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Mechanical Engineering MSc


The MSc in Mechanical Engineering at LSBU is a broad-based course which will enable you to deepen your knowledge and understanding in core mechanical engineering disciplines, combined with research and business skills demanded by Industry and the Professional accrediting body (IMechE). The modules studied are informed by applied research from within the department and close links with industry and enterprise organisations. This MSc course builds on LSBU's rich history in engineering, where it has been studied for over 100 years.

LSBU offers sophisticated practical facilities including a virtual reality suite, advanced CAD-CAM capability including multi-axis milling, turning, and coordinate-measuring machine (CMM). Laboratories are well equipped for experimentation in solids, solid-mechanics and thermofluids. In addition to structured sessions, you'll be encouraged to utilise the facilities for your major project.

Research and business skills are developed through specific modules, using engineering examples and case-studies and our course incorporates a management-related module focused on entrepreneurship and project management. This management module develops our graduates' commercial awareness and ensures that they have the skill-set valued by industry employers. The major project offers the opportunity to specialise in one area, which may be relevant to your future employment or further research aspirations. You'll be offered a wide range of projects supported by academics with expertise in the field, or you can propose your own project.

We're the number one London modern university for graduate prospects in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


  • Technical research and professional skills
    This module develops the skills needed to gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in a group project environment.
  • Technology evaluation and commercialisation
    You'll be guided towards identifying a technology project idea and evaluate its business potential by conducting detailed research and analysis.The outcomes from this will serve as the basis for implementation of the selected technology in the business sense, developing the appropriate commercialisation strategy, and writing a business plan for your high-tech start-up company.
  • Engineering design, analysis, and manufacture
    This module broadens your knowledge base, and will involve case studies and practical work that demonstrate how advanced analysis is employed in the engineering design process. The module will involve the application of finite element analysis (FEA) and CAD-CAM, with an integrated approach to engineering design.
  • Advanced solid mechanics and dynamics
    This module covers the basic concepts of solid mechanics from a mathematical modelling perspective.The module incorporates engineering design and appreciation of sustainability issues as common themes running through the module.You'll need a good background in analytical techniques like linear algebra and differential equations. You'll use classical approaches to solid mechanics together with modern approaches and deal with complex problems in mechanics both systematically and creatively.
  • Advanced instrumentation and design
    This module develops advanced techniques in data acquisition and manipulation required for instrumentation and control applications.  Further, it consolidates lectures with experimental computer-based assignments using industry standard hardware and software (NI DAQ and LabView). The module develops your knowledge and experience in data acquisition and virtual instrumentation used in Industry for control purposes.
  • Advanced thermofluids and energy analysis
    This module provides you with an opportunity to study applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, with emphasis on power-producing devices, energy systems and renewable energy. You'll cover experimental techniques for measurement of performance of power-producing devices and fluid mechanic systems in both theory and practice. You'll analyse energy systems, including environmental impact, and develop the ability to critically appraise alternative power-producing devices to meet current and future energy needs.
  • Major project
    You'll undertake a major project in an area that is relevant to your MSc in Mechanical Engineering.You'll choose your project and carry it out under the guidance of a supervisor. At the end of the project, you'll present a dissertation, which forms a major element of the assessment.

Assessment is comprised of examinations, practical work, laboratory reports, log-books, formal reports, presentations and a spoken examination following competition of your major project.


This MSc will deepen and broaden your knowledge base in the mechanical engineering field, helping you to attain professional awards such as becoming a Chartered Engineer. Chartered Engineers typically earn more than their colleagues, and our broad-based masters has been designed in accordance with IMechE's guidelines to ensure you have a wide range of career opportunities open to you after graduation.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.



Prof. Yuqing Bao

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Professor of Materials Engineering

Yuqing is Professor of Materials Engineering and her research activities include precursors and processes for surface coatings, polymers, ceramics and glass-based composites.

Dr Mark Ellis

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Mark joined London South Bank University in 2011 as Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Abas Hadawey

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Course Director for MSc Mechanical Engineering

Dr Abas Hadawey is a senior lecturer in School of Engineering, with BSc, MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Ravee Sundararajan

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Advanced Vehicle Engineering

Ravee Sundararajan has a broad ranging teaching and research background and has worked on a variety of projects both in industry and academia. He is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Advanced Vehicle Engineering programme.

Barney Townsend

School/Division: Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design
Job title: Senior Lecturer - BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design

Barney Townsend's teaches on Design Methods, CAD, and Prototyping, and his research explores novel CAD interfaces and future applications for additive manufacturing technologies.


During your master's course you'll have access to up-to-date and large-scale workshops, laboratories and design studios which are highly in tune with leading technologies. LSBU has made considerable investment into it's engineering facilities, and thanks to our commitment to developing work-ready graduates, you'll be developing and producing your work in an industry standard environment.

Read more about our workshops, laboratories and industry-standard software packages.

  • Virtual Engineering lab

    Virtual Engineering lab

    Our virtual engineering laboratory allows engineering students to walk around their designs and view them in 3-D, as well as experiment and improve on them in real-time.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in Mechanical Engineering; or
  • Professional qualifications (e.g. CEng) along with several years of relevant industrial experience (should include analytical work). The relevant industrial experience is to be assessed by the Course Director.
  • Overseas applicants are required to have a minimum English language IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any of the components.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for clearance from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) in order to study this course. This is a requirement for enrolment at the University or for obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) if you need to make a Tier 4 General visa application. Please note, an ATAS certificate is not needed for you to submit an application for a course at LSBU and to receive an offer.

You can find more information about whether you will require this via the FCO website and in our MyLSBU guide to the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.

The process for obtaining an ATAS certificate can take some time so it is important that you check whether you need one as early as possible so that you can make your application for the certificate to obtain it in good time. Failure to produce a valid ATAS certificate could result in delays to receiving your CAS or we may be unable to enrol you at the University.

The JACS code for this course is H300.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 year
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2 years
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Application method

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

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Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4323Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3866.67International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 4324Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.


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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

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