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Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Imperial

Imperial College London offers a postgraduate course in Advanced Mechanical Engineering. The course is well-designed to impart thorough understanding of the subject. Advanced mechanical engineering may be taken full-time over twelve months or part-time over two or three years.

Students who are pursuing this course as a part-time expected to have considerable support from their employers amounting to an average of about one month each year spend working on their projects at their workplace. The MSc course equips students with the understanding and knowledge of the 'state of the art' in one or more of various areas of mechanical engineering where the Department has acknowledged expertise.

This combines with the ability for students to enhance their abilities in subjects such as signal processing and numerical analysis, which are useful in almost all areas of mechanical engineering and associated with the application of computers in engineering practice.

The major component of the course is the individual project that is generally associated with present research activity or industrial consultancy. This allows students to gain significant expertise in one particular area. Further expertise is expanded by taking taught course modules. Students may study an unusually wide spectrum of subjects in the department.

The success of the course may be measured by the large proportion of graduates who go on to find challenging and appropriate posts in government, industry and universities at home as well as abroad.

Eligibility Criteria

Generally, the requirement is an upper second class Honours degree or better in science or engineering from a UK university or any equivalent qualification from an overseas university. Students do not need to have industrial experience for entry requirement; however, it would be helpful.

Course Modules

  • Advanced vibration engineering
  • Advanced control
  • Combustion
  • Aircraft engine technology
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computational continuum mechanics
  • Fundamentals of fracture mechanics
  • Finite element analysis and applications
  • Interfacing and data processing
  • Integrated design and manufacture
  • Introduction to nuclear engineering
  • Mechanical transmission technology
  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • Nuclear materials
  • Structure, applications and properties of polymers
  • Polymer processing technology
  • Vehicle propulsion technology
  • Tribology
  • Welding, adhesives and joining

The individual project and the associated seminars are the major components of this course. The project, which may be experimental, numerical, analytical or a combination of these could arise from a problem of specific interest to students or their employer. On the other hand, it can be selected with the assistance of the academic staff.


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