Advanced Mechanical Engineering Masters/MSc

This innovative programme offers graduates excellent career prospects in a broad field of mechanical engineering-related industries. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake a PhD. The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based programme covering an important and industrially-relevant portfolio of mechanical engineering modules, such as Biofuels and Combustion, Manufacturing Processes, MEMS, and Automation and Robotics. 

All the teaching is delivered by highly experienced and qualified members of academic staff who are at the cutting-edge of research in their respective fields. This programme will be attractive to graduates of mechanical engineering or related subjects.

With leading research into Advanced Mechanical Engineering, the University of Birmingham is the ideal location for bright graduates, looking for a solid and well-respected postgraduate qualification which will act as a springboard for a successful future. 

  • 120 credits of taught modules studied during October-April
  • 60 credits of project-based module carried out during June-September
  • Assessment methods include a range of examinations, assignments and projects

The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for both of its full-time and part-time modes of study.

Daljinder Sandhu

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

“The MSc programme has provided me with invaluable knowledge across a wide range of engineering topics. The modules are both enjoyable and intellectually rewarding whilst keeping up with the latest advancements in engineering. The course has provided me with the skills and knowledge required for me to embark on my career as a mechanical engineer.”

The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems.

A 20-credit synoptic mechanical engineering module has been integrated into the programme and provides research-focused teaching of selected novel case studies from various research areas being carried out within the School in order to enhance the relevant knowledge base of the students. 

A  further 10 credit module covering research skills, project management and business enterprise will provide the necessary training to enhance the competencies in professional skills that modern mechanical engineers are expected to possess.

The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module.  The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.

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Why study this course

  • Learn from highly experienced members of academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and consultancy in their respective fields
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers including design, consultancy, maintenance, operations and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors, such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the School of Engineering, enjoys a significant level of industrial engagement and sponsorship, from small-to-medium enterprises and world leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and Airbus


This course consists of 180 credits, 30 credits from core modules, 90 credits from optional modules and 60 credits from your advanced project carried out over the summer.




Research & Professional Skills


Integrated Design Project


Advanced Project


Optional modules - choose 90 credits. Examples of optional modules listed below:


Advanced Mechanics

The aim of the module is to enhance a students knowledge and understanding of the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics. To also develop their ability to apply this knowledge in a number of advanced topics.


Advanced Robotics

This module is concerned with robot motion in a physical world. We will introduce the concepts and tools for modeling, simulating, and controlling dynamic robots. In a series of lectures we will study the fundamentals of manipulation including kinematics, dynamics, and control. Lab exercises will reinforce learned concepts by means of evaluation on a (real/simulated) physical robot.


Advanced Thermal Systems

The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of thermal systems phenomena and to apply their CAE skills on a project that requires the integration of knowledge and skills accumulated over the whole programme of study, with substantial content of creating own engineering software.


Advanced Vehicle Engineering

The aim of the module is to introduce the student to aspects of vehicle chassis design with particular emphasis on body structure design, giving consideration to external styling, packaging, vehicle interior design and vehicle safety.

It will provide the student with a basic understanding of the dynamics of vehicle systems affecting vehicle handling, leading to the development and application of analytical models and commercial software tools, and to the design of vehicle systems


Biofuels and Combustion

The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of clean and sustainable engine combustion systems and to apply their CAE skills on a project that requires the integration of knowledge and skill accumulated in the whole programme of study.


Bio-Medical Engineering

The aim of the module is to give an overview of how mechanical engineering can be applied to medicine.  The following topics will be used to illustrate how mechanical engineers can apply their skills and knowledge in medicine: Physiological systems; Biological systems & structures; Bone & connective tissues; Failure of connective tissues; Biomechanics; Computational methods; Model validation; Medical Device Design; Fracture fixation; Joint replacement; Tribology of joints; Pre-clinical testing.


