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School of Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc (Eng)

Advanced Mechanical Engineering - Masters Course


This programme offers a broad range of advanced subjects across the mechanical engineering disciplines. It’s aimed at graduate engineers who wish to pursue a career in industry using advanced engineering techniques, or those who want to gain in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.

We emphasise the application of computational methods and packages in mechanical engineering analysis design and manufacture to solve complex engineering problems, but you’ll choose from a wide variety of options that allow you to tailor your studies to suit your own interests or career ambitions. You could gain specialist knowledge in mechatronics and robotics, automotive engineering, tribology, aerospace engineering and many more.

You’ll be taught in world-class facilities by researchers who are making breakthroughs in their fields. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career.

Specialist facilities
We have an impressive range of world-class facilities to support your studies. In addition to our advanced CAD facilities for design work, we have the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of material stress analysis.

There’s also a well-equipped workshop with CNC machinery, 3D printing facilities and wire EDM for building parts and extensive lab facilities for solid and fluid dynamics, erosion, corrosion, tribology, combustion, control and dynamics, robotics and optical measurement.

Find out about our MSc programme managers on our staff profiles page.

Course duration: 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time)
Start date: September
Course fees (full-time): UK/EU: £10,000; International: £19,500
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £2,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.


Course content

In Semester 1 you’ll take a core module that introduces you to the fundamentals of computational and experimental methods, laying the groundwork for the rest of your studies. Beyond this, you’ll be able to choose modules in areas that suit your interests and career aspirations such as Combustion in Engines, fluid dynamics analysis, biomaterials or aspects of automotive and aerospace engineering.

Throughout the programme you’ll complete your Professional Project – an independent piece of research on a topic within mechanical engineering that allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. In the two taught semesters you’ll review the literature around your topic and plan the project, before completing the design, analysis, computation, experimentation and writing up in the summer months.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll extend your studies over a longer period so you can take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take two compulsory modules including your Professional project, and then select six optional module

Compulsory modules Credits
Computational and Experimental Methods  15
Professional Project 75
Optional modules (study 90 credits)  
Finite Element Methods of Analysis 20
Mechatronics and Robotics Applications 15
Automotive Chassis Engineering 15
Automotive Driveline Engineering 15
Combustion in Engines 15
Surface Engineering 15
Biomaterials 15
Functional Joint Replacement Technology 15
Introduction to Tribology 15
Aerospace Structures 15
Rotary Wing Aircraft 15
Vehicle and Product Systems Design 15
Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis 15



After graduating from this course, you will be in a good position to seek employment with many leading organisations such as Airbus, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Transportation, Crompton Technology Group, Cummins UK, DePuy International, EAS Engineering, E-ON UK, Faraday Packaging Partnership, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan Motor Company, Prodrive, Ricardo UK and Siemens.

Careers Support
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related engineering discipline. Successful applicants will have previous studies covering advanced mathematics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials and dynamics. Some optional modules will also require studies covering thermodynamics but this is not essential to gain entry onto the course.

We also welcome and accept students with a wide range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirement: GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses, which are designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

How to apply

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. For assistance please view our postgraduate taught guidelines.

If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 2149.