MSc Mechanical Engineering

The Course

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.

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.

Applied Finite Element Analysis (Option)
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Applied Finite Element Analysis (Option)

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.

Applied Thermo-fluids Systems (Core)
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Applied Thermo-fluids Systems (Core)

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.

Combustion and Sustainable Fuels (Core)
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Combustion and Sustainable Fuels (Core)

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.

Engineering Research Project (Core)
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Engineering Research Project (Core)

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.

Industrial Turbo-machinery (Option)
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Industrial Turbo-machinery (Option)

The purpose of this module is to explore the details behind the equipment required to support and facilitate usable energy provision through applied turbomachinery. A whole systems approach is used in the evaluation of turbomachinery equipment so that opportunities for intensive exploitation of resources and efficiency savings can be identified. Maintenance and availability will feature significantly to cover the lifecycle of the described systems.

Intelligent Systems and Control (Option)
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Intelligent Systems and Control (Option)

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.

Machines in Power Generation (Option)
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Machines in Power Generation (Option)

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.

Managing Projects (Core)
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Managing Projects (Core)

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.

Sensors, Actuators and Controllers (Option)
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Sensors, Actuators and Controllers (Option)

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.

Sustainable Energy Systems (Core)
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Sustainable Energy Systems (Core)

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.

Vibration and Acoustic Analysis of Systems (Option)
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Vibration and Acoustic Analysis of Systems (Option)

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.

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.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other 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.

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 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

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.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Colin Dowding

Dr Colin Dowding

Programme Leader

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.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

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.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The purpose-built Engineering Hub was created in collaboration with Siemens and, as a hub of technical innovation, houses industry-standard machinery, turbines, and control and laser laboratories.

The Engineering Hub forms part of the Isaac Newton Building, which comprises additional spaces, such as workshops and computer laboratories, as well as laboratories for acoustics, vibrations, control and automation.

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.