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MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Mechanical

Focus on the key skills required by the modern mechanical engineer.

Our MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering enables students to develop the versatility and depth of knowledge to deal with new and unusual challenges across a wide range of disciplines, within engineering and beyond. Teaching is underpinned by research in automotive systems, biomedical engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, electrical and thermal energy systems, energy conversion/storage and sustainable cities.

Core modules will provide advanced knowledge in fundamental topics of mechanical engineering and will also allow you to develop skills required to execute engineering projects involving multiple stakeholders. Optional modules allow you to select complementary topics that are of particular interest to you. You will also complete an individual research project: an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with your academic supervisor.

Previous graduates have gone on the work for companies such as Arup, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. Others have chosen to continue their studies by doing a PhD at Warwick or elsewhere.

Watch the video above to find out more about the course from academics and current students.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
  2. Research project (60 credits)

Core modules

Core modules in Research Methods & Professional Skills and a Group Design task will provide skills and experience to specify, manage, execute and report on engineering projects involving multiple stakeholders. You will then deploy these skills to deliver your individual research project, carrying out research into your chosen field, mentored by an academic with years of experience in the topic.

Further taught modules will provide fundamental advanced knowledge in topics key to mechanical engineering. These cover dynamics, CFD, precision engineering and heat transfer and will develop your analytical and applied skills in designing, analysing and interpreting models using fundamental, empirical and computational theory.

Optional modules (choose 2)*

Optional modules allow you to select topics that are of particular interest to you and which are aligned with Warwick’s world leading research in areas such as Biomechanical Engineering, Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Renewable Energy, Systems Engineering and Finite Element Methods.

*Optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. We recommend that you check this webpage again in future for the most up-to-date information.

Individual research project (ES97NLink opens in a new window)

The individual research project is an in-depth experimental, theoretical or computational investigation of a topic chosen by you in conjunction with your academic supervisor during term 1. Past project titles include:

  • CFD for electric car battery cooling system design
  • Developing and testing an improved solar thermal collector (for hot water)
  • Modelling and simulation of biological control systems
  • Recycling of materials from spent lithium ion batteries
  • Biomechanical detection of breast cancer by palpation
  • Polymer gear contact simulations for EV gearbox applications

Please note that the detailed module information available via the hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2023-24).

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our central website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.


Warwick provides an environment of wide ranging interdisciplinary research that develops cutting edge science, methodologies and technologies within the broader context of their application. Students may apply their engineering knowledge and skills to: study the fluid mechanics of microorganisms or meteorological systems, develop systems modelling for automotive design or biomedical applications, apply heat transfer theory to electronic device management or optimising catalytic reactions. This approach encourages lateral thinking, transferable skills and communication across disciplines, which prepares students for a world of jobs and research.

Research groups

Research groups which may be of particular interest to Advanced Mechanical Engineering students include:

Fluid Dynamics and Multiscale Modelling

The Fluid Dynamics and Multiscale Modelling group is a world leading research group in fluid mechanics. Processes that span wide-ranging time and space scales are encountered in science and engineering in a vast number of fundamental and applied contexts. For example: the flow of blood in humans' complex vasculature; precision fuel injection in high-performance car engines; turbulent flow over drag-reducing coatings on aircraft. The challenge of understanding and predicting these multiscale processes, particularly those in the field of fluid dynamics, is the core motivation of the group.

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Measurement and Machines

The Measurement and Machines research group is a world-leading research group in material property determination and surface measurements. Modern society requires tools for the measurement and characterization of everything from biological cells to large structures. It is important to be able to determine the properties of many different materials, from biological tissue and polymers all the way through to construction materials and dynamic machines. This research group specializes in technologies and models for determining material properties, the use of modern sensors and microscopes to measure surfaces, the ways to image below the surface of materials, and to predict what will happen in the future.

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In order to come to Warwick you need to hold an unconditional offer. All applicants must satisfy the general postgraduate admissions requirements and also those of the course which they wish to pursue.

  • A minimum 2:i undergraduate UK Honours degree or equivalent international qualification, in an engineering, physical sciences or mathematical subject
    • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores tableLink opens in a new window.
    • We are willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications on a case-by-case basis, particularly when the applicant can evidence relevant employment, practical experience or strong performance in undergraduate modules related to their proposed postgraduate course of study
    • To ensure you have the essential foundations for the course, and depending on your overall academic profile, we may require you to take a mathematical skills test
  • One academic reference. You should nominate a referee who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
  • English Language Qualification: If your first language is not English you will be expected to obtain one of the following recognised English Language qualifications:
    • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with no component less than 6.0
    • TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum components; Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21
    • Other tests are accepted, click hereLink opens in a new window for details of Band A scores.
  • ATAS: If you are from outside the EU you may require ATAS clearance. Full instructions about this process and how to apply will be sent to you after an offer for admission is made. Please do not attempt to compile the list of modules by yourself as both core and optional/elective modules must be listed and a partial list will invalidate your ATAS certificate. (CAH10-01-02 mechanical engineering)

How to apply

Applications for 2024 entry are now open. More information about the application process is available on the University websiteLink opens in a new window.

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
Degree: Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc) (P-H341)

Application assessment fee

Before you can submit your application to us, you will be required to pay an application assessment fee of £75 at the end of the form. We aim to provide applicants with a decision as soon as possible after their application. We, therefore, begin processing applications immediately upon receipt of the application assessment fee. For this reason, the application assessment fee is non-refundable. Other cancellation rights that applicants have are not affected.

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Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to fully meet the CEng registration educational requirements.


The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.

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This degree is accredited by the Institute of Measurement and Control. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

There are two main costs for students undertaking postgraduate study - academic fees and living expenses.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. For details of the fees and how to pay, please review the Warwick Student Finance pages - type Advanced Mechanical Engineering in the search box.

Living expenses

As well as tuition fees, students should budget for accommodation, food, books and other general expenditure such as clothes or leisure. Living costs will depend upon your lifestyle and spending patterns.

International students must be able to prove they have the necessary funds to cover these expenses. For more information on all costs see living expenses.


The School of Engineering offer scholarships throughout the year, check the page regularly for the latest funding opportunities.

Postal address:

Postgraduate Office
School of Engineering
Library Road
University of Warwick

  This course has offered me an equally challenging and rewarding opportunity to develop my teamwork and software skills, and mechanical engineering knowledge.

I have also been impressed with the university's dynamic response to the pandemic, which has provided me with security in my learning, in a time of great uncertainty.

Jack, MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering student

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Essential Information

Degree title:

Degree of Master of Science in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (MSc)


1 year full time
A 12 month registration taking into account 30 weeks of teaching during the academic year and project work throughout.

Application deadline
2 August 2024

Course Start Date
30 September 2024

Location of study
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.