Mechanical Engineering student

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
3 years part-time
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Overview

The MSc course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the state-of-the-art in one or more of the many areas of mechanical engineering within our department.

Our Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest mechanical engineering departments in the world, with topics ranging from the traditional, such as aerotechnologies and engine performance, to more recent engineering topics, such as medical engineering, robotics, clean energy and fire science. The course allows for students to develop abilities which are transferable to all areas of mechanical engineering.

For a more comprehensive overview of the areas of research within the department please visit the Department’s website

The principal component of the course is the individual project, which is usually associated with current research activity or industrial consultancy, allowing you to gain substantial expertise in a particular area.

Further expertise is developed by taking taught course modules. Students choose 6-10 modules according to their envisaged career path and from a broad range of taught subjects available in the department.

Careers

The success of the course can be measured by the large proportion of graduates who go on to find appropriate and challenging posts in industry, government, and universities at home and abroad.

The top two performing students will be awarded a PhD Scholarship that covers full tuition fees as well as a maintenance allowance at the standard yearly rate.

Find out more about Graduate Destinations on the Department's website.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note the curriculum of our postgraduate degrees is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

You can choose either:

  • One module from Group 1, and five modules from Groups 2 and 3 (with at least three modules from Group 3)
  • Seven modules from Groups 2 and 3 (with at least five modules from Group 3)

Additionally, you will complete a research project.

Structure

Group 1

  • Aircraft Engine Technology
  • Mechanical Transmission Technology
  • Metal Processing Technology
  • Vehicle Propulsion Technology

Group 2

  • Computational Continuum Mechanics
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Manufacturing Technology and Management
  • Structure, Properties and Applications of Polymers
  • Tribology

Group 3

  • Advanced Control
  • Advanced Stress Analysis
  • Advanced Vibration Engineering
  • Combustion
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • Interfacing and Data Processing
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics

Research project

You complete a research project, which includes: researching a topic, experimental and/or computational work, writing a thesis and giving a seminar. The research project will be based around an engineering topic typically at the frontline of active research in the department.

You will receive direction from a supervisor with expertise in the area of your research project. Work on your research project normally begins in October and at the latest in November, when you will discuss your project in detail with your chosen supervisor.

You will continue to work throughout the year, and full time after the final taught courses exams in May, and complete the written project report by early September; orally presenting your work in mid-September. The written report contains a detailed exposition of the work that you have done and written in a style that prepares you for scientific writing.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Group practical exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Lectures
  • Online teaching
  • Problem sheets
  • Tutorials
  • Workshop training

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Research project
  • Written exams

Course timetable

Advanced Mechanical Engineering may be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over two years (two days per week) or three years (one day per week).

Because of the relatively short time spent in College, part-time students are expected to have considerable support from their employers amounting to an average of about one month per year spent working on their projects at their workplace.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in science or engineering.

Please note the Department often makes typical offers significantly higher than the minimum requirement.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

If you are studying overseas we look for an undergraduate degree passed at an equivalent level to that described for UK degrees.

The guidance on international qualifications provides information on Imperial College's minimum entry requirements and equivalency of grades. Please note the requirements for this course are significantly higher than the College’s minimum requirements.

From Chinese universities we only consider applicants from Key or Project 211 universities who are likely to graduate with a final overall mark of 85% and typically offers are made at a higher level.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

We will review applications once completed and once both references have been received. Please ensure your references have been submitted within good time, which you can check via your e-service account.

We aim to process applications within 6 weeks of submission but it can sometimes take considerably longer for final decisions to be made.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH10-01-02 mechanical engineering

Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.
For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Find out more about scholarships specifically for students of this course on the Department's website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
Full-time£13,250 per year
Part-time (two years)£6,625 per year
Part-time (three years)£4,417 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
Full-time£31,250 per year
Part-time (two years)£15,625 per year
Part-time (three years)£10,417 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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E: kate.lewis@imperial.ac.uk

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