Mechanical Engineering MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entry

About the course

Society today places a huge range of demands on the engineering community. These range from the desire for ever more sophisticated consumer goods to the challenges imposed by the need for clean forms of power and transport. Faced with these demands, engineering industries in the UK are continually seeking professional engineers with high levels of expertise and skills.

If you are graduate from an engineering or closely related science discipline and you would like to extend your knowledge, skills and ability to the level required for senior positions in industry and for Chartered Engineer status, this course can help you achieve these goals.

By providing you with a greater depth of knowledge and skills in engineering science and expanding your technical skills into previously unfamiliar areas of mechanical engineering and related subjects this course can help you to broaden your skills and knowledge and develop the management know how for you to succeed as a manager within an engineering organisation.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project that will allow you to develop your own particular interests within the broad area of mechanical engineering.

There maybe opportunities to work in an advanced precision engineering laboratory with a range of ultra-precision surface measurement, coordinate measurement and machining equipment. A range of mechanical test analysis equipment is also provided. Within our automotive lab a range of engine test beds, a wind tunnel and a four-post ride simulator are also available for students that undertake their project in this area.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

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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Course content

Technical modules such as Finite Elements Analysis and Dynamic Analysis is taught to ensure that you are equipped to effectively study the more advanced analytical elements of the course. Building on this, Advanced Mechanical Analysis and Aerodynamics modules are taken to look deeper into these subject areas. You will become equipped to undertake non-linear solid, complex dynamic and advanced computational fluid dynamic analysis.

Non-technical subjects is included in this course with the study of Quality Management, Project Management and New Product Development. These modules will provide 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. 

Total Quality Engineering

This module has been designed to be offered to students who have a basic understanding of operations management, quality assurance and control, together with the statistical techniques employed in probability theory. The module aims to build on this knowledge, giving you the ability to implement and operate quality systems, maintenance regimes and reliability trials.

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.

Project Management

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.

Individual Project

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.

Important information

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.

Career opportunities

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 principally through lectures, tutorials, studio-based assignment work and lab-based research activities. The lab activities make use of industrial standard software and mechanical facilities. Assessment methods reflect the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills, and are diversely linked to examination, assignment, project work and research/laboratory activities.

XX% 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 work in an advanced precision engineering laboratory with a range of ultra-precision surface measurement, coordinate measurement and machining equipment. A range of mechanical test analysis equipment is also provided. Within our automotive lab a range of engine test beds, a wind tunnel and a four-post ride simulator are also available for students that undertake their project in this area.

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.

Additional routes

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.

Other information

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.

Further study

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


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.

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Research community

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.

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