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MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering (H341)

Applications accepted for 1st October 2018:

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is intended to focus on the key skills required by the modern mechanical engineer. Students will develop the qualities and transferable skills required for demanding employment in the engineering sector. The course fosters the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

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 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.


Our destinations data shows graduates from this course have gone on to careers as Mechanical Engineers, Sales Engineers, Investment Managers and Data Analysts working for companies including Aston Martin and Leonardo.


For enquiries, please contact the Course Coordinator: Dr Stan Shire

Degree title

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

Course structure and content

The MSc degree (totalling 180 credits) comprises:

  1. Eight taught modules (15 credits each)
  2. A 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.

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. The optional modules are run in subject areas for which Warwick has a very strong research background and are led by academics who are experts in the field.

Projects can be chosen in any available subject area. The project allows students to specialise further in their chosen field of interest, gaining substantial expertise in one particular area. Although the School offers a broad range of project topics, the individual project is usually associated with current research activity or industrial consultancy. Students therefore benefit from working at the cutting edge of their chosen field, doing work that is of direct relevance to society or industry

Core modules

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (ES440)

This module provides a fundamental understanding of the main numerical techniques and establishes a critical view on the use of CFD as part of the design process. Commercial software (STAR-CCM+) is used to solve complex problems in fluid engineering and to optimise design parameters.

  • Precision Engineering and Microsystems (ES442)

This module provides a rigorous understanding of design from first-principles, which is then applied at the limits of practical performance. Special manufacturing methods needed for high-precision systems and micro-devices are also covered.

  • Dynamic Analysis of Mechanical Systems (ES480)

This module will introduce you to methods of mathematically describing kinematic and kinetic behaviours in three-dimensional mechanisms. It provides physical insight into their behaviours and shows how the concepts are applied to real systems in applications drawn from a variety of fields including aerospace, automotive, robotics and biomechanics.

  • Finite Element Methods (ES4B5)

This module introduces the fundamental principles of finite-element analysis and modelling for static and dynamic problems. You will then learn how to apply the method in practice using commercial FE software (Abaqus). The module also provides an introduction to this important stress analysis technique and shows how it may be used to design components.

  • Systems Modelling and Simulation (ES93Q)

This module provides an introduction to techniques in systems analysis and mathematical modelling for application to physical processes across a range of engineering disciplines. You will also cover the application of computational tools for systems analysis and simulation.

Optional modules (choose 3)

  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics (ES441)
  • Fuel Cells and Energy Storage (ES96X)
  • Heat Transfer Theory and Design (ES4D9)
  • Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ES4C3)
  • Renewable Energy (ES4E0)

Individual research project (ES93P)

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. 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

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in a relevant branch of engineering or science from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas university. For overseas students an English language certificate is also required.

Important note: All applicants will be expected to know the prescribed mathematical concepts. The onus is on the individual to ensure that they understand the required material. Essentially 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 ask that you look at the problems shown on the linkfor the prescribed mathematical concepts and see if you can do them.

Industrial experience is not a requirement for entry but in cases where the candidate does not satisfy the requirements it may be taken into account.

Chartered Engineer status

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.


For enquires, please contact the Course Coordinator: Dr Stan Shire

School of Engineering
Library Road
University of Warwick

T: +44 (0) 24 7652 2046
Email: Postgraduate Admissions