Mechanical Engineering MSc

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Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements
    A second class UK Honours Degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent)
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Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The range of modules reflects the nature of engineering modelling and its uses in engineering and commercial practice

We offer tailor made individual major projects to match your interests

Focused project work enables newly developed learning to be tried and tested

Course summary

Career prospects for graduates are excellent.  The programme puts practical engineering modelling, research and project management skills in to the hands of graduates.

Entry requirements and fees

Essential and/or desirable academic qualifications:

  • The normal entry requirement for applicants for this programme is a first or  second class UK Honours Degree in engineering, physical science, mathematics or a related subject or overseas equivalent.

References: Please provide at least one reference (preferably academic).

Duration of programme: 1 year full-time (For part-time options contact us) 
Start date:
Intake: Up to 25 per year

UK/EU: £9,350 (2020/21 fee)
International: £18,350 (2020/21 fee)

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email for information on funding. 

Application details: Apply for this course online 

Contact us: 
MSc Programmes Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3668
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3676

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline

This MSc Mechanical Engineering offers highly relevant modules in sought-after engineering and scientific subjects.  The programme aims to develop students' performance prediction skills required in the modern engineering environment, especially design, performance estimation and optimisation processes. It gives students the opportunity to apply state-of-the-art methods to industrially-relevant products, and to explore the process of design and development and the value of the design and evaluation cycle.

This programme is designed for engineering and science graduates, providing a wide exploration of new and advanced technologies. 

Subject guide and modules

The range of modules reflects the nature of engineering modelling and the uses it is put to in engineering and commercial practice.Core modules:

  • Sustainable Energy 
  • Design Studio
  • Research Project 
  • Major Project

Elective Modules: 

  • Project Management  AND/OR Product Introduction Processes
  • Water Treatment Technologies AND/OR Practical Numerical Methods 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications 
  • CAD Principles and Materials Selection 
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (ADVCAD) 
  • Solid Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis 
  • Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Application 
Learning, teaching & assessment

The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice. There is a heavy emphasis on the use of predictive models and state-of-the-art methods to industrially-relevant products, components or systems and this is reflected in the way the programme is delivered and assessed.Modules are assessed through either course work or exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation; examples of past major projects include development of CFD code, aero and structural dynamics of vehicles and aircraft, and analysis of development of industrial machines.


Career prospects

Career prospects for graduates are excellent.  The programme puts practical engineering modelling, research and project management skills in to the hands of graduates.  This helps career progression in industries where computer-based technology is required including manufacturing, R&D, science, IT, design and academia.Recent graduates have been employed in a range of jobs including:

  • Product development with a manufacturer of domestic heating products.
  • Computer aided design with a manufacturer of military/surveillance equipment.
Facilities and equipment

Much of the teaching and learning in the Programme take place in the CAE facility or Design Suite which have the latest commercial Computer Aided Engineering tools (e.g. Solid works, Fluent, Ansys).

Lecture rooms are equipped with modern AV/IT facilities which aid CAE teaching.

Engineering Laboratories and workshops allow physical models to be made and tested to validate computational models and include stress measurement and fluid dynamics and rapid prototyping.Good learning resources – such as up-to-date texts and publications are available in the library and many electronically. 

Professional accreditation

The MSc Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for the purpose of meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Student profile

“The MSc in Mechanical Engineering is an intense 12 month course that covers modern computational modelling in an industrial setting. The course teaches practical and technical skills that are essential in product development. After reviewing the programme structure and the description of the course the university offers I realised it was the perfect choice for me. I found the staff to be very approachable which made studying on the programme easier and meant that any problems I had, academic or otherwise, were easily sorted out.  

Shortly after completing the course I started working for a company where my computational modelling and management skills were put to the test. It was rewarding to find out that my experience at Aston equipped me with the necessary tools to face the challenges that a design engineer can encounter in product development. 

It has been a truly brilliant experience and I am particularly impressed with the invaluable support given by the supervisors on the course. I will recommend this course to any interested student who wants an exciting career in industrial product development.”

Syed Kazmi

Personal development

Along with the range of technical skills, the Programme aims to develop self reliance, project management, IT communications and research skills. You will develop and deliver a major dissertation and the necessary project management processes.  You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.


Teaching staff


Programme Director: Dr J. Gregory Swadener 
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering 
Dr J. Gregory Swadener is an internationally recognized expert in nanomechanics and solid mechanics modelling and has on-going collaborations in the UK and internationally.

Other academic members provide expertise in design, CAD, dynamics, thermal/fluid sciences, business development, project management and innovation.

Dr Xianghong Ma 
Senior Lecturer

Dr Ma graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2000.  Prior to joining Aston University in 2002, she worked as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in General Electric Global Research Centre in Schenectady, New York.  During her past study and industrial working experience Dr Ma researched non-linear dynamics of systems from aeronautical, power generation to medical equipment.Dr Ma’s recent research is focused on Micro/Nano technology in biomedical engineering and she is developing innovative sensing, actuation and manipulation tools for cell, tissue and body using state-of-the-art technologies.

Dr Mark Prince 
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Mark is a former Aston graduate with experience in mechanical design and analysis.  His research interests are in ophthalmic and medical device development and he has experience in designing microsystems for biological structure interfacing, and exploiting vision technologies. Mark has expertise in 3D computer solid modelling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture, computer aided engineering, electronic/mechatronic design, and optical and contact microscopy and imaging techniques.

Dr Philip Davies

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Philip Davies is a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Group.  His main research activities are in developing renewable and efficient energy systems and in the treatment of water for drinking and sanitation.  Philip has held appointments at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, the University of Warwick, and in manufacturing and consulting companies. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and D.Phil from the University of Oxford.

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Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4910


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