Our engineering Masters programmes are designed to meet the needs of an industry which looks to employ postgraduates who can learn independently and apply critical thinking to real-world problems. Many of the staff who teach in the School also have experience of working in industry and have well-established links and contacts in their industry sector, ensuring your education and training is relevant to future employment.
Masters projects are often linked to ongoing research. Our researchers are a mix of postdoctoral researchers, research degree students and visiting fellows and professors from academia and industry. Recent research awards from the UK Research Councils, EU Horizon 2020, InnovateUK and industry partners include £630k for next generation energy storage devices via 3D printing of graphene and £600k to develop smart communication systems.
This course starts in September 2017 and January 2018.
We focus on a wide variety of research in the general areas of engineering and materials science. Researchers in the Engineering and Materials Research Centre are a mix of full and part time staff, postdoctoral researchers, research degree students and visiting fellows and professors from academia and industry.
Our research was rated internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Recent research awards from the UK Research Councils, EU Horizon2020, InnovateUK and industry partners include £630k for next generation energy storage devices via 3D printing of graphene, £600k to develop smart communication systems and £100k for an award-winning novel cardiovascular bypass graft.
This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time over 2 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.
Rail Infrastructure and Engineering Strategy
MSc Engineering Project
Digital Signal Processing
Sensing and Imaging
Engineering Structural Integrity
Sustainable Energy Systems
Industrial Communication Systems
Advanced Control and Instrumentation
Embedded Systems and Systems on a Chip
Manufacturing Systems Management
Smart Technologies for Power Management
Sustainable Integrated Power Systems
Computer Engineering and CPU design
Industrial Control, Automation and Communication
Embedded Systems Development
Sustainable Integrated Power Systems
Optional units listed in the following curriculum structures are all approved for delivery, but may not all run/be available in any one academic session.
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This is a core unit for all MSc programmes within the School of Engineering. In their MSc project, the learner will develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of a subject field within the engineering area of study. The learner will be supervised and supported by active research staff within the School of Engineering. The aim of the MSc project is to prepare the learner to take key positions in industry or to go on to further research based posts/studies within the Higher Education sector.
This unit promotes the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in rail engineering. It engages the learners ideas of current rail standards and regulations allowing critical evaluation of ethics, environmental impact and commercial strategy. It develops the learners skills in the application of technology, data collection, risk modelling, vehicle dynamics and rail accident investigation. The unit provides relevant industry knowledge to promote employment in various engineering disciplines within the rail sector.
This unit provides an analysis of control system architectures, safety, security, sensors, actuators, hazards and reliability in the context of nuclear control and instrumentation engineering. It familiarises the learner with professional and ethical conduct within nuclear engineering including understanding and critical analysis of standards and regulatory requirements. Design, testing, maintenance and implementation of measurement and control systems are covered. The unit has been specifically designed for the learner currently working within the nuclear industry or for someone who wishes to do so.
This unit is about computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). You will learn how to use various simulation techniques and formulate simulation strategies and interpret the results. You will learn how to set up suitable computer models of the CFD and FEA of mechanical systems and demonstrate the verification and validation process of a simulation and/or correlate the simulation results with physically measured data where possible.
This unit is about high performance computer engineering systems based on multicore, GPGPU and FPGA technologies. You will learn about the use of modern multi-core computer architecture and associated memory systems. You will learn how to develop the design of a processor using an Electronic Design Automation tool and how to design a computer engineering system for a high performance application such as finance, real time image processing, communication, etc.
This unit describes the application and implementation of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms, and details emerging DSP technologies. It provides an understanding of theory and application of ADC/DAC conversion, sampling theorem, Fourier analysis, FFT, Wavelet analysis, signal compression, digital filters and DSP hardware implementation strategies. DSP is a core subject in electrical and electronic engineering. The learner will acquire not only the theoretical knowledge of such techniques but also the ability to implement them within a practical setting.
This unit develops the learners understanding of the latest technology in Embedded Systems Design and System on Chip (SoC) methodology. The technology underpins modern IT, social media and the Internet of Things, that shape our communities and societies. This unit will develop the learners skills in mastering Verilog Hardware Description Language, commonly used FPGAs, latest development tools and advanced microprocessors including ARM. An in-depth knowledge of this material is highly sought after in the engineering sector.
Application oriented embedded system development using industry standard microcontrollers, FPGAs and system-on-a-chip methodology.
In this unit you will learn about the suitability of the various techniques of engineering structural integrity for a range of engineering systems and how to evaluate the mechanical behaviour of materials and model their behaviour in real world applications. You will also learn about the main fatigue analysis theories and methods that have been implemented in state of the art fatigue analysis software packages and about the theories and methods behind BS 7910 for carrying out structural integrity assessment and the associated NDT techniques.
This unit will develop the learners understanding of digital communication systems used within the automation industry. It will enhance the learners skills in the design, development and evaluation of fieldbus and Ethernet based communication systems, so dominant in modern industry. It engages the learner in good engineering practice in installing, testing and maintaining networked automation systems. The unit incorporates the required assessment to allow the learner to achieve Certified PROFIBUS, Certified PROFINET Engineer and Certified PLCopen Engineer qualifications, giving them an edge in the job market.
The unit contains three parts:
The unit introduces some key aspects of management practice, developing the ability to assimilate and apply some basic concepts, tools and frameworks in organisational development, marketing, accounting and finance.
This unit enables the learner to demonstrate a practical and conceptual understanding of manufacturing systems tools and techniques. Learning to appreciate the value of management science in tacking complex decision making problems and develop conceptual knowledge on the development of product-service systems.
This unit is about the operation and application of imaging and sensing technologies. You will learn how the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum are used in sensing technologies and how to analyse the technological requirements and implementation strategies for imaging and sensing. You will learn how to apply sensing and imaging technologies to data acquisition in industry and academia.
This unit focuses on intelligent and sustainable power management technologies both on the electrical grids and in buildings. Looking at the global energy consumption and the implications of the increased consumption on the environment, it discusses electrification of transport, communication systems, Internet of Things, M2M (Machine to Machine), smart metering, and other emerging technologies, and their role in sustainable energy management. The unit develops the learners knowledge in the design and practical aspects of sustainable power systems. It prepares the learner for a career in the power industry.
This unit focuses on the design of sustainable and renewable energy systems. It will enable the learner to understand the structure, operation and applications of various renewable power systems; wind to energy converters, photovoltaic (solar), energy storage, hydrogen fuel cells and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems. It also provides them with the knowledge and design tools required for todays renewable energy industry.
This unit covers design and practical aspects of renewable power systems. Energy conversion technologies and the design of hybrid renewable energy systems are also covered. Reliability issues and life cycle calculation for the studied systems are also included.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Due to professional body requirements, this course differs from standard University Assessment Regulations in that a minimum pass mark is required for each element of assessment.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www.soe.mmu.ac.uk/our-staff/
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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.
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The rail industry offers an exciting future for graduates, with potential in many fields. This course aims to increase your employability in the industry and enable you to target specific roles that fit your own expertise. Alternatively, you may pursue a placement with partners or a PhD.
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