Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

University of Chester · Department of Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or in a related area, with a minimum of 2:2 classification.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure an appropriate fit to the programme of study.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Chester's MSc aims to give you an advanced skillset and the emerging engineering knowledge needed to take a leading role in Industry 4.0 environments.

Course overview

The MSc gives you the chance to learn advanced concepts that covers areas of mechanical engineering, including materials science, thermofluids / energy systems, rigid / deformable body mechanics, manufacturing, strategy and design. This is reinforced with an examination of project and research methods, which provides students with an advanced skillset in professional and research practice.

Why study this course with us?

Mechanical Engineering is the innovative application of engineering and management sciences, which underpin existing and emerging technologies, to the complete life cycle of all mechanical devices, machines and systems. The MSc curriculum has been developed to provide an advanced mechanical engineering education at Master’s level, and the intention is to produce graduates with a strong academic background who are ready to enter cutting-edge industry.

The course is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and is located at the historic Exton Park site in Chester. Graduates of the course will be in demand from a broad spectrum of engineering organisations, particularly those within the automotive, aerospace, R&D, consultancy and manufacturing sectors. The transferable skills that can be gained from this course will mean that graduates are also able to enter careers in management, finance, IT and the armed forces.


The course has a core theme addressing advanced issues in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, which will equip you to deal with complex problems using a wide range of contemporary techniques. Additionally, the development of a rigorous approach to research and original enquiry will be fostered in our Research Methods and project modules.

The selection of optional modules is determined by means of a shared review of an individual student's previous educational attainment in the key skills of engineering. Students with little/no previous knowledge of energy systems are encouraged to take the SE7041 Energy Systems module, with the option of the SE7006 Energy & Environment module for more advanced applicants. Similarly, students who do not have previous experience in manufacturing are advised to take SE7042 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Systems, and not SE7037 Agile and Lean Manufacturing for Contemporary Enterprises.

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered at our modern facilities at Exton Park in Chester, and using online methods, as appropriate. You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, workshops, laboratory/design sessions, seminars and case studies.


Assessment for the course is oriented towards practicality, with exam elements reduced in favour of a focus on modules that assess student learning via coursework. The precise ratio of coursework to exams depends on module choices.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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