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MSc Mechanical Engineering Design

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
12 months full time
Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is an Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.    

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Applications to this course are considered through a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements. if we make you an offer, you will have 6 weeks in which to accept. Offers that are not accepted within 6 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

Stage 1:  Application deadline  Friday 17 December 2021 - decision communicated by Friday 18 February 2022.   

Stage 2:  application deadline  Friday 25 March 2022  - decision by Friday 03 June 2022 

Stage 3:  application deadline  Friday 10 June 2022 - decision by Friday 08 July 2022

Stage 4: application deadline  Friday 29 July 2022 - decision by Friday 26 August 2022

Stage 4 is suitable only for those who meet all entry criteria as the deadline for submitting any supporting documents is 31 July 2022.  We reserve the right to withdraw incomplete applications.   

We aim to give you a decision on your application in the decision period for your application stage.  However, in some instances it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received.   

All places are subject to availability and some courses may close before the later stages.  We therefore recommend that you apply early. Applications received after the final deadline may be considered at our discretion if places are still available. 

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2022. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Pioneering innovation since 1824, Manchester was the first English university to offer an engineering degree
  • Extensive industrial links with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Siemens
  • Excellent resources, computation and experimental laboratory facilities, including laser laboratories and wind tunnels
  • Our course is accredited by IMechE , the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Open days

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended all on-campus open days until further notice. However, please do take a look at the information and recordings from our most recent Virtual Open Week  to find out more about The University and our courses.

We would also encourage you to have a look at our department's virtual tour or to get in touch with us if you have questions about our MSc courses.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £13,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £27,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you may be eligible for our  Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes .

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our  Manchester Master's Bursaries  are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering  Fees and Funding  page or visit the University of Manchester  funding for master's courses  website for more information.

Contact details

Department
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4016
Email
Website
https://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

The School of Engineering creates a world of possibilities for students pursuing skills and understanding. Through dynamic research and teaching we develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society in an ethical and sustainable way.  Science-based engineering is at the heart of what we do, and through collaboration we support the engineers and scientists of tomorrow to become technically strong, analytically innovative and creative. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The standard academic entry requirement for this Master's course is an Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant science or engineering discipline.  Please note that we consider grades achieved in key relevant modules in your undergraduate degree as well as the overall degree result.    

English language

English language

All applicants will need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess an acceptable English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test and attain the required English Language score:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with no sub-test below 6.0. 
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 90 overall with no sub-test below 20. We do not accept 'MyBestScore'.
  • Pearson PTE: at least 70 overall with no sub-test below 65.

Further information on language requirements can be found on our website .

Pre-sessional English

We will consider applicants who do not meet these scores but you may be required to complete a pre-sessional English language course at the University of Manchester prior to the start of the course.

To be considered for a pre-sessional English language course for this programme we require the following minimum IELTS (Academic) scores:

  • 6 Week Pre-Sessional Course:  Minimum 6.0 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.
  • 10 Week Pre-sessional Course: Minimum 5.5 overall with no sub-test below 5.5.

If you have not yet completed your current academic study and are interested in studying a pre-sessional course, you must hold an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test certificate.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Applications to this course are considered through a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements. if we make you an offer, you will have 6 weeks in which to accept. Offers that are not accepted within 6 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

Stage 1:  Application deadline  Friday 17 December 2021 - decision communicated by Friday 18 February 2022.   

Stage 2:  application deadline  Friday 25 March 2022  - decision by Friday 03 June 2022 

Stage 3:  application deadline  Friday 10 June 2022 - decision by Friday 08 July 2022

Stage 4: application deadline  Friday 29 July 2022 - decision by Friday 26 August 2022

Stage 4 is suitable only for those who meet all entry criteria as the deadline for submitting any supporting documents is 31 July 2022.  We reserve the right to withdraw incomplete applications.   

We aim to give you a decision on your application in the decision period for your application stage.  However, in some instances it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received.   

All places are subject to availability and some courses may close before the later stages.  We therefore recommend that you apply early. Applications received after the final deadline may be considered at our discretion if places are still available. 

