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Study Mechanical Engineering Abroad - The Definitive Guide

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Subject modules & entry requirements

Mechanical engineering can in its simplest form be defined as the study of any object that moves and the principles behind how that object works. This article will serve as a comprehensive mechanical engineering study guide for those looking to pursue a postgraduate programme in the subject abroad.

Postgraduate programme options

Students can choose from the MS in Mechanical Engineering, M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, MSc in Mechanical Engineering and the MEng in Mechanical Engineering. Some institutions offer an integrated Mechanical Engineering programme that clubs together an undergraduate and postgraduate degree within five years. View all postgraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering.

How long will you study?

The MS in Mechanical Engineering is usually offered as a two-year programme. In the UK, the MSc in Mechanical Engineering is offered as a one-year programme.

As per the QS World University Rankings 2015, the top five places to study Mechanical Engineering are:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • University of Michigan

As per the Complete University Guide, the top five universities in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering are:

  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Bath
  • University of Southampton

What will you study?

A postgraduate programme in Mechanical Engineering will include modules on:

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Automation
  • Heat Transfer and Control
  • Instrumentation Design
  • Manufacturing

Typical entry requirements

English language proficiency

A score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 79 on the TOEFL is usually considered to be fair enough for admission into a postgraduate Mechanical Engineering programme. Some institutions may require a higher score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

GRE scores

To get into the top-ranked universities to study Mechanical engineering a score of 1370 to 1390 on the GRE is essential. The next tier of universities would require a score of 1340 to 1360 on the GRE.   

Fees

The average cost of completing a postgraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering ranges between INR 20 lakhs to INR 45 lakhs based on the total duration of the programme. Students would have to earmark INR 8 lakhs a year for accommodation and living costs. The costs will vary dependent on the university and country of study. Prospective students are advised to explore all options regarding scholarships when they apply. 

Subject specialisations

The most popular subject specialisations in postgraduate Mechanical Engineering programmes are listed below.

  • Acoustic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Fluid Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Programmes in Focus

Lawrence Technological University offers a popular MS in Mechanical Engineering programme. Comprising 30 learning credits, the programme has modules on Engineering Analysis, Applied Thermodynamics, Advanced Dynamics, Transport Phenomena and Mechanics of Materials.

Widener University offers an innovative MEng in Mechanical Engineering programme.  Students can pick eight courses and complete a thesis or skip the thesis and complete 11 courses to earn their degree.

The University of Bristol offers a highly respected MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering programme. This is a one-year programme and offers a detailed look into mechanical engineering. Additional modules in Robotics and Biomechanics are also offered.

Swansea University offers the MSc in Mechanical Engineering programme. There is an option to complete this programme by working on additional research as well.  Interesting modules in the programme include – Entrepreneurship for Engineers, Polymer Processing and Metallurgy.

The University of Sydney offers the Master of Mechanical Engineering programme. This is a full-time degree that runs for 18 months. The programme is designed for qualified engineers to strengthen their management capability and technical expertise. The programme includes modules in Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Design, Risk Management and Project Planning.

Federation University Australia offers the Master of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering programme. This is offered as a full-time two-year programme. Students will learn all aspects of design specification, development, research, evaluation, manufacture, installation, testing, operation, maintenance and management of machines and systems. 

Career prospects

The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline allows students a variety of career options. Be it working in automobile manufacturing, aerospace firms or designing toys, mechanical engineers can work in various industries.

The infographics below sourced from Payscale gives data on average salaries for postgraduate mechanical engineers in India and the USA.

India

Median Salary by Years Experience

USA

Median Salary by Years Experience

 

This clearly indicates the value of an international degree and finding employment abroad.From Mechanical engineering design to opportunities in telecommunications and construction engineering, a number of career options are available.

Luminaries

Kumar Bhattacharya was born in 1940 in Dhaka. He went on to study Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Kharagpur. Then he went to the UK to work in Lucas Industries as a graduate apprentice. He studied at the University of Birmingham and after securing a PhD went continued to teach there. In 1980, he moved to the University of Warwick and then established the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to add a much needed boost to the manufacturing sector in the UK. Today WMG is a leading centre for industrial research and product development and has a presence in seven countries.

Professional associations

IME India

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers India – IME India was established in 1914 and offers a platform for mechanical engineering professionals and students to connect with each other. The Institution runs exams that certify the technical knowledge of young mechanical engineering professionals.  

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