Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Advanced Mechanical Engineering
PGCert Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFC61005 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Programme Leader

SHAFIEE Mahmoud (Mech Eng Sci)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Through project-led learning, develop in graduates the knowledge, understanding, practical and inter-personal transferable skills so as to prepare them for practice and leadership as professional engineers or scientists in industry, the public services and the academic world in order to deliver engineering solutions for society¿s grand challenges.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and a member of a team to solve complex engineering problems
  • Incorporate specialisation in Mechanical Engineering through additional deepening and broadening of theory and application applicable to the MSc programme
  • Develop participants' understanding of the underlying science, engineering, and technology, and enhance their ability to relate this to industrial practice
  • Match the standards required for the full educational base of a chartered engineer

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex problems. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc M1
Formulate and analyse complex problems to reach substantiated conclusions. KCP PGDip, MSc M2
Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed KC PGDip, MSc M3
Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems KC MSc M4
Design solutions for complex problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health & safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards KCP MSc M5
Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts KCP MSc M7
Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance PT MSc M16
Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used PT PGDip, MSc M17

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Employability: This programme provides students with knowledge and high-level analytical skills required to address complex engineering problems and design. The programme develops the student¿s understanding and skills, through practical application, of the interrelationships between design decisions and constructing a sound argument. Students will work individually (within the taught modules and in their individual project) and in small groups (in group design) sharing and critiquing ideas and concepts ¿ to refine and test their fundamental understandings becoming familiar with open discussion methods and supportive collaborative environments. The small group tutorials for the taught modules improve students confidence in speaking about technical subjects. The tutorial questions provided within the modules include authentic problem tasks, requiring students to apply the theory taught within the lectures to a typical applied engineering problem. The skills they develop in the application of this knowledge is then transferrable to any problem set, which is particularly attractive to employers, both within the engineering industry and also the wider industry, due to the problem solving ability and analytical mindset developed in engineering students. These taught modules also provide ample opportunities for students to demonstrate their mastery of advanced calculations which is attractive to numerate based employers. The programme also supports students to accrue the kinds of transferrable skills required by employers through supervised group learning and written assessments. These skills include communication skills, teamwork and time management all fundamental skills required upon transitioning to an Industry setting.

Digital capabilities: Students will use digital platforms to evaluate, gain understanding and interrogate engineering hypotheses and choices in order to come to sound and robust engineering solutions. Students will develop their digital capabilities by learning to use engineering software such as Computer aided design within their group design module and potentially in their individual project. Finite element analysis and matlab may also be used within their group design and Individual projects. Students will also use MS Teams for collaborative working along with students being encouraged to use digital mind and concept mapping tools to develop the ability to make connections among concepts/processes/topics.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: An effective engineering design solution requires students to demonstrate an appreciation of the societal impacts. By its very nature this will require students to demonstrate global culture awareness due to the global nature of any engineered product. Engineering ethical considerations are taken into account in students individual projects. Within the design module students work in groups, actively encouraging cultural exchange in the classroom amongst Surrey students and enabling them to develop arguments which nurtures students appreciation for the world around them, beyond their immediate context. Students have multiple networking opportunities, during Industry led seminars and careers fairs targeted at Engineering students. Within the taught modules, the references to case studies and text will incorporate readings and diverse voices from different countries and minority ethnic groups.

Sustainability: Effective engineering design and solutions should fully embrace the sustainability of the product across the whole of the life cycle. In doing so the students need to address and compare the environmental, social and manufacturing capitals involved, linking to the UN sustainability goals, in order to both define the sustainability of a product and its manufacturing process and also suggest ways in which the product and processes could be made more sustainable. Sustainability is delivered within the taught modules, in particular within Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability, Environmental Aerodynamics and Wind Power and Advanced Manufacturing techniques.

Resourcefulness and resilience: Students will develop resourcefulness in responding to problem-based task requirements through sharing ideas and experiences both individually and collectively, appreciating potential barriers and challenges faced by others, providing support and showing empathy towards each other in working towards achieving successful outcomes.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.