Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

University of Portsmouth · School of Mechanical and Design Engineering

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Drive your engineering career further with a Master's that works with your professional practice. You'll advance your understanding of core mechanical engineering disciplines, from structural integrity to control systems, and design your own project around your career needs.

On this MSc Mechanical Engineering, you'll apply current professional methodologies, assess the requirements of mechanical engineering applications, and find the optimal materials and methods to deliver your projects.

You'll plan and produce a personal research project, supported by staff expertise, that ties into the job you have - or the job you want. Previous projects have investigated the structural integrity of aerodynamic elements, the performance of natural bulletproof materials, and the effects of complex structures on fluid dynamics.

Course highlights

  • Experiment with advanced materials (alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites) and energy engineering systems in dedicated mechanical engineering labs
  • Use advanced simulation and modelling software such as Abaqus, MATLAB, Simulink and CCM+
  • Connect with your lecturers' industry partners, in the UK and abroad, and have the opportunity to investigate real-life industrial problems
  • Tie-in your individual project with one of our research groups, and benefit from the expertise of our experienced research staff
  • Research topics including aerospace materials, design engineering, polymers and composites, and energy engineering

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

As a successful graduate of this course, you'll have an accredited postgraduate mechanical engineering qualification on your CV, proving your expertise in the sector. This sets you up for work as a mechanical engineer in fields including design, research and development, manufacturing or the Armed Forces.

Alternatively, you could choose to work in a small business within the mechanical engineering sector, or start your own specialist company. You could also progress to PhD study in mechanical engineering.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Wireless operations engineer
  • Logistics administrator
  • Precision engineer

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

1 year full-time (September intake), 3 years part-time (September intake), 16 months full-time (January intake)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566