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Mechanical Engineering MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT094

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

This course seeks to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

An internationally recognised qualification, this Master’s course is informed by our commercial and academic research in areas such as vehicle dynamics, light weighting, advanced simulation and future concepts. Our collaborative links with industry facilitate a programme of guest speakers who will share the latest technological advances, issues and trends, as well as opportunities to engage with companies on ‘live’ collaborative projects.

Ranked 2nd best university in the UK for the study of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ (Guardian University Guide 2018), Coventry University offers state-of-the-art £55 million facilities. They include: a wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, shaker rig, flow lab, engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full-size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machinery and a laser workshop.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This course seeks to produce graduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and unusual challenges in mechanical engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

It is designed to equip you with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge to work as a mechanical engineer in a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering business activity management, research, design and development roles.

Balancing academic theory with practical considerations, we will cover key areas of mechanical sciences, such as stress and dynamics, along with design, control, manufacturing, materials, project management and computer aided engineering. 

Modules

Overview

The course culminates with your Individual Project, which provides an opportunity to apply the theories and techniques you have learned. It may focus on one area of study or involve a combination of subjects.

Past student projects have included the following: development of a computer model of Fiat Punto for pedestrian impact simulation; design of novel bone-implant interface medical devices; and analysis of fluid-structure interaction with smoothed particle hydrodynamics.

Your project can be industry-based if you are already working or wish to gain an internship style industrial experience during the third semester. For example, one project commissioned by the US Air Force studied the effect of fatigue and corrosion on the structural integrity of aging aircraft components.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Project Management 
    • Computer Aided Design 
    • Engineering Analysis and Simulation 
    • Stress and Dynamics 
  • Semester 2

    • Metrology and Lightweight Advanced Materials
    • Thermofluid Systems 
    • Control Engineering 
    • Durability and Reliability 
  • Semester 3

    • Individual project

In more detail...

  • 100% of our employed graduates were in professional level roles six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014/15).
  • High levels of postgraduate student satisfaction – 88%, above the sector average of 80% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Several of the programme modules, such as ‘Durability and Reliability’ are recognised as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Technical Accreditation Scheme (TAS).
  • Experienced teaching staff includes former senior engineer for TRW, production engineering manager for Dynacast and chief engineer at Mahle Powertrain.
  • Ranked 2nd best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and 20th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
  • Strong portfolio of industry-related research includes the £32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacture and Engineering (AME) in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group and leading the EPSRC-funded PROMINENT consortium researching nuclear fission power generation.

Study in our state-of-the-art £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.

Your main study themes are: 

  • Engineering analysis and simulation: Provides an understanding of the use of advanced engineering methods in the investigation of complex problems, like the interaction between aerodynamics phenomena, road loading data and structural integrity.  

  • Computer aided design: Provides a practical introduction to the role of computer aided engineering (CAE) in the process of engineering design, development, production and verification. You will have opportunities to examine design methods and criteria and the relationship with production methods, efficiency, processing choices and part variation from design nominal dimensional values. 3D computer solid modelling will be covered using the latest industry standard software, interfacing with current leading production machines.

  • Stress and dynamics: You should learn to calculate factors of safety or predict failure in engineering designs and prototypes. We review classical stress analysis of components with applied loads and provides examples of how to apply computational methods to real-world problems. This includes an introduce to International Standards (ISO-BS), mechanical vibration analysis, modal analysis and finite element methods.

  • Metrology and lightweight advanced materials: We’ll teach you how to diagnose and interpret damage mechanisms and failure modes for engineering materials. We will study a variety of metrological methods that can be employed in measurement strategies across a range of engineering components. 

  • Thermofluid systems: You will learn to apply thermofluids science in the design of different systems. We will study the emissions from combustions systems and evaluate pressure and heat losses in different components for different thermal and fluid flow systems, such as fuel injection, exhaust and cooling systems or renewable energy applications. 

  • Control engineering: Provides the necessary knowledge and skills to identify, measure and analyse data associated with the performance of mechanical and automotive systems.

