Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a first degree equivalent to at least a British lower second-class bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. Applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc in Mechanical Engineering introduces you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design and equips you for professional practice at senior positions of responsibility.

You will gain the skills to take complex products all the way from idea to fully validated designs. Using the most advanced CAD packages, you will learn the techniques required to analyse your work - testing designs in virtual reality to see how they perform and how reliable they are.

Teaching is based in a purpose-designed engineering building.

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, two optional modules and the Dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design consolidates and refines your ability to tackle advanced and complex interdisciplinary design projects. You are expected to progress with minimum guidance using your initiative and making use of your existing extensive knowledge learnt at degree level. You will work in small groups, and lecturers will act as the senior management of a hypothetical company.
  • Advanced Strength of Components is concerned with the prediction of the load-carrying capacity and life of mechanical engineering components by an analysis of factors such as inelastic behaviour, residual stress, stability, cracks, and fatigue and contact loading.
  • Advanced Engineering Management provides you with an understanding of the management skills and knowledge that are important in engineering industries.

Optional modules:

  • Computation and Modelling presents finite element modelling of structures containing composite materials, advanced simulation techniques using ADAMS, and an introduction to MATLAB.
  • CAD/CAM is a master's level module that develops skills in using state-of-the-art design and manufacturing software.
  • Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology takes further the detailed processing and design of advanced materials for engineering products. The significance of the properties and composition of materials is explored in relation to the selection of joining processes and optimising joint design, for the manufacture of high-performance engineering products and structures.
  • Sustainable Engineering Technology presents the concepts of sustainability and applies them to issues facing vehicle engineering and transport, such as the manufacturing processes, carbon foot-printing, materials of construction and choice of powertrain.
  • Noise, Vibration and Harshness looks at the analysis, quantification, characterization and diagnosis of the noise, vibration and harshness of automotive components and assemblies.
  • Vehicle Crash Engineering will give you an understanding of material, component and structural behaviour when subjected to medium-to-high-impact events. This includes the design, testing and modelling of motorsport and automotive vehicles with regard to crash worthiness.
  • Engineering Reliability and Risk Management covers the principles and techniques for improving the reliability of engineering components and systems, predicting their life and managing technical risk.

You will also do a Dissertation - an individual research and development work on a topic relevant to mechanical engineering and related to your chosen course of study.

The work may be undertaken in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation. This module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, progress management and review, and the capability to use ICT support materials.

Please note: As our programmes are reviewed regularly, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English you must satisfy our English language requirement by providing us with evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 482727