Engineering student tunes up mechanical car
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time (September start), 3 years part-time (September start), 16 months full-time (January start)
Start Date
September 2022, January 2023
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Drive your engineering career further with a Master's that works with your professional practice. You'll advance your understanding of core mechanical engineering disciplines, from structural integrity to control systems, and design your own project around your career needs.

On this MSc Mechanical Engineering, you'll apply current professional methodologies, assess the requirements of mechanical engineering applications, and find the optimal materials and methods to deliver your projects.

You'll plan and produce a personal research project, supported by staff expertise, that ties into the job you have - or the job you want. Previous projects have investigated the structural integrity of aerodynamic elements, the performance of natural bulletproof materials, and the effects of complex structures on fluid dynamics. 

You can begin this course in September (full-time or part-time) or January (full-time only).

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU and international students.

Please note, if you're applying for this course as an international student, you'll need to have clearance under the Academic Tech Approval Scheme (ATAS). This is an extra security check made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Course highlights

  • Experiment with advanced materials (alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites) and energy engineering systems, using dedicated mechanical engineering labs and simulation software
  • Connect with your lecturers' industry partners, in the UK and abroad, and have the opportunity to investigate real-life industrial problems
  • Tie-in your individual project with one of our research groups, and benefit from the expertise of our experienced research staff
  • Research topics including aerospace materials, design engineering, polymers and composites, and energy engineering

Accreditation

This course is accredited by European Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

What you'll study on this MSc Mechanical Engineering degree course

Full-time

Modules studied
All modules on this MSc Mechanical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate high performance materials such as advanced alloys and polymers, ceramics and composites for mechanical engineering applications
  • Apply fundamental principles of engineering materials and the current analytical/numerical methodologies to critically evaluate the strength of materials and select advanced material for design purposes
  • Demonstrate understanding in depth the ranges of properties and processing characteristics exhibited by the above materials, including the variations within a single family and the differences between families of materials

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Create and validate new thermofluid dynamic models and apply them to complex fluid flow situation
  • Critically analyse and evaluate fluid flows using the predictive capabilities of the CFD software
  • Identify and critically evaluate the limitation of CFD and apply tools such as grid convergence, y++ values and different turbulence models to evaluate the accuracy of simulations
  • Critically assess and validate the CFD results by applying the principles and knowledge of fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Present results of a CFD study explaining and justifying the methods used and analysing and discussing the results

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Undertake system identification and parameter estimation: Derivation of transfer functions from practical input-output data
  • Determine appropriate system design requirements from a time domain performance specification and design compensators to meet complex design specifications
  • Propose and assess appropriate control structures for specified performance criteria and design compensators to meet complex design specifications
  • Use a CAE package to simulate the behaviour of dynamic systems and assess system performance in time and frequency domains
  • Design and implementation of controllers including PID controllers using the CAE package MATLAB/Simulink and their associated toolboxes

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate and analyse relationships between the characteristics of common gaseous and liquid fuels, operation of combustion chamber and generation of undesirable exhaust emissions and techniques used to reduce them
  • Comprehensively analyse and mathematically model various heat transfer modes
  • Critically evaluate the effect of operational and design variables on the performance of heat exchanging elements
  • Confidently employ LMTD and NTU methods for heat exchanger sizing
  • Apply taught concepts in practical applications

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Understand and use the relevant theoretical background and its practical implications of modelling assumptions and procedures in finite element analyses
  • Summarise, present and justify the design of a mechanical component via a numerical analysis based on finite element analysis
  • Critically assess the viability of FE models for the analysis of engineering components, via static, modal and eigen buckling analyses
  • Address the correct modelling assumptions and options to structure a robust and accurate finite element analysis to model engineering components, appraise, and propose suitable modifications to the model to improve simulations
  • Critically evaluate modelling results, assessing the level of confidence and reliability of a Finite Element analysis and justify modelling assumptions, exploit where possible modelling simplifications based on engineering understanding

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate cyclic plasticity theories and contemporary models for cyclic plasticity analysis
  • Critically evaluate safe-life and damage tolerance prediction methods, apply them to creep and fatigue failure cases and to predict component service lives
  • Appreciate contemporary fracture mechanics approaches for damage tolerance design and assessment, apply them to failure analysis and life prediction for engineering components and structures

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies by research and experiments and appraise current practice limitations and new developments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project) and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

Explore this module

Part-time

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
All modules on this MSc Mechanical Engineering are core. 
 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate high performance materials such as advanced alloys and polymers, ceramics and composites for mechanical engineering applications
  • Apply fundamental principles of engineering materials and the current analytical/numerical methodologies to critically evaluate the strength of materials and select advanced material for design purposes
  • Demonstrate understanding in depth the ranges of properties and processing characteristics exhibited by the above materials, including the variations within a single family and the differences between families of materials

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Create and validate new thermofluid dynamic models and apply them to complex fluid flow situation
  • Critically analyse and evaluate fluid flows using the predictive capabilities of the CFD software
  • Identify and critically evaluate the limitation of CFD and apply tools such as grid convergence, y++ values and different turbulence models to evaluate the accuracy of simulations
  • Critically assess and validate the CFD results by applying the principles and knowledge of fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Present results of a CFD study explaining and justifying the methods used and analysing and discussing the results

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate and analyse relationships between the characteristics of common gaseous and liquid fuels, operation of combustion chamber and generation of undesirable exhaust emissions and techniques used to reduce them
  • Comprehensively analyse and mathematically model various heat transfer modes
  • Critically evaluate the effect of operational and design variables on the performance of heat exchanging elements
  • Confidently employ LMTD and NTU methods for heat exchanger sizing
  • Apply taught concepts in practical applications

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Mechanical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Undertake system identification and parameter estimation: Derivation of transfer functions from practical input-output data
  • Determine appropriate system design requirements from a time domain performance specification and design compensators to meet complex design specifications
  • Propose and assess appropriate control structures for specified performance criteria and design compensators to meet complex design specifications
  • Use a CAE package to simulate the behaviour of dynamic systems and assess system performance in time and frequency domains
  • Design and implementation of controllers including PID controllers using the CAE package MATLAB/Simulink and their associated toolboxes

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Understand and use the relevant theoretical background and its practical implications of modelling assumptions and procedures in finite element analyses
  • Summarise, present and justify the design of a mechanical component via a numerical analysis based on finite element analysis
  • Critically assess the viability of FE models for the analysis of engineering components, via static, modal and eigen buckling analyses
  • Address the correct modelling assumptions and options to structure a robust and accurate finite element analysis to model engineering components, appraise, and propose suitable modifications to the model to improve simulations
  • Critically evaluate modelling results, assessing the level of confidence and reliability of a Finite Element analysis and justify modelling assumptions, exploit where possible modelling simplifications based on engineering understanding

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate cyclic plasticity theories and contemporary models for cyclic plasticity analysis
  • Critically evaluate safe-life and damage tolerance prediction methods, apply them to creep and fatigue failure cases and to predict component service lives
  • Appreciate contemporary fracture mechanics approaches for damage tolerance design and assessment, apply them to failure analysis and life prediction for engineering components and structures

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Mechanical Engineering are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies by research and experiments and appraise current practice limitations and new developments
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project) and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • Professionally use technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing

Explore this module

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Ihab Alkhaldi smiling in engineering lab

MSc Mechanical Engineering student, Ihab Alkhaldi

"What really helps is how lecturers here at the University of Portsmouth don’t just give you information, they guide you and then let you discover the rest yourself."

Read Ihab's story

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

As a successful graduate of this course, you'll have an accredited postgraduate mechanical engineering qualification on your CV, proving your expertise in the sector. This sets you up for work as a mechanical engineer in fields including design, research and development, manufacturing or the Armed Forces.

Alternatively, you could choose to work in a small business within the mechanical engineering sector, or start your own specialist company. You could also progress to PhD study in mechanical engineering. 

9 reasons to do a Master's

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Wireless operations engineer
  • Logistics administrator
  • Precision engineer

Career outcomes shown are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys. The data shows career outcomes at 15 months after graduation.

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Female student standing at careers and employability help desk

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 3 years (part time study)
  • 12 months (full-time study, September start)
  • 16 months (full time study, January start)

You can expect:

  • 10 hours of teaching time every week (pro rata for part time students). We do our best to keep all teaching within three days, leaving you the rest of the week for work experience or self-guided study
  • 20 hours of independent study each week (pro rata for part time students)

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • project work

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • coursework
  • laboratory-based project work
  • a project dissertation

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Term dates

September start:

The Master’s academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you’ll be writing your project / dissertation. 

See term dates

January / February start:

The academic year for this course runs from January to the following January. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you’ll be writing your project / dissertation. 

See term dates

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Facilities and clinics

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Manufacturing equipment

Use our computer aided design (CAD) and rapid prototyping suite, including various 3D printing systems for the creation of models for aesthetic, ergonomic and functional testing, including the assembly and integration of working prototypes.

Student using wind tunnel

Energy Systems Laboratory

Our energy systems lab includes heat pumps, two wind tunnels, solar thermal collector and several engines, student project test rigs and our Formula Student design and development area.

Female student using microscope

Stress Analysis Laboratory

An area to learn about the mechanical behaviour of materials, including the ability to perform tensile and impact tests, measure hardness and use microscopes.

Students in metrology lab

Metrology Laboratory

Put the science of measurement into practice with manual metrology equipment and a suite of Mitutoyo measuring machines including coordinate measuring machines, a contour and surface roughness measuring machine and 3D laser scanners.

Learn more

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Future Technology Centre

Room to model and build prototypes using additive manufacturing machines, and test them out in our advanced testing and imaging facility. Equipment includes a laser sintering machine, 3D printers, 3D scanning microscopy and a Micro CT scanner.

Learn more

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1-2-1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £3,130 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

  • Full time: £9,400 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £3,130 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

These figures both include the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • Full-time: £18,300 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £6,100 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU and international students.

Please note, if you're applying for this course as an international student, you'll need to have clearance under the Academic Tech Approval Scheme (ATAS). This is an extra security check made by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

September 2022 / January 2023 start

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us. 

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in January. Most people make their application to us during the previous summer, so you may find that by January the course is full. If you're an international student you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised. 

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. Current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth and international students also have some different application options, which are detailed below. 

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.