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Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc/PgDip/PgCert
The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering was set up in 2008 to complement our existing excellent specialist courses through the provision of a general advanced mechanical engineering course for students who prefer a broad appreciation of a range of mechanical engineering topics.
The course provides advanced, post-graduate education in the theory and practice of mechanical engineering. The course includes a broad range of mechanical engineering topics particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors including mechanical engineering design and assessment. The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering course has been developed to equip graduates with an in-depth understanding of project management, the design, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity and computed aided engineering.
The course is designed for graduates and practicing engineers who wish to enhance their understanding of mechanical engineering with a view to management of large engineering projects. It will also appeal to students as a conversion course from other branches of engineering and as an upskilling course particularly for overseas graduates.
The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is run over 12 months. It is comprised of eight compulsory modules, a group project and an individual research project.
This course is also available on a part-time basis for individuals who wish to study whilst remaining in full-time employment. We are very well located for visiting part-time students from across the UK and Europe and offer a range of library and support facilities to support your studies.
- Structural Integrity
- Stress Analysis of Components and Structures
- Fluid Mechanics and Loading
- Computer Simulations for Engineering Design
- Advanced Control Systems
- Prime Movers
- Risk and Reliability Engineering
- Management for Technology
The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multidisciplinary solution.
You will not only put in practice analytical and numerical skills developed in compulsory modules, but will also develop a fundamental range of skills required to work in a team. Examples include establishing team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and exploiting the variety of expertise of each individual member.
The group project takes place between October and April and is performed in small groups of four to six students. Each group will be given an industrially relevant assignment to perform.
Recent Group Projects include:
- Preliminary design of an offshore floating wind turbine
- Multi-disciplinary design of an high speed marine vehicle with aerodynamic surfaces
- Design optimization of the drive train for a vertical axis wind turbine
The aim of the individual research project is to provide you with direct experience in undertaking a research/development project in a relevant industrial or research area. You will make a formal presentation of your findings to a panel of academics and industry experts and submit a research thesis.
For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work.
Recent Individual Research Projects include:
- Comparison of a panel method and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) method to estimate the aerodynamic coefficients of a profile flying in ground effect
- The stress shielding effect of cracks in loaded components
- Review and modeling of heave and roll motion passive damping systems for offshore floating support structures for wind turbines.
Taught modules: 40% Group Project: 20% Individual Research Project: 40%. The taught modules are assessed by a mixture of examinations and assignments.
Start date: October
Duration: 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time.
Teaching location: Cranfield
This course is differentiated from others in the UK primarily by its industrial context through the strong links we have with national and international industry. Due to these industrial links through research and consultancy, we ensure that practical and up to date examples are illustrated and discussed during the course.
Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield is unique in that it offers you a broad range of mechanical engineering projects with the added component of a management flavour. This provides the opportunity for you to enhance your mechanical engineering skill with a view to developing your career in the management of large engineering projects.
We are the only wholly postgraduate institution in the UK, with 93% of our students going on to relevant work or further study within 6 months of graduation. With only 2,000 students, we provide a close-knit campus, offering a focused and mature atmosphere.
This course is accredited by:
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The Department of Offshore, Process and Energy Engineering is particularly industrially focused. Although the course does not at present have an industrial advisory board its course staff are heavily involved in industrially funded and oriented research and development. Its head of Department for example sits on the IMechE Offshore Engineering committee, two BSI committees, the Engineering Integrity Society and is chairman of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Offshore Renewable Energy Committee. Course content is reviewed annually by the course team and project/group work is by and large related to the Departments industrially funded research.
You will be taught by experienced leading academic experts including:
Dr Maurizio Collu, Course Director , whose research focuses on offshore wind turbine floating support structures, microalgae cultivation for biofuel production and aerodynamically alleviated marine vehicles.
Prof Feargal Brennan, Head of Department, a leading authority on the development and assessment of offshore renewables including wind, wave, tidal stream and the production of sustainable biofuel feedstocks in the ocean environment.
Our staff are practitioners as well as tutors, with clients that range from small start-up renewable energy companies to major companies like Centrica, BPP-Tech, DNV. Our teaching team work closely with business and have academic and industrial experience.
