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 a written 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.
The educational goals (objectives) of the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:
Advance professionally and are recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in a critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.
Student learning outcomes
Students graduating with the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:
Identify, formulate, and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of mechanical engineering.
Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
Conduct research and document and defend the research results.
Function in teams and communicate effectively.
Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
Overall structure and requirements
The M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) program consists 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 one of four specialization tracks:
Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Space Systems and Technology
In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript. The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. 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.
Concentration in Space Systems and Technology:
The concentration will be reflected in students’ diplomas and in the official transcript. The objective of this program is to foster the advanced research areas in space science and technology for the development of the UAE national space program and provide the space industry with human resources and infrastructure. In addition to the course requirements listed under the Space concentration technical elective courses, students’ thesis must include challenges and scientific research opportunities in space science and technology as well as relevancy to designing, building, and testing a small satellite.
Summary of M.Sc. in MEEN Degree Program Structure and Requirements
Seminar in Research Methods
MEEN Master’s Thesis
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
1550 EmSAT English score.
A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).