Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Key Information


1 year


2 years

Start Date

September 2024

Typical Offer

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Brayford Pool

Academic Year

Course Overview

This programme aims to provide the opportunity for graduates to join the industry with a broad understanding of mechanical engineering, power generation, and the associated control and economics that make such technologies successful.

Our Master's in Advanced Mechanical Engineering has been developed around the key strands of energy conversion, system design, system control, and sustainability. Graduates have the chance to develop the necessary knowledge and skills required to work on the engineering challenges of the 21st Century.

You can be part of a thriving hub of research and development within the School of Engineering, where you will have the chance to work alongside academics on projects and gain exposure to industrial partners.

Why Choose Lincoln

Explore energy conversion, system design, system control, and sustainability

Join a thriving hub of research and development

Defined pathways offering alternative exit awards

Complete a research project in a specialist area

A focus on professional and personal development

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How You Study

The course is a taught postgraduate programme consisting of 180 credits. The programme is delivered on both a full-time (1-year) and part-time (2-year) basis. The delivery of the modules for this MSc programme run over a full academic year in a block structure. Students will complete a series of taught modules comprising 120 credits of study and an engineering-based project making up the remaining 60 credits.

While on the programme, students will have the opportunity to select from three clearly defined pathways. These pathways aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to address the engineering challenges of the 21st Century. In addition to the standard MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering route, students can select pathways which lead to the awards of MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Sustainable Energy or MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Intelligent Systems.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the materials covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Advanced Modelling and Simulation 2024-25EGR9044MLevel 72024-25The purpose of this module is to apply advanced numerical methods in the simulation of real world, industrially-relevant engineering problems. This module will allow students to integrate their knowledge engineering to solve complex problems relating to structural integrity and failure, vibration, and thermal analysis. Students will devise practical solutions to these problems, gaining practical experience in analysis using an industry-standard multi-physics finite element software package. Industrially relevant case studies will be used to illustrate the techniques and modelling concepts.CoreApplied Thermo-fluids Systems 2024-25EGR9019MLevel 72024-25In this module, students will have the opportunity to develop and expand their fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics, and apply this to further their understanding of energy systems. It is expected that students will be able to better identify the opportunities that exist to increase the efficiency of energy machines, systems and devices. Students will have the chance to build models of mass and energy flow through existing and proposed machines. These models are then used to pinpoint the most efficient and least efficient steps of device operation.CoreEngineering Research Project 2024-25EGR9020MLevel 72024-25Students will undertake a major research or industrially based project, applying the management methods taught in their elective management module. Students are expected to solve an industrially relevant problem using a combination of analytical, experimental, and modelling skills. The specific content of each project will vary, but in general, the projects will contain both ‘research’ and ‘design’ components. Research will involve analytical, computational, and experimental aspects. Design work will contain specification, design, analysis, manufacture and test work. All project must be conducted with reference to environmental and sustainability issues, and account for commercial, strategic, and risk issues that would be involved in implementing their design solution within an engineering business.CoreGreen Fuel and Engines 2024-25EGR9011MLevel 72024-25The use of fuels as the major source of energy production is examined in some detail, with particular emphasis on combustion mechanisms and emissions formation processes from a fundamental standpoint. The barriers and opportunities to the use of alternative fuels within power generation applications are considered as well as the environmental impact of different fuel sources.CoreLaser Materials Processing 2024-25EGR9028M (old code EGR3028M)Level 72024-25The syllabus for this module can be divided into four topics: Fundamentals An understanding of the theory, principles and techniques used in Laser-materials Processing (LMP) are required before more advanced understanding can be achieved. This includes knowledge of the stimulated emission phenomenon, techniques used to generate laser light, laser delivery methods and a detailed understanding of optics, including thin lens theory and the ability to identify the range of optics needed for laser beam transmission and manipulation. Safety Students are introduced to the principles of safe use of laser sources; covering the risk classification system, the relevance of wavelength, prevention and mitigation techniques as well as a wide range of associated considerations. Processes Students are introduced to the importance of wavelength in laser interactions with materials. Industrial processes are classified by wavelength and detailed description of each process including modelling techniques are covered. These principles are reinforced by two laboratory sessions: one for short (UV) wavelength radiation and another for long (NIR, IR) wavelength radiation. Novel Laser Applications Students have the opportunity to learn how to identify and describe the potential benefits to manufacturing processes offered by the application of lasers as a result of their unique characteristics. This knowledge requires advanced application of the multidisciplinary content of a mechanical engineering degree in areas such as materials science, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and electronics.CoreManaging Projects 2024-25EGR9013MLevel 72024-25The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the management of projects throughout the project life-cycle, from concept to beneficial operation. Business has long recognised the imperative for good, integrated processes in order to extract best value from capital investments; this course explores the benefits and imperatives for adopting a Capital Value Process for selecting the right projects to deliver required business goals, and for establishing robust Project Execution Plans for delivering world class results, as well as facilitating executive control at all stages throughout the project lifecycle. The student will compare and contrast the differing emphases and approaches to project delivery for several professional bodies and will be introduced to ten key project principles which underpin world class project performance across a broad range of industry sectors. They will also practise using several strategic planning tools to aid objective decision making and option screening. Importantly, the course will establish the imperative of good health, safety and environmental performance as a business value. It is not the intention of this module to teach project technical skills, such as planning, estimating or contract administration, but more to equip future project managers with a broad range of skills and competences so that, armed with the core project principles they might harness the skills of a diverse team of project professionals in developing and executing major projects, programmes and portfolios of the future.CoreResearch Methods and Engineering Innovation 2024-25EGR9045MLevel 72024-25This research methods module aims to prepare students for undertaking the research for their Independent Study. It reviews core principles of the research methods that students are likely to utilise in their research. The chosen method should form the basis of their research design, and the structure of the of Independent Study submission.CoreArtificial Intelligence 2024-25EGR9049Level 72024-25This module covers the theoretical fundamentals and practical applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including decision-making, problem-solving, and inference abilities in intelligent agents. Probability theory is introduced as a unifying framework for AI, followed by key topics, including algorithms for knowledge representation, planning, and reasoning under uncertainty. Practical exercises in AI programming will complement and apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to real-world problems.OptionalEmbedded System Design for Industrial Application 2024-25ELE9002MLevel 72024-25Embedded systems have become commonplace in our digital age and are used in every industry, from aerospace to consumer applications. Embedded devices range from everyday devices to advanced embedded systems used for complex applications. The overall aim of this module is to introduce students to the design and analysis of computational systems that interact with physical processes. Applications of such systems include medical devices and systems, consumer electronics, toys and games, assisted living, traffic control and safety, automotive systems, process control, energy management and conservation, environmental control, aircraft control systems, communications systems, instrumentation, critical infrastructure control (electric power, water resources, and communications systems for example), robotics and distributed robotics (telepresence, telemedicine), defense systems, manufacturing, and smart structures. This module will give students the opportunity to undertake the design and development process for embedded (dedicated) computer systems in relation to the environment in which they operate and to know how to integrate embedded hardware, software, and operating systems to meet the functional requirements of embedded applications.OptionalPower Systems 2024-25EGR9017MLevel 72024-25The aim of this module is to provide the students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the machinery used in power generation applications. The module builds on fundamental thermodynamics, discussing the technicalities of power generation from a series of recognised energy source viewpoints.OptionalSensors, Actuators and Controllers 2024-25EGR9025MLevel 72024-25This module aims to provide a thorough introduction to key concepts underlying the options available and the issues related to selection of sensors and actuators for control. Emphasis will be placed on systems of electro-mechanical nature but reference will be made to the much wider applicability of the techniques.OptionalSustainable Energy and Climate Change 2024-25EGR9014MLevel 72024-25This module deals with current and potential future energy systems, covering resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use technologies, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. The course includes the review of various renewable and conventional energy production technologies, energy end-use practices and alternatives, and consumption practices in different countries. Students are given the opportunity to learn a quali-quantitative framework to aid in evaluation and analysis of energy technology system proposals in the context of engineering, political, social, economic, and environmental goals.OptionalVehicle Systems and Control 2024-25EGR9036M (old code EGR3036M)Level 72024-25This module builds on earlier control theory to apply and extend the previously studied controller design methods. The focus is primarily on passenger cars and considers the primary dynamic systems such as driveline, suspension and braking systems. The module starts with the underlying vehicle system dynamics and the corresponding reduced-order system models, including as the quarter-car suspension model and the bicycle handling model. Then a number of linear and nonlinear control methods are reviewed and developed in the context of particular control objectives. For longitudinal motion, control action is centred on the engine, driveline, and brakes. For vertical motion (ride) the focus is on suspension control, including active and semi-active suspensions. Finally, handling control is based on active steering and brake-based electronic stability control.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy adopted within the programme reflects the programme's emphasis on applied practice and the development of a range of skills. Assessment methods will vary from module to module, and this will include both coursework and examinations. Students will also be expected to complete a major research project following the taught modules.

