UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems.

A 20-credit synoptic mechanical engineering module has been integrated into the programme and provides research-focused teaching of selected novel case studies from various research areas being carried out within the School in order to enhance the relevant knowledge base of the students. 

A  further 10 credit module covering research skills, project management and business enterprise will provide the necessary training to enhance the competencies in professional skills that modern mechanical engineers are expected to possess.

The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module.  The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.

Programme description

The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems.

A 20-credit synoptic mechanical engineering module has been integrated into the programme and provides research-focused teaching of selected novel case studies from various research areas being carried out within the School in order to enhance the relevant knowledge base of the students. 

A  further 10 credit module covering research skills, project management and business enterprise will provide the necessary training to enhance the competencies in professional skills that modern mechanical engineers are expected to possess.

The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module.  The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.

Key Modules
  • Learn from highly experienced members of academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and consultancy in their respective fields
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers including design, consultancy, maintenance, operations and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors, such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the School of Engineering, enjoys a significant level of industrial engagement and sponsorship, from small-to-medium enterprises and world leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and Airbus
Module & Subject

Advanced Mechanics

The aim of the module is to enhance a students knowledge and understanding of the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics. To also develop their ability to apply this knowledge in a number of advanced topics.


10
Advanced Robotics

This module is concerned with robot motion in a physical world. We will introduce the concepts and tools for modeling, simulating, and controlling dynamic robots. In a series of lectures we will study the fundamentals of manipulation including kinematics, dynamics, and control. Lab exercises will reinforce learned concepts by means of evaluation on a (real/simulated) physical robot.


20
Advanced Thermal Systems

The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of thermal systems phenomena and to apply their CAE skills on a project that requires the integration of knowledge and skills accumulated over the whole programme of study, with substantial content of creating own engineering software.


10
Advanced Vehicle Engineering

The aim of the module is to introduce the student to aspects of vehicle chassis design with particular emphasis on body structure design, giving consideration to external styling, packaging, vehicle interior design and vehicle safety.

It will provide the student with a basic understanding of the dynamics of vehicle systems affecting vehicle handling, leading to the development and application of analytical models and commercial software tools, and to the design of vehicle systems


10
Biofuels and Combustion

The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of clean and sustainable engine combustion systems and to apply their CAE skills on a project that requires the integration of knowledge and skill accumulated in the whole programme of study.


10
Bio-Medical Engineering

 


10
Laser-based Manufacturing

The aim of the module is to enhance the students' knowledge and understanding in the field of laser material processing and the integration of this technology in application specific manufacturing platforms/machines. It will provide the necessary ability to design and implement laser-based manufacturing solutions by applying theoretical and practical knowledge about the fundamentals of laser-material interactions, process monitoring, component technologies/systems of laser-based manufacturing platforms and application specific implementations of different machine configurations and beam delivery systems.


10
Micro and Nano Technologies

 


10
Process Modelling

The aim of the module is to expose the students to the practical aspects of process modelling using proprietary software for the modelling of casting processes.


10
R&D in Manufacturing Processes

The aim of the module is to give students an appreciation of research developments and acquaint them with the latest manufacturing process/technology results applicable to a range of industries, not least the aerospace sector.


10
Intelligent Systems

From biological nervous systems to the collective intelligence of social insects, Nature has developed a number of highly effective problem-solving techniques.

The course will introduce the basic concepts of approximate reasoning, collective and decentralised intelligence, and present a number of cutting edge nature-inspired Swarm Intelligence paradigms, as well as well-established techniques such as Evolutionary Algorithms, Simulated Annealing, Neural Networks, and Fuzzy Logic.

Applications will include a broad range of engineering problems in optimisation, control, and process modelling.


10
Machining Support Systems 

The aim of the module is to consider the specific programming strategies, tooling, data acquisition and control technologies to support modern machining systems. 


 10


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Entry Requirements
  • A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from an UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in a relevant subject and applicants must meet the following module criteria:

 

For applicants with a degree in Accounting, Finance, Accounting and Finance, International Accounting, International Finance or International Accounting and Finance:

 

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Financial reporting, Senior Financial Accounting and Theory or Accounting

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Business Finance, Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Management, International Finance or International Financial Management

  • All other Applicants:

 

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Financial reporting, Senior Financial Accounting and Theory or Accounting

One module with minimum 2.1 grade from: Business Finance, Corporate Finance, Finance, Financial Management, International Finance or International Financial Management

Two modules with minimum 2.1 grade from a list of 22 other possible modules, including Auditing, Investments, Money and Banking etc.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

 

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band).

Students with a bachelor degree (4 years minimum) may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. However please note that we will only consider students who meet the entry guidance below.

 

Please refer to the ‘Business School’ guidance below if you are applying for a Business or Economics programme (not including MBA). You can see the relevant courses on the Business school website.

 

Please refer to the ‘All other programmes’ guidance below if you are applying for all other courses.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO THE BUSINESS SCHOOL (BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS COURSES EXCLUDING MBA) 

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 100 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.

 

We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.

 

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

 

GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 101 to 150 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

 

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 150 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.

 

  • We will also consider the following 9 specialist Business universities:

 

  1. University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

 

  1. Beijing Technology and Business University

 

  1. Huaqiao University

 

  1. Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

 

  1. Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

 

  1. Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

 

  1. Jiangxi University of Finance

 

  1. Capital University of Economics and Trade

 

  1. Nanjing Audit University

 

We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.

 

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

 

  • ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS

If you do not meet the requirement for group 1 or 2 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our Business School. However you may be considered for other programmes outside of the Business school, see details below.

 

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ALL OTHER PROGRAMMES (INCLUDING MBA)

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 200 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFILIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 200 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.

We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

  • GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 201 to 500 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.

We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.

Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience. 

GROUP 3 UNIVERSITIES

University is ranked in the top 501 to 800 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.

We will consider students from these institutions with 85% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

THREE-YEAR DIPLOMAS

Applicants with three year diplomas and substantial work experience at managerial level (5-7 years) can be considered for entry to a non-business postgraduate degree programme.

 

  • ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS

If you do not meet the requirement for group 1, 2 or 3 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our courses.

 

Students with Master’s degree may be considered for PhD study.

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 Year
Course Fee:  21690.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER