Mechanical Engineering & Design

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND DESIGN HEADERDr Greg Swadener,  Programme Director, MSc Mechanical Engineering

Dr Becky Mallaband,  Programme Director, MSc Product Design

A very warm welcome to the Mechanical Engineering and Design Group (ME+D) of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University. We hope that your time as a postgraduate here will be stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable.

Our aim is to help you to succeed in your chosen MSc programme. Your programme is designed to be challenging and with a view to you developing both yourself and the technical and transferable skills you need in your future career. The staff at Aston are looking forward to working with you and are willing to offer individual assistance when needed, but largely it will be up to you to tell us where you need help. Your success will depend on a strong personal commitment and it is essential that you fully participate in lectures and tutorials. You should also engage with coursework soon after you receive it, getting it done on time and not rushing it towards the submission deadline. The big difference between students who achieve all they are looking for and those who don’t often comes down to time management and organisation.

Should problems of any type arise you should seek help: if the problem is of an administrative nature, for example, finding directions, timetable difficulties, etc. you should make enquiries at the Reception Desk of the EAS School Centre on the 1st floor or email  For more academic issues, e.g. guidance on academic options, long-term illness, etc. you should contact the relevant Programme Director – Dr Greg Swadener for the Mechanical Engineering programme or Dr Becky Mallaband for the Product Design programme.  

The purpose of this Handbook is to provide you with some essential information that you will require. Of course, the Handbook cannot tell you everything you need to know, but each year we try to make it better without making it unwieldy. If the information you need isn’t readily found within these pages, do not hesitate to ask!

Finally, we look forward to meeting you and wish you success in your studies here at Aston.