This course has been developed in close partnership with employers, focused on developing skills that employers specifically demand.
Why might you want to do this course?
You love engineering! You’ll be looking to advance your managerial skills, alongside your technical ability.
But more than that, you want to know how to apply this in the industrial world.
You will develop competency and skills that include the latest advances in engineering disciplines of energy and power, manufacture and design. In addition to covering the latest engineering technology, you will be equipped with the creative, commercial, business and management skills that are necessary to be an innovator, entrepreneur and industry leader.
Students on the MSc with Industrial Internship programme will spend a minimum of 36 weeks of their second year (the third year with the part-time option) on placement with an engineering company.
It is the responsibility of each student to arrange his or her own Industrial Internship. Internships must be approved by the University in accordance with agreed Health, Safety and Welfare requirements. Students can avail of a School-based employability programme focusing on relevant skills such as CV writing and interview skills to support their applications for industrial internships.
Successful completion of the industrial internship element will require students to submit a satisfactory placement portfolio at the end of their internship. Students who are unable to secure, or satisfactorily pass, their industrial internship will be completed on the MSc Mechanical Engineering and Management.
Applications for this course received after 30th June 2020 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.
We have strong connections with local, UK, and international companies, in industries including aerospace, turbomachinery, automotive, consumer materials, and biomedical devices. Our Industrial Advisory Board features representatives from heavyweights like Caterpillar, Bombardier, Wrightbus, and BAE. They feed into the course content – what they need from graduate engineers, we’ll teach you. External lecturers from our industrial partners come in to teach on the course.
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. Our small class size means that we can focus on your individual career and development needs, building your skills, enhancing your personal experience of the course and thinking of your career path, rather than just teaching you theory.
"This programme offers a portfolio of challenging modules in several areas of society importance, and the substantial project element allows students to develop independent working skills. The international mix of students and staff reflects the working environment in global businesses. The degree is an excellent qualification for students wanting to prepare for an extraordinary career."
Professor Stephen Spence
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a research project (60 CATS points ).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
The degree will consist of 120 CATS of modules from the list below, plus a dissertation (60 CATS). The degree also offers the opportunity for novel, industrially-relevant research projects.
Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
Autumn and Spring Semesters: 6 modules, totalling approx. 60 CATS per semester.
Summer Semester: Project module and dissertation, 60 CATS.
Computer-Aided Engineering (20 CATS)
Manufacturing Technology (20 CATS)
Sustainable Energy Systems (20 CATS)
Engineering Systems and Management (20 CATS)
Business Management and Enterprise (20 CATS)
Research and Data Analytics (20 CATS)
Contact teaching time is typically scheduled during normal working hours throughout the working week (mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday).
This Masters degree programme offers a range of modules that can be combined to suit particular career aspirations, and graduates will have the skills and knowledge required to pursue careers in mechanical engineering, technical management, research and other related fields.
The complementary business and management skills developed through the programme are highly sought after by employers keen to recruit engineering graduates with a solid appreciation of the broader commercial industrial environment. Professionally relevant transferrable skills, such as oral and written communication, problem-solving, data analysis, self-direction, and teamwork are also 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 help 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 industry experts in the fields of mechanical engineering and business management. These modules are assessed through a combination of practical workshop sessions, independent coursework, and group projects. An Individual Research Project is also undertaken that focuses on applying taught skills to a relevant real-world industrial problem. A dissertation is required to be produced for the project. The project may be taken in the context of a summer placement at a company, for the 1-year programme.
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.
Project and dissertation work involves regular meetings with an academic advisor, with the remaining time devoted to project management, practical lab or computer work, and preparation for written and oral reporting.
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.
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 of professional experience.
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.
The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).
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 the 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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
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.
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All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications
Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications.
You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.
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 with Management and Industrial Internship costs
Tuition fees quoted are applicable for the taught and research project modules on the programme (year 1 of the full-time programme - 180 CATS).
Where students are undertaking a professional internship in Year 2 they are required to pay a placement charge of £845 to the University.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.