Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between an MSc and an MSc(Res) course?

Our MSc(Res) courses are designed to have a strong focus on research. They combine taught modules with a substantial research project worth 75 out of 180 credits. These courses are ideal if you're interested in developing your research skills or want to study a particular topic in depth.

Our MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering and MSc Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Management involve a smaller research project (60 credits), giving you more opportunity to choose from our wide range of optional modules.

What happens when the individual project is allocated?

A key component for each of our MSc degrees is the individual project. This will give you practical experience of research in your chosen field. Our students will get the opportunity to tackle research problems in engineering. The range of project topics is diverse and reflects the expertise of academic staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

There will be three information lectures about the MSc projects and the first information lecture will be dedicated to explaining the structure of MSc individual projects including the allocation process, marking scheme and assessment plan.

You will be given a list of available projects during your first five weeks of term. You’ll be able to select six titles and place them in order of preference. You'll be allocated a title from these projects soon after. The results will be sent to you via email (please refer to MSc handbook for the important dates). After allocation you are expected to arrange a first meeting with your supervisor. During the first meeting you and your supervisor will need to plan regular project meetings (more information about meetings can be found in the guide to MSc individual project).

At the end of your project you will be asked to submit final report (thesis) and attend Viva where you will have opportunity to present your results.

You can refer to MSc handbook and guide to MSc individual projects for more information.

How will I be taught and assessed as an MSc student? What is a typical week like?

Our MSc modules are generally run over the course of 12 teaching weeks, with opportunities for direct teaching, supported learning and self study. This can be through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials and practical classes, as well as group project work and virtual learning environments.

As such, a typical week may have a selection of lectures, problem classes and practical laboratory sessions timetabled and these are often based in the Diamond building. In addition, there can be academic office hours or tutorial sessions to support your self study.

Assessment will reflect the learning objectives of each module and can include both formal examination and coursework assessments. Coursework ranges from technical reports and academic posters, to presentations and portfolios. The details of these are set out at the start of each module, so students are aware of the format and timetable of assessment.

Are the MSc courses accredited?

Yes, all of our courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). Our MSc courses meet, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status. MSc graduates who also have an accredited BEng (Hons) will be able to show they have met all the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

What do your graduates go on to do?

With a focus on deepening your knowledge following an undergraduate degree, our MSc courses are designed to prepare you for your future career – building on your specialist interest and offering you further practical experience.

A number of our graduates go into industry - particularly manufacturing, transport and power generation. Many have found employment with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Arup and Network Rail, whilst others have gone on to work for engineering consultancies, in both technical and managerial roles. Our graduates have also gone onto PhD study and research, started their own business, or transferred their skills, for example becoming teachers, consultants, or charity workers.

You can read profiles with some of our former students here, and find out what they are up to now.