This programme aims to augment the undergraduate education of those who have completed it, through a combination of advanced scientific knowledge, interpersonal and practical capabilities, with a specific focus on tackling industrially relevant engineering challenges. The curriculum will improve employability by developing the postgraduate skills required for a successful transition to industry or a research role in academia.
Mechanical Engineering highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
- Teaching and research activities have strong connections with local, UK, and international companies, in industries including aerospace, turbomachinery, automotive, consumer materials, and biomedical devices.
World Class Facilities
- The School has a range of unique laboratory facilities for turbomachinery, engine catalysis, industrial-scale materials processing, large-scale structural and materials testing, thermal and chemical analysis, microscopy and x-ray imaging. State-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, which have received investments totalling £19m in recent years.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The School is ranked 6th in the UK for Research Intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranking, with 88% of its research deemed to be internationally excellent or world leading.
- Students study within a vibrant international mix of students and staff from the UK, Europe, Asia, and beyond. A dedicated International Student Support Tutor is available to advise international students.
The degree will consist of 60 CATS of modules from the list below.
|Indicative Number of Modules per Semester|
The 3 modules will be taught over the autumn and spring semesters, with approx. 30 CATS of taught material per semester.
Computer-Aided Engineering (20 CATS)
Manufacturing Technology (20 CATS)
Sustainable Energy Systems (20 CATS)
People teaching you
Dr Damian Quinn
|Contact teaching time is typically scheduled during normal working hours throughout the working week (mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday).|
Professionally relevant transferrable skills, such as oral and written communication, problem-solving, data analysis, self-direction, and team work are developed throughout the course.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Learning and Teaching
The taught modules are normally each delivered in ‘block mode’ over a four week period. In the first two weeks students engage in seminars, tutorials and hands-on practical workshops. In the final two weeks students carry out independent tutorial study and assessed coursework activities, either individually or as part of a group.
Additional Teaching Information
The taught module content will be supplemented by guest seminars from industrial experts in the fields of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. These modules are assessed through a combination of practical workshop sessions, independent coursework, and group projects.
Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Typically, about 50% of contact teaching time is scheduled for classroom teaching, with the remaining 50% scheduled for tutorials and practical workshops. Most modules will also devote a portion of this time to other activities such as hands-on laboratory work, computer practicals, case studies, invited speakers, and industrial site visits.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Individual and group coursework
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a suitable engineering discipline, including substantial Mathematics and engineering content at 2.2 Honours level or equivalent standard, acceptable to the School. A 2.1 Honours degree in Mathematics or Physics or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University will be considered.
Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants holding a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a suitable engineering discipline with performance in key modules below 2.2 Honours standard may be considered on an individual basis. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate a minimum of two years professional experience.
The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *taken within the last 2 years
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Mechanical Engineering costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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