Masters in Mechanical Engineering
It was only recently that the Engineering UK 2012 Report brought good news for the engineering professionals and students. While the job market continued to get tougher during the financial meltdown, engineering sector in the UK still managed to generate £1.15tn of turnover in the year 2009-2010. The demand in the sector continues to increase and it is expected that in the next 10 years the country is going to need more than 2.2 million engineers.
USA is also encouraging students to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects by providing employment opportuintiies in the form of STEM extension, allowing the professionals in the field to progress professionally.
These developments are highly favourable and encouraging for individuals seeking careers and degrees in the field of engineering. Given these events, it is no doubt Mechanical engineering, being one of the major wings of the field, is progressing and is a degree worth considering.
Study Level: Postgraduate
Masters in Mechanical Engineering is a one year degree with two semesters. You would be required to take up core modules, optional modules and a dissertation of 10,000 – 20,000 words. The course content intends to build on undergraduate knowledge of the individuals to give them an advanced technical knowledge along with corporate and research skills which are necessary to thrive in the job market. Some of the module options include strategic management and enterprise, research methodology and innovation, advanced modelling and design, advanced computer aided engineering, thermofluids, heat and mass transfer and energy conversion technologies.
Many UK universities offer well reputed and competitive mechanical engineering masters programmes including Brunel University, Aston University and University College London.
The entry requirements for MSc. Mechancial Engineering include an Undergraduate degree in an engineering related field with a grade of 2:1 or higher. You would also be required to prove english language proficiency by taking IELTS or TOEFL exams. The requirements for IELTS can range from 6 to 7.5 bands out of 9. The exact requirements can be found on the website of the specific university you are interested in. You might also be asked to take the GRE exam by some universities.
Prospects in Mechanical Engineering are on their climb all over the world, especially in the UK. The professionals in the field are highly valued by technology oriented organisations. The contemporary work places are highly dependent on technology and it makes engineering professionals in demand. The jobs in the UK for engineering professionals can range from £22,000 to £40,000 per annum. According to the Engineering UK Report 2012 engineering graduates earn over 30% more in their working lifetime as compared to an average graduate.
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