Mechanical Engineering MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, September 2017

Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.

Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

Part-time teaching times

Trimester 1: Tuesdays 9am-4pm; Trimester 2: Tuesdays 1pm-7pm


Study at the forefront of ground-breaking innovation with world-leading researchers on our IMechE accredited course. We’ll equip you to think adventurously, overcome problems and be part of the process of enabling society to advance. You’ll test your practical skills in our brand new industry standard workshop.

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Full description


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Our course will help you find your career in engineering, or give you an additional skills boost if you’re already working in the industry. You may want to work directly in engineering and design or use this degree as a step towards a career in a related area, such as consultancy.  You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Mechanical Engineering PhD.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Computer Aided Engineering Analysis
    Gain experience of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as applied in industry with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and test of components, assemblies and processes. Our module is predominantly 'hands on' and employs industry-standard linear static and non-linear software. We'll also cover the validation of the FEA models and the estimating of product life.
  • Biomechanics
    Gain a comprehensive understanding of experimental and theoretical biomechanical investigation and implant design. You'll develop an in-depth and critical understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and theories of biomechanics and will be exposed to state-of-the-art research activities, where engineering principles are applied to medical problems to improve quality of life. These include comprehensive computer and in vitro simulation of reconstructed bones and joints for improved implant design, surgical fixation techniques, gait, movement and posture analysis, analysis of the plantar pressure distribution and critical evaluation of shoe designs, mechanical testing of viscoelastic materials and the implication of tissue repair. You'll use our state-of-the-art movement analysis laboratory and Medical Engineering Business Innovation Centre (MedBIC) for robust biomechanical data collection, critical analysis, evaluation and interpretation of results.
  • Automation and Robotics
    In this module we'll focus on the area of smart automation technology and robots in conjunction with intelligent systems and adaptive machine communication. You'll benefit from a comprehensive overview of technical aspects and the state-of-the art methods in design and operation, acquiring knowledge and concepts for automation, programming and interaction of these intelligent systems in Flexible Manufacturing cell. We'll also give further consideration of their adaptability to change of settings. You'll explore the capabilities, limitations and future trends in robot systems in order to specify and plan robot installations with major phase in design and operation of automated industrial applications for manufacturing functions.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    Gain a systematic, in-depth understanding and critical awareness of advanced fluid mechanics and numerical methods. We'll develop your knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry can be used to create and translate knowledge to solve challenging problems in the discipline. You'll also gain a conceptual understanding of the subject, enabling you to critically evaluate research and state of the art technology to create a critical awareness of current problems and to develop new vision, at the forefront of academic knowledge.
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
    You’ll be provided with an in-depth knowledge of innovative design methods together with time compression technologies that will reduce the time of delivering new products to market. You’ll use a range of design tools to apply innovative design methods and to improve the design of an existing product, such that it can be manufactured and assembled at a minimum cost and yet maintain the level of quality and reliability demanded by customers. Tools such as 3-D solid modelling and engineering software tools will be extensively used throughout the module. Our module will also enable you to plan the method of manufacture of a product using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods. You’ll be introduced to modern equipment, such as CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines and automated inspection.
  • Advanced Materials and Structural Integrity
    Learn to understand the advanced concepts of material processes and their importance in the mechanical behaviour, integrity and performance of structures. We'll cover durability concepts involving fatigue, crack generation and stress flow in the parts initially, and later extend the concepts to include structural analysis and stability evaluation of mechanical systems. We'll explain the concept of non-linear behaviour of engineering materials as a common phenomenon in the structural behaviour of load-bearing members. The module is formed within industrial needs and standards to highlight the necessity of feasible and applied part design.
  • Research Design and Methods
    Gain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You’ll get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You’ll develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues.
  • Masters Project
    You'll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.


You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, portfolios, presentations, examinations and a dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Specialist facilities

Studying at our Chelmsford campus, you’ll have access to a comprehensive range of engineering facilities. These include our CADCAM centre, industrial scale CNC milling machine, CNC lathe, rapid prototyping machine, scanning electronic microscope, Instron bi-axial fatigue testing machine, tensile testing machine, material preparation facilities, welding equipment, various mechanical machines, various electronic testing and measuring equipment such as oscilloscopes, and signal generating/ testing facilities. You’ll also be able to access our materials lab and our computer aided engineering lab, our libraries, and open access computer suites.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here:

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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