This course can also be studied part-time. 2 years to masters level and over 3 years to PGDip level and then a 6 month project. During this course units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the delivery of the unit.
Applied Maths for Designers (20 Credits)
The aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles necessary to underpin education in engineering design.
You will apply mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in engineering design, and asses the limitations of particular cases.
Materials Failure & Prevention (20 Credits)
You will develop the knowledge and critical understanding of the range of the more common failures that materials encounter in service or during processing.
This unit will provide an understanding of the underlying reasons and mechanisms of materials failures in order to design against and diagnose failure in engineering materials.
Design Simulation (20 Credits)
In this unit you will extensively explore the strengths and limitations of current solid modelling applications in respect of part and assembly design.
You will gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of using simulation tools for analysing and validating industrially relevant design problems. This unit explores the critical awareness in the use of modern analytical techniques and tools for the product development process.
Group Project (20 Credits)
You will develop management skills required to work in a team in a professional manner to produce a successful solution to a technical problem.
This unit will involve developing the ability to determine basic personality characteristics in self and others, undertaking a rationale analysis of how personality characteristics affect group dynamics and understanding strategies with which to manage self and others when working in a team; strategies for team building and conflict resolution.
Business Innovation & Enterprise (20 Credits)
You will learn how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. The unit will evaluate external opportunities that exist, conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.
Research Methods (20 Credits)
You will use key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, critical analysis of research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. This unit will adequately prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating the Masters project.
Individual Masters Project (60 Credits)
Using real life problems you will use your knowledge gained from the programme, research findings and industrial experiences to produce an independently conducted piece of work. The project may be linked to the research being undertaken within School of Design , Engineering & Computing research centres.
This project will develop your knowledge of philosophy, methodologies and techniques of research. It will provide an opportunity to critically investigate and report on a particular issue in depth. This project will enable you to engage in complex issues and present an analytically rigorous and well argued case.