Mechanical Engineering Design with Management MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will usually need a 2:1 or equivalent. This should be in Engineering or Science with appropriate knowledge of core engineering science topics at bachelor degree level.
Advanced Mechanical Engineering msc

Module details

Compulsory modules

Engineering Fluid Mechanics (MECH627)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

To introduce students to the role of viscosity in fluid mechanics, including the no-slip condition and the concept of vorticity.

To introduce basic principles of laminar and turbulent flow through pipes including definition and evaluation of the Fanning and Darcy friction factors.

To introduce the concept of a boundary layer, including separation and transition, and basic equations for friction factor in laminar and turbulent flow with zero pressure gradient.

To outline the calculation of bluff-body drag using drag coefficients with qualitative explanations.

To introduce potential-flow theory including the concept of irrationality and the principle of superposition.

To show how to analyse compressible flow through constant-area ducts accounting for friction or heat transfer and to use the Fanno- and Rayleigh-flow tables.

To show how to analyse external compressible flow including expansion and compression turns (Prandtl-Meyer expansions and oblique shock waves).

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Increased understanding of the role of a number of important concepts of fluid mechanics (e.g. viscosity, boundary layer development in viscous flows, compressibility and heat addition) in flows of engineering interest

(LO2) An understanding of how empirical expressions, typically derived from experimental data and observations, can be used in making engineering-level predictions of fluid mechanics characteristics

(LO3) Understanding the principles of compressible gas flows with shock waves, expansions waves and/or heat addition and friction.

(S1) Principles of problem solving and working to an appropriate number of significant figures

(S2) Ability to interpolate within tabulated data

(S3) Ability to interpret a word version of an engineering problem and solve using engineering science principles

Computer Aided Design (MNFG604)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce the student to the latest 3D tools and techniques used by designers.

To develop a wider knowledge and understanding of integrated systems design.

To stimulate an appreciation of modern design and development methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Engineering related IT skills Qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills: Proficient use of Pro/ENGINEER 3D CAD/CAM/CAE - [WILDFIRE]

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in: Working from existing specifications and technical drawings Translating concepts and ideas into non-ambiguous 3D models in virtual space Developing articulate and intelligent parametric models with the correct 'design intent' Integrated system design

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following: Principles of modern computer aided design Latest computer aided design methodologies Processes used in integrated systems design Parametric modelling - the master model concept Pro/ENGINEER CAD/CAM/CAE 'Design for Manufacture and Assembly' (DFMA) Traditional management of assemblies using a 'Bill of Materials' (BOM) Industry standard technical drawings

Nuclear Technologies (MECH434)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

The module provides an understanding of nuclear engineering, with coverage going from the atomic scale through to the bulk scale. The topics will cover reactor dynamics, design and operation, lifetime behaviour, evolution of technologies and nuclear waste. For example, understanding the implications of the fission/fusion processes themselves on the behaviour of the core.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Basic nuclear physics including the ability to calculate energy release rates, conditions for fission/fusion and radioactive decay

(LO2) The material requirements, environments and challenges within nuclear reactor cores

(LO3) Reactor technologies, from a historical overview through to the development of new reactor systems

(LO4) Disposal and decommissioning of radioactive nuclear waste/facilities and how they can be optimised.

(LO5) Lessons learnt for reactor accidents, eg Fukushima, Three Mile Island

(LO6) An understanding of the design requirements for fusion cores.

