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Mechanical Engineering (2023)

1. Programme Title:

Mechanical Engineering

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

This specialist engineering programme will equip you with the skills required to be a modern mechanical engineer. It focuses on the latest techniques and technologies used in mechanical engineering, teaching you how to apply these to complex contemporary problems.

You will gain a range of computational skills which will enable you to analyse systems using numerical methods, simulation and optimisation techniques. Sustainability is also emphasised throughout the programme and you will be encouraged to consider responsible solutions to modern day challenges.

The programme is supported by internationally leading research projects in areas such as nano-scale materials engineering, biomedical engineering, 3D analysis from CT scans for prosthetic bone replacement surgery, additive layer manufacturing for high specification applications with aerospace metals, and application and recycling of polymers and composites.

The programme has been designed for mechanical engineers who want to progress their careers, and will be submitted for accreditation to be assessed as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. This will enable graduates to apply for CEng registration through membership of an appropriate Professional Engineering Institution, for example the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), following an assessment of their subsequent professional development and experience.



3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSc degree programme is designed to deliver all of the required learning outcomes as set out in UK-SPEC for a Masters (Further Learning) degree, and hence aims to contribute towards graduates becoming professionally qualified engineers in the UK, with international recognition. This programme is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Graduates may apply for CEng registration through membership of an appropriate Professional Institution following an assessment of their subsequent professional development and experience.

To provide you with knowledge/skills in the field of modern mechanical engineering and current developments and future directions in fields such as smart structures or devices and novel materials for application into mechanical engineering. This fits with modern practice in industry where knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines is required. The programme offers a mixture of theoretical and practical topics at the advanced level.

To generate in you an enthusiasm for the application of mechanical engineering into real world situations, an understanding of how modern mechanical engineering can be enhanced by knowledge and skills from materials engineering and to involve you in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and scholarship.

To develop research skills, personal skills and core academic skills which will prepare you for a wider range of employment opportunities.

To prepare for further research in the area of Mechanical Engineering.

4. Programme Structure

Your MSc Mechanical Engineering programme is a 1 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 1 ‘Stage’.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.  

Exit Awards

If you do not complete the programme you may be able to exit with a lower qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma: At least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at NQF level 7.

Postgraduate Certificate: At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at NQF level 7.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take Option Modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECMM103Computer Aided Engineering Design15YesNo
ENGM001Additive Manufacturing 15YesNo
ENGM010Data-Centric Engineering15YesNo
ECMM148Advanced CFD15YesNo
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60YesYes
ECMM163Sustainable Engineering15YesNo
ENGM003Advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA)15YesNo
Select 15 credits:
ECMM410Research Methodology15NoNo
ENGM023Sustainable Manufacturing15NoNo
Select 15 credits:
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management15NoNo
BEMM068Managing Competitive Strategy15NoNo

Full Time MSc students will take all modules.

For the Diploma (120 credits) you take all modules except ECMM164.

For the Certificate (60 credits) you must complete 60 credits.

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

1. Understanding of mechanical engineering and its application into leading modern practice.

2. Understanding of current technical advancement and problems in computational methods for simulation the design process and novel materials.

3. Ability to make appropriate and critical use of knowledge of theory and 'know how' in application into engineering problems.

4. Familiarity with analysis and design methods for mechanical systems and tools for their application into engineering problems.

Learning & Teaching Activities

The modules will be delivered by a mixture of formal lectures, tutorial classes, practical classes, computer practical sessions and mini-projects. Example sheets and other assignments will be set and marked by the module leader. Students will be expected to read the assigned texts and to find appropriate information from wider source such as academic and commercial web pages and from research journals. Assistance will be given during tutorials and practicals for this and office hours will be available for individual students to bring along specific technical or other difficulties. The Engineering MSc Project module ECMM164 will be directed by a named Academic and will involve an initial kick-off meeting plus subsequent weekly individual progress meetings.



Assessment Methods

Modules will be assessed through an appropriate blend of coursework and examination as specified in the individual module descriptors. The MSc Project ECMM164 will be assessed by both the supervisor and a second independent marker.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

5. Identify, formulate, analyse and solve problems

6. Integrate theory and applications

7. Develop a working knowledge of software packages

8. Use computational methods for modelling engineering problems

9. Analise data

10. Develop industrial awareness and management skill/business operations

11. Apply mathematical skills for analysis and modelling

12. Apply Tools, techniques, methods for analysis and modelling

Learning & Teaching Activities

The ability to formulate problems, apply suitable theoretical and or experimental approaches, manage this process, summarise and analyse data will be developed in all compulsory and the optional modules, via the mixture of approaches described in (A). Techniques required to solve problems, develop models and produce publication/presentation quality output will be developed in ECMM103, ENGM001, ENGM010, ECMM148, ECMM410 and ECMM164 Project.


Assessment Methods

These skills will be assessed in examinations and coursework associated with the modules.

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

13. Improve necessary skills for independent learning

14. Enhance report and presentation skills

15. Improve IT Skills

16. Able to manage time effectively

17. Ability to plan career and personal development

Learning & Teaching Activities

13 and 14 required for the dissertation

15 will be developed in Modules ECMM103, ENGM010 and ENGM003.

16 will be addressed in the Modules ECMM164, ECMM148.

16 and 17 will be developed throughout the programme. We will encourage you to interact as this will accelerate the learning process, you will have personal tutorial advice to achieve 16 and 17.

Assessment Methods

Assessed through the project dissertation and the coursework of the modules.

7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 180 credits.  The pass mark for award of credit in an individual PG module is 50%.


This programme is accredited by a PSRB under licence from the Engineering Council. Therefore, the latest Engineering Council regulations on condonement apply to this programme. Please find further details in the TQA Manual here:

Assessment and Awards

The award will normally be based on at least 180 credits of which 150 or more must be at NQF level 7


The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Postgraduate Degrees

Distinction   70%+

Merit            60-69%

Pass            50-59%

Full details of  PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website.  Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.





8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme.  A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual.  As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Entry requirements for this programme can be found on the Postgraduate Study Page.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements and English Language requirements of the University of Exeter.


11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice.  See the University's TQA Manual for details.




12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

The MSc Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the  Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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.

It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualification for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if the wish to progress to CEng.

14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution
17 Programme accredited/validated by
18 Final Award(s) MSc
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) M105
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 180 credits (90 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: June 19th 2023