Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

Institution
Kingston University · Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in partial fulfilment of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status, and/or suitable industrial experience. We will consider applicants not requiring Matching Section under SARTOR 3 but interested in advanced study at MSc level on an individual basis. Typically these applicants must have a relevant good honours level degree and/or industrial experience. Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s). Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course, accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is designed to provide you with the latest technological knowledge and industrial management skills, at an advanced level of study, in specific aspects of mechanical engineering that are in demand from industry. The course also provides you with a strategic overview of engineering and management skills necessary to take on leadership roles in major engineering projects.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

  • Teaching in many technical modules is backed up by appropriate hands-on experience and workshops, which can be transferred directly to your working environment.
  • Academic teaching is complemented by visits from industry experts. You will also have plenty of opportunities to attend relevant technical seminars, both within and outside the University.
  • You can tailor your course to enhance your career ambitions through your module choices, whilst the project dissertation gives you the opportunity to choose a field of study in which to establish yourself as a specialist.

What will you study

This course will provide a broad and in-depth understanding of mechanical design engineering, modern materials application and advanced manufacturing technology. You will employ advanced computer-based mechanical engineering design analysis and problem solving, using cutting-edge technologies such as finite elements analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and mechanism design analysis and control. What's more, you will develop the entrepreneurial management and business skills necessary to take on leadership roles in major engineering projects.

The project dissertation challenges you to investigate a theoretical area in depth and solve a real-world problem.

Core modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management

This module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It also addresses issues related to presentation of technical reports at master level and for the purpose of wider publication in learned media.

The module further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

The module content is designed to enhance your employability potential in a variety of national and international industrial organisations, or career opportunities in research and development arena. It also equips you with a set of skills to set up your own business in an engineering innovation area should you wish to do so.

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering Applications

This option module is designed for students in mechanical engineering and allied subject areas to be able to extend existing knowledge and skills of relevant computational techniques and advanced mathematics developed at undergraduate level. Emphasis is placed on the solution to fluids problems in a realistic mechanical engineering context.

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Define and analyse simple engineering fluid flow problems using the Navier Stokes equations. Simplify flow problems and solve them.
  • Construct appropriate solid models for CFD analysis, set up the solution domain and generate suitable surface and volume grids via meshing tools.
  • Understand both flow physics and mathematical properties of governing of Navier Stokes equations and define appropriate boundary conditions.
  • Use CFD software to model flow problems of relevance to mechanical engineers. Analyse the results and compare with available data.
  • Advanced Stress Analysis and Materials

    This module is designed as an advanced option to extend your knowledge of the analytical techniques of stress analysis, plasticity theory and some of the more advanced theories behind finite element analysis.

    The module also investigates properties of a range of modern materials and associated advanced manufacturing processes with a view to broaden your knowledge and skills when selecting a material for a complex engineering application. Use of case studies from extensive research activities of the academic staff is a main feature of this module, introducing you to career opportunities in industrial research and development.

Option modules

  • mechatronics control and its application in automation;
  • the functions of a robot and its embedded systems such as sensors and actuators;
  • how to build dynamic models of robotics systems and design feedback control algorithms;
  • advanced techniques such as fuzzy logic and digital logic design to optimise control in automation processes; and
  • artificial neural networks and adaptive control.

Information for international students

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/mechanical-engineering-msc/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Phone
08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931