MSc(Res) Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

A winning combination of advanced teaching and invaluable research experience.

Sheffield is an international centre of excellence in mechanical engineering.

Our world-famous research centres include the Insigneo Institute, where we're revolutionising the treatment of disease, and the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing. We also work closely with the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Our MSc(Research) courses go further than a standard MSc, with the research part of the course roughly 50 per cent larger so that you can explore your subject in more depth.

You can also take taught modules which will help you with your project. And you'll have regular contact with at least two academics - your personal tutor and project supervisor.

About the course

Like our classic MSc, this course combines advanced taught modules with research experience. But with an MSc(Res), the research project goes into much more detail, giving you an edge in the jobs market.

The long menu of bite-sized optional modules means you can cover a lot of ground on this course. And you still get to specialise for your dissertation.

We also teach the techniques and transferable skills you'll need for a career in industry.

For the dissertation, you'll carry out a research project of your own and write it up over the summer.

Core modules

  • Information Management for Researchers
  • Research project
  • Advanced Experiments and Modelling

Optional modules

A selection from:

  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Aerodynamic Design
  • Experimental Stress Analysis
  • Tribology of Machine Elements
  • Mechanical Engineering of Railways
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Heat Transfer
  • Structural Vibration, Analysis and Practice
  • Advanced Finite Element Modelling
  • Engineering Composite Materials
  • Signal Processing and Instrumentation

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Nivedita Kulkarni, MSc(Res) Advanced Mechanical Engineering

My research is complemented by the research work being carried out by the energy research centre at the University so it’s really beneficial to have this expertise in the same field.

Nivedita Kulkarni, MSc(Res) Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 in mechanical engineering or a related subject. If you have qualifications in other science/engineering subjects such as maths or physics, or you have relevant professional experience, we’ll consider your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Our courses are designed to prepare you for a career in industry. You'll get plenty of practical research experience, as well as training in research methods and management. Recent graduates now work for Arup, Rolls-Royce and Network Rail.

A world-famous department

This is one of the largest, most respected mechanical engineering departments in the UK. Our reputation for excellence attracts world-class staff and students. They’re involved in projects like improving car designs and designing jaw replacements – projects that make a difference.

Support for international students

Our students come from all over the world. We will help you get to know the department and the city. Your personal tutor will support you throughout your course. And we can help you with your English if you need it.

Labs and equipment

We've just refurbished a large section of our laboratory space and have invested over £350,000 in equipment including new fatigue testing facilities, a CNC milling centre, a laser scanning machine and a 3D printer.

Dr Rachel Tomlinson

We have been working with Pilkington plc to develop a technique for quantifying residual stress distribution in thermally toughened glass.

Car designers are presenting glass manufacturers with the challenge of making panoramic windows, made from thinner glass, which must withstand the rigours of the latest safety tests. Smart phones also contain thin glass, which must be tough and safe. The instrument we’ve developed has the potential to improve quality control in the manufacture of such products.

Dr Rachel Tomlinson, Experimental Stress Analysis tutor

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Jocelyn Storey
T: +44 (0)114 222 7704