About this course
MSc Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering explores the performance and reliability of rocket motors, jet engines and compressors.
Our master’s courses combine the traditional aspects of mechanical engineering with interdisciplinary subjects so you can specialise in a career you want. Our international centre for research and teaching is recognised across the world.
Our propulsion engineering degree explores the design, monitoring and analysis of propulsion and engine systems.
You’ll learn to analyse and design advanced electrical systems, and study subjects like gas turbines, internal combustion and, electrical and hybrid engines. You’ll have the opportunity to study optional modules in areas you want to learn more about, including:
- condition monitoring
- engine tribology
- noise control
- environmental aspects
- fuel cells
- spacecraft population
As part of this UK master’s in propulsion engineering you’ll complete a research project, you can choose to base yours on a range of topics such as engine materials, combustion modelling and electrical motors.
You’ll learn from academics who are leading their fields and teaching the latest in technological advancements. Studying at Southampton gives you access to a global network of companies, shared facilities and specialist expertise to enhance your learning.
This course is led by Professor John Atkinson. John is a Professor of Engineering Science and editor in chief of the scientific journal Microelectronics International. Learn more by visiting Professor Atkinson’s staff profile.
We offer 3 other pathways on this Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree. Your other options are in:
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects:
- physical sciences
- a engineering related subject
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
Our master’s degree in propulsion and engine systems engineering runs for 12 months. The first 8 months are mainly spent studying taught modules. Your lectures will be divided into two 12-week periods, referred to as semesters 1 and 2, both ending with exams.
Each semester you’ll study key topics and choose specialist modules that interest you. Our optional modules cover topics like spacecraft propulsion, materials, energy efficiency and acoustics.
Your final 4 months are spent on your research project, you’ll be able to choose from a range of topics to base yours on such as, combustion modelling, electrical motors and engine noise control.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The modules you study will depend on what Advanced Mechanical Engineering pathway course you apply for.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- practical work
- individual and group planning exercises
- knowledge share
- one-to-one tutorials
We’ll assess you through:
- written exams
- oral presentations
- coursework in the form of:
- problem solving exercises
- lab reports
- design exercises
- individual and group projects
- research project
You’ll complete your research project and dissertation in the final 4 months of the course, with some preparation in semester 2.
It should bring together the skills you’ve learned and demonstrate your knowledge in at least one subject area.
You’ll need to source information, demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation, and presentation skills. The project must contain your own original ideas and explore a problem that requires the application of new research.
You’ll have your own personal academic tutor and also have access to our team of administrators who are a key point of contact for advice and information.
This master’s course will prepare you for a career in propulsion and engine systems engineering in a range of application sectors. These sectors usually have a reputation of offering good starting salaries and excellent career progression opportunities.
In the UK, our graduates work across different organisations and application areas, including in the following sectors:
- power generation
In addition to engineering careers, many of our graduates go into other employment such as finance and consultancy, where the numeracy and excellent communication skills developed on the programme are highly valued.
You'll graduate with excellent analytical skills as well as significant project management and leadership skills.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you're an international student you'll need to have approval from the UK's Academic Approval Scheme before you can study this course.
The ATAS certificate is required for certain sensitive postgraduate subjects.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000