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Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science) (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

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 
  • batteries 
  • fuel cells 
  • spacecraft propulsion

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 master's programme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning, for Chartered Engineer registration. Candidates must hold a BEng/BSc undergraduate first degree that is accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course lead

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

Related pathways

We offer 3 other pathways on this Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree. Your other options are in: 


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Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
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Engineering Council
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European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EAEP)

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

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.

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