M.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering

M.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc. in MEEN) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. degree gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of MEEN and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering program offers world-class graduate-level engineering education and research opportunities. Being highly versatile in core courses and electives, the MSc program in Mechanical Engineering has earned the reputation of being one of the strongest, largest, and best equipped across the Middle East. It nurtures a highly supportive, interdisciplinary atmosphere where students can work collaboratively with experts in the fields of materials, aerospace, chemical, petroleum and biomechanical engineers as well as science and medical programs. It attracts students with a background in Mechanical Engineering and related disciplines of engineering and science and cultivates them with unmatched academic and research expertise to lead projects in various high tech industries, such as energy and the environment, structures, manufacturing, micro- and nano-technologies, health and biomechanics, as well as industrial automation and the internet of things. Graduates include outstanding researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industrial leaders as well as strong independent academic scholars. Their skills develop in areas that include but are not limited to mechanics of continua (solids and fluids), nano-mechanics thermal sciences, dynamics, automation, controls and mechatronics, manufacturing with additive processes and much more. Employers include the UAE Armed forces and the defense sector of the economy, Emirates Global Aluminum, Emirate Steel; Tawazun Group, ADNOC, AAMROC , STRATA, Yahsat, MBRSC, ADNOC, Mubadala Petroleum, Dolphine Energy , NPCC, and the educational sector. Furthermore, graduates go through rigorous training and research experience to help them pursue their studies at PhD level.

The educational objectives (goals) of the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  1. Advance professionally and be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  3. Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

Students graduating with the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  2. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of mechanical engineering.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  4. Conduct research and document and defend the research results.
  5. Function in teams and communicate effectively.
  6. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Overall Structure

The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses (including 3 credits of engineering mathematics courses), 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of MEEN Master’s Thesis work. A student may (but does not have to) organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a concentration or a specialization track within the broad field of MEEN. In such cases, the concentration will be noted on both the student’s certificate (diploma) and transcript while a track will only be noted on the student’s transcript. The table below presents a summary of the MSc in MEEN degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in MEEN program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of MSc in MEEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
MEEN Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in MEEN must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

  • Program Core

The M.Sc. in MEEN degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 3 credits of engineering mathematics, 9 credits of MEEN core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.
I Engineering Mathematics Course (3 credits)
Students must take the following course:

  • MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics

II MEEN Core Courses (9 credits):

Students must select at least three courses from the list below:

  • MEEN 601 Advanced Dynamics
  • MEEN 602 Advanced Vibrations
  • MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 604 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 605 Advanced Continuum Mechanics
  • MEEN 606 Advanced Mechanics of Solids and Materials
  • MEEN 607 Sustainable Energy

III. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

  • Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The list of electives that students can select from includes any core courses not used to meet the MEEN Core requirement above as well as those listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • MEEN 610 Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • MEEN 613 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 614 Advanced Energy Conversion
  • MEEN 615 Multiphase Flow Engineering
  • MEEN 616 Solar Thermal Analysis, Design and Testing
  • MEEN 617 Fuel Cell Systems
  • MEEN 620 Measurements and Instrumentation
  • MEEN 621 Feedback Control
  • MEEN 622 Control System Theory and Design
  • MEEN 631 Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials
  • MEEN 632 Micro/Nanotechnology and Applications
  • MEEN 633 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • AERO/MEEN 611 Combustion Theory and Applications
  • AERO/MEEN 612 Advanced Viscous Flow Analysis
  • MEEN/ECCE 659 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems
  • MEEN 694 Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • AERO 622 Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structures
  • AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis
  • ECCE 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding
  • ECCE 658 Autonomous Robotic Systems
  • SSCC 601 Spacecraft Systems and Design
  • SSCC 602 Spacecraft Systems Lab 1
  • SSCC 603 Spacecraft Systems Lab 2
  • SSCC 604 Spacecraft Systems Lab 3

 

  • MEEN Master’s Thesis

MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of MEEN, under the direct supervision of the main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

Program Tracks and Concentrations

A student may (but does not have to) choose to organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow one of the identified, optional concentrations or specialization tracks within the field of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Program Tracks

For the optional specialization tracks, the selected track will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript) provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track.
  • A master research thesis within the domain of the track.

The tracks identified by the MSc in MEEN program and the required courses for each of the tracks are as indicated below.

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Aeronautical Engineering
AERO/MEEN 611 Combustion Theory and Applications
AERO/MEEN 612 Advanced Viscous Flow Analysis
AERO 622 Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity
AERO 630 Aerospace Materials and Structure
AERO 631 Boundary Layer Analysis
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
ECCE 633 Machine Vision and Image Understanding
ECCE 658 Autonomous Robotic Systems
MEEN/ECCE 659 Modeling and Control of Robotic Systems
  • Space Systems and Technology Concentrations

For the optional concentrations, the selected concentration will be noted on the student’s diploma (certificate) and academic record (transcript) provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the concentration.
  • A master research thesis within the domain of the concentration.

The concentrations identified by the MSc in MEEN program and the required courses for each of the concentrations are as indicated below.

 

Space Systems and Technology
SSCC 601 Spacecraft Systems and Design
SSCC 602 Spacecraft Systems Lab 1
SSCC 603 Spacecraft Systems Lab 2
SSCC 604 Spacecraft Systems Lab 3

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled on the M.Sc. in MEEN program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • MEEN Core course 1
  • Elective course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • MEEN Core course 2
  • Elective course 2
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • MEEN Core course 3
  • Elective course 3
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective course 4
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • MEEN 630 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • MEEN Core course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • MEEN Core course 2
  • Elective course 1
Year 2
  • MEEN Core course 3
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis
  • MEEN 699 Master’s Thesis