This innovative MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering programme offers graduates excellent career prospects in a broad field of mechanical engineering-related industries. It will also provide excellent preparation for those wishing to undertake a PhD.


The MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering is a broad-based programme covering an important and industrially-relevant portfolio of mechanical engineering modules. All the teaching is delivered by highly experienced and qualified members of academic staff who are at the cutting-edge of research in their respective fields. This programme will be attractive to graduates of mechanical engineering or related subjects.


With leading research into Advanced Mechanical Engineering, the University of Newcastle is the ideal location for bright graduates, looking for a solid and well-respected postgraduate qualification which will act as a springboard for a successful future. 


Why study Advanced Mechanical Engineering Masters at Newcastle?

  • Learn from highly experienced members of academic staff who are at the cutting edge of research and consultancy in their respective fields
  • Prepare for a wide range of careers including design, consultancy, maintenance, operations and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors, such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering, within the School of Engineering, enjoys a significant level of industrial engagement and sponsorship, from small-to-medium enterprises and world leading companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, and Airbus

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering Masters/MSc

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught




CODE P1018

How long it takes:

MSc – 12 months full-time, 2 years part-time.

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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This course consists of:

  • 120 credits of taught modules studied during October-April
  • 60 credits of project-based module carried out during June-September
  • Assessment methods include a range of examinations, assignments and projects

The programme will include 9 subject-specific technical modules of 10 credits each covering vehicle engineering, mechanics, thermal systems, energy, computational geometry, manufacturing processes, robotics, biomechanics, and micro electro-mechanical systems. The latter part of the programme will include a 60 credit summer project module.  The project can either be based at the University, or be carried out in industry.


Core modules

  • Research & Professional Skills – 10 credits
  • Integrated Design Project – 20 credits
  • Advanced Project – 60 credits

Optional modules

Select 90 credits of options. Examples of optional modules listed below:

  • Advanced Mechanics – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to enhance a students knowledge and understanding of the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics. To also develop their ability to apply this knowledge in a number of advanced topics.
  • Robotics for Mechanical Engineers  – 10 credits
    This module considers the specific concepts for describing robotic systems in a physical world. It evaluates the main concepts and tools for modelling and controlling dynamic robots. It covers robot kinematics, dynamics, and control.
  • Advanced Thermal Systems  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity for the students to study advanced aspects of thermal systems phenomena and to apply their CAE skills on a project that requires the integration of knowledge and skills accumulated over the whole programme of study, with substantial content of creating own engineering software.
  • Advanced Vehicle Engineering  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to introduce the student to aspects of vehicle chassis design with particular emphasis on body structure design, giving consideration to external styling, packaging, vehicle interior design and vehicle safety.
    It will provide the student with a basic understanding of the dynamics of vehicle systems affecting vehicle handling, leading to the development and application of analytical models and commercial software tools, and to the design of vehicle systems
  • Industrial Automation and Robotics – 10 credits
  • Bio-Medical Engineering  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to give an overview of how mechanical engineering can be applied to medicine. The following topics will be used to illustrate how mechanical engineers can apply their skills and knowledge in medicine: Physiological systems; Biological systems & structures; Bone & connective tissues; Failure of connective tissues; Biomechanics; Computational methods; Model validation; Medical Device Design; Fracture fixation; Joint replacement; Tribology of joints; Pre-clinical testing.
  • Laser-based Manufacturing  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding in the field of laser material processing and the integration of this technology in application specific manufacturing platforms/machines. It will provide the necessary ability to design and implement laser-based manufacturing solutions by applying theoretical and practical knowledge about the fundamentals of laser-material interactions, process monitoring, component technologies/systems of laser-based manufacturing platforms and application specific implementations of different machine configurations and beam delivery systems.
  • Micro and Nano Technologies – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important micro and nano technologies of particular relevance to micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS). Students will be introduced to the manufacturing processes developed in the micro and nanofabrication industry, and also to the processes proposed for the future. They will then see how these processes are currently being used to produce a wide range of miniature sensors and transducers which, in turn, will lead to the development of many new smart materials and applications.
  • Process Modelling – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to expose the students to the practical aspects of process modelling using proprietary software for the modelling of casting processes.
  • R&D in Manufacturing Processes  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to give students an appreciation of research developments and acquaint them with the latest manufacturing process/technology results applicable to a range of industries, not least the aerospace sector.
  • Intelligent Systems – 10 credits
    From biological nervous systems to the collective intelligence of social insects, Nature has developed a number of highly effective problem-solving techniques.
    The course will introduce the basic concepts of approximate reasoning, collective and decentralised intelligence, and present a number of cutting edge nature-inspired Swarm Intelligence paradigms, as well as well-established techniques such as Evolutionary Algorithms, Simulated Annealing, Neural Networks, and Fuzzy Logic.
    Applications will include a broad range of engineering problems in optimisation, control, and process modelling.
  • Machining Support Systems  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to consider the specific programming strategies, tooling, data acquisition and control technologies to support modern machining systems.
  • Advanced Fuels and Powertrain Systems  – 10 credits
    The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to study advanced aspects of clean and sustainable engine combustion systems and to apply their CAE skills on a project.

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

The graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to gain employment in a wide field of careers in mechanical and related engineering.  The typical functional roles include design, consultancy, maintenance, operations, and R&D in a spectrum of industrial sectors such as manufacturing, aerospace, energy, automotive, micro/nano technology, nuclear and defence


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