Technical Writing for Engineers (ENGG596)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module develops technical writing skills to support project planning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Critical Review of Scientific Literature

(LO2) Technical Writing Skills

(LO3) Carrying out a Literature Survey

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) IT skills

Project Management (MNGT502)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
Aims

To teach students the fundamentals of practical project management required in later university study and in professional engineering careers;

To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and project management skills through group project work.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical project management including:
- situational analysis
-preparation of requirements documentation
- formulation of objectives
- work programme planning
- work programme scheduling
- understanding and use of critical path

(LO2) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical risk management including:
- identification of risks to project completion
- quantification of risk severity
- risk analysis and mitigation / contingency planning

(LO3) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical cost management including:
- understanding and analysis of direct and indirect costs
- calculation of key costs such as labour and depreciation of capital
- understanding and analysis of cost behaviour over time
- understanding and calculation of overheads and overhead absorption rates
- cost analysis as a decision making tool (eg special order costing)

(S1) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of group work and communications skills

(S2) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of meeting management and record keeping skills

(S3) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate that they can deliver project outputs to a hard deadline

(S4) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use MS Project software as a management tool.

(S5) On completion of the MSc only task the students will develop and evidence skills in self and peer performance evaluation

Advanced Modern Management (MNGT352)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims

The Aims of this module are as follows:

To introduce the student to various aspects of advanced modern management.

To develop a knowledge and understanding of modern management tools.

To stimulate an appreciation of management and its importance in organisational success.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students who complete this module will obtain a good understanding of the following:    The scientific theory of industrial psychology and organisational behaviour.    The key components of operations and management.    The impact of supply chain and logistics to modern business.

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:    Analysis of organisation behaviour.    Analysing of operations systems and performance evaluation.    Analysis and modelling of supply chain.

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: in descriptive writing in qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving

(S2) On completion of the module, students should have gained the following practical skills: Management awareness. Strategy development based on case studies including proposals for improvement.

Group Engineering Design (MECH401)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To present the fundamental principles of Engineering Product Design according to the Total design methodology.

To engage students in a multi-disciplinary group project to develop and justify an innovative engineering solution/product that is part of a grand challenge which is formulated from complex and uncertain factors.

To develop students team working, communication, project management, problem solving and critical evaluation skills.
To formulate a theoretical novel solution that is supported by valid evidence and meets an authentic need.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) (LO1) On successful completion of the module the students should be able to critically evaluate methodologies and associated outcomes, in order to select and use the most appropriate methods and identify good practice in the areas of:

- Product development processes – particularly “Total Design”
- Management of Engineering Design
- Tools and techniques employed in engineering design
- 3D computer Aided Design in Creo
- Materials and manufacturing process selection using Cambridge Engineering Selector software
- Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Sustainability
- Record keeping and meeting administration

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to reflect and evaluate factors which have an impact on and contribute to good practice in
-Group working
- Project planning and management
- Creative solutions of uncertain and open ended complex problems

(S2) On successful completion of the module students should be able to identify good practice and make and justify decisions which are based on a critical evaluation of data/solutions derived from the following design skills:
-Analysis of market and technical state of the art to identify innovation opportunity
- Preparation of product design specification
- Creative concept design through group brainstorming
- Formal approaches to Concept Variant Analysis
- Detailed design and embodiment in 3D CAD (Creo)
- Materials and manufacturing selection using CES
- Specification and sourcing of standard engineering components
- Preparation of 2D technical drawings
- Preparation of formal design review documents

Energy and the Environment (MECH433)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To give students an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative and conventional energy generation methods.

To develop detailed knowledge of wind, solar energy capture and nuclear energy.

To develop skills in quantitative analysis of energy generation methods.

To develop skills in dealing with complex problems in a systematic manner. To develop ability in independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the energy sources, the concept of sustainability, the way energy is generated or harvested and their impact to the natural environment.

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic theory of wind energy, solar energy and nuclear energy.

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple theory to estimate the energy production and associated costs.

(LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple economic model to estimate the viability of the energy scheme and sustainability issues.

(S1) Problem formulation and analysis

(S2) Using analytical methods taught in the module, dealing with complex issues in a systematic manner

(S3) Applying analytical methods to wind, solar power and nuclear energy generation problems; decision making in complex and unpredictable situations

(S4) Understanding of alternative energy generation methods. Impact of conventional energy generation methods on the environment; quantitative analysis techniques for energy generation methods

Structural Integrity (ENGG409)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide an understanding of material failure analysis through case studies drawn from real situations.

