MSc Mechanical EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
100 year history
Help us build on LSBU's rich history in engineering, which we've been teaching for over 100 years. This broad-based course will deepen your understanding of core mechanical engineering disciplines, as well as developing the research and business skills demanded by the industry.
We offer sophisticated facilities, including a virtual reality suite and advanced CAD-CAM capability. Laboratories are well equipped for experimentation in solids, solid-mechanics and thermofluids. In addition to structured sessions, you'll be able to take full advantage of our facilities for your major project.
Why Mechanical Engineering at LSBU?
- Professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
- Make use of our stand-out facilities, like our virtual engineering lab and 3D printing.
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- Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst UK competitors in Mechanical Engineering (National Student Survey 2020).
- No. 1 London modern uni for graduate prospects in Mechanical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
- Ranked 1st for student experience and teaching quality in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
Modules are informed by applied research from within the department and from close links within industry and enterprise organisations.
Research and business skills are developed through specific modules, using engineering examples and case studies. What's more, our course incorporates a management-related module focused on entrepreneurship and project management.
The major project offers the opportunity to specialise in one area, which may be relevant to your future employment or further research aspirations.
Assessment is comprised of examinations, practical work, laboratory reports, log-books, formal reports, presentations and a spoken examination following competition of your major project.
- 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.
Our broad-based masters has been designed in accordance with IMechE's guidelines to help you to attain professional awards, including becoming a Chartered Engineer, who typically earn more than their colleagues.
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.
The School has a strong culture of research and extensive research links with industry through consultancy works and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. We're based in central London, providing excellent access to the professional body head-quarters (IMechE) for attending extra-curricular lectures and use of library resources.
In-sync with industry
Accreditation is a mark of quality assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council, who represent the engineering profession. This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
- IMechE is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with 100,000 members working at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.
Read more about our workshops, laboratories and industry-standard software packages.
Teaching and learning
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. ATAS certificate is a requirement for enrolment at the University, you will need one if you are an international student applying to study for a postgraduate qualification in the UK and it is now a requirement for every 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.
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 CAH code for this course is CAH10-01-02.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Prepare to start
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9590||International fee: £14470|
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Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £4262.22||International fee: £6431.11|
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Possible fee changes
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Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study
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