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

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

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Mechanical Engineering (General) Computer Systems

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Course Summary

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 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:

      • aerospace
      • automotive
      • power generation
      • biomedical
      • finance

      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.

      Examinations, presentations, coursework and dissertation


Motorised transport has transformed many aspects of human life over the past 120 years. Today?s automotive engineers, however, face the unresolved challenge of continuing that transformation in a sustainable manner. Therefore this module develops the student?s ability to engineer efficient and lowemission automotive propulsion solutions.

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Entry requirements

A UK bachelor’s degree with upper second-class honours or higher in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences or a related subject.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more