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MScAdvanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials

Why this course?

This course is aimed at those who wish to study advanced topics in mechanical engineering with a focus on materials.

It's been developed to provide you with an in-depth technical understanding of advanced mechanical engineering topics. You’ll also develop generic skills that allow you to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities.

The course is designed to make you more employable and also satisfies the Further Learning requirements necessary to obtain Chartered Engineer status.

This course is particularly suitable for graduate engineers in these sectors:

  • chemical, petrochemical & process engineering
  • design engineering
  • power generation
  • manufacturing
  • oil & gas
  • renewable energy

You’ll study

You’ll have the opportunity to select technical and specialist classes.

Compulsory classes

You’ll study three compulsory classes:

  • Engineering Composites
  • Polymer & Polymer Composites
  • Industrial Metallurgy

Other specialist instructional modules

These focus on different technical aspects allowing you to tailor learning to your individual needs. When choosing technical modules, you’ll discuss the options with the course co-ordinator. These include:

  • Pressurised Systems
  • Aerodynamic Performance
  • Aerodynamic Propulsion Systems
  • Systems Engineering 1 & 2
  • Machine Dynamics
  • Machinery Diagnosis & Condition Monitoring
  • Spaceflight Mechanics
  • Advanced Topics in Fluid Systems Engineering 
  • Spaceflight Systems
  • Materials for Power Plant
  • Gas & Steam Turbines

Faculty-wide generic instructional modules

You’ll choose three faculty-wide generic modules which satisfy the broader learning requirements for Chartered Engineer status. You'll choose from:

  • Design Management
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability
  • Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

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.


Our facilities include many laboratories and research centres including:

We have local access to a 3500-node region supercomputer.


As this is a new course starting in 2014/15, accreditation by IMechE is expected (as has been obtained for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering course), after it has been operational for one year.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Engineering Composites

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.

Polymer & Polymer Composites

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.

Industrial Metallurgy

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.

Optional classes

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.

Aerodynamic Performance

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.

Aerodynamic Propulsion Systems

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.

Systems Engineering 1

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.

Systems Engineering 2

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.

Machine Dynamics

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.

Machinery Diagnosis & Condition Monitoring

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.

Spaceflight Mechanics

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.

Advanced Topics in Fluid Systems Engineering

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.

Spaceflight Systems

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.

Materials for Power Plant

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.

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.

Generic classes

Design Management

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.

Project Management

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.

Risk Management

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.

Financial Engineering

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?


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

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.

Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include lectures and practical exercises. Site visits are also arranged.

Entry requirements

First or second-class UK Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering or physical science.

Lower second class Honours degrees may be considered if accompanied 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.


  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000*


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

*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?

Scholarship search

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

ScottishPower/Iberdrola Foundation Scholarships 

The ScottishPower Foundation, in partnership with its Spanish equivalent Fundación IBERDROLA, has announced 17 new postgraduate scholarship grants for the 2015/16 academic year. Strathclyde is one of only five of the UK's most respected universities to be selected to partner the Foundation.

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment is of particular interest to this Scholarship Programme. If you've applied, or are in the process of applying for this course in 2016/17, and meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship, you should complete the scholarship application.

The scholarship is open to applicants from the UK, Spain and the USA.

The grant will cover fees and a living allowance of £1,200 per month.

Find out more details of the scholarship at the Iberdrola Fundación website.

Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme 

The Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme (TGSS) aims to build capacity in areas where Tullow’s host countries experience significant skills gaps, especially, but not exclusively, around these countries’ oil and gas industries. It's aligned with Tullow’s aim of supporting long-term socio-economic development in countries where it operates.

The MSc in Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment is of particular interest to this Scholarship Programme. If you've applied, or are in the process of applying for this course in 2016/17, and meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship, you should complete the scholarship application.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and a monthly stipend.

Further information on eligibility and application procedure is available on the Tullow's website.

International Scholarships (Instructional)

Awards of £4,000 to £6,000 are available to new students starting in September 2017, for a one-year taught Master's course. Eligibility requirements are students of outstanding academic calibre from overseas and EU students on premium fee courses.

Please note you must have made an application and be in possession of an application number before making an application for this award.

Find out further information and get application details about this scholarship.

Mackenzie Postgraduate Scholarship

The department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering is offering scholarships of £3,000 to overseas students starting a 12-month postgraduate taught course in September 2016.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants of outstanding academic calibre, preferably with at least a second class upper division degree.

Please be advised that in order to apply for the scholarship, you'll need to have applied for a postgraduate course in the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and be in possession of an application number. You can only apply once you have an application number.

Please complete the  , and return it by email to Diane McArthur, Postgraduate Administrator at Please quote "Mackenzie Scholarship Application 2016/17"´╗┐ in the subject heading of email.

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.

English students

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.

Please note

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


Engineering graduates, particularly Mechanical Engineers, are in demand from recruiting companies. This course is designed to meet industrial demand for qualified staff in the area of Mechanical Engineering. This course is particularly suitable for Graduate Engineers in the following sectors:

  • Chemical, Petrochemical & Process Engineering
  • Design Engineering
  • Power Generation
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Renewable Energy

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Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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