MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Application Dates
Applications Open
1 Oct 2019
Course Overview
Masters (Coursework)
Tuition Fees
see website
Cranfield, United Kingdom
1 Year
Prior Study
Bachelor honours degree
Graduation Results
Not applicable
Study Field


A general advanced mechanical engineering course particularly relevant to the energy and transport sectors, including mechanical engineering design and assessment. Students will learn project management, design, computer-aided engineering, operation and optimisation of machinery, structural mechanics and integrity.

Course Information

Start date: Full-time: October. Part-time: throughout the year

Duration: One year full-time; two-three years part-time

Delivery: Taught modules 40%, Group Project 20%, Individual Research Project 40%

Qualification: MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Study type: Full-time / Part-time

The taught programme for the Advanced Mechanical Engineering masters is generally delivered from October until March and is comprised of eight compulsory taught modules. Students on the part-time programme will complete all of the compulsory modules based on a flexible schedule that will be agreed with the Course Director.

Who is it for?

Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield is unique in that it offers you a broad range of mechanical engineering projects with the added component of a management flavour. This provides the opportunity for you to enhance your mechanical engineering skill with a view to developing your career in the management of large engineering projects.

In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, you will attain at least the following learning outcomes from this degree course:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of advanced mechanical engineering techniques necessary for solutions in the transport and energy sectors
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge across appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organisations
  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically assess the relative merits, and effectively use appropriate information from a variety of sources.

Why this course?

The MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering is differentiated from other courses available primarily by its industrial context through the strong links we have with national and international industry. We build our industrial links through research and consultancy, which allows us to provide practical and current examples to help illustrate learning throughout the course.

This course is also available on a part-time basis for individuals who wish to study whilst remaining in full-time employment. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. We are very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offer a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

This degree is particularly industrially focused; although the course does not at present have an industrial advisory board, the course staff are heavily involved in industrially funded and oriented research and development.

The Head of Department, for example, sits on the IMechE Offshore Engineering committee, two BSI committees, the Engineering Integrity Society and is Chairman of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress Offshore, Renewable Energy Committee. Course content is reviewed annually by the course team and project/group work is by and large related to the Department's industrially funded research.

Your Teaching Team

You will be taught by Cranfield’s leading academic experts including:

  • Dr Maurizio Collu 
  • Professor Feargal Brennan 
  • Dr Yi Cao 
  • Dr Athanasios Kolios 
  • Dr Ali Mehmanparast 
  • Dr Takafumi Nishino

The course also includes visiting lecturers from industry who will relate the theory to current best practice. In recent years, our students have received lectures from industry speakers including: 

  • Dr Amir Chahardehi - Senior Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Engineer at Atkins 
  • Chris Hill - Chris has 17 years of experience at the Solutia UK Ltd (formerly Monsanto) site in Newport, South Wales where he has been employed first as a Project Engineer, but more recently as a Control Systems Engineer. 
  • Stephen Carver - Lecturer in project management in the Project Management Group, School of Management, and Director of the Management for Technology programme and the MBA Communications Course. 
  • Professor John Sharp, Visiting Professor to the Offshore Technology Centre, lecturing on UK Offshore regulations and the application of risk base regulations to offshore hazards. He has more than 20 years experience in the offshore industry including a period as Head of Research in the Offshore Safety Division of HSE.


This MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Group project

The group project undertaken between October and April enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. You will put in to practice analytical and numerical skills developed in the compulsory modules.

The aim of the group project is to provide you with direct experience of applying knowledge to an industrially relevant problem that requires a team-based multidisciplinary solution. You will develop a fundamental range of skills required to work in a team including team member roles and responsibilities, project management, delivering technical presentations and exploiting the variety of expertise of each individual member. Each group will be given an industrially relevant assignment to perform. Industry involvement is an integral component for the group project, to give you first-hand experience at working within real life challenging situations. 

It is clear that the modern design engineer cannot be divorced from the commercial world. In order to provide practice in this matter, a poster presentation will be required from all students. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner. All groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industry partner.

Part-time students are encouraged to participate in a group project as it provides a wealth of learning opportunities. However, an option of an individual dissertation is available if agreed with the Course Director.

Recent group projects include:

  • Preliminary design of an offshore floating wind turbine
  • Multi-disciplinary design of an high speed marine vehicle with aerodynamic surfaces
  • Design optimisation of the drive train for a vertical axis wind turbine. 

Individual project

The aim of the individual research project is to provide you with direct experience in undertaking a research/development project in a relevant industrial or research area. You will make a formal presentation of your findings to a panel of academics and industry experts and submit a research thesis.

The individual research project component takes place from March to August.

For part-time students it is common that their research thesis is undertaken in collaboration with their place of work and supported by academic supervision.

Recent individual research projects include:

Comparison of a panel method and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) method to estimate the aerodynamic coefficients of a profile flying in ground effect
The stress shielding effect of cracks in loaded components
Review and modelling of heave and roll motion passive damping systems for offshore floating support structures for wind turbines.