Taught course

Mechanical Engineering

University of the West of Scotland · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification, in a mechanical engineering or similar area from a recognised institution or an equivalent professional qualification, for MSc entry. Applicants with lesser degree qualifications in engineering, who have appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students would be invited to join the MSc programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for engineering graduates aspiring to responsible positions within aerospace, automotive and general mechanical engineering companies. It is also ideal for engineers holding a BEng degree that require a further learning element to qualify for Chartered Engineer registration.

About the programme This programme is designed to deepen and widen your knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering specialist topics. It offers a wide range of core modules that advances the core knowledge base of the disciplines and provides the necessary and continuing development of appropriate interpersonal and transferable skills at a level that a Mechanical Engineer would be expected to have, allowing you to function in an advanced engineering environment as senior engineers and managers. While the main focus of the programme is on taught modules, you will have the opportunity to explore a specific subject in more detail through the dissertation.

Your learning The programme will be delivered by highly-qualified and experienced members of the School’s teaching staff through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratories, case studies and specialist guest lectures. Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations. A key component of the programme is the research based dissertation. This will give you the opportunity to investigate a project in your chosen field of interest.
You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.
Core modules include:
  • Advanced Structural Integrity, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Advanced Finite Element Methods and Analysis, Instrumentation and Measurement, Advanced CAD/CAM, Advanced Heat Transfer, Composites Design and Analysis, Project Management and Research Methods.

Our Careers Adviser says:

Our graduates will have developed expertise to improve their employability within design and development of the automotive, aerospace, offshore, oil and gas and all main stream mechanical engineering industry sectors. It is expected that graduates will obtain professional employment with companies such as Rolls Royce, Howdens, Doosan Babcock, Babcock International, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems, and Thales Optronics.

Professional recognition:

The programme has been designed to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for CEng registration and we will be seeking this accreditation in the near future.

Information for international students

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Bob Bailey
0800 027 1000 / (44 141 849 4101 outside UK)