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MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering (H341)

Advanced Mechanical

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

The Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc programme is targeted at students that want to enhance their skills by following an accredited course which could fast-track them to Chartered Engineer status or prepare them for research at PhD level and beyond. 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. 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. 

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 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.

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

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

Core modules

The six core modules of the course focus on essential advanced level aspects of computational fluid mechanics, precision engineering, modelling and simulation. These topics develop skills in understanding and modelling a range of complex systems, developing the theories of interaction and representing these with mathematical formulae. Solution of these models is covered through analytical solution, writing computer code and using proprietary (industry standard) software. These skills are useful in all areas of mechanical engineering and are associated with the application of computers in engineering practice.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (ES440)
  • Precision Engineering and Microsystems (ES442)
  • Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems (ES480)
  • Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
  • Mechanical Engineering Group Design (ES9ZD)
  • Research Methods and Professional Skills (ES9ZN)

Optional modules (choose 2)*

Two optional modules allow a focused study of topics directed towards the students’ own interests and provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the ‘state-of-the-art’ in one or more of the many areas of mechanical engineering in which the School has acknowledged expertise.

  • Fundamental Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers (ES3D6)
  • Finite Element Methods (ES3E5)
  • Renewable Energy (ES4E0)
  • Biomechanics (ES97E)

*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 (ES97N)

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. Typical project titles include:

  • CFD for electric car battery cooling system design
  • Developing and testing an improved solar thermal collector (for hot water)
  • Gearbox design for wind turbines to withstand electrical faults
  • Modelling and Simulation of Biological Control Systems
  • Patterns of locomotion - towards advanced pedometry
  • Sniffing out disease: The detection of human diseases by electronic nose

This information, including more detailed module content information accessible via hyperlink, is applicable for 2021 entry.

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.

Research groups

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; efficient mixing of particles or powders in the food and pharmaceutical industries; dislocation creep and crack propagation in failing materials; and the flow of the oceans and atmospheres, which impact our climate and weather. The challenge of understanding and predicting these multiscale processes, particularly those in the field of fluid dynamics, is the core motivation of the group. The group is associated by collaboration with a number of laboratories and centres. In particular, the Fluid Dynamics Research Centre, which connects fluids research activity across multiple departments in Warwick and Coventry University.


Academics in this group include

· Dr Soroush Abolfathi

· Dr Peter Brommer

· Dr Yongmann Chung

· Dr Petr Denissenko

· Dr James Kermode

· Prof. Robert Kerr

· Hon. Prof. Shengcai Li

· Prof. Duncan Lockerby

· Prof. Peter Thomas

· Prof. Jennifer Wen


This research group has 6 research laboratories including:

1) Fluid Dynamics Research Centre

2) The Centre for Scientific Computing

3) Micro and Nano Flows for Engineering

4) Warwick FIRE

5) Cavitation Laboratory

6) Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling

Duncan Lockerby:

The Measurements 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. The research group has links with many other research institutes, both within the UK and across the world. We work closely with industry on many projects, and interact with other research groups across both the School of Engineering at Warwick, and across the Warwick campus.


Academics in this research group include

· Dr David Britnell

· Emeritus Prof. Derek Chetwynd

· Prof. Tian Huang

· Prof. David Hutchins

· Dr Richard Lillington

· Dr Isaac Liu

· Dr Ping Liu

· Dr Ken Mao

· Dr Yanling Tian

· Prof. David Towers


This research group has 3 research laboratories including:

1) Advanced Imaging and Measurement (AIM)

2) Nanobioengineering

3) Precision Engineering and Surfaces

Dave Hutchins:


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 second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a relevant branch of engineering or science degree.
    • You can see how your current degree score or GPA equates to the British system on the International Office's equivalent scores table.
  • Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
  • Maths requirement: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts shown here. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material in order to cope easily with the course. We are looking for competence in the majority of mathematics that is taught in the first and second year of an undergraduate Engineering or Physics course. We reserve the right to request that you undertake a short online test assessment.

  • 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 here 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)

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Apply for 2021 entry

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


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 comply with full CEng registration 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.

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 - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.

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

  For me it was extremely clear that the quality of research conducted at the School of Engineering was and remains distinct. Through knowing I would be surrounded by Warwick's leading researchers I knew that I would be supplied with an unparalleled opportunity to learn from those at the top of their game and give me a clear look into challenges in industry and the world as a whole

Ben Harris, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering student (16/17 cohort)

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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
31st July 2021

Course Start Date
4th October 2021

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

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