University of Sussex

University of Sussex

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. Application areas include aircraft, automobiles, high-speed trains, robots, water turbines, fuel cells, diesel and petrol reciprocating engines, jet engines, suspension systems, power-generation equipment, and a host of gadgets and mechanisms. Mechanical engineering requires the use of design and generative and evaluative skills, as well as analysis. This MSc aims to expand your skill set across a wide range of related disciplines. The combination of taught modules and team-based 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

Each course comprises 8-9 taught modules, typically 4-5 core modules and 4 options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of 1/3 of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. You study 2 core modules in advanced manufacturing technologies and mechanical dynamics, and choose a further 6 modules from a wide range of options in mechanical and automotive engineering. In addition, you undertake a substantial MSc group project. This is conducted in groups of 3-6 students and gives you the opportunity to develop professional teamworking skills, as well as advanced research and project management skills.

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. Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

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

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