The primary goal of the course is to provide education at postgraduate level in mechanical engineering that will enable graduates to proceed to Chartered Engineer status. Students will develop the versatility and depth of knowledge to deal with new and unusual challenges across a wide range of disciplines within engineering and beyond. Students will also attend seminars on project planning/management, ethics, health & safety, report writing, library skills and career management, to help prepare them for the demands of the course and for future study or employment.
Teaching is underpinned by research activities in automotive systems, biomedical engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, electrical and thermal energy systems, energy conversion/storage and sustainable cities. Staff generate numerous publications, conference presentations, patents and spin-out companies. The University has links with a wide range of institutions both within the UK and internationally and the School benefits from research collaboration with many of these other academic and industrial organisations.
Particular emphasis is placed on the understanding and skills necessary for correct application of computational methods and packages in mechanical engineering analysis. Through selecting modules from a wider range of options, the course can be individually tailored to meet the particular needs and interests of each student. It is aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques or those wishing to gain in depth knowledge for a career in research.
The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:
- Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
- Research project (60 credits)
The five core modules of the course focus on essential advanced level aspects of solid and 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)
- Finite Element Methods (ES4B5)
- Systems Modelling and Simulation (ES93Q)
Optional modules (choose 3)*
Three 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.
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
How to Apply
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 statement: A brief statement written by you that confirms that you understand the level of mathematics required for this course. We ask that you look at the problems shown on the linkfor the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them. All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts and 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.
- 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.
We ask you to use our online application form http://warwick.ac.uk/pgapply because it is the quickest and most efficient method for applying for admission to postgraduate courses.
There is a non-refundable online application fee for taught postgraduate courses of £55 for online applications. Unpaid applications remain within the system for 20 days from completing the application form online before being withdrawn automatically. For payment details please contact Postgraduate Admissions
Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: 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.
Fees and funding
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 - Engineering are 'Standard Course Fees Band 2.
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.
- Contact the Course Coordinator Dr Shire and School of Engineering Team.
- Application Enquiries contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team.
- Book your visit to the School or join us on our virtual open day.
- Find out more about Postgraduate Engineering at Warwick.
- Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 2046 or +44 (0) 24 7652 4826
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