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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Mechanical Engineering

Academic Year: 2020/21

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, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)

Final award MSc/ PGDip / PGCert
Programme title Mechanical Engineering
Programme code WSPT08 (Full-Time) & WSPT58 (Part-Time)
Length of programme 1 year for full-time and 3 years (typically) for part-time. Maximum period for part time study is 6 years.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

MSc Full time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/WSPT08

MSc Part time: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/WSPT58

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:08:20 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques required for the application of advanced mechanical engineering concepts to complex engineering problems.

The programme aims to develop:

  • Knowledge and advanced technical expertise in the application of a wide range of advanced mechanical engineering technologies.
  • Deeper knowledge in specialist areas of mechanical engineering analysis and experimental techniques
  • High-quality advanced engineering knowledge and experience in project management, sustainability, research and development skills.

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

  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer Standard, Engineering Council UK, 2013.

  • UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence; The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Engineering Council UK, 2013. 

  • Subject Benchmark Statement: Engineering, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, October 2019.

  • Master's degree characteristics, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, September 2015.

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:

K1 Scientific principles of structural analysis and the role and limitations of finite element (FE) modelling

K2 Concepts of simulation of advanced material behaviour and the application of non-linear finite element analysis

K3 Techniques in material characterisation using optical and mechanical testing methods

K4 Combustion processes, techniques for the analysis and emissions

K5 Theoretical fluid flow techniques and application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

K6 Approaches to heat transfer analysis and applications in mechanical engineering practice

K7 Best practice and new techniques in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and related computer analysis

K8 Management and people centred issues relating to CAE

K9 The application of design techniques specific to particular products and processes

K10 Knowledge of principles of product development, the phases, activities within the overall design process and entrepreneurship process within manufacturing

K11 The relationships between design, manufacturing and commerce and the principles of new product development

K12 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:

C1 Analyse engineering problems to assist in the product design process

C2 Model and analyse engineering structures and complex systems

C3 Use simulation techniques for the modelling of advanced materials and processes

C4 Model and analyse advanced  thermos-fluids problems

C5 Contribute to the innovative development of a new product

C6 Appreciate the broad range of influences and activities within the design process and explain their significance

C7 Apply engineering techniques to mechanical engineering problems taking into account of industrial, commercial and sustainability constraints.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1 Use the design process to plan and carry out projects

P2 Effectively apply design methods within the new product design process

P3 Select suitable computer based techniques for engineering design problems

P4 Use a range of computer based analysis and modelling techniques

P5 Select and conduct experimental procedures to support analysis and design

P6 Plan and execute simulations and practical tests using appropriate instrumentation

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1 Plan and monitor multi-disciplinary projects.

T2 Appreciate the central role of design within engineering.

T3 Demonstrate competence in using computer based engineering analysis tools and techniques.

T4 Analyse and understand complex mechanical engineering problems involving structural analysis.

T5 Adopt systematic approach to integrating design requirements, materials and structures.

T6 Employ methods to assist innovation, team-working and communication.

T7 Use time and resources effectively.

T8 Demonstrate logical reasoning working in groups.

T9 Generate and use technical evidence in the solution of engineering problems

T10 Select and analyse data to solve problems and present data to provide increased understanding. 

4. Programme structure

4.1 The following table lists the modules that comprise the programme. All modules on the programme are compulsory

Semester 1

Compulsory module (60 credits)

WSP130 Structural Analysis 15
WSP409 Engineering for Sustainable Development        15
WSP415 Engineering Design Methods 15
WSP438 Innovation Process & Entrepreneurship in Engineering 15

Semester 2

Compulsory module (60 credits)

WSP102 Experimental Mechanics 15
WSP103 Simulation of Advanced Materials & Processes 15
WSP331 Computer Aided Engineering 15
WSP830 Thermofluids 15

Project (60 credits)

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

WSP501 Major Project (full-time)                               60
WSP504 Major Project (part-time) 60


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.

In addition:

  • To meet PSRB requirements students must achieve a minimum of 150 credits with the remaining modules achieving a mark no lower than 40%.
  • To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, candidates must have accumulated at least 60 credits excluding the Major Project (WSP501/WSP504).

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XXI for candidates who have the right of re-examination to undergo reassessment 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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