Mechanical Engineering MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
Typically 3 years (up to 8 years)
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the UK for Research Quality

(REF 2014)


in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2018


of 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes


Our Mechanical Engineering MSc is designed to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global market; the availability of well-designed products, processes and systems is the foundation of successful commercial enterprises.

The Mechanical Engineering programme will broaden your mechanical engineering knowledge; introduce you to new and modern subject areas, applications and practices. You will develop the technical and transferable skills highly sought after by industry or academic research.
We have high-tech laboratories devoted to:
  • Dynamics and control
  • Electronics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Materials
  • Mechatronics
  • Metrology
  • Optical engineering and high power lasers
  • Structural integrity
On completion of this programme, you 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
  • Use team working skills and communicate effectively at an advanced technical level
Loughborough University is one of the UK’s leading centers of excellence for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Our new STEMLab, a 17 million investment, is being created to provide a state-of-the-art learning facility for our students, covering most of our Science and Engineering disciplines on campus.
The Wolfson School is engaged in a large portfolio of high quality research in many areas of core Mechanical Engineering aspects. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for overall quality of research in mechanical, manufacturing, aeronautical and chemical engineering in the latest Government Research Exercise (REF 2014). The School has also received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, in recognition of the research being carried out.

What makes this programme different?

  • Underpinned by the latest research and best practice
  • Access our brand new £17 million STEMLab
  • Experience research-led teaching from international experts
  • Develop the latest technical and transferable skills specific to the mechanical engineering industry

Who should study this programme?

The Mechanical Engineering programme is aimed at both new graduates and engineering professionals who wish to develop advanced skills in engineering science, design and technology.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in any engineering discipline, or HND with appropriate industrial experience. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

The modules on our Mechanical Engineering MSc are taught by leading experts in the field, and content is directly informed by the latest industry advancements and our research expertise.


Mechanical Engineering covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

All modules are compulsory modules. Modules are directly informed by the latest industry advancements and our research expertise, and are taught by leading experts in the field.

Semester 1

Innovation Process and Entrepreneurship in Engineering

This module allows students to gain a critical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship process in engineering and manufacturing industry. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of different phases and activities essential to successfully initiate and implement a new engineering business or designing a new product. They will also learn the principles of new product development and the entrepreneurship process within manufacturing and engineering context.

Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Sustainable Development: The Engineering Context

The objective of this module are to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable development and to provide them with an understanding of how engineers can help manufacturing businesses develop into more sustainable enterprises.
Assessment: 20% Coursework and 80% written examination.

Computer Aided Engineering

Students will learn how to evaluate, choose and implement CAE systems. Students will learn to select and apply appropriate computer based methods and systems for modelling engineering products; analysing engineering problems; and assisting in the product design process.
Assessment: 100% Coursework

Structural Analysis

Students will gain an understanding of modern concepts of structural analysis. They will gain practical experience in analyses of structures using finite-element modelling and understand the need for structural analysis in design.
Assessment: 50% Coursework and 50% written examination.

Engineering Design Methods

The aims of this module are to provide students with a working understanding of some of the main methods which may be employed in the design of products and systems. Students will learn to identify appropriate methods and techniques for use at different times and situations within a project.
Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Semester 2

Experimental Mechanics

This module introduces the following elements: experimental techniques for analysis and characterisation of various engineering materials and full-field, non-contact optical methods for deformation and strain measurements. Students will learn to identify the most appropriate experimental techniques for evaluating material response in a specific setting and for different types of materials.
Assessment: 50% Coursework and 50% written examination.


In this module students study the fundamentals of combustion processes and understand key aspects relating to performance and emissions. Students develop knowledge and skills required by engineers entering industries involved in the design and use of combustion equipment.
Assessment: 50% Coursework and 50% written examination.

Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes

The objective of this module is to introduce students to the concepts in numerical simulation of advanced materials and processes. To enable students to gain theoretical and practical experience in simulating mechanical behavior of advanced materials and modelling processes related to these materials using finite element modelling techniques.
Assessment: 100% Coursework.


In addition to the taught modules, all students undertake an individual major project. Part-time students normally undertake a major project that is based on the needs of their employing company.
The aims of this module are for students to practice aspects of engineering and/or engineering management, (i) in a simulated professional situation; (ii) to develop their ability in individual work; (iii) apply knowledge gained in several subject areas in previous modules; (iv) to exercise their initiative, imagination and creativity; and (v) to gain experience in planning, presentation and reporting of a major engineering work.
Assessment: 100% Coursework.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed via a combination of coursework and written examinations.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our graduates are highly employable and work all over the world in various industries. Many also go on to complete their research degrees at universities across the globe.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:
  • Airbus, Mechanical Engineer
  • BAE Systems, Structural Engineer
  • Chicago Bridge and Iron, Pipeline Engineer
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Product Development Engineer

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.