Certificate in Professional Studies Mechanical Engineering

Pre-Masters Course for International Students

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Our Engineering Pre-Masters courses are an effective way to kick-start your studies in the UK. Aimed at International students who do not directly meet the entry requirements for our Masters courses in Engineering or Project Management, this Pre-Masters course can prepare you for success in your postgraduate studies. In addition to the course-specific knowledge you will acquire, the Pre-Masters will improve your study skills, and provide you with advanced-level English language training.


Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Pre-Masters course will allow for progression onto the following postgraduate degrees:

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements:

Applicants should have a 3rd class degree (Level 6) or higher in mechanical engineering or a Level 5 qualification in mechanical engineering and 2 years' relevant work experience.

English Language requirements:

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

This applies to all non-English speaking nationals.

Course details

This course aims to develop confident, well-rounded students that meet the entry requirements to progress into postgraduate study in Mechanical Engineering. Teaching includes problem-based learning, project development and a focus on case studies. 

You will be taught by a combination of interactive lectures, seminars and group discussions, as well as practical laboratory sessions and self-directed study.This course is 100% coursework-based, with no formal exams.

The English-language teaching and study skills forms a key part of this programme; as well as first-class teaching, learning alongside native speakers will help to develop your linguistic abilities and confidence. Lessons will focus on academic writing, research skills, speaking and presentation.

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Core Units

English for Academic Studies

The unit focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare them for the academic demands of their degree course, as well as helping them with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

Individual Engineering Project

In this unit you choose a specialist field and application and evaluate the related published research and the industrial and professional context of a current problem including safety, environmental and ethical considerations. You then research, design, plan and manage a specialist technology solution. At the end of the unit you will present and defend the project to academic specialists in the field and to peers, industrialists and employers.

Mechanical Engineering Design

In this unit you will learn how to formulate a specification and use standards, databases, codes and a variety of other technical literature to inform your design solutions and materials selection. You will learn about the influence of: the environment and sustainability; legal considerations; ergonomics; aesthetics; ethics; reliability and maintenance. You will employ design management techniques to match customer requirements and work within constraints of cost, production techniques, materials and health and safety.

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The department strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the department are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: No applications allowed per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £7,834 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.


Programme Review
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