To provide examples of the use of engineering materials in real applications.

To extend basic knowledge of mechanics of solids.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To understand how the analysis of engineering failures is a vital element of the design process

(LO2) To understand how engineering failures are related to underlying material properties

(LO3) To be able to solve fracture and fatigue problems both analytically and numerically

(LO4) To understand the role of forensic examination in post-accident engineering failure analysis

(LO5) To be able to correctly apply failure analysis in order to design out possible modes of failure

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving applied to failure mechanics

(S2) Assessing structural failures to determine their cause

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual)

Advanced Manufacturing With Lasers (MECH607)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

To provide an understanding of the principles of advanced manufacturing techniques using lasers and how these are being explored through current/recent research and adopted by industry.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles and practice of a range of advanced manufacturing processes using lasers and up to date research activity.

(LO2) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the applications of lasers in micro and nano scale processing.

(LO3) A systematic understanding of knowledge about the principles of laser-materials interactions at the micro level.

(LO4) A systematic understanding of knowledge about how new laser technology may be introduced to enhance current practice, using a sound theoretical approach.

(S1) Organisational skills - Independent learning, via private study

(S2) Communication skills - ability to write scientific and technical reports

(S3) Problem solving skills

Enterprise Studies (MNGT414)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce the student to various aspects of entrepreneurial activity

To develop a knowledge and understanding of enterprise related concepts, legislation and current development tools.

To stimulate an appreciation of modern enterprise challenges and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in relation to organisational success.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of enterprise activities (Marketing, Management of Technology, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, Legislation, Ethics).

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory on technology assessment and competitive positioning.

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationships between innovation, technology and commercial viability.

(LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main differences between general management and enterprise processes.

(LO5) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of business planning and financing new business start-ups.

(LO6) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the modern approach to innovation management and professional ethics.

(LO7) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to describing and explaining the concepts and processes in the syllabus.

(LO8) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to analysing technology opportunity and value propositions.

(LO9) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to preparing of business plans.

(LO10) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to dealing with ambiguity.

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: in descriptive writing in qualitative and quantitative analysis and problem-solving in effective assessment of business opportunities

(S2) On successful completion of the module, students should have gained the following practical skills: Computer searching for real-time business information, worldwide patents and British Standards Using software to assist with the preparation of a plan for a technology-based business group working project management

Msc(eng) Project (60 Credits) (ENGG660)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module enables students to pursue a research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the project, the student should have developed a substantial and systematic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the engineering or engineering-related topic of his/her project, including the theory, recognised principles and best practices (as appropriate). Much of this knowledge will be at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of the discipline.

(LO2) On successful completion of the project, the student should also have developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the experimental and theoretical techniques and research methodology appropriate to advanced study in their field.

(S1) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
Dealing with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner;
Effectively communicating findings orally and in writing to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
Planning and implementing tasks autonomously at a professional level;
Interacting effectively with others (eg, supervisor, technicians, etc);
Designing poster/webpages;
Computing and ITskills (scope-dependent);
Self-discipline, self-motivation, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

(S2) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement in some of the following discipline-specific practical skills (depending on the scope of the project):
Using sophisticated research equipment to carry out experimental/laboratory/workshop activities with due regard to safety;
Using appropriate engineering analysis software and IT tools.

(S3) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to demonstrate ability in several of the following:
Critically evaluating current research and advanced scholarship;
Defining/specifying a problem;
Researching and information-gathering;
Planning/designing experimental work using suitable techniques and procedures with due regard to safety;
Assessing and managing risk;
Analysing technical problems qualitatively and/or quantitatively and drawing conclusions;
Designing a system, component or process based on an outline or detailed specification;
Assembling and analysing data and drawing conclusions;
Evaluating current methodologies and (where appropriate) propose new methodologies;
Critically evaluate the project outcomes;
Making an original contribution to knowledge.

