Mechanical Engineering MSc

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Cover a range of topics at the cutting edge of mechanical engineering using the latest digital tools. Benefit from industrial links with the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP). Apply the latest technologies to real and current engineering problems.

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The course will cover a range of topics at the cutting edge of the discipline using the latest digital tools. Topics will cover core aspects of Mechanical Engineering along with their application in design and manufacturing. The project will also develop research skills and you will learn to apply these to apply the latest technologies to real and current engineering problems.

Project work will be a strong focus of the course and you will learn interactively by applying the skills you develop using our recently upgraded laboratory facilities.

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Strong industrial links delivered via Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP)
  • 95.3% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on UK postgraduate students)
  • Recent significant investment in Engineering laboratories

Course structure

You will be taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical activities and project work. Assessment methods will include coursework and exams.

Modules include:

  • Research in Practice (30 credits)

Gain an understanding of the expectations of Masters-level work and support in developing the appropriate research and communication skills.

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)

Focus on the modelling, simulation, and control of dynamic engineering systems which can be applied in a range of applications such as Industrial Robotics and Process Control systems. Cover the use of formal mathematical models and the application of simulation software to investigate a range of theoretical and practical dynamic control topics.

  • Digital Engineering (30 credits)

Build on your existing knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) and design methodologies to provide an extended insight into a range of digital tools that can be applied in a modern digital designworkflow. Explore how the following digital engineering applications can be integrated to create a workflow for a particular design process: Reverse Engineering, CAD, FEA, Digital Prototyping, CAM.

  • Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

Using your research and critical analysis skills, draw on the knowledge you have gained during the course of the programme to address a real engineering problem or research question at the forefront of the discipline.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Advanced Materials Engineering (30 credits)

Study the latest research into the production, characterisation and application of advanced materials.

  • Smart Factories (30 credits)

Investigate the latest technology that can be deployed to improve the effectiveness of manufacturing facilities including the use of Smart Instrumentation, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and Robotics and Automation technologies.

  • Engineering Management Practice (30 credits)

Learn about the issues facing modern engineering operations to include operations management and improvement, lean manufacturing techniques, supply chain management and development, maintenance strategy and development and condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Backed by industry and high profile engineers such as Patron Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers.

    Students are challenged to design, test, build and race a 600cc single-seat racing car against other universities in the Formula Student contest. The University of Sunderland's Formula Student Team is supported by industry and we are currently working with companies such as Wurth and Alice Racing. We operate a number of test vehicles and have access to the test track adjacent to Nissan MMUK in Sunderland.

    Formula Student / SU Racing
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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  • Map and directions


You will be based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre. Our specialist labs include:

• Product Development Lab
• Electronics Lab
• Automation Lab
• Project Lab
• Material Characterisation Lab
• Formulation Lab
• Thermofluids Lab
• Mechanical Engineering Lab

You will have access to a range of industry leading technologies at the Industry Centre, the home of the Institute of Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice as well as access to industrial standard software to help prepare you for a future career in a digital context.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is a first degree (2:2) in Mechanical Engineering.  

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

International students must apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to study this course in the UK. You must apply for this before we can issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you will need when applying for a visa. For more information on how to do this please visit

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,000 if you are an international student

The part-time fee for this course is £361 per 10 credits.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the other scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you. 

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


An MSc will help develop you into a critical, questioning problem solver who can identify problems and apply technology to improve and optimise industrial processes – these are the skills industry needs.

Graduate success

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines, GSK, Northumbrian Water, Hitachi and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research in major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.


Our Engineering team is engaged in a wide range of industry projects via AMAP including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy. AMAP is also host to the North East Maintenance Forum (NEMF) – a quarterly meeting attended by a wide range of industrial representatives from a number of sectors including manufacturing, process industries and utilities. Several academics are also engaged in activities with professional engineering institutions such as the The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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