Skip to main content

Unit information: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering in 2020/21

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
Unit code MENGM0059
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Irina Lazar
Open unit status Not open

The topics in the unit will assume knowledge of Mechanical Engineering subjects including Thermodynamics, Fluids, Solid Mechanics, Dynamics and Control and Design and Manufacture at level 6.



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit is dedicated to the study of advanced topics in Mechanical Engineering, with the aim of equipping students with state-of-the-art knowledge, aligned with research topics in various fields relevant to mechanical engineers.

Specifically, students will study advanced topics selected from a predefined list, spanning several aspects of Mechanical Engineering. The advanced topics that the students take are followed by training on Research Skills.

Through this unit, students will develop a portfolio of core skills to underpin a successful research career.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

1. Investigate the state-of-the-art in Mechanical Engineering and critically evaluate concepts from different scientific fields to apply them effectively in an engineering context.
2. Appraise sources, resources, and the most up-to-date tools for conducting research in Mechanical Engineering.
3. Present research findings based on evaluation of pertinent data and application of engineering analysis in solving unfamiliar problems, in a clear, accessible, and coherent manner.

Teaching details

The unit will be delivered via a blend of asynchronous materials and synchronous sessions. Materials including videos and narrated lectures which will be made available to students online. 

Assessment Details

The single summative assessment will consist of a piece of coursework.

Reading and References

This being a research-led unit, the resources and references are too numerous to list and far more than 6 sources are needed to cover the breadth of the unit.