportunity to study both vibration and control techniques with topics including vibration theory, mechanical control, forced vibration, resonance, Sdof (Single degree of Freedom) and MdoF (Multiple degrees of Freedom) systems and NVH applications.
Vehicle Aerodynamics and Air Management
This module combines the use of theoretical, experimental and computational tools to help you develop a thorough understanding of aerodynamic features associated with moving vehicles as well as air handling requirements. The module introduces you to various commercial computational fluid dynamics packages.
This module aims to develop improved understandings of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to your enterprise. You will have the chance to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Concepts, standards and techniques for project and programme lifecycle management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management software.
Development of Dimensional Measurement
The module combines the theory and practical application of metrology for dimensional measurement of manufactured components. The module reviews the basic principles of metrology including calibration, traceability and inter-changeability. You'll be supported in performing measurements and in analysing data during laboratory work and study contemporary instruments including laser interferometers and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The application of international standards and the propagation of uncertainty associated with practical measurement, in particular the effects of temperature, will be reviewed and the use of temperature measurement techniques such as thermal imaging will be covered.
New Product Development
There is always a demand for products with improved quality, speed and price; and businesses need to update their product portfolios to meet this demand.
This module explores the skills required to implement and manage the new product development (NPD) process within the context of a commercial enterprise. You'll have the opportunity to examine the evolution, development and exploitation of NPD strategies; together with consideration of innovation policies, models, culture and practice.
You’ll may also develop appropriate management methodologies that can enable you to assess new product ideas, determine feasibility, and identify those products that will be a commercial success.
The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. Where possible the project is carried out in collaboration with an industrial company and takes place at the company. A project supervisor is then allocated at the University who would check and confirm if the project is suitable for a Master's level course.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
100% of graduates from courses in this subject area go onto work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Component Engineer, Design Engineer and Application Engineering in organisations such as Cummins Turbo Technologies, HUSCO International and Flybrid Systems*.
*Source DHLE stats 13/14
Professional links and accreditations
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The Master's qualification is regarded as the professional benchmark for engineers and it gives those who show potential the opportunity to study Master's level modules, meeting all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Teaching and assessment
The course is taught through lectures, tutorials, studio-based assignment work and lab-based research activities. Studio activity takes place in a dedicated design studio equipped with computer aided design and analysis workstations. The lab activities make use of industrial standard software and mechanical facilities.
Assessment reflects the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills, and is linked to examination assignment, project work and research/laboratory activities.
18% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
You will have the opportunity to study in one of the most advanced precision engineering laboratories in the UK, with a range of ultraprecision surface measurement, coordinate measurement and machining equipment.
You may also have the opportunity to work with a range of mechanical test and analysis equipment to enable fatigue, modal and thermal analysis.
In addition, students have access to an open planned Design Studio with a range of advanced computer software applicable to this area of study.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you're interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
You'll need to cover the cost of your safety boots, which are a compulsory requirement. The cost will be dependent on where you purchase your boots, but typically you can purchase them online, from between £8.99 and £19.99.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
Interim Awards A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
This course offers both September and January start dates, please contact us for more information about study patterns.
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the next Postgraduate Open Day or contact us.
Our research courses involve in-depth study of a specific field across the engineering discipline. If you wish to undertake longer term, highly focussed research, we offer a number of flexible routes to PhD. For more information see http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.