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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 2023

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.

Course lead

This course is led by Dr Georges Limbert, Associate Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. Learn more by visiting Dr Limbert's staff profile

Related pathways

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


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 location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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