How to Apply

Postgraduate Application Support

Applying for a postgraduate programme at Lincoln is easy. Find out more about the application process and what you'll need to complete on our How to Apply page. Here, you'll also be able to find out more about the entry requirements we accept and how to contact us for dedicated support during the process.

How to Apply
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Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

2:2 Honours degree (UK or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines, particularly those who have demonstrated relevant industrial working experience. The related disciplines could be a degree in Physics, Mechatronics, Robotics, Manufacturing, Materials, Industrial, or Automation Engineering etc. Please contact the programme leader for more for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

If you are an overseas student, you may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate in order to enrol on this course.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses.

These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Course Fees

You will need to have funding in place for your studies before you arrive at the University. Our fees vary depending on the course, mode of study, and whether you are a UK or international student. You can view the breakdown of fees for this programme below.

Course Fees

The University offers a range of merit-based, subject-specific, and country-focused scholarships for UK and international students. To help support students from outside of the UK, we offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Funding Your Study

Postgraduate Funding Options

Find out more about the optional available to support your postgraduate study, from Master's Loans to scholarship opportunities. You can also find out more about how to pay your fees and access support from our helpful advisors.

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Career Development

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future. It can help you to further or completely change your career, develop your knowledge, enhance your salary, or even prepare you to start your own business. Postgraduate students at the University of Lincoln benefit from inspirational teaching combined with high-quality facilities and learning spaces, great industry links, and unique research opportunities, all of which are designed to help you stand out from the crowd and make the most of your time with us. 

Why Postgraduate Study?

Academic Contact

For more information about this course, please contact the Programme Leader.

Dr Ibrahim Albayati

Postgraduate Events

To get a real feel for what it is like to study at the University of Lincoln, we hold a number of dedicated postgraduate events and activities throughout the year for you to take part in.

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