Focus on the key skills required by the modern mechanical engineer.
Our MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering focuses on the key skills required by the modern mechanical engineer.
Teaching on the course 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 fundamental advanced knowledge in topics key to mechanical engineering and will also allow you to develop skills required to execute engineering projects involving multiple stakeholders. Optional modules allow you to select 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.
Warwick's environment of wide ranging interdisciplinary research 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 or microorganisms or meteorological systems, develop systems modelling for automotive design or biomedical applications, apply heat transfer theory to electronic device management or optimizing 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.
Watch the video above to find out more about the course from academics and current students.
The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:
- Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
- Research project (60 credits)
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.
- 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)*
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.
- 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. Past 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
Please note that the detailed module information available via the hyperlink is applicable for the current academic year (2021-22).
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 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.
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.
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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Department: School of Engineering
Type of course: Postgraduate Taught
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 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.
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.
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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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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.
31st July 2022
Course Start Date
3rd October 2022
Location of study
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
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