Why this course?
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and provides a route for you to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
It has been developed to provide high-calibre mechanical engineering graduates with an in-depth technical understanding of advanced mechanical engineering topics together with generic skills that will allow them to contribute effectively post graduation.
The course helps you to become a specialist in the area of aerospace. You'll also have the opportunity to take modules in general skills such as project management and risk analysis. These are necessary skills for any professional aerospace engineer.
You'll study three compulsory modules:
- Aerodynamics Performance
- Aerodynamic Propulsion Systems
- Spaceflight Mechanics
You'll select a number of specialist instructional classes in your chosen area. You'll also choose three generic skill modules from the following topics:
- Design Management
- Project Management
- Information Management
- Risk Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Knowledge Engineering & Management for Engineers
MSc students take on an individual project which allows study of a selected topic in-depth. This may be an industry-themed project or one aligned to engineering research at Strathclyde.
Our facilities include many laboratories and research centres including:
We have local access to a 3500-node region supercomputer.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and meets requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Aerodynamic Propulsion Systems
This module introduces students to the principles of experimental aerodynamics and computational aerodynamics performance assessment. It also provides an introduction to the importance of aeroelastic phenomena on aerodynamic design. A range of analysis techniques will be used to develop an understanding of the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and industrial aerodynamic problems.
The principles of propulsion systems for aircraft and rockets are covered. Throughout the class, the overall procedure and methodology for designing a propulsion device, starting from the aircraft concept and the associated engine requirements, through to the aero-thermal design of engine components is presented and discussed. Students will develop an understanding of the overall design process and the performance of aerospace propulsion systems.
This class is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of spaceflight mechanics, including both orbit and attitude dynamics. The classic two-body problem is solved then used to investigate various modes of orbit transfer and attitude stabilisation for both spin- and 3-axis stabilised spacecraft. The various elements of the class will be brought together to illustrate the mission analysis and design process.
The promise claimed for new materials in engineering is most likely to be realised through the use of composites and ceramics. This class aims to give a basic understanding of modern composite materials and an appreciation of predictive modelling and design implications when composites are applied to engineering structures. The main composite manufacturing processes will be outlined.
Systems Engineering 1
This class aims to introduce the subject of industrial Pressurised Systems and ensure competency in the use of Standards and Design Codes. Pressurised Systems are inherently dangerous since they contain stored energy which must be carefully controlled. A methodology is set down whereby a range of pressurised components can be designed, manufactured, installed and operated to a high degree of safety.
Systems Engineering 2
This advanced class aims to introduce concepts of modelling and control design for engineering systems. It includes the study of the performance, characteristics and advantages of feedback control systems, and the introduction of control design techniques based on steady state and transient response specifications. Simulink is used as a industry-standard software tool.
This class is an optional continuation of ME501 Systems Engineering 1. The aim is to use advanced modelling and control design techniques appropriate for complex engineering systems. The use of Simulink will again facilitate the test of design specifications and the optimisation of systems performance.
Machinery Diagnosis & Condition Monitoring
This class adopts an analytical approach to dynamic problems which occur in conventional and modern machines with a view to developing good design and control practice and analytical skills. It covers mathematical preliminaries, out of balance and balancing of rotor-dynamic and reciprocating machines, 1&2 degree of freedom machines and high-dimensional machines such as autonomous underwater vehicles and spacecraft.
Mathematical Modelling in Engineering Science
Condition monitoring and fault detection in structures and machinery plays an important part in the maintenance and protection of equipment, and has come to the fore since the recent advances in computer-based systems. This class provides an understanding of Condition Monitoring (CM) and its relevance to industry. Particular attention is paid to vibration-based health monitoring and signal (time series) analysis.
Advanced Topics in Fluid Systems Engineering
Mathematical modelling remains an important tool for engineers to understand complex phenomena and to predict the behaviour of complex systems. This class is designed to provide insights into generic problems in engineering science through ordinary differential equations. Examples include the use of bifurcation methods to understand buckling and the use of (singular) perturbation methods to understand boundary layers in fluid flow.
Complex fluid flow and heat transfer problems are central to many advanced fluid engineering systems often at the cutting-edge of modern engineering. These include human biological flows, multiphase flows, micro- and nano- scale flows. In all of these our physical understanding is limited, which limits our engineering design ability. This class gives students the opportunity to identify and explore a number of advanced topics in heat transfer and fluid flow.
Polymer & Polymer Composites
This class is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of spaceflight systems. An overview of the complete spacecraft lifecycle from proposal, through delivery and operations is covered, along with the function and purpose of the spacecraft sub-system level components. The various elements of the class are brought together through the production of competitive proposals for a typical spaceflight system development program.
Advanced Boiler Technologies 1
Polymer and polymer composite materials have been increasingly used in modern engineering applications such as aerospace, automotive, construction, marine, oil and gas. This class provides background knowledge of polymer and a basic understanding of modern polymer composites. The class will be balanced between science and engineering.
Advanced Boiler Technologies 2
This module provides core knowledge of the modern conventional power plant boiler and enables students to develop a critical awareness of the operation, design and integration of the key components that comprise a boiler system.
