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Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This full-time Master's programme will deepen your technical ability, broaden your understanding of other branches of engineering, and enhance your research skills.

It is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and develops leadership and managerial strengths that can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

You’ll develop an advanced understanding of:

  • Mechanics
  • Materials selection
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Computer-aided engineering design
  • Developing integrated mechanical systems

You'll learn the principles underpinning the design and control of mechanical systems, along with computational and simulation methods used to ensure the reliability and robustness of mechanical systems.

You will use industry-standard computational tools and analysis packages for the analysis, design and evaluation of complex systems, and numerical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  It fully meets the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Why Bradford?

We offer teaching informed by close links with industry, delivered by research active academics working at the leading edge in their specialism. You’ll learn in a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment.

You’ll benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, including our £1.5m multidisciplinary engineering lab, dedicated mechanical engineering workshops with state of the art CNC machining facilities, a structures lab, and a civil engineering research lab.

Entry requirements

  • A second-class Honours degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.
  • Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Interdisciplinary Competitive Design (20 credits) – core
    To provide the advanced knowledge base necessary to bring a product or project to a successful near market state through a series of structured design and innovation processes in an interdisciplinary group approach to define a product or project to meet market requirements.
  • Engineering Vibration (20 credits) – core
  • Design Optimisation (10 credits) – core
    To establish an appreciation for the role of optimisation in modern engineering practice and to provide evidence for the premise that optimisation is one component of an integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes (20 credits) – optional
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology (10 credits) – optional
    To provide for the development and implementation of specialist knowledge/methods in modern approaches to manufacturing.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (10 credits) – optional
    To understand fundamental principles of the advanced numerical simulations in hydrodynamics. There will be an emphasis on developing practical skills to build numerical models to simulate free surface flows in practical contexts.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Advanced Solid Mechanics (20 credits) – core
    To extend knowledge of Solid Mechanics in the context of modern mathematical analysis. To develop understanding of stresses and strains while emphasising their parallels.
  • Research Skills (10 credits) – core
  • Polymer Engineering (20 credits) – optional
  • As part of the module you will perform a practical research project to reactively modify a polymer, produce test specimens from the new material and then characterise its properties.
  • Supply Chain Management (20 credits) – optional
    To develop a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge on supply chain network management. The focus of the module will be on the management of supply chain networks and the integration of supply chain with information communication technologies.
  • Engineering Computational Methods (10 credits) – optional
    To critically review the application of the Finite Element (FE) method as a tool for engineering analysis.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Degree of Master

  • MSc Project (60 credits) – core
    This project will further develop practical evaluation of professional engineering activity in a chosen specialisation. To extend the student's ability to plan, implement and review appropriate activities in a large and academically demanding project, in order to achieve an agreed set of objectives in a given time scale.

Students will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if they have successfully completed at least 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Your learning experiences are varied – a mixture of:

  • formal lectures
  • tutorials and seminars
  • group work
  • an individual project

Independent study is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide you with clear direction, while regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the programme provide all the support you may need.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Mechanical Engineering is a very diverse sector and graduate engineers are in high demand around the world. Our graduates find employment in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing environments, from the aerospace, transportation and automotive sectors, to construction and manufacturing, to process industries such as oil, gas and utility companies - as well as research and development. The sector offers a wide range of exciting careers in positions such as:

  • Computer Aided Design Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Modelling and Simulation Analyst
  • Project Manager

Recent graduates from this programme have gone onto work for Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, Horiba MIRA, Cummins, Precision Casting Corporation, Denso Marston, Carnaud MetalBox, and Sulzer.

Study Support

You will have a Personal Academic Tutor, normally your individual project supervisor, to support you through regular meetings and interactive activities, acting as an independent source of advice and guidance on making the transition to Higher Education and assisting you with any questions or problems you may encounter.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows you to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist you with every aspect of your journey through our degree programmes. From our Careers Service, through our strong Student Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.


Our research underpins every level of your programme of study. You will be taught by academics who are working at the forefront of their engineering discipline. This enables us explore with you how theoretical principles are being applied to solve real world challenges.

Your individual project gives you access to our research facilities and provides you with an opportunity to become involved in a much larger research project being carried out with our industrial partners.

Our Mechanical and Process Engineering Research Group undertakes a range of fundamental and applied research projects.


You will have access to a wide range of laboratory and computing facilities to support your learning. We use industry standard software for teaching all aspects of Computer Aided Design and analysis.

You will use specialist automotive engineering laboratories equipped with test vehicles, a chassis dynamometer, and engine test beds.

We have dedicated 3D printing/ manufacturing facilities/workshops which you will use for project work. Over your program of study you will have access to our world class polymer processing and material characterisation laboratories.

Explore some of our facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £7,960
  • International: £18,480

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.