University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

The aim of our taught courses is to develop academic and professional excellence both for newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to extend their professional expertise in specialist areas. Mechanical engineering plays an essential role at every level in society. This MSc aims to enhance both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in areas such as computational fluid dynamics, advanced thermofluids, advanced manufacture techniques and heat transfer. Our options cover a range of application areas and allow for individual specialisation. You benefit from our mechanical engineering expertise in the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) and in the dynamics, control and vehicles research group. These groups have excellent experimental and analytical facilities and strong collaborations with industry, including GE Aviation and Jaguar Landrover. Facilities available for practical and project work include, in the TFMRC, a wide range of air supplies including a 0.8 kg/s, 7.5-bar screw compressor, two 1 kg/s, 1.5 bar blowers, and a 10 kg/s, 3-bar centrifugal compressor; a variety of jet engines including a 2400-hp engine and several microturbines; and comprehensive instrumentation and measurement systems with both high- and low-speed data loggers and high-speed pressure sequencers. The Centre develops computational fluid dynamics methods for general flow problems, with emphasis on turbomachinery and aerodynamics, and benefits from the University's high-speed computing capability. The combination of taught modules and project work provides an excellent platform to further your career in mechanical engineering.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2nd Class undergraduate Honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics; the undergraduate Honours degree should normally be in mechanical or automotive engineering, or in a closely related discipline that has covered topics such as mechanics, dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid flow. Applicants with relevant work experience will also be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Core modules: advanced manufacturing technologies; advanced thermofluids; computational fluid dynamics; heat transfer applications; and choose a further 4 modules from a range of options in mechanical and automotive engineering: advanced turbo machinery; automotive systems; cybernetics and neural networks; finite element analysis; gas turbines and turbocharging; mechanical dynamics; strategic management - engineering module; testing and modelling for automotive power systems. In addition, you undertake a substantial individual MSc project.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It exposes you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and demands individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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