Materials for Power Plant
Pressurised systems are inherently dangerous since they contain stored energy which must be carefully controlled. The module sets down a methodology whereby a range of pressurised components (spheres, cylinders, cones, etc.) can be designed, manufactured, installed and operated to a high degree of safety. Topics include the design of the boiler, associated equipment and piping systems.
Gas & Steam Turbines
This module gives students a thorough introduction to the materials science and metallurgy that underpins the design of power plant. This will build on basic concepts to give an appreciation for the theory of alloy design and strengthening mechanisms, including an understanding of the importance of fracture and creep.
Energy Resources & Policy
This module gives students an advanced knowledge of applications of both steam and gas turbines within the power generation industry. The module includes details of power-plants that have been developed specifically to integrate gas turbines such as (gas turbine exhaust gas) heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) used in combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants.
Electrical Power Systems
Against the background of international commitments on atmospheric emissions, diminishing fossil fuel resources, renewable energy systems deployment and the liberalisation of energy markets, this module examines sustainable options for energy production, supply and consumption. The aim is to give students an understanding of current trends in the energy market, and to enable a critical evaluation of emerging ideas, technologies and policies especially in relation to new and renewable energy supply systems.
Energy Modelling & Monitoring
This module provides students with an understanding of the operation of modern electrical power systems featuring renewable and low carbon generation, along with the techniques to undertake a basic technical analysis of key electrical devices and systems.
This module provides an understanding of the theoretical and operational principles underlying simulation modelling of energy supply and demand systems and their environmental impact. The emphasis is on practical computer lab-based modelling exercises. It covers detailed energy system simulation, supply-demand matching, energy management and monitoring.
Students will develop an understanding of applied industrial metallurgy. Topics include material selection, properties of metals and alloys, characterisation methods, welding engineering, heat treatment and degradation processes.
Select three from the following:
This module provides a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools. Topics include Integrated Product Development, and the different approaches and aspects to design development including concurrent engineering, team engineering, product management, design management, distributed design, and decision support. Other topics cover the design activity, team and management organisational structures, key issues concerning design complexity, and design performance and innovation.
This module gives students an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems. Topics include the software engineering process, requirements specification, visual modelling and an understanding of information storage and retrieval systems.
This module provides students with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources. The syllabus includes an introduction to project management techniques and project control, project networks including critical path analysis, procedural and graphical presentation techniques, an introduction to Contract Law and project budgetary control.
Under Health and Safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it is mandatory for many industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is As Low As Reasonably Practicable. This module introduces the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. Students will learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to variety of engineering examples.
This module introduces elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises. Questions addressed include: What is the best strategy for survival and growth?; What are the options for financing investment projects both in the private and public sectors of an economy?; How would the financial engineer propose to combine loan capital and equity capital to raise funds for an investment initiative; How would he/she advise his/her company/organization to build its investment portfolio to ensure financial security in volatile market conditions?
Knowledge Engineering & Management for Engineers
This module provides students with an understanding of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. The social, environmental, and economic impact of development strategies will be identified and the mitigation of negative impacts discussed. Topics covered include shifting world views with respect to technology and ecology, green politics, climate change, sustainable development and limits to growth.
Environmental Impact Assessment
This module aims to give students an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge based systems and to discuss the application of these techniques. Topics include expert system and knowledge based systems development process, knowledge elicitation and acquisition, knowledge representations, reasoning, chaining and searching, and uncertainty techniques.
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) relates to the process of identifying, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, economic, cultural and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decision being taken and commitments made. This module provides students with an introduction to methods used to predict environmental impacts, and to see how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.
For MSc students after taught modules are successfully passed.
In this part of the course, students undertake supervised, individual project work, with the award of MSc being made on the basis of an acceptable thesis submission.
Learning & teaching
Students take three compulsory modules and a selection of specialist and generic modules.
To qualify for the MSc, students undertake an individual project which allows study of a selected topic in depth, normally industry-themed or aligned to engineering research at Strathclyde.
Assessment is by written assignments, exams and the individual project.
Degree in engineering or physical sciences or equivalent professional qualification. Preferably a first a second class honours degree, equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree. A 2:2 may be considered with relevant industrial experience.
English language requirements for international students
IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5).
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
*Postgraduate taught engineering students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees (applies only to students not already in receipt of any other fees scholarship).
How can I fund my course?
AERO MSc Bursary Scheme
This scheme offers tuition fee bursaries. Applications are invited from home/EU students who can secure a place on the MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering programme.
The aim is to boost the supply of skilled professionals to the sector, helping UK aerospace maintain and consolidate its leading position globally. The scheme is run by the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering working together to award 500 bursaries. It’s jointly funded by government and a partnership of nine major aerospace employers.
Details of the scheme and how to apply are at www.raeng.org.uk/aeromsc
Further funding opportunities
For information about sources of funding, please see our student funding information and our engineering scholarship information.
Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students
For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the scheme and what courses are eligible.
Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.