Business Innovation & Enterprise: You will learn how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. The unit will evaluate external opportunities that exist, conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.
Structural Integrity: After completing this unit you will have developed a professional competence and critical awareness of selecting appropriate methods for designing and analysing structural components. You'll be able to independently apply structural integrity theories for solving a range of engineering problems, and have the ability to diagnose the causes of structural failure and propose methods of avoiding them in the future.
Group Project: Gain professional management skills for working in a team to produce a solution to a technical problem. Develop the ability to determine basic personality characteristics in self and others, undertaking a rationale analysis of how personality characteristics affect group dynamics and understanding strategies for managing self and others when working in a team.
Materials Failure & Prevention: Develop an understanding of the underlying reasons and mechanisms of materials failures in order to design against and diagnose failure in engineering materials.
Research Methods: This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Individual Master's Project. You will use key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. Dates: 5 days w/c 7 March 2016
Individual Master's Project: Using real life problems you will use your knowledge gained from the programme, research findings and industrial experiences to produce an independently conducted piece of work. Your project may be linked to your workplace or to research being undertaken within one of BU's research themes. This project will develop your knowledge of philosophy, methodologies and techniques of research provide you with an opportunity to critically investigate and report on a particular issue in depth and enable you to engage in complex issues and present an analytically rigorous and well-argued case.
To enable effective, practical learning and minimise time away from the workplace, units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place five to six weeks after the delivery of the unit.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for MSc Mechanical Engineering Design.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
The optional placement provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course. The placement should be a paid job but voluntary work can be just as enjoyable.
Experience gained on the placement is invaluable in helping you to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing your employment prospects upon graduation. Our dedicated Placements Office helps you to obtain placements and you will receive support throughout the placement experience. Interview techniques and advice are also provided to help you successfully gain a placement. A number of companies habitually accept students from this course for the placement year.
How long is my placement?
You will begin your placement after completion of the taught units and you will be expected to complete a minimum of 40 weeks.
Our students have previously worked for:
- Jaguar Cars Ltd
- Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
- Dyson Appliances Ltd
- The Gillette Company.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
Possession of a 2:2 degree or equivalent in an engineering discipline
Applicants who wish to gain the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status you will need to have:
- a degree accredited by IED to MIED level or
- academic qualifications that have been approved at MIED level through the IED Education and Training Committee or equivalent.
If you wish to register as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK, you will need to make sure that your undergraduate degree (or other relevant academic qualification) is recognised by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) at the correct level. If your qualification was awarded outside of the UK, you can choose to send it to the IED for review (the IED will charge a fee for this). We are happy to discuss professional membership options with you during the application process.
It is a requirement of the professional accrediting body that we speak to you about your academic status, so we will invite you to participate in an interview in person, on the phone or by Skype.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
Background and experience
For MSc Mechanical Engineering Design we are looking for applicants who:
- Have an interest in applying mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in engineering design
- Wish to gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, manufacturing processes and failure criteria
- Wish to become fully aware of the enterprise and business driven aspects of design
- Wish to gain the ability and confidence to apply their knowledge and skills to specific design problems individually or in a group
- Wish to communicate effectively with both those working in the field of design engineering and with the wider public.
MSc Mechanical Engineering Design is a course for graduate engineers who wish to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience in design engineering. You may also want to gain the internationally recognised title of Chartered Engineer (CEng) but do not currently meet the academic requirements. It is a requirement of the professional accrediting body that we speak to you about your academic status, so we will invite you to participate in a telephone interview.
It is generally accepted that professionals holding CEng status benefit from significantly improved careers prospects than their peers. Applicants may be recently qualified graduates or those who completed their degrees some time ago.
If you have ambitions of being a chartered engineer (CEng) then this course will provide you with the ideal start. In order to achieve CEng status it is recognised that most chartered engineers will hold an appropriate Master's degree like this one. Graduates holding professional status and accredited degrees are highly valued by employers in the UK and internationally, meaning you will be well equipped to embark on a successful career in the engineering industry.
Some of our Mechanical Engineering Design graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Chartered engineer
- Mechanical engineering designer
- Project manager.
Industries worked in
- Mechanical engineering design
- Project management
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.