  • Durability and reliability: Covers the main areas associated with the design and delivery of vehicle durability and reliability. The emphasis is on structural durability of monocoque passenger car structures and body-on-frame SUVs, rather than large buses and trucks or other vehicles such as motorcycles. We cover the appropriate theories and analytical techniques involved with durability, strength of materials, fatigue, mechanics and dynamics.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years, starting in September or January. Full-time study comprises three 16-week semesters; each taught module has 11 weeks of teaching followed by three study weeks and two assessment weeks. Part-time students study over a three-year period and can select the modules to be studied in each year.

A wide range of teaching methods will be used including: lectures, tutorials, case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises and projects. Many of the modules adopt an activity-led learning approach, for example, we might investigate flow patterns in a network of channels by computer simulation using commercial packages to improve the design of a thermofluid system. Alternatively, in a practical learning session, you may develop measurement skills in our state-of-the-art metrology laboratory and perform certain algorithms for control systems.

Teaching is informed by our wide range of industrial research, which currently includes vehicle seat research with Jaguar Land Rover and Innovate UK, a virtual exhaust prototyping system with Unipart and flywheel hybrid system for City Bus and commercial vehicle use. To ensure course content remains relevant and up-to-date, the curriculum is regularly reviewed and guided by our Industry Advisory Board, which includes representatives from Horiba MIRA, RDM Group, Babcock International Group, Arrowsmith Engineering, JLR, APC Uk Ltd, Tata Technologies and a former President of IMeCHE. Our excellent industry links enable you to benefit from guest speakers who will update you on the latest challenges and trends within their business. 

Assessment is achieved through coursework assignments (100%), which could involve design, analysis and experimentation or computer simulation. They may include written assessments, presentations, posters, oral examinations and formal reports. Assignments may be individual or involve group work. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve 40% or above to pass.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of all modules. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a ‘Distinction’. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a ‘Merit’. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits (excluding individual project) or be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits (excluding individual project).

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The function, materials, manufacture and assembly of a wide range of engineering products.
  • The principles of engineering science and mathematics and their application and capability in defining and proving the performance of innovative engineering products.
  • Aspects of innovative mechanical design, including the design process, design standards and codes, selection of materials and methods of manufacture.
  • Design tools for optimised performance, reliability, weight, cost and sustainability.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Develop and test strategies for engineering products involving appropriate instrumentation, experimental methods, and data analysis techniques.
  • Manage people, processes and engineering projects to promote the commercial success of an engineering enterprise.  
  • Model and analyse innovative engineering systems using appropriate engineering science and mathematical analysis techniques, such as analysis of aerodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, control systems, stress and dynamics.
  • Synthesise solutions to innovative engineering design problems.
  • Select appropriate instrumentation for the functional design of innovative engineering products and systems and to support development and test work.
  • Search for and evaluate information sources to identify information essential to solving engineering problems.
  • Use test equipment and machines, including 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), Modal analysis hardware and software, for experimental work to support product development.
  • Use commercial software in the solution of engineering problems, such noise and vibration, aerodynamic drag and lift and stress analysis.
  • Communicate graphically the design of a component or system through sketches, CAD etc.

In a typical teaching week, full-time students will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching, around three hours for each module. This generally breaks down as:

  • Tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours each week
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience, which is reflected throughout the teaching experience. The course recruits diverse international graduates and also promotes multicultural experience. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

You must have an undergraduate degree in a mechanical or automotive related subject. Those with equivalent professional backgrounds may also apply.

You must have an undergraduate degree in a mechanical or automotive related subject. Those with equivalent professional backgrounds may also apply.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

You must have an undergraduate degree in a mechanical or automotive related subject. Those with equivalent professional backgrounds may also apply.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

A national skills shortage and Government push to promote the STEM agenda means that mechanical engineers are among the most sought-after and highly paid professionals in UK business.

We will actively encourage and support you to make the most of this demand and prepare you for the world of work. This includes support in finding internship opportunities and employment from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

A wide range of potential careers will be open to you after successful completion, including the opportunity to work as a mechanical engineer in the automotive and aerospace industries. Mechanical engineers are employed in all sectors of industrial operation; their analytical and management skills are keenly sought in a wider commercial context.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.