This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MSc Mechanical Engineering

The University of Bolton’s MSc in Mechanical Engineering aims to meet industry’s need for professional engineers with postgraduate knowledge and skills. It’s an ideal choice if you’re an ambitious graduate seeking to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status to advance your career.

Mechanical Engineering

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

2 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

20/09/2021

Course Details

Our MSc in Mechanical Engineering focuses on preparing you for industry. It’s designed to take you from your bachelor’s degree to a role in the mechanical engineering industry. Written with industry collaboration, our dedicated, knowledgeable team will cover the key areas needed to make you stand out to employers. We’ll concentrate on advanced mechanics, materials and manufacturing, and advanced thermal power and energy systems processing.

By working with industry players and local engineering companies to write the programme, we’re ensuring that the core ethos, skills and projects are industry-centred, realistic and designed to maximise your employability. You’ll explore topics from both the theoretical and practical perspectives, gaining hands-on experience in our integrated state-of-art testing lab. You’ll also have opportunities to learn and improve your design, simulation and modelling skills using widely applied commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) software. Our dedicated and knowledgeable team will work to help you prepare to develop and innovate as the industry evolves.

Additionally, the course is designed to address all the competencies set out by the Engineering Council and UK-SPEC, and to support you to achieve Chartered Engineering (CEng) status. So, if you’re an ambitious mechanical engineering graduate seeking to develop advanced material, manufacturing and energy system knowledge while boosting your understanding of core engineering principles and developing the skills to analyse and solve complex engineering problems, this postgraduate degree should prove an excellent investment in your future.

Highlights
  • This master’s course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK, and support your achievement of Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • Written with industry input from companies such as Airbus, MBDA, GILKES and JOST you can be assured that this MSc is industry-focused and designed to advance your career.
  • Our dedicated staff team, who possess a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offers face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with you on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout your studies.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get individual help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
Key Features
  • This MSc offers you the opportunity to develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding of design processes and methodologies. We’ll support you to learn how to apply your skills and adapt your approach to unfamiliar situations in mechanical engineering.
  • By studying alongside students and professionals from other engineering specialisms or alternative industrial sectors, you can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • This course is based at the University of Bolton’s campus in the North West of England.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing you to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • We also offer master’s degrees and postgraduate apprenticeships in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, and this programme is part of a well-established suite of master’s programmes offered by the University of Bolton.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MSc Mechanical Engineering uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes and is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the MSc Mechanical Engineering for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


  • Normally, you should have at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject; for instance, a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in mechanical engineering. A lower second class honours degree (2.2) will be considered, especially if you have relevant work experience.
  • We'll also consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This course addresses contemporary issues in mechanical engineering. After graduation, you’ll be ready to enter industries that involve engineering activities, especially in roles that demand knowledge of material and structure testing, design and simulation, manufacturing and energy technologies. In addition to developing your technical knowledge and experience, this programme will also give you greater confidence in your transferable and personal skills. These include problem solving, critical thinking, team working, and communication.

What can I do with this qualification?

Mechanical engineers are employed in many industries, with the main ones being aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, medicine, sport, defence, consumer goods and electrical. There are career opportunities both in the UK and abroad. After graduation, you could pursue a career in manufacturing or other areas of science and technology, such as sustainable energy.

It’s likely that you will seek to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and this master’s degree is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to this professional registration.

Research is an exciting career path that will allow you to explore working in research and development roles or in academia. An MSc can also be used as a stepping-stone for those who wish to continue to an MPhil or PhD.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers, bearing in mind that relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Some of these roles include:

  • Research and development
  • Teaching and education
  • Project management
  • Test engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Quality management
  • Product management

Course fees

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2021/2022.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. You can expect lectures, seminars, workshops, practical and tutorials. These are supported by guest lectures, blended learning, online discussions and activities posted on our virtual learning environment (VLE). The dissertation is delivered via workshops, independent learning and tutor support (which may be face to face, through the VLE or other suitable technologies).

It’s important to realise that the time spent with a tutor during formally scheduled activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module. You’ll also be expected to spend a significant amount of time in guided independent study, such as general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. We are committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey, but as time progresses our guidance will become less structured and prescriptive. It‘s expected that you’ll demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for the management of your own learning time and increasing in autonomy as your progress through the programme.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that you achieve the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme and learning outcomes for individual modules. You’ll be required to complete both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments are activities that do not contribute to your overall module grade. They are, however, an integral part of the learning strategy for a module and you are required to complete them. They will be marked and you’ll receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments are those assessment activities for which the marks will contribute to the overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on these assessments so that you’ll know what you have done well and where you can improve. You can expect a variety of different forms of assessment, including group and individual projects and assignments, individual and group presentations, discussions, unseen time-constrained examinations, submission of the products of design processes (calculations, specifications, drawings and models), report and essay submissions, seminar presentations, and written and oral examinations.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Mamadou Ndiaye
Programme Leader

M.Ndiaye@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903026

Erping Zhou
Admissions Tutor

E.Zhou@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903465

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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