The modules in this programme are delivered with lectures, seminars and lab-based tutorials giving a good balance between scientific methodologies and hands-on practice.
Creativity will underpin much of the interactive work during this course. Developed ideas can be manufactured using a variety of techniques including the use of our range of Rapid – Prototyping equipment.
Modules are assessed mainly through coursework, although some modules may also have exams. The major project is assessed by dissertation and supporting design work.
Examples of past major projects range from the development of innovative Rigging for Stunt Kite Boarding, Race Car Suspension using composite technologies with Innovative Designs to the use of Solar Energy to help cool domestic conservatories.
This is an interactive course aimed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the changes, developments and potential opportunities that face us all in a Global economy.
You will create and deliver a major project and develop effective research and specification skills.
Semester 1 modules will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and expertise required for this level of work, as well as the opportunity to initiate the research for the major project idea.
Semester 2 modules will enable you to extend your professional understanding and expertise through module coursework, individual projects and teamwork.
You will also make several individual presentations and get chance to hone your interview techniques.
Programme Director Programme Director: Chris Evans BA Industrial Design
Chris Evans has 20 years of design experience in a wide variety of industries and design groups before joining Aston University in 2001. His many research interests include ssistive Techniques and Transport Design. He has recently published a new book on Design and Designing. Professor Geoff Tansley
PhD CEng FIMechE
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Prof Tansley developed his engineering modelling skills through industrial consulting, research projects in universities, and as Chief Mechanical Engineer in an Australian Medical device company where he led modelling and manufacture of an artificial heart.
Prof Tansley has expertise is in computational fluid dynamics of blood flow and in the design and development of implantable medical devices; his current research projects include an aortic balloon pump, a rotary blood pump and blood cell dynamics in Couette flow. Dr Philip Davies
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Philip Davies is a member of the Sustainable Environment Research Group. His main research activities are in developing renewable and efficient energy systems and in the treatment of water for drinking and sanitation. Philip has held appointments at the University of Oxford, the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, the University of Warwick, and in manufacturing and consulting companies. He holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and D.Phil from the University of Oxford. Dr. Gareth Thomson
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Mark Prince
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
Mark is a former Aston graduate with experience in mechanical design and analysis. His research interests are in ophthalmic and medical device development and he has experience in designing microsystems for biological structure interfacing, and exploiting vision technologies. Mark has expertise in 3D computer solid modelling, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacture, computer aided engineering, electronic/mechatronic design, and optical and contact microscopy and imaging techniques.