Knowledge gained working with our clients is continually fed back into the teaching programme, to ensure that you benefit from the very latest knowledge and techniques affecting industry.
The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including:
Dr Amir Chahardehi, Senior Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Engineer at Atkins.
Chris Hill, Chris has 17 years of experience at the Solutia UK Ltd (formerly Monsanto) site in Newport, South Wales where he has been employed first as a Project Engineer, but more recently (from 2000) as a Control Systems Engineer.
Mr Stephen Carver, Lecturer in project management in the Project Management Group, School of Management, and Director of the Management for Technology programme and the MBA Communications Course.
Prof John Sharp, Visiting Professor to the Offshore Technology Centre of the School of Applied Sciences, lecturing on UK Offshore regulations and the application of risk base regulations to offshore hazards. . He has more than 20 years’ experience in the offshore industry including a period as Head of Research in the Offshore Safety Division of HSE.
The Department is developing some impressive, industrial-scale renewable energy research and development facilities. The Group has recently commissioned a wind turbine test facility on campus and is building a 50kW rated vertical axis generator designed by staff and MSc students.
Hydrodynamic testing can take place in the Ocean Systems Laboratory with a 30m length wave and towing tank. You will also have access to impressive materials, component and fatigue testing facilities in the Structural Integrity Laboratory.
A range of inspection/NDT equipment is used for crack and stress measurement. State-of-the-art software tools are also available, including MATLAB, MINITAB, CAD (IDEAS), FEA (ABAQUS), CFD (NEWPAN, FLUENT, CFX) and Sesam by DNV commercial packages.
A 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.
Students whose native language is not English must have attained any of the following as evidence of English language ability:
- IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing Service): an overall minimum score of 6.5
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet based test - minimum score of 92. Our TOEFL institution code is 0822
- TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication): Listening and reading test minimum score of 800. Speaking and writing test minimum score of 310
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): an overall score of 65
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum of Grade C
In addition to these minimum overall test scores, you are expected to achieve a balanced score across the reading, writing, listening and speaking elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Please note that we will only accept tests taken within two years of the start date of your course (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
Students requiring a Tier 4 General Student visa to study in the UK may need to apply for an ATAS certificate to study this course.
Full-time UK/ EU: £6,800
Full-time International: £16,000
Part-time UK/ EU: £3,945 p.a
Part-time International: £8,500 p.a
Fees are payable annually for each year of study unless otherwise indicated.
The fees outlined here apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014 and the University reserves the right to amend fees without notice.
All students pay the tuition fee set annually by the University for the duration of their course (which may be raised year on year) unless otherwise set out in a schedule at the outset of the course and outlined above.
Additional fees for extensions to registration may be charged.
Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) pay international fees.
The Department offers a number of partial fee bursaries which are awarded on a competitive basis. Please contact the Course Director for further details
Industry Sponsored Scholarships
The following industry scholarships are available to the candidates applying to the MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering:
- One “BPP-Tech William Froude scholarship”, partial tuition fees scholarship, sponsored by BPP-Tech (www.bpp-tech.com)
- One “BPP-Tech Osborne Reynolds scholarship”, partial tuition fees scholarship, sponsored by BPP-Tech (www.bpp-tech.com)
Interested candidates should indicate the wish to apply for the scholarship in the MSc application form, under the “FINANCE INFORMATION” section, and send a support letter to the course administrators. The scholarships are allocated on a merit basis and on the date of application submission.
Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
This course is eligible for the government and industry funded Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme. The scheme will pay MSc tuition fees (up to £9,500) on behalf of successful applicants. Bursaries will be awarded to UK and EU candidates who can demonstrate their commitment to working in the UK aerospace sector and who have been offered a place on an eligible MSc programme.
Online application form. Applicants may be invited to attend for interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.
This course takes you on to a challenging career in industry, government or research. The course reflects the strengths and reputation of Cranfield University particularly in the energy, transport and management sectors. Graduates of this course have been successful in gaining employment in the following:
- Mechanical Design Engineer at Siemens
- Production Line Supervisor & Lean Implementer at GKN Land Systems
- Staff Engineer at BPP Technical Services Ltd working on offshore oil and gas engineering.
- Engineer at Det Norske Veritas
- Management Associate at BMW Group UK Limited
- Project Engineer at BASF Coatings S.A
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