Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

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MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, September start
Study option:
Full-time, January start
Study option:
Full-time, September start, with a placement year
Duration:
13 Months
Duration:
17 Months
Duration:
25 Months
Start date:
25 September 2023

Test laboratory

Specialist labs, design workstations and design studio

Simulation technology

A wide range of specialist software tools

REF 2021

87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading” (Engineering)

Highly qualified engineers are much sought after in this important industry for the UK and worldwide. With high technical content, this course will prepare you for the fast-developing area of engineering.

You’ll gain skills in the major engineering functions allowing you to work in a senior technical or project management role within industry.   

Your final thesis can be chosen to suit your specific career aspirations. We can also connect you with local engineering companies. 

Our modern workshop facilities include specialist mechanical and thermodynamic laboratory support, a design studio with over 70 workstations, manufacturing facilities including CNC machining, rapid prototyping systems and a fully equipped test laboratory. You’ll also have the opportunity to use a wide range of software tools for design and simulation. 

Research Excellence Frame work 2021 (REF 2021)

We’re extremely proud of the results for our Engineering research submissions:

75% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

You’ll gain skills in the major engineering functions allowing you to work in a senior technical or project management role within industry.   

Your final thesis can be chosen to suit your specific career aspirations. We can also connect you with local engineering companies. 

Our modern workshop facilities include specialist mechanical and thermodynamic laboratory support, a design studio with over 70 workstations, manufacturing facilities including CNC machining, rapid prototyping systems and a fully equipped test laboratory. You’ll also have the opportunity to use a wide range of software tools for design and simulation. 

Research Excellence Frame work 2021 (REF 2021)

We’re extremely proud of the results for our Engineering research submissions:

75% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

You’ll gain skills in the major engineering functions allowing you to work in a senior technical or project management role within industry.   

Your final thesis can be chosen to suit your specific career aspirations. We can also connect you with local engineering companies. 

Our modern workshop facilities include specialist mechanical and thermodynamic laboratory support, a design studio with over 70 workstations, manufacturing facilities including CNC machining, rapid prototyping systems and a fully equipped test laboratory. You’ll also have the opportunity to use a wide range of software tools for design and simulation. 

Research Excellence Frame work 2021 (REF 2021)

We’re extremely proud of the results for our Engineering research submissions:

75% of research impact is recognised as “very considerable” or “outstanding”

87% of research outputs are rated “internationally excellent” or “world leading”

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

Work placements

There is an opportunity to take a work placement with a suitable company. 

Course content

You’ll take eight taught modules that cover a broad range of activities involved in designing and validating new products and machinery.  

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest.

You’ll take eight taught modules that cover a broad range of activities involved in designing and validating new products and machinery.  

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest.

You’ll take eight taught modules that cover a broad range of activities involved in designing and validating new products and machinery.  

You’ll choose a major personal project for the submission of a written thesis. The subject area can meet your career aspirations and interest.

Professional body accreditation

Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

IET Accredited Programme Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Accredited Programme

Professional body accreditation

Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

IET Accredited Programme Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Accredited Programme

Professional body accreditation

Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are in a strong position to move on to achieve professional engineering status after a period of initial professional development in industry. The accredited MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements

IET Accredited Programme Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Accredited Programme
Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

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How can our postgraduate students respond the challenges of climate change?

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Low Carbon And Renewable Energy Systems 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits
Power And Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Low Carbon And Renewable Energy Systems 15 credits
Msc Project 60 credits
Power And Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 15 credits
Advanced Materials And Quality 15 credits
Engineering Design And Manufacture 15 credits
Low Carbon And Renewable Energy Systems 15 credits
Power And Propulsion Systems 15 credits
Research Methods And Project Management 15 credits
Structural Analysis 15 credits
The Professional Engineer (Masters) 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Msc Project 60 credits

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline. 

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work. 

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

Normal requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline. 

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work. 

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

Normal requirements are at least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related engineering or technology discipline. 

If you don’t meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered if you satisfy the University that you can respond to the challenge of postgraduate work. 

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. 

Power Systems Lab Tour

Power Systems Lab Tour

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Dr Soheil Komilian takes you on a tour of the Power Systems Lab, which is pat of the Renewable Energy Lab based in our Science Centre.

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Facilities

Careers

After completing the Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies MSc, you’ll be equipped to work in the following roles:

  • Mechanical Engineer 
  • Aerospace Engineer 
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer Nuclear
  • Engineer Design and Development Engineer

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion with a good grade, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Introducing: The Smart Zone

Introducing: The Smart Zone

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Our £1.3m Smart Zone gives students access to the latest 3D printing, VR technology and more.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:   

  • Work with others on group work   
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops  
  • Be expected to study independently    

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.   

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project. 

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.   

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.  

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.   

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.  

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).   

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.   

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.  

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.   

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module. 

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Independent learning

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:    

  • Reading journals, articles and books  
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group  
  • Researching in the library  Preparing coursework  
  • Getting ready for exams   

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:    

  • Reading journals, articles and books  
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group  
  • Researching in the library  Preparing coursework  
  • Getting ready for exams   

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

As well as timetabled sessions, we know it’s important for you to discover things on your own terms. This could involve:    

  • Reading journals, articles and books  
  • Working on projects, alone or in a group  
  • Researching in the library  Preparing coursework  
  • Getting ready for exams   

We’ve invested in state-of-the-art facilities to help you make the most of your private study time. Whether you need a library, a computer, or a lab, you’ll find it at Staffordshire University. 

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Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani

Professor-Low Carbon & Renew Energy Sys

Prof Gohari Darabkhani has focused his research and industry collaborations on technologies and projects that directly contribute to resolving current major issues in the energy industry to achieving net-zero emission targets by 2050.

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Fees

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Full-time, September start
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,830 per course £16,750 per course

For the course starting on 23 January 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Full-time, January start
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,545 per course £15,000 per course

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Full-time, September start, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,830 per course £16,750 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.

Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Our students

I enjoyed the course particularly the great facilities, laboratories and high-quality teaching. Good health and safety practices under the guidance of skilled technicians made me feel that I was in a professional environment.  The MSc course helped me to be part of Staffordshire University research team working towards fossil fuel transition to eco-friendly source of energy as effort to limit temperature rise above 2°C and to mentor young people in engineering under General Electric (GE)-FHI360 next engineers’ program.  

Linus Onwuemezie

Graduate now MPhil/PhD student

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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations

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