School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences

MSc Mechanical Engineering with Professional Practice

MSc Full-time 2 years

This course has been developed in close partnership with employers, focusing on the development of key skills that employers in the industry specifically demand.

This course has been developed in close partnership with employers, focusing on the development of key skills that employers in the industry specifically demand.

Start date(s)
13 January 2025,16 September 2024
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (2 years)
Campus location
University Telford Campus
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Why choose this course?

At a time when there is an international shortage of mechanical engineers, there has never been a better time to enter this dynamic and rewarding industry.

This course has been developed in close partnership with employers, focusing on the development of key skills that employers in the industry specifically demand.

New learning and teaching facilities are an integral part of a recent £10m investment at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus - a significant and carefully targeted investment to meet all the teaching and learning needs of students on this postgraduate course.

Our state-of-the-art specialist equipment used in the delivery of this course including Solid Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics laboratories, Subsonic and Supersonic Wind Tunnels, Advanced Materials and Composites Analysis and Advanced Additive Manufacturing facilities are available at our Innovation Campus.

The course will be underpinned by high quality teaching, highly experienced and qualified members of academic staff who are at the cutting-edge of research in their respective fields. This two-year master’s degree with an integrated Professional Practice Placement enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research-based placement to the traditional taught master’s programme.

 A vocational internship is a superb way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge and make you more attractive to international employers, whilst a research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.

By studying this two-year master’s degree with Professional Practice, you will enjoy a wider experience of study and culture whilst living in the UK also benefiting from a vacation period when you can gain extra work experience, enjoy travel, or relax.

The course has been developed according to the UK Engineering Council's benchmark requirements for professional engineering, to ensure that our students enter the workforce with the broad expertise and relevant capabilities that employers’ value.

What's unique about this course?

  • Taught in our state-of-the-art Telford Campus
  • Access to open live project workspace and formula student
  • Accredited by Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)
  • Opportunities to work for local employers

What happens on the course?

This innovative MSc with Professional Practice course provides an advanced understanding of Mechanical Engineering with the aim to produce postgraduates with the versatility and depth of understanding to deal with new and exciting challenges in Engineering, alongside the necessary imagination and creativity to innovate.

Balancing academic theory with practical considerations, the taught elements of this course cover key areas of mechanical sciences, such as Stress Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, along with Product Design, Advanced Materials, Research Methods and Computer Aided Engineering.

 In the First Year you will pay attention to the development of investigative, modelling and computational strategies in Mechanical Engineering. This will allow you to acquire advanced knowledge and a systematic understanding of contemporary Finite Element Modelling techniques to analyse the behaviour of complex engineering systems and components. It will allow you to develop a comprehensive understanding of advanced solid mechanics, fluid mechanics and other contemporary analytical techniques pertinent to product development, manufacture and sustainability and to apply these techniques to synthesise novel designs for a range of engineering applications.

A principal component in the Second Year of this course is the dissertation project, which is usually associated with current research activity or industrial consultancy in the School of Engineering, allowing students to gain substantial expertise in one specific area of interest. Dissertation project work involves regular meetings with an academic supervisor, with the remaining time devoted to project management, practical lab or computer work and preparation for written and oral reporting.

The integrated Professional Practice Placement offers the opportunity to spend six months working full-time to gain all-important work experience and employability skills. It will enable you to critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff and to reflect on your own personal development through your Professional Practice experience.

You'll complete the Professional Practice Placement after you have completed the taught part of your degree, but before your final dissertation project! Students will be required to complete an additional Module: 7CS025 – Professional Work Experience and Development and produce a reflective learning portfolio to demonstrate tasks undertaken and experience gained during their Professional Practice Placement.

There are two Professional Practice Placement options;

1. Professional Practice - Research Placement**: Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a 26-week research internship within a University of Wolverhampton research centre/institute. You can experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. This option is most suitable for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

2. Professional Practice - Vocational Placement**: Spend 26 weeks working full-time in industry. The School of Engineering enjoys close links with a variety of local, national and international companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through a Vocational Placement. ** We can guarantee a limited number of Professional Practice – Research Placement positions but cannot guarantee a Professional Practice - Vocational Placement.

We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own Vocational Placement position should you prefer this type of placement – all are subject to approval by the University in accordance with agreed Health, Safety and Welfare requirements.

Research Placements are unpaid and Vocational Placements may be paid or unpaid and enhances the students’ employability. Vocational Placement opportunities will be available on a competitive basis as determined by employers and a limited number of Research Placement opportunities will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Our MSc Mechanical Engineering with Professional Practice offers the option of going on a placement, which can be paid or unpaid.  Placement students are valuable to employers and many of our placements are paid.  All applications are on a competitive basis and students secure positions through their own efforts. Some assistance in preparation for applying for placements will be provided, however the employer has the final say. The work undertaken by the student must be of an adequate standard in an area of work strongly related to the content of the MSc Mechanical Engineering with Professional Practice Programme and the appropriateness of any placement will be assessed and approved by a member of the academic team on an individual basis.  Your placement will enable you to boost your learning with hands on experience and apply your theoretical knowledge to real life work experience

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £8883 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9328 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9328 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9794 per year 2024-25
International Full-time £15450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £16450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £16450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £16950 per year 2024-25

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Students should normally be educated to honours Degree level, with a minimum classification of 2:2 in Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, Technology, Physical Sciences or a closely related derivative.

RPL will be granted, if appropriate, as part of the admissions process and then ratified by the FSE RPL committee. All non-standard applicants to this course will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. In this instance, substantial and demonstrable professional experience can substitute for graduate status.

  • English Language requirements are normally IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each area (unless otherwise stated) or equivalent accepted qualification English Language Requirements
  • For further information relating to overseas qualification please use the following link
  • International Students will require approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Its aim is to help stop the spread of knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. The ATAS is specifically designed to ensure that those applying for postgraduate study in certain sensitive subjects do not acquire knowledge that could potentially be used in WMD courses. Please see link for further info:
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

    Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

    Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

    You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £12,167 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

    * Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

    Changes for EU students:

    The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

    EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

    Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

    You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

    The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

    There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

    The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


    If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

    Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

    Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

    We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

    Financial Hardship:

    Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

    Charitable Funding:

    You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

    You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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