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MSc/PgDip/PgCertAdvanced Mechanical Engineering (Distance Learning)

Why this course?

This course is a part-time distance learning Masters degree, taught using online material

Mechanical engineers are currently in demand in all types of industries.

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering has been developed to provide high-calibre mechanical engineering graduates with an in-depth technical understanding of advanced mechanical topics, together with generic skills that will allow them to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities.

Distance learning

Our distance learning courses allow you to complete a masters degree online, without studying at our Glasgow campus. This means you can study for a postgraduate degree while balancing your existing work and family commitments. This option is suitable for students located anywhere in the world.

Modules are taught using online material (e.g. by video, podcasts, webinars and presentation), meaning you can study at a time that suits you.

You’ll have full access to all class materials and will be able to chat with your class tutors and fellow students via email, online forums and live webchats. We also have dedicated staff who can answer any questions you have, supporting you through your studies.

Individual project

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.

What you’ll study

Students select from a combination of specialist and generic modules. The specialist modules focus on different technical aspects allowing tailored learning to suit individual needs. The generic modules provide other skills which are considered necessary for professional engineers.

A list of optional classes available as distance learning can be found in the 'course content' tab.

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.

Facilities

As a distance learning student, you'll have access to the University library online. You can borrow online books and download academic papers and journals. The library also offers a postal service for distance learning students.

Course awards

Our staff have been nominated in the annual University of Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards, voted for by Strathclyde’s students

Course content

You'll take 180 credits made up of 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits individual project. The part-time MSc course spans 36 months (typically) as follows:

  • Year 1 - 60 credits of taught classes
  • Year 2 - 60 credits of taught classes
  • Year 3 - 60 credits dissertation

Optional classes

You can personalise your curriculum by choosing from the taught modules below. They're arranged by the semester in which they're available to help you design your curriculum.

Please note: available modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Semester 1

Pressurised Systems

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.

Materials for High Temperature Applications

This module gives students a thorough introduction to the materials science and metallurgy that underpins the design of high temperature applications. 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.

Introduction to Open Source Computational Dynamics

This module is intended for those who have either no prior experience of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) or students who only have experience of using commercial CFD codes and would like to investigate an open source CFD code that is used predominantly for research. It aims to introduce the principles and application of numerical simulation of fluid flows and to underpin the theoretical foundations by applying a CFD code to realistic flow problems.

Hydraulics

This module aims to introduce the principles and basic theory of hydraulics for internal flow and builds upon standard undergraduate engineering and physics courses. The purpose of the course is to provide the foundations for calculations of fluid flows in pumping systems.  It's intended that the course participant will have achieved a variety of competencies by the end of the course including an understanding of the fundamental analysis of steady and unsteady flows and the ability to design and analyse basic hydraulic networks.

Semester 2

Boiler Thermal Hydraulics

This module aims to provide core knowledge of the modern conventional power plant boiler and to develop a critical awareness of the operation, design and integration of the key components that comprise a boiler system.

Nuclear Power Systems

This module aims to provide core knowledge of nuclear power plant engineering and to develop a critical awareness of the nuclear basics, reactor basics, reactor operation and design, waste disposal, and key issues relating to health and safety.

Gas & Steam Turbines

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.

Advanced Open-Source Computational Fluid Dynamics

The aim of the course is to teach best practice in applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for students who already have a basic knowledge of CFD and are able to run simple simulations using a commercial or open source CFD package. It will discuss the principles and application of numerical simulation of fluid flows and to underpin the theoretical foundations by applying a CFD code to realistic flow problems.

Aerodynamics in C

This module aims to introduce students to the principles of programming in a high level programming language such as C# by writing programs to simulate the flow field around objects using inviscid aerodynamics.

Additional modules covering topics such as metallurgy, dynamics, electrical power systems, and project management are under development for future academic years.

Project Management

This module aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in project management. There's a focus on the effective and efficient use of resources.

Individual project

For MSc students after taught modules are successfully passed.

Individual Project

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

The course is delivered from our Virtual Learning Environment, MyPlace.

Your lecturers will provide support through:

  • online tutorials
  • webinars
  • forums
  • email
  • telephone

Classes are taught by our academic staff, external consultants, and industry specialists.

Assessment

You'll be assessed using online tests and assignments. Your major project will be assessed by a written project report. You may also be required to attend a written exam.

Entry requirements

Degree in engineering, physical sciences or an equivalent professional qualification. Preferably a first or upper second-class honours degree, equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree.

Lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (for example, relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, very strong academic letter of reference, very strong application statement linking with career goals).

English Language Requirements for International Students

IELTS - minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5).

If in doubt about the entry requirements please email us at mae-pg@strath.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

2019/20

Scotland/EU

£3,800 (per 60 credits)

Rest of UK

£3,800 (per 60 credits)

International

£3,800 (per 60 credits)

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to 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 support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition, they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Whether you're planning to progress your career into engineering management, redevelop yourself as an engineer or move into a new industry – a masters degree will expand your career opportunities.

High-calibre mechanical engineers are in demand throughout the world. This course is designed to meet industrial demand for qualified staff in the area of mechanical engineering. It's particularly suitable for graduate engineers in the following sectors:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • biomedical
  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • power
  • railway

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