MSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Why choose this course?
- We have excellent industry links with local businesses including Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, Pektron, and the Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2.
- You'll develop the skills and knowledge employers are looking for in areas such as automotive, aerospace, petrochemical, scientific or manufacturing applications.
- You'll be able to apply for Chartered Engineer status when you graduate as this course has been developed to meet all of the academic requirements.
- Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
UCAS code: MH3AA
Start date: September and January
Course length: Full time: One year, Part time: Two-three years
Campus: Markeaton Street site, Derby Campus
College: College of Engineering and Technology
This course is available to international students
About this course
You'll specialise in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and develop the skills and knowledge you'll need to apply for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) when you graduate.
Chartered Engineers use a range of fundamental scientific principles to:
- Research, develop and apply new technologies
- Develop and promote advanced designs and design methods
- Introduce new and more efficient production techniques
- Initiate marketing and construction concepts
- Pioneer new engineering services and management methods.
This course is flexible, so you'll have lots of choice in the specialist subject modules you take and the ways you learn. You'll study some modules through lectures and tutorials, some online and others in your workplace. You'll study both on your own and as part of a group. And your project work will give you experience of working in teams.
Our Industrial Advisory Panel is drawn from the companies that we have links with, which means we can keep up to date with the current developments in the industry and pass them on to you in our teaching.
What you will cover
This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
You will study modules such as:
Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
This module will advise, guide, and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.
Advanced Mechanical Modelling and E-manufacturing
This module is made up of two parts. The first covers modelling techniques and simulations to enable you to evaluate mechanical designs by studying underlying theories and applications of design software. During the second part, you will develop key technical knowledge and an understanding of the concepts of e-manufacturing and an ability to critically appraise them. You will also explore relevant internet technologies.
Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention
Forensic engineering is the study of product, process, or design failures and how these relate to international legislation and standards or, in some cases, to legal investigations. During this module you will review the
identification and advanced analysis of a range of failure modes for engineered products. You will critically appraise the design, manufacture, and material facets of failed components, which can indicate the sources of failure, and combined with the examination of failed components, identify likely causes offailure and strategies for testing out failure mode hypotheses.
By considering misuse or original design flaws, you will review the mechanical analysis for the assessment and deduction of factors that contribute to the onset of failure, such as loading types, materials, manufacturing techniques, and environmental and structural properties, and predict failure scenarios that include brittle, ductile, fatigue, wear, and buckling failure modes. You will consider design for the prevention of failure of both metallic and non-metallic mechanical products.
Environmental Risk and Responsibility
Evaluate how professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which you are working, and how this affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, this module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker.
You will study modules such as:
CPD and Strategic Management
During this module you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics. The CPD (continuing professional development) element of this module means that you will be able to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline to improve your employability.
Advanced Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering
During this module you will develop your thinking in relation to an integrated design, material, and manufacturing approach. We will provide you with one of the key enabling capabilities needed to effectively evaluate specific areas of initial concept development and perform detailed engineering design and analysis throughout a project’s development cycle. This integrated engineering approach incorporates the infrastructure, design,
and analysis formats and tools that canbe exercised concurrently, and provides benefits from a standpoint of producing a better design, faster results, lower cost uncertainties, and reduced risk.
Robotics and Manufacturing Control Systems
You will explore the area of industrial robotics and their control. Industrial robots play an increasingly significant role in manufacturing automation. Consequently, an understanding of their hardware, software, and integration design are key to the use of such technologies in industry automation. You will also study the use of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in robot integration applications as a friendly user control unit to enhance the capability of the industry robot application.
You will carry out a professional development audit, develop your learning contract, and identify specific aspects of technical study in your given specialism that may complement or extend your academic studies at masters level. This will help your application for Chartered Engineering status. This module will be taught through work based learning and you will negotiate your area of study with the module leader.
You will study one module, such as:
This triple module is an integral and substantial part of your masters degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills you’ve gained during the course by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. You will produce a coherent, sustained, and comprehensive research study to demonstrate your ability to generate complex proposals with an awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations. You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in the production of clear, logically argued, and original work related to your field of study.
You'll normally need an appropriate engineering or science undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent, an equivalent professional qualification, or significant industrial or professional experience following your initial qualification.
If English is not your first language, you'll also need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
This course requires an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate. As part of the course you’ll learn to research, develop and apply new technologies, develop and promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, initiate marketing and construction concepts and pioneer new engineering services and management methods.
How to apply
Fees and finance
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£580 per 20 credits*
£580 per 20 credits*
£12000 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
We have excellent industry links with local businesses including Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier, Pektron, and the Regional Development Agency, EMDA. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination as appropriate.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
When you graduate you'll be able to apply current technology to a variety of areas in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. You'll have the skills and knowledge to enhance your earning potential and you'll be able to move into a responsible job in the sector.