Optional modules

Finite Element Analysis (MECH452)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To develop a fundamental understanding of the Finite Element method.  To apply the Finite Element methodology to a range of problems, spanning mechanical and civil engineering. To develop skills in interpreting and understanding the physical meaning of finite element results.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Fundamental understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modern Finite Element software.

(LO2) Ability to apply the Finite Element methodology to problems across mechanical and civil engineering.

(LO3) Ability to appraise and interpret the results provided by Finite Element software.

(LO4) Understanding the importance of model validation.

(LO5) Understanding the limitations of modern Finite Element software and the approximations that are made during model development.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) IT skills

Additive Manufacturing (MNFG610)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

To provide an overview on the role of additive manufacturing in new product development.

To develop a generic understanding on the principles and the complete process chain of additive manufacturing processes.

To provide an awareness on recent developments in additive manufacturing and associated technologies.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- The scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology
- The generic software for slicing operations.
- The niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development.
- Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.  
- Intellectual Abilities

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:
- Selecting an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.
- Practical Skills N/A General Transferable Skills

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
- written report writing.
- Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
- Written report writing.
- Ability to work in a team Ability to deliver work to a deadline

(S2) N/A

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in applying knowledge of the above topics to:
- Select an appropriate additive manufacturing process for a particular need based on technical, economic, quality and time considerations.

-  Suggest and discuss future advances in Additive Manufacturing

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- The scientific principles of additive manufacturing technology.
- The generic software for slicing operations.
- The niche role of additive manufacturing technology in rapid product development.
- Analysis and evaluation of AM processes.  
-The types of materials used in Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Engineering Materials (MATS301)
Level3
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
Aims

To understand the production methods for and mechanical properties of non-ferrous metals.
To identify the types of fibres and matrices commonly used in the manufacture of composite materials.
To identify the commonly used test methods and NDT techniques for composites.
To use micromechanics approaches and Classical Laminate Theory to study the mechanical response of composites.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and understanding of the origins of the microstructures of Al, Ti and Ni alloys, and how they may be influenced by thermal and mechanical treatments

(LO2) Knowledge of fibres, matrices and fabric types used in composites

(LO3) Understanding of manufacturing processes, test methods and NDT techniques used for composites

(LO4) Ability of calculating the mechanical properties of composites using micromechanics and Classical Laminate Theory

Formulation Engineering (ENGG413)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

The aim of this module is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective to Formulation Engineering , sitting at the interface of Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science. This will contribute connecting students in the School of Engineering and Chemistry with the MIF facilities, Unilever and other companies. The contents are oriented towards formulations (suspensions, emulsions and foams) with particular emphasis in processing and applied rheology. This will link with the automated and high-troughput make and measure facilities in the MIF.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of this module students will be able to recall fundamental concepts of complex fluids, formulations and basic rheology.

(LO2) Students will be able to identify the behaviour of simple formulations and differentiate the fundamental science involved in colloidal suspensions, surfactants, emulsions, gels and foams. They will also become familiar with a wide range of characterisation techniques.

(LO3) Students will be able to apply knowledge in Newtonian and non-Newtonian rheology to everyday formulations.

(LO4) Students will gain skills and experience in multi-disciplinary research areas relevant to industry and academia (complex fluids and rheology). They will widen their knowledge into new areas that are complementary to their degrees; and will be able to apply new fundamental concepts in a range of applications from food industry, personal care and paints to drug delivery systems and manufacturing.

(LO5) Students will be able to operate a rheometer; carry out flow and oscillatory rheology tests; measure the properties of different formulations; and to analyse experimental results to identify and assess different behaviours.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Numeracy (application of) manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae)

(S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S4) Learning skills online studying and learning effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal


UK students are exempt from ENGG596 and choose a 7.5 credits semester 1 module from options list below. EU/OSI students with strong English language skills can be exempt as well subject to Programme Director’s approval. 

For students with suitable background or UoL Engineering graduates, replace MECH627 with ENGG419 Advanced Fluid Mechanics.