Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT048

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

This course seeks to produce postgraduates 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.

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is informed by Coventry University’s commercial and academic research in areas such as vehicle dynamics, light weighting, renewable energy technologies of wind and hydro power, 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 provide opportunities to engage with companies on ‘live’ collaborative projects.

Ranked 3rd best university in the UK for the study of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ (Guardian University Guide 2020), Coventry University offers modern facilities in our £50 million Engineering and Computing building. Facilities include a Mercedes AMG Petronas 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 amongst others.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement', which if secured, can be carried out in the second year and is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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 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 aim to cover key areas of mechanical sciences, such as stress and dynamics, design, manufacturing, materials, thermofluids, power generation by renewable resources of wind and hydro, project management and computer aided engineering.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The course culminates with your individual project, which provides an opportunity to apply the theories and techniques you have learned during your studies. 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; analysis of fluid-structure interaction with smoothed particle hydrodynamics and a 3D CFD model analysis of urban air flow around high rise buildings at the Business Centre of La Défense (Paris).

Your project can be industry-based if you are already working or wish to follow the work placement option (subject to an application process, additional costs, availability and/or meeting applicable visa requirements.). 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.

This course includes the Creativity and Change Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Design Principles and Practice
  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis
  • Wind and Hydro Power Engineering
  • Global Professional Development- Creativity and Change
Semester 2
  • Thermofluid Systems
  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Durability and Reliability of Mechanical Structures
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Design Project
Semester 3
  • Individual project

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Design Principles and Practice
  • Engineering Simulation and Analysis
  • Wind and Hydro Power Engineering
  • Global Professional Development- Creativity and Change
Semester 2
  • Thermofluid Systems
  • Stress and Dynamics
  • Durability and Reliability of Mechanical Structures
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Design Project
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Individual project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Several of the programme modules follow leading industrial practices, for example ‘durability and reliability’ is recognised as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Technical Accreditation Scheme (TAS).
  • Ranked 3rd best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Coventry University has a strong portfolio of industry-related research which includes the £32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group.

Your main study themes are: 

  • Engineering simulation and analysis:: 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. It will address the use of advanced engineering techniques based on Design of Experiments (DOE) and Optimisation where FEA (Finite Element Analysis) based problems will be addressed.
  • Design principles and practice:: Develops understanding of a systematic approach to the design process, design management, and creative problem solving, leading to developing an artefact ready for manufacture. Design as a process will be applied via a series of principles to assist the progression of the project to reach a suitable solution and evaluating that against the initial brief. This module will build on existing experience and may further strengthen the student's understanding of CAD by examining current industry standard methods and criteria and its relationship with production methods 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: addresses current and future challenges in design, analysis and optimisation of mechanical components, such as the steel components found in offshore structures for renewable energy. The module addresses both static and dynamic problems. For the latter, emphasis is put on modal analysis and harmonic response analysis. It will use Static Finite Element Analysis to determine the strength, integrity, stability and serviceability of a structure or a structural component. The module combines industry-standard CAE software with advanced mechanics of materials and Design Standards.
  • Thermofluid systems: You should learn to apply thermofluids science in designing engineering systems for different thermal and fluid flow applications. You will evaluate pressure and heat losses in different components, such as fuel injection, exhaust and cooling systems or renewable energy applications. You will determine the characteristics of gas turbines in power generation and calculate their performance, and study the emissions from combustions systems.
  • Durability and reliability:: Covers the main areas associated with the design and delivery of mechanical components and systems based on durability and reliability. Special emphasis will be on the structural durability and sustainability of renewable energy technologies. We cover the appropriate theories and analytical techniques involved with durability, strength of materials, fatigue, mechanics and dynamics.
  • Wind and hydro power generation: Aimed at enabling you to design and evaluate wind and hydro power Systems. You will assess wind and hydro power systems as a source of renewable energy, and determine their performance characteristics and social, financial and environmental impacts. Moreover, you should gain a comprehensive understanding of the main challenges facing the wind and hydro power industries.
  • Engineering Project Management: The study of a range of techniques and practices relating to product requirement specification, project teams, resource planning, documentation and reporting, covering financial costs, health and safety risk assessments, equipment and facilities.

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 13-week semesters; each taught module has 11 weeks of teaching followed by one revision week and one assessment week. 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 (ALL) 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 modern metrology laboratory.

Teaching is informed by our wide range of industrial research, which has in the past included 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 (subject to availability) who will update you on the latest challenges and trends within their business.

Assessment is achieved through coursework assignments and exams for two modules.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will 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.
  • Power generation by wind and hydro renewable resources and by conventional gas turbines.

On successful completion, you will 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, 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, for example 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 has previously recruited diverse international graduates and promotes multicultural experiences.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


Entry Requirements

To enter the course you need to hold an honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours) in a mechanical or automotive related subject, or have an equivalent professional background.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘a related subject’ or’ equivalent professional background’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter the course you need to hold an honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours) in a mechanical or automotive related subject, or have an equivalent professional background.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘a related subject’ or’ equivalent professional background’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

To enter the course you need to hold an honours degree (with a minimum of a second class honours) in a mechanical or automotive related subject, or have an equivalent professional background.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘a related subject’ or’ equivalent professional background’ please contact the ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


UK 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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

A global skills shortage continues to ensure engineers remain among the most in-demand professions; Engineering UK predicts 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024 to meet demand.

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 faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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 could 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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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