MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Application

Key information

Mode of delivery
Delivery type
Full-time, Part-time
Start date
2 years


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MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Application is a 2-year degree which offers practical application as well as advanced teaching in design and research in mechanical engineering.

This degree is specifically for graduates with an engineering background looking to enhance their career opportunities. Students will gain the technical, scientific and managerial abilities essential for a career as a professional mechanical engineer. The programme enables students to obtain an MSc as well as gaining practical experience in an industrial setting. 


Heriot-Watt University ranked 3rd in Scotland by The Complete University Guide 2021 and 2nd in Scotland by Guardian University Guide 2021 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 for Mechanical Engineering.

Industrial application

During the 2nd year of the programme, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in industry. Help will be provided, however, it is the responsibility of the student to find and apply for a suitable placement. Heriot-Watt has extensive industrial connections and you will also have access to the University's award-winning Careers Service.

Mechanical Engineering Research

96% of Heriot-Watt University's engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh.

The Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering promotes excellence across our main research themes: Biomedical Engineering, Energy Harvesting and Conversion, Multiphase Flow and Digital Engineering. Heriot-Watt University is the leader amongst UK universities in promoting energy activities through its 'Energy Academy', a virtual centre which connects all energy-related research across the University.

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Course content

In Year 1 there are two semesters of teaching which take the form of lectures, tutorials and lab work. Students study a total of eight courses, including both core and optional modules.

In Year 2 students will spend one semester working on a dissertation. The second semester will be spent in an industrial setting or completing an interdisciplinary project. These two semesters are also credit bearing.

Year 1

Semester 1


Specialist Engineering Technologies 1: The first of the specialist engineering technologies courses is based on computational fluid dynamics and assessed by a group project.

Optional (choose two)
  • Engineering Design: In this course students interact with companies in a real life small R&D project supplied by the industrial partners. Working in teams, the students have to manage the design of a prototype, product or system and interact with the industrial contact putting into practice problem-solving skills from other engineering topics studied elsewhere in the programme.
  • Fluids 1: Fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics, including ideal flows, boundary layers, and aerofoils and their use for analysis and design purposes.
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials 1: Advanced classical mechanics including 3D stress and strain with particular application to thin walled vessels. Fatigue analysis and design for fatigue limit.
  • Dynamics 1: To provide students with a thorough understanding of vibration theory and an appreciation of its application in an engineering environment
  • Thermodynamics 1: Thermodynamic cycles including heat engines and reverse heat engines and means of evaluating best performance.
  • Flame Appraisal: Introduction to the stages required for evaluating an oilfield for production. This covers geological considerations and fluid flow from oil bearing rock.

Semester 2

  • Critical Analysis and Research Preparation: This course provides research training and addresses literature review skills, project planning, data analysis and presentation with a focus to critically discuss literature, and use data to support an argument.
  • Failure Accident Analysis: To acquaint students with the potential causes of material, structure or component failure; framework under which a failure or forensic engineering investigation should be carried out and give them the opportunity to work case studies through from information-gathering to preparation of reports and an awareness of fire and explosion engineering.
  • Specialist Engineering Technologies 2: To present advanced theory and practice in important or emerging areas of technology including non-linear final element materials to include contact mechanics, design of components subjected to high stress applications.
Optional (choose one)
  • Fluids 2: To provide a methodology for analysing one-dimensional compressible flow systems.
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials 2: To provide students with an opportunity to: carry out advanced analyses of mechanics of materials problems; analyse mechanics of materials where time is a significant additional variable; use final element analysis for cases involving viscoelasticity and complex geometry engage with the findings of recent research in a mechanics of materials topic
  • Dynamics 2: To provide students with a thorough understanding of control theory and an appreciation of the subject of environmental acoustics and passive noise control
  • Thermodynamics 2: Investigation of heat transfer mechanisms with a view to the design of effective heat exchangers for given operating conditions. The study of radiation heat transfer and combustion equilibrium.
  • Engineering Manufacture: To provide the student with a detailed understanding of the importance and integration of advanced manufacturing technology and manufacturing systems within the context of product engineering. On completion, the students should have acquired a detailed understanding of the product development process from initial conception through to product support as well as appreciate the impact of each stage of the process on the business and organisationally with respect to information dependence and manufacturing processes employed.
  • Flame Development: A continuation of Flame Appraisal, this course looks at the well-head arrangement for oil extraction. This is an introduction to drilling engineering and the techniques required for oil extraction.

Year 2

Semester 1

All students complete a Masters Dissertation. An individual project led by a research active member of staff on a current research theme with the aim of leading to the production of a journal article.

Semester 2

This semester will be spent applying your knowledge and skills in industrial application or undertaking an interdisciplinary research project. 

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Year 1

Tuition fees
Status [footnote 1] Full-time Part-time
UK 10736 5368
Overseas [footnote 2] 26976 13488

Additional fee information

Fees are payable for each year of this degree.

Year 2 (Industry placement)

UK and overseas: £3,000

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.

Entry requirements


A upper second honours degree in engineering, or other relevant disciplines with a numerate background. Equivalent overseas qualifications will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)


This programme is designed to enable graduates to undertake a wide range of technical and managerial careers across the sector, e.g. process and plant design, construction, commissioning, operation, management to specialist consultancy and advanced research and development.

Each year there are two university-wide recruitment fairs held and seven industry-specific recruitment and networking events, giving you the chance to meet with graduate employers and find out about opportunities.

"I've really enjoyed my programme at Heriot-Watt. The quality of teaching is extremely high and the cross-culture experience is really unique. I love the fact that the University is established, with great history, and the campus is stunning – it's so green and spacious. I'm really looking forward to my work placement. "

Siddheshwar Namburi ,
MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement

Why Heriot-Watt?

Ranking (Mechanical Engineering, The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024)

We are ranked 4th in Scotland and 20th in UK for Mechanical Engineering by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Mechanical Engineering Society

The Mechanical Engineering Society is a student run community which organises social events all year for Mechanical Engineering students in years 1-5.

Clubs and activities

At Heriot-Watt we have an extensive programme of over 90 sports clubs and societies to get involved in. You can try as many as you like or start one of your own!

Edinburgh campus accommodation

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world. Our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Sport facilities

Oriam, Scotland Sports Performance Centre offers state-of-the-art sports facilities, for all levels of sport and ability

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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