School of Engineering

MSc Advanced Engineering Design

This new engineering masters has been developed specifically for graduate engineers. Build your skills, knowledge and understanding of engineering design practice, modern design tools, and advanced engineering technologies. Advance your professional competency and readiness to tackle complex engineering challenges, whilst fulfilling the educational requirements of the Chartered Engineer Standard (CEng).

Careers with this subject

This programme will enable you to develop your career to an advanced level of design management in most industrial sectors. It will also support your progression to registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Key features

  • 3 Designed so that graduate engineers can fulfil the educational requirements of the CEng Standard.
  • ' Advance your professional competency and work place readiness.
  • J Develop a rigorous understanding of engineering design methodology; modern design tactics and practice; and the theory of technical systems.
  • ? Acquire deeper understanding of computer aided engineering techniques; the modelling and analysis of engineering systems; and verification, validation and optimisation techniques.
  • A Deepen your knowledge and understanding of a technological subject or aspect of professional practice that is pertinent to your own professional development needs.
  • @ Demonstrate innovation and creativity to solve a complex engineering problem in your dissertation project.
  • ' Exploit the broad range of engineering research and technical facilities of the University.
  • & Study over one year full time or two years part time.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • This programme (subject to validation) involves 180 credits of study at Level 7 with a flexibility to meet your individual development needs. The core modules in advanced engineering design will be complemented by negotiated study options and a 60 credit individual dissertation project.

    The advanced engineering design modules will allow you to explore systems design, product modelling, design management, and the strategies and tactics of modern design practice.  Through a project-based learning approach, you'll have the opportunity to develop competency in computer aided engineering and design optimisation tools. The negotiated study options allow you to deepen your knowledge of an engineering topic and/or professional practice, whilst the dissertation project will allow you to use your innovation and creativity to develop solutions to complex problems.

    You'll be expected to maintain a record of your continuing professional development to assist you in your application for CEng.

    Core modules
    • MECH536 Advanced Engineering Design I

      This module will develop understanding of contemporary Design Science (the knowledge base of design that includes design thinking, design methodologies, theories of technical systems, and design practice) and the quantitative and qualitative methods used in engineering design research. Students will develop proficiency in the use of industrial standard CAD tools and plan their continuous professional development (CPD).

    • MECH537 Advanced Engineering Design II

      This module will further advance knowledge and understanding of contemporary strategies, tactics, and tools of engineering design practice. Students will apply this knowledge to develop environmentally sustainable solutions to complex engineering problems; they will be required to show innovation and creativity in the use of technology and present solutions using industrial standard CAD tools.

    • MECH539 Computer Aided Engineering

      This module will develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary finite element analysis (FEA), kinematic analysis, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques applied in the context of the engineering design process. The module will put emphasis on the importance of validated and verified approaches to computer aided engineering analysis and associativity with the CAD model of the technical system.

    • MECH541 Engineering Design Dissertation

      This module allows students to demonstrate the practical skills and knowledge of research methods to plan and implement high quality research. Students will carry out a substantial research investigation on a topic of their choice and report upon the aims, methodology, data analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and conclusions through a high quality, scholarly and professional write-up of the project.

    • MECH542 Product Failure and Materials Optimisation

      This module will develop an enhanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary engineering materials (metals and alloys, polymers, composites, rubbers, ceramics and glass). Students will carry out a forensic investigation of a product failure; critically evaluate a broad range of alternative materials; and redesign the product using the principles of eco-design for sustainable development to optimise material usage.

    Optional modules
    • MAR528 Mechanics of MRE Structures

      This module will cover engineering aspects of marine renewable energy conversion. The module comprises lectures and tutorials, invited industry lectures, a field trip visit to a marine engineering company and a wave energy converter performance experiment in the COAST lab.

    • MECH543 Nanotechnology and Medical Engineering

      This module will develop specialised knowledge and understanding of the materials (metals and alloys, polymers, ceramics, composites, elastomers, engineered nanomaterials) used in medical engineering applications and biomaterials; examine the properties for materials selection; identify analytical techniques used for characterising the materials microstructure; and evaluate material-tissue interactions.

    • MECH544 Data Processing, Simulation and Optimisation of Engineering Systems

      Data Processing part of the module explores the benefits and limitations of data processing in engineering practice. State of the art tools and techniques will be introduced in this module. Simulation and Optimisation of Engineering Systems part will provide the tools to enable the students to develop dynamic simulation of engineering systems, predict their behaviour and optimise their performance using MATLAB/Simulink.

    • PRCE513 Interdisciplinary Design

      This module enables students to undertake a major project to solve an Interdisciplinary Design Problem. Students, working in groups will select and implement a design project from initial concept to a fully documented, planned, and costed proposal for potential stakeholders. Students are expected to address a broad spectrum of design outcomes (infrastructure, structures, integrated systems etc).

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) in engineering, or other closely related discipline, with a demonstrable aptitude for design from workplace experience or study.

If you have considerable professional experience and can evidence an academic ability to undergraduate degree levels you may also be considered.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5.

Course requires ATAS

ATAS is the Academic Technology Approval Scheme which was introduced by the British government to certify students from outside the EU who wish to study or conduct research in Britain in certain sensitive technology related fields. For selected courses, obtaining a valid ATAS certificate is a requirement for gaining visa approval so should be taken seriously as part of any application. Areas related to ATAS include chemistry, engineering, physics, biophysics, metallurgy and microbiology. ATAS is used at all British universities and is enforced by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. More information.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 To be confirmed
International £13,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £350 To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

International students

Scholarships are available for international students.


How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Graduate School are available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Graduate School:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: graduateschool@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.