MSc Mechanical Engineering

There is strong demand for high-quality mechanical engineers with a postgraduate qualification and a good range of mechanical engineering skills. This MSc Mechanical Engineering has been designed to help you achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and will develop the technical and non-technical skills needed to succeed in this industry.

The range of modules will enhance the depth of your knowledge, while developing the skills to manage people and projects. You will use state-of-the-art engineering analysis software, and employ appropriate analytical and computer-based techniques. Additionally, you will gain an awareness of wider issues such as environmental management and safety. Your dissertation will allow you to research a specific topic, based on real issues that organisations face. Staff are active in research and/or consultancy, which brings relevant case studies and context to the subjects you will study.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 Years February Pontypridd
Full-time 1 Years September Pontypridd

Modules include:

  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer and Combustion
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Integrated Project Planning and Management
  • Dissertation

Teaching

MSc Mechanical Engineering is delivered in two major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year (February and September). Modules are taught through lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work.

Assessment

You will be continually assessed by coursework or a mixture of coursework and exams. The dissertation has three assessment elements: a thesis, a poster presentation and an oral examination (viva voce).

Facilities

Our Mechanical Engineering facilities are excellent. They include:

Well-equipped computer rooms using state of the art (industry standard) design and analysis software. (SolidWorks, Ansys, LS-Dyna, SolidCAM, Phoenix, etc.)

Workshop includes – CNC lathe and milling machine, lathes and milling machines, drills, laser cutter, welding bay (MIG, TIG and electric arc) as well as a selection of hand tools.

Project room – A laser cutter (plastics and wood), a 4 axis CNC router and an augmented reality welding training simulator.

We also have composite making facilities, additive manufacturing facilities, coordinate measuring machine (CMM), laser scanner, aluminium casting facility, two wind tunnels, material testing facilities, non-destructive facilities as well as laboratories with equipment for supplementing teaching in mechanics, dynamics, materials, thermodynamics, fluid-dynamics and control.

We also have a well-equipped Formula Student build area.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in mechanical engineering, although related engineering disciplines may be considered. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2016 - July 2017 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £5150
  • Full-time International: £12600

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

Mechanical engineers work in areas as diverse as design, research and development, environmental engineering, numerical analysis, computer modelling, use of materials, and control systems. In such a competitive industry, this MSc will improve your career prospects and graduates are likely to progress to occupy senior positions in the engineering industry and related sectors.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.