Department of Mechanical Engineering

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about the postgraduate courses available within the Department of Mechanical Engineering and how to prepare for your course.

You can find out more about the programme content, what to expect before you arrive and student services available to you at the University of Birmingham.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering pride themselves in research, 85% of which is world leading or internationally excellent with expertise in applying engineering science to problems that are important to industry and society. From nanotechnology to vehicle and aero-technology, our research scales the full range of engineering disciplines to support manufacturing industry world-wide.

Dr Mozafar Saadat (Programme Director for MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering), Dr Raya Al-Dadah (Director for Postgraduate Research Programmes) and Alastair Moyes (Postgraduate Admissions) will be available between 10:00-11:00 for the Live Q&A.

Five of our postgraduate mentors are part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the Department.

More information about postgraduate study in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Mozafar Saadat

    Mozafar is a Senior Lecturer and programme director for Advanced Mechanical Engineering. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

  • Dr Raya Al-Dadah

    Raya is a Senior Lecturer of Thermofluids and Director for Postgraduate Research Programmes. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

  • Alastair Moyes

    Alastair is Postgraduate Admissions Administrator in the Department of Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Department of Mechanical Engineering live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Diana Oliveira asked:

Good morning to all! I will start a Full-time research PhD in Mechanical Engineering in September. I would like to see, however, if I could complement my research/learning with taught courses. How can I search which type of courses are available on the School? Or is it also possible to do courses from other areas, if benefic? Thank you!

Alastair replied:

Hello Diana,

Thank you for your question.  I will need to clarify the correct position with the Postgraduate Research Support Office.

I would initially think that as a full-time Phd researcher you would not be able to register for other UoB programmes [except academic support programmes].  However, if there are modules that are relevant to your research, with the agreement of the module lecturer and your supervisor and where there is room/seats available, you may be able to ‘sit-in’ on module lectures.  [You wouldn’t take the exam or gain any qualifications from it]

Please email me at  and I will let you know the exact details.

Unathi Mzaca asked:

I am a South African and I for many reasons don’t want to leave my country nor my job, so it is possible to do your master online?

Alastair replied:

Hello Unathi Mzaca

Thank you for your interest in the University of Birmingham.  All our current MSc programmes are campus based.  We don’t offer any distance learning postgraduate programmes in the School of Engineering.

Unathi asked:

I am doing BTech: Mechanical Engineering in South Africa (NQF level 7 course), do I qualify for your Masters’ degree

Alastair replied:

Thank you for your question.

Please see our webpage for students from South Africa:

The entry requirements for our MSc programmes for students from South Africa are: Students who hold a Bachelor degree or Baccalaureus Artium Honores will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Most Masters programmes will require a second class upper (70%) or a distinction (75%).

I will need to check with our Admissions Office regarding your BTech Mechanical Engineering NQF level 7 course and it’s equivalent in the UK.  Please email me with the details of your BTech at:

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham produces graduates who are creative, highly numerate and skilled at solving problems and delivering results.

This is possible only as a result of our first-rate staff and our on-going focus on excellence in engineering research and technology. From nanotechnology to vehicle and aero-technology, our research scales the full range of engineering disciplines to support manufacturing industry world-wide.