Taught course

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Durham University · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the MSc course in Advanced Mechanical Engineering, you need the equivalent of a UK Honours degree to at least an upper second class standard (2:1). This should normally be in an appropriate Engineering or Engineering-related subject including modules in Applied Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. Although in some instances we can consider industrial or other relevant experience if you have a different first degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is a highly respected course that will give you a clear understanding of the engineering challenges faced by industry and society across the world and provide you with the skills and knowledge to tackle them.

Using leading-edge tools and technologies, the course will bring out your engineering best through a combination of theoretical and practical learning. You will work in taught modules, join in group design activity and complete your own research and development project.

The taught modules will introduce you to a range of advanced mechanical engineering topics including turbomachinery design, non-linear stress analysis, fluid mechanics, contact and friction, giving you the extensive knowledge base that is essential for an engineering career.

You will learn vital collaborative working skills by joining with other students in exciting multinational teams to carry out advanced design work to the appropriate design standards, using complex engineering analysis tools.

A key feature of the course will require you to work independently on a research and development project that will help build your skillset and allow you to demonstrate how you are able to create your own innovative solutions for complex engineering challenges.

Our MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering course is hugely fulfilling. Led by our mechanical engineering experts, it will provide you with all the skills and experience you need to build a successful career in industry, in further engineering research or in academia, the choice is yours.

Course structure

Core modules:

Research and Development Project offers you a stimulating opportunity to develop your engineering knowledge. With the approval of the appropriate course director, you will identify and apply the specific methods needed to investigate your chosen subject. You will then generate data and carry out analysis in order to make recommendations and findings that you will present in a report.

Group Design Project sees your participation in a complex engineering system design task which will develop your knowledge of system design, introduce the concept of interdisciplinary design teams and will enable you to apply knowledge gained in lectures to a complex engineering problem.

Fluid Mechanics provides an advanced understanding of fluid mechanics. It will introduce you to analytical methods and models used in the field and ultimately will enable you to become familiar with the subject and able to apply the methods and models appropriately.

Future Vehicles 4 deals in depth with future transport vehicles, offering an overview of such devices and explaining their working principles as well as their future technical and economic constraints and possible solutions. The module will also introduce you to analytical methods and simulation tools for system design and analysis.

Non-Linear Solid Mechanics 4 introduces an overview of the subject, enabling you to develop a high level of knowledge and problem-solving using numerical and analytical techniques. The focus will be on material and geometric non-linearity and contact and friction.

Renewable Energy Technologies 4 covers the characteristics of major renewable energy technologies as well as explaining their working principles. Areas featured will include the renewable energy technology landscape, wind turbine design and operation, wind farm design and operation, off-shore and on-shore wind, and thermal renewables. You will develop an understanding of the technical and economic constraints of such technology and the solutions.

Turbomachinery and Propulsion 4 gives you an advanced level of understanding of turbomachinery operation and design and of propulsion cycles and their applications. Subjects covered will include non-dimensional parameters for turbomachinery and their meaning, axial compressor and turbine analysis and design, the operation of modern turbomachinery design system, the theory of propulsion and the definition of performance parameters, principles of operation of ramjets, turbojets, turboprops and turbofans and analysis of those engine types.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Internet of Everything 4
  • Optimisation 4
  • Environmental Engineering 4

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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