Mechanical Engineering MSc

Course code H105

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in developing your general engineering knowledge and skills? If so, this programme could be for you.

The course will develop your understanding of the roles of research, design, analysis and optimisation in advanced engineering careers. You will gain the knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology and gain the appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services.

Specialist modules will allow you to pursue areas of particular interest to you and may include: study of advanced mechanical engineering topics such as fluid flow, aerodynamics, tensor stress, and parametric analysis; study of advanced mechanical engineering systems such as intermittent combustion or continuous combustion engines, and hypersonic propulsion; study of finite element modelling theory and application of mechanical engineering software analysis packages such as MATLAB or ANSYS; study of advanced applications of mathematical solutions for engineering problems such as transfer function approaches, state space methodology and stability analyses; application of optimisation approaches to the design of mechanical engineering systems; and a mechanical engineering design project.

This programme has been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as meeting the UK Engineering Council requirements for the Further Learning portion of Chartered Engineer (CEng) professional registration.  In order to meet the educational requirements in full for Chartered Engineer registration, graduates will also need to present an accredited level 6 qualification or equivalent, and meet specific membership and professional achievement criteria specific to the professional body through which application for professional registration is made.

Special features

  • The course is delivered fully online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Provides a combination of general engineering knowledge and specialisation in mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to prepare you to apply existing and emerging technology.
  • You will develop your ability to demonstrate effective graduate skills and a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree.

Entry requirements

  • BEng (Hons) in Engineering with a minimum award of 2:2 (or equivalent)
  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) to the appropriate degree level will also be considered and will be assessed on an individual basis

Access routes

Direct progression from our own degrees:


You will study three core modules which may include:

  • Design optimisation (S2)
  • Design process and engineering project management (S1)
  • Quantitative research methods and data analysis (S2)


You will choose three option modules which may include:

  • Advanced applications in engineering (SC)
  • Advanced engineering maths and modelling (SC)
  • Advanced mechanical engineering (SC)
  • Renewable energy technologies (S1)
  • Safety case studies (S2)
  • Tidal, wave and future energy (S2)


To achieve the award of MSc you must successfully complete a research project/dissertation. This may be coordinated and conducted in conjunction with your employer and must be in an area of specialisation within the field of mechanical engineering.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • We aim to provide a supportive and positive environment that will encourage you to take the initiative to learn and develop critical thinking skills. All materials are accessible online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 18 months: MSc
  • Part-time: 3 years: MSc

Where can I study my course?

  • North, West and Hebrides
  • This is a fully online course. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI North, West and Hebrides

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. 

Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study. 

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion, you will have acquired the general and specialist engineering knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to employment within the engineering industry, specifically the mechanical engineering field. You will also have developed essential employability skills enhancing your opportunities for relevant careers in the industries such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Dynamics engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Engineering project manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Stress engineer
  • Systems engineer

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