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Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc)

1 year (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

To provide advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering over a range of specialist subjects, with an in-depth study via a research led project in a chosen area. To promote awareness of the context in which a professional mechanical engineer must operate in industry, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects of their decision making roles.

Special Features

Course Description

The course provides the opportunity for graduate mechanical engineers to enhance or renew their knowledge across a spectrum of relevant topics. It enables master level understanding of student selected mechanical engineering subjects whilst expanding the boundaries of their expertise into areas that reflect Cardiff School of Engineering’s specialist research interests.

The Autumn and Spring semesters utilise taught and research project based material to take students from a typical bachelor graduate standard at entry to the master’s level. The nine taught optional modules are split between these semesters to provide ninety credits of masters level study. The thirty credit Case Study module is divided between a group and individual activity. This prepares students for the third section of the course, consisting of a research project. Students are supported to acquire and develop the advanced skills needed to complete an in-depth project and prepare a dissertation in the field of Advanced Mechanical Engineering.

Subjects that are covered by this course include:

The close integration of the case study and project allows an in-depth exploration of a chosen topic related to the course. This provides individually tailored programmes to meet the needs of participants in a flexible yet focussed manner, with the project seen as being the key opportunity to acquire and exercise leading edge mechanical engineering knowledge. Students will be guided and encouraged to show originality in applying the knowledge they acquire, and will develop an appreciation of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be trained to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and will be given the opportunity and encouragement to demonstrate initiative and innovation in solving challenging problems and in designing new components and systems.

The close involvement with industry, particularly at the project stage, ensures that the experience the course provides has both relevance and meaning.  Teachers delivering the modules are working with some of the world's most renowned engineering companies. Partners include Airbus, BAe Systems, Bosch, Tata Steel, Daimler, EADS, Fiat, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Messier-Dowty, Network Rail, TWI, Parametric Technology, Physical Acoustics Ltd, Renault, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, SAP, Siemens, Silicon Graphics, Stile Bertone, The Highways Agency, TRL, Microchip, and WS Atkins.

 

The programme will prepare students for entry into a research or industrially-based career. In addition to technical skills, students will acquire professional skills such as how to effectively communicate to technical, management and non-technical audiences, project planning, evaluation and prioritisation.

Course Structure

Module Title

Compulsory or Optional

Semester

Number of Credits

RISK AND HAZARD MANAGEMENT IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

O

A

10

CONDITION MONITORING SYSTEMS MODELLING & FORECASTING

O

A

10

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

O

A

10

TRIBOLOGY

O

A

10

MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS

O

A

10

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

O

A

10

ADVANCED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CASE STUDY

C

A&S

30

FUNDAMENTALS OF NANO MECHANICS

O

S

10

INDUSTRIAL COMPUTER CONTROL SYSTEMS

O

S

10

MANAGEMENT IN INDUSTRY

O

S

10

THERMODYNAMICS AND HEAT TRANSFER 2

O

S

10

ADVANCED ROBOTICS

O

S

10

CONTROL

O

S

10

QUALITY AND RELIABILITY

O

S

10

ADVANCED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROJECT

C

Summer

60

 

Skills Acquired

Upon completion of the Programme a typical student will be expected to be able to:

 

Career Prospects

The course provides master’s level training to the standard necessary to practice as a chartered professional mechanical engineer. It equips its graduates for management level roles across a broad spectrum of mechanical and related engineering fields. The material presented during the course will provide an excellent foundation for any career in mechanical engineering or related discipline.

The course actively encourages the understanding and practice of inter-disciplinary systems engineering thinking that brings together the mechanical engineering subjects it provides in a manner that reflects the needs of industrial and academic problem solving. 

 

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement will be an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) BEng in Mechanical Engineering or related subject areas from a British or recognised overseas university. Other applicants with relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis. For overseas students, the minimum requirements for English language are an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL iBT of 90. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £7,440.00
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £17,000.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, School of Engineering  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0050 

Fax:  

Email: engineering-pg@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/engin

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