The first two semesters comprise predominantly taught material at Master’s level, taking students from typical graduate standard at entry, to a contemporary research base level. The third session involves students undertaking a research project and completing a dissertation in the field of Advanced Mechanical Engineering. Areas that are covered by this course include:
All students complete a case study and project that are integrated to allow them to explore in depth a topic selected from the above and other areas of mechanical engineering. The aim is to provide individually tailored programmes to meet the needs of participants in a flexible yet focussed manner, with the project seen as being the key opportunity to acquire and exercise leading edge mechanical engineering knowledge. Students will be guided and encouraged to show originality in applying the knowledge they acquire, and will develop an appreciation of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be trained to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and will be given the opportunity and encouragement to demonstrate initiative and innovation in solving challenging problems and in designing new components and systems.
The programme will prepare students for entry into a research-based or engineering-based career. It is intended that the programme will be submitted to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to be approved as Further Learning, and be an exemplifying academic award for Chartered Engineering status. In addition to technical skills, students will acquire professional skills such as effective communication to technical, management and non-technical audiences, project planning, evaluation and prioritisation.