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Mechanical Engineering

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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This course is designed to provide an advanced level of knowledge and understanding in mechanics, materials selection, manufacturing, mechatronics, control, plus computer-aided design and engineering techniques to design and develop integrated mechanical systems.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Why Bradford?

  • This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The course is carefully designed to ensure all-round growth of the student – developing intellectual knowledge and understanding, discipline-specific expertise, as well as personal and transferable skills. Graduates gain technical depth, and broadening in terms of the ability to innovate, exposure to other branches of engineering, and enhanced research skills. In addition, leadership and managerial strengths are cultivated that can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • Participants benefit from learning advanced principles of the design and control of mechanical systems along with computational and simulation methods to ensure reliability and robustness of mechanical systems. They will gain knowledge in vibration, computational fluid dynamics, and manufacturing simulation. Students will learn to use industry-standard computational tools and analysis packages in the advanced analysis, design and evaluation of complex mechanical systems and numerical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems.

Entry requirements

  • A second-class Honours degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.
  • Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


Module Title



Interdisciplinary Competitive Design


1, 2

Engineering Vibration



Design Optimisation



Materials & Manufacturing Processes



Advanced Manufacturing Technology



Computational Fluid Dynamics



Research Skills



Advanced Solid Mechanics



Polymer Engineering



Supply Chain Management



Engineering Computational Methods



MSc Project



Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Our graduates find employment in a very wide range of engineering and manufacturing environments, from the aerospace, transportation and automotive sectors to process industries such as oil and gas, utility companies (e.g. water and electricity), as well as research and development. Employers of recent graduates include Ford Motor Company, Cummins, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce and Cameron.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £7,750
  • International: £17,600

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.