Laser-based Manufacturing

The aim of the module is to enhance the students' knowledge and understanding in the field of laser material processing and the integration of this technology in application specific manufacturing platforms/machines. It will provide the necessary ability to design and implement laser-based manufacturing solutions by applying theoretical and practical knowledge about the fundamentals of laser-material interactions, process monitoring, component technologies/systems of laser-based manufacturing platforms and application specific implementations of different machine configurations and beam delivery systems.


Micro and Nano Technologies

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important micro and nano technologies of particular relevance to micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS). Students will be introduced to the manufacturing processes developed in the micro and nanofabrication industry, and also to the processes proposed for the future.  They will then see how these processes are currently being used to produce a wide range of miniature sensors and transducers which, in turn, will lead to the development of many new smart materials and applications.


Process Modelling

The aim of the module is to expose the students to the practical aspects of process modelling using proprietary software for the modelling of casting processes.


R&D in Manufacturing Processes

The aim of the module is to give students an appreciation of research developments and acquaint them with the latest manufacturing process/technology results applicable to a range of industries, not least the aerospace sector.


Intelligent Systems

From biological nervous systems to the collective intelligence of social insects, Nature has developed a number of highly effective problem-solving techniques.

The course will introduce the basic concepts of approximate reasoning, collective and decentralised intelligence, and present a number of cutting edge nature-inspired Swarm Intelligence paradigms, as well as well-established techniques such as Evolutionary Algorithms, Simulated Annealing, Neural Networks, and Fuzzy Logic.

Applications will include a broad range of engineering problems in optimisation, control, and process modelling.


Machining Support Systems 

The aim of the module is to consider the specific programming strategies, tooling, data acquisition and control technologies to support modern machining systems. 


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

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Fees and funding

Annual tuition fee for 2019/20:

  • UK/EU students: £9,540 full-time, £4,770 part-time (year 1)
  • International students: £21,690
Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

TEH Automotive Scholarship for Malaysian students

This Scholarship has been made possible by a generous donation from Dato Robert Tan Eng Hwa, (BCom, Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1977), the Chief Operating Officer of APM Automotive Holdings Berhad. Learn more about the TEH Automotive Scholarship.

Please note: From 1 July 2015 we will be introducing a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course.

For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Entry requirements

A high 2:2 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering or Physics. Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about  international entry requirements

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with 5.5 minimum band score
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • PTE Academic: 51 in all four skills

Further information about postgraduate English language requirements, including alternative qualifications considered and Pre-Sessional English.

How to apply

Please note: There is a £50 non-refundable application fee for this course.

International applicants requiring visas

Monday 01 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date; a new application should be made for 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 in October 2019. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU and non-Tier 4 applicants

The application deadline is Thursday 12 September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2020 on Monday 30 September 2019.

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Postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham is a chance to learn from world leaders in their fields. This guarantees you a first-class learning experience, leading to a qualification that is respected the world over and making you an attractive prospect in a very competitive job market.

Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, project-based and laboratory-based teaching and learning methods, providing a well-rounded educational experience and an opportunity to further develop skills prized by employers. 

Assessment methods include a range of examinations, coursework and projects. The Advanced Project module is assessed by a major report.

There will be a strong emphasis on enquiry-based learning throughout, further enhancing students’ ability to think independently and creatively.

The graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to gain employment in a wide field of careers in mechanical and related engineering.  The typical functional roles include design, consultancy, maintenance, operations, and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Professional accreditation

The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2018 entry on both of its full-time and part-time modes of study.

The Mechanical Engineering programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers up to the 2018 student intake. Our next accreditation visit takes place in November 2018. An accredited degree means that graduates are deemed to have met, part or all, of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer, and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry.

Following the last accreditation visit, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers review panel highlighted as commendable: the strong links with industry; Formula student which has high levels of participation; the physical resources available in support of the programmes, and its commitment to enhancing those resources; the meaningful and innovative ways in which research is used to inform its curriculum; the enthusiasm of the students, and their positive views on their studies.