MSc Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are both generalists and specialists, bringing broad expertise and specialised mastery to their roles as project managers, leaders and innovators. As a student of GCU's MSc Mechanical Engineering, you'll continue in this tradition. The programme is designed to expand your core knowledge of the discipline while enhancing your skills as a specialist in either design or manufacture.

The programme was developed according to the UK Engineering Council's benchmark requirements for professional engineering, ensuring you'll enter the workforce with the relevant capabilities that employers value. It is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Furthermore, our industrial advisory board offers strong connections to industry.

GCU's mechanical engineering department contributes to important research in the discipline, investigating topics like materials and manufacturing, finite element analysis, computer-aided design and manufacture, and machine condition monitoring.

The MSc Mechanical Engineering curriculum encourages you to develop as a professional as well as an engineer.

  • Build your interpersonal skills to succeed as a team member and manager
  • Explore topics such as project planning and methodology, strategy and innovation, and computer-aided engineering
  • Practise managing resources and meeting project objectives
  • Choose from two options for specialisation: Design or Manufacture

When you study engineering at GCU, you'll join a welcoming community of learners and professionals. You'll find classmates and colleagues who are creative and entrepreneurial, committed to using their expertise to make a positive impact and advance the common good.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates are appreciated by employers for their career-focused attitudes and socially driven perspectives. With skilled engineers in high demand, you can expect excellent job prospects in the field.

Graduates of the MSc Mechanical Engineering find employment in the oil and gas industry, defence, computer-aided engineering and building. They also work in mechanical design engineering, project engineering, manufacturing engineering and engineering sales.

The programme offers two specialist study options; Design and Manufacture. These options share a number of common modules that directly reflect the activities of a professional mechanical engineer. Students complete eight taught modules - four in trimester A and four in trimester B; and an MSc dissertation in trimester C.

Module list

Advanced Computer Aided Engineering, Advanced Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics, Advanced Engineering Mechanics - Structures, Applied Thermo Fluids and Computational Fluid Mechanics, Condition Monitoring, Ethics, Safety and Safety Management, Ethics, Safety and Safety Management, Maintenance Management, Manufacturing Management, Project, Project (Mechanical Engineering), Project Planning and Management, Strategy and Innovation.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

MSc
Full Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

MSc
Full Time
16 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
16 Months
31 Jan 2022
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Full Time
1 Year
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 16 Months 31 Jan 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a suitable mechanical or manufacturing engineering discipline.

English language

IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Annual full-time tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

View our part-time and distance-learning fee schedules

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

View our postgraduate scholarships.

The MSc in Mechanical Engineering has very strong industrial links through its industry advisory board. The school participates in many research activities within the area of mechanical engineering. This includes; advanced materials and manufacturing processes, finite element analysts, computer-aided design and manufacture and machine condition monitoring.

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

The taught modules are either assessed by coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. In the later case the final mark is determined by weighted average of the two elements. The MSc project is assessed by project reports, practical operation and an electronic presentation.

This course offers routes to CEng chartered status.