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MSc Mechanical Engineering MSc Mechanical Engineering

This programme has been developed around the key strands of energy conversion, system design using computer-aided engineering, system control, and sustainability.

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Dr Colin Dowding joined the School of Engineering in 2010. He is active in the fields of laser micro-machining for the display and metal-surface treatment industries; non-contact laser bonding of polymer laminates for the food and logistics industries; laser surface modification of ferrous materials for the food industry; and energetic material ignition for the defence industry. His subject specialisms include laser interactions with materials with specific focus upon surface modification and micro-machining.

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Welcome to MSc Mechanical Engineering

This programme aims to provide the opportunity for graduates from science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines to gain the skills, knowledge and abilities required to meet the significant demands required of the 21st Century professional engineer.

The University of Lincoln’s Master’s in Mechanical Engineering has been developed around the key strands of energy conversion, system design using computer-aided engineering, system control and sustainability.

Study is based upon enquiry and action learning, where students are introduced to a topic and then have the opportunity to develop their understanding through problem-based scenarios. Modules are taught through bi-weekly day release, allowing the participation of part-time students in full-time employment.

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 in collaboration with industry.

Welcome to MSc Mechanical Engineering

This programme aims to provide the opportunity for graduates from science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines to gain the skills, knowledge and abilities required to meet the significant demands required of the 21st Century professional engineer.

The University of Lincoln’s Master’s in Mechanical Engineering has been developed around the key strands of energy conversion, system design using computer-aided engineering, system control and sustainability.

Study is based upon enquiry and action learning, where students are introduced to a topic and then have the opportunity to develop their understanding through problem-based scenarios. Modules are taught through bi-weekly day release, allowing the participation of part-time students in full-time employment.

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 in collaboration with industry.

How You Study

This programme is taught using day-release in a two term structure, making it suitable for attendance by part-time students as well as those wanting to study individual module blocks for the purposes of continued professional development (CPD).

Students will be taught through a mixture of lectures, laboratory and practical sessions, and seminar work in our School of Engineering.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

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

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

This programme is taught using day-release in a two term structure, making it suitable for attendance by part-time students as well as those wanting to study individual module blocks for the purposes of continued professional development (CPD).

Students will be taught through a mixture of lectures, laboratory and practical sessions, and seminar work in our School of Engineering.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

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

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

In 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.

Module Overview

In this module, students have the chance to create design concepts relating to an engineering artefact, process, or topic that is related to mechanical engineering. This module aims to provide a learning experience that enables students to carry out independent research and integrate their engineering and scientific knowledge within a realistic and substantial project of immediate engineering value. Students can gain experience of working in a research or industry based design environment. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and initiative in carrying out a demanding investigation or design project. As individuals, students will be expected to negotiate with their 'client', be it an academic supervisor or an external sponsor, plan their project, and present their work through meetings, reports and oral presentation. Students will also be expected to integrate knowledge from disciplines other than engineering, and demonstrate a profound understanding of relevant environmental, ethical, social and sustainability issues.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

This 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.

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of the finite element method, with applications in stress analysis, heat transfer and general field problems in order to complement other modules in these subjects. Students have the opportunity to become aware of the capabilities and limitations of the finite element method and the practical problems involved in successfully modelling engineering structures and components.

Module Overview

The last decade has seen an upsurge in the development of intelligent modelling and control structures over their counterpart mathematical model-based structures due to their success in dealing with complex multivariable uncertain systems without the need for extensive dynamic modelling. At the forefront of intelligent systems strategies are Rule-based Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic Systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Probabilistic and Evolutionary Algorithms, Hybrid Intelligent Systems, and Intelligent Control Systems, which have all proved to be serious contenders for many other conventional modelling and control methods. In the light of these considerations, this module aims to: - Introduce the various ideas behind these theories - Draw a parallel with other conventional modelling and control techniques. This module provides an introduction to the theories and practices of machine learning and data modelling, and to fuzzy logic within a control and systems engineering context - Describe how these techniques can be applied to solve real world problems. The module looks at the underlying principles of machine learning, data modelling and fuzzy logic, the advantages and limitations of the various approaches and effective ways of applying them in systems and control engineering, with the aim of making students appreciate the merits of the various technologies hence introduced.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

This 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.

Module Overview

Students are given the opportunity to develop an analytical understanding of complex vibrating systems, with particular reference to rotating machines such as gas turbines and wind turbines. Students are introduced to the quantitative aspects of noise control.

† 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.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

In 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.

Module Overview

In this module, students have the chance to create design concepts relating to an engineering artefact, process, or topic that is related to mechanical engineering. This module aims to provide a learning experience that enables students to carry out independent research and integrate their engineering and scientific knowledge within a realistic and substantial project of immediate engineering value. Students can gain experience of working in a research or industry based design environment. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and initiative in carrying out a demanding investigation or design project. As individuals, students will be expected to negotiate with their 'client', be it an academic supervisor or an external sponsor, plan their project, and present their work through meetings, reports and oral presentation. Students will also be expected to integrate knowledge from disciplines other than engineering, and demonstrate a profound understanding of relevant environmental, ethical, social and sustainability issues.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

This 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.

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the theory and practice of the finite element method, with applications in stress analysis, heat transfer and general field problems in order to complement other modules in these subjects. Students have the opportunity to become aware of the capabilities and limitations of the finite element method and the practical problems involved in successfully modelling engineering structures and components.

Module Overview

The last decade has seen an upsurge in the development of intelligent modelling and control structures over their counterpart mathematical model-based structures due to their success in dealing with complex multivariable uncertain systems without the need for extensive dynamic modelling. At the forefront of intelligent systems strategies are Rule-based Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic Systems, Artificial Neural Networks, Probabilistic and Evolutionary Algorithms, Hybrid Intelligent Systems, and Intelligent Control Systems, which have all proved to be serious contenders for many other conventional modelling and control methods. In the light of these considerations, this module aims to: - Introduce the various ideas behind these theories - Draw a parallel with other conventional modelling and control techniques. This module provides an introduction to the theories and practices of machine learning and data modelling, and to fuzzy logic within a control and systems engineering context - Describe how these techniques can be applied to solve real world problems. The module looks at the underlying principles of machine learning, data modelling and fuzzy logic, the advantages and limitations of the various approaches and effective ways of applying them in systems and control engineering, with the aim of making students appreciate the merits of the various technologies hence introduced.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

The 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.

Module Overview

This 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.

Module Overview

Students are given the opportunity to develop an analytical understanding of complex vibrating systems, with particular reference to rotating machines such as gas turbines and wind turbines. Students are introduced to the quantitative aspects of noise control.

† 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.

How you are assessed

Assessment comprises completely of coursework conducted throughout the programme, and you will be expected to complete a major research project after the taught modules.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Assessment comprises completely of coursework conducted throughout the programme, and you will be expected to complete a major research project after the taught modules.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

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. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

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. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Career Opportunities

Highly skilled engineers are in demand in the UK and overseas. Through teaching methods and high levels of employer collaboration, this programme aims to prepare graduates for careers in the power, energy, and mechanical engineering industries.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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