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must meet all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2022. 

Advice to applicants

Please ensure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application. If your academic documents are in languages other than English, please provide them in their original version and official translations.

You will need the following:

  • Transcript of your studies to date, including credit weighting and grades achieved, translated into English.
  • One signed academic reference on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.
  • Degree certificate if you have already graduated.
  • A CV if you graduated more than three years ago.

If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

If you have any additional documentation to add to your application after submitting the online form, please email scanned copies to  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk    

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Interview requirements

No interview is required for this course.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for this course. If you receive an offer for 2021 entry and decide not to accept it, should you subsequently wish to be considered for 2022 entry you must re-apply.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering Design equips students to both design complex systems and to evaluate their design's performance using technical engineering skills. Students will learn about the design process including specification development, concept design, detail design and prototype production.

This MSc is unique as it also teaches the technical evaluation skills based on theory, experimentation and computer modelling to determine the feasibility and performance of new products or to assess the performance of existing equipment. This is a technical engineering course based around solid mechanics principles  which integrates advanced engineering techniques with hands-on-learning to provide a complementary blend of skills desired by employers. The Department is a vibrant environment to study, we have 200 years of expertise in teaching engineering, high calibre facilities, strong links with industry and a vision to provide a modern world-class education. 

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's  new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2022 and December 2022. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact  pg-mace@manchester.ac.uk   

Teaching and learning

The Mechanical Engineering Design MSc  is a full time course which is studied over 12 months and there is one start date each year in September. You will develop advanced technical skills in Mechanical Engineering Design that will enable you to pursue a career in both general and specialised engineering industries or develop an in depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.

Course unit details

If you are an international student applying for ATAS clearance, please use the ATAS application guidance and course unit lists sent directly to you. If you have not yet received this, please do email us to request it before making your ATAS application.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods MACE60041 15 Mandatory
Finite Elements MACE60561 15 Mandatory
Mechanical Engineering Group Design MACE61060 30 Mandatory
Dissertation (Mechanical Engineering Design) MACE64000 60 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Mechanical Engineering Design) MACE64021 15 Mandatory
Composites and Polymers MACE60102 15 Optional
Acoustics & Advanced Vibrations MACE60442 15 Optional
Robotics, Metrology and Bioengineering MACE61032 15 Optional
Structural Integrity MACE63002 15 Optional
Examples of our current research .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering Design MSc has a strong focus on employability to support you to take control of your future and give yourself the best chance of securing your ideal job after graduation. For example there are regular industrial guest lectures and optional short courses delivered by companies such as National Instruments and Maxon Motors.

Each year Manchester careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors illustrating how Top employers target Manchester graduates.

After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering Design MSc you will be in a strong position to seek employment with companies such as: BP, Rolls Royce, GE Aviation, Airbus, Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Nissan Motor Company, Bombardier Transportation, DePuy International, GE Healthcare, E-ON, EDF, Sellafield, Apple.

Destination of Leavers Survey

Every year our The University of Manchester conducts a destination of leavers survey with students six months after they have graduated. A selection of these destinations since 2010 are highlighted below:

  • GE Aviation (Design Engineer)
  • GE Healthcare (Edison Engineering Development Programme)
  • SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company (Drilling Engineer)
  • BMP Europe Ltd (Design Engineer)
  • The University of Manchester (PhD Researcher)
  • Formosa Prosonic (Design Engineer)
  • Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India) Ltd (Executive - Quality Management)
  • Indra Limited (Mechanical Design Engineer)
  • NNPC-NETCO (Mechanical Engineer)
  • Shell Petroleum Development company (SPDC) (Oil and Gas Operator)
  • Triton Valves Ltd (Senior Engineer, Design and Development)

Accrediting organisations

The  Institution of Mechanical Engineers has accredited the Mechanical Engineering Design MSc course under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This allows satisfactory completion of the Mechanical Engineering Design MSc to contribute towards the academic requirements for registration with the Institution as a Chartered Engineer.