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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Mechanical Engineering

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - pre-2016
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code MMPT22 & MMPT28
Length of programme The programme is based at Loughborough and is normally of twelve months' duration full-time, or over a period of not more than eight years if taken part-time. The maximum period of part-time study for a Diploma is 5 years or 3 years for a Certificate. The full-time programme comprises 120 credits of taught modules, and a 60 credit individual project. The part-time programme comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit individual project.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 10 Aug 2013 07:45:37 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • This programme provides postgraduate level education in mainstream Mechanical Engineering.
  • Its aim is to enable students to acquire the technical and transferable skills required to succeed in a career in industry or academic research by demonstrating their knowledge and ability at the highest level.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Benchmark statements for Engineering.

Industry input to steer programme content and delivery has been through an Industrial Advisory Committee which meets annually.

IMechE guidelines for accredited matching sections.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The generic nature of design and the phases and activities within the overall design process.
  • The role of human mental processes in design.
  • The relationships between design, manufacturing and commerce and the principles of new product development.
  • Scientific principles of structural analysis.
  • The role and limitations of finite element modelling and structural analysis.
  • Principles on non-linear finite element analysis.
  • Concepts of simulation of advanced materials and processes.
  • Best practice and new techniques in CAE and related computer analysis.
  • Management and people centred issues relating to CAE.
  • The application of design techniques specific to particular products and processes.
  • Methods to analyse and synthesise mechanisms and linkages.
  • Robotic manipulators and their control.
  • Defining and manipulating mathematical quantities.
  • Direct and inverse kinematics and trajectory planning of manipulators.
  • Combustion processes and emissions.
  • Theoretical fluid flow techniques and computational fluid dynamics.
  • Approaches to heat transfer analysis.
  • Sustainable development, environmental legislation, resource conservation and design for the environment in a company context.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the broad range of influences and activities within the design process and explain their significance.
  • Analyse engineering problems to assist in the product design process.
  • Model and analyse engineering structures and complex systems
  • Use simulation techniques for the modelling of advanced materials and processes.
  • Contribute to the innovative development of a new product.
  • Develop solutions for robotic applications.
  • Analyse and synthesise linkages and mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate problem solving in thermofluids problems.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  • Use the design process to plan and carry out projects.
  • Effectively apply design methods within the new product design process.
  • Select suitable computer based techniques for engineering design problems.
  • Use a range of computer based analysis and modelling techniques.
  • Select and conduct experimental procedures to support analysis and design.
  • Generate new ideas and develop and evaluate a range of solutions.
  • Use linkage design and analysis software; use simulation packages for machine linkages and robots.
  • Use techniques for the design and analysis of mechanisms.
  • Select and use appropriate computer hardware.
  • Adapt analytical procedures to suit new or unfamiliar situations.
  • Plan and execute simulations and practical tests using appropriate instrumentation.
  • Evaluate experimental thermofluid data.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Plan and monitor multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Appreciate the central role of design within engineering.
  • Demonstrate competence in using computer based engineering techniques.
  • Analyse and understand complex engineering problems.
  • Adopt systematic approach to integrating design requirements, materials and structures.
  • Use teamworking skills and communicate effectively at an advanced technical level.
  • Use time and resources effectively.
  • Demonstrate logical reasoning working in groups.
  • Generate and use technical evidence in the solution of engineering problems.
  • Use robotics in real world applications.
  • Solve problems through systematic analysis and where necessary learn new theories, concepts and methods in unfamiliar situations.
  • Select and analyse data to solve problems and present data to provide increased understanding.
  • Design experiments and analyse data.

4. Programme structure

4.1 The modules comprising the Programme are:




Modular Weight


Experimental Mechanics



Simulation of Advanced Materials & Processes



Structural Analysis



Computer Aided Engineering



Engineering Design Methods



Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context



The Innovation Process & Project  Management



Major Project (full-time)



Major Project (part-time)






4.1.1 The School reserves the right to withdraw or make amendments to the list of subjects at the beginning of each session. 

4.1.2 Students may exchange any of the taught modules listed above with modules from another Programme within the School with the agreement of the Postgraduate Programme Director.


4.2 Projects

4.2.1 The taught modules are normally prerequisites for the Project module, which is an individual project under the direction of a supervisor nominated by the Programme Director.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may be offered an opportunity to be re-assessed in the University's special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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