This course provides a great opportunity for STEM graduates to become valuable Industry 4.0/5.0 engineers with skills sets that support industry to grow and accelerate into economic recovery.

Anne Nortcliffe, Head of School of Engineering, Technology and Design

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    Investing in advanced manufacturing systems and technology enables industry to progress and face unprecedented situations. This has been evident during the coronavirus pandemic and the World Economic Forum (2020) identified companies who invested in this technology were more able to:

    • Adapt quickly to the current crisis, flip to new business opportunities and support Governments through the pandemic.
    • Ensure business resilience through the use of advanced manufacturing technologies.
    • Readily support safe COVID-19 manufacturing practices.

    Shift happens, and result change is inevitable, therefore it is necessary for the industry to transform and adopt Industry 4.0 and 5.0 practices and technologies to alleviate COVID-19 impact on the manufacturing sector globally. 

      All about the course

      The course has been co-designed with industrial engineers from across the UK and Europe from Toyota, CoorsTek, SLE different Rolls Royce divisions have contributed to verification and validation of the programme and module learning is industry relevant.

      The overall consensus from industry was a warm welcome to this type of course, in particular the course would support your learning in Artificial Intelligence, mechatronics, PLC, advance manufacturing technology from lasers to printing methods, and robotic technology and practical issues of health and safety, risk, security, inclusivity and ethics of the technology.

      Entry requirements

      You should be a digital and numerical literate graduate with a degree (2(ii) or higher) in:

      • Engineering, Physics, and Maths degree subjects
      • Science and Near STEM subjects include: Economics, Informatics, Accountancy) if not related to STEM, you will also need an A level in maths.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      The programme follows the learning framework of the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) ( strategy that is emphasised on the industrial relevance of the programme. Students will take part in active learning using interdisciplinary group projects and problem-based learning typically sourced from industry with industrial involvement. The MSc programme will develop both technical and employability skills among students. The blended learning approach of lectures and workshops comprised of face to face and on-line will:

      1. Use industrially recognised and relevant technology and examples whenever possible.
      2. Receive guidance and other interaction with Industrial Partners – including in assessment where possible.
      3. Build the level of complexity of problems, challenges, and solutions over the period of the degree programme through working on and solving where possible industry sourced problems/projects.
      4. Consider advanced manufacturing solutions with respect to inclusivity, ethics, health and safety, economics, global, local, sustainability and environmental considerations

      The course will consist of blend of on-line and face to face campus practical learning in computing laboratories and face to face and on-line theoretical and practical learning. 

      The MSc course will build upon the skills you developed as undergraduate, and encourage the development of an enquiring mind, technical and employability skills to systematically solve and critically analyse complex problems.

      The online and on campus practical learning in the MSc will use open source, student licensed software (which we have invested in) and cloud-based software resources, for example computer programming using MS Visual Studio Live. The programme will also utilise Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment to support on-line asynchronous and synchronous on-line video learning, discussion board, chats, in conjunction with digital learning tools like Padlet, Mentimeter, Socrative, Kahoot, YouTube, Padlet, MS Whiteboard, MS Teams, GitHUb, MS Visual Studio Live, Autodesk, Matlab, Simulink, COMSOL, ANSYS etc.

      Each 20 credits module will require:

      • 40 hours scheduled timetable contact learning
      • 40 hours guided independent learning
      • 120 hours independent learning

      Professional Research Methods and Project 60 credit module will require:

      • 28 hours Scheduled timetabled contact learning
      • 572 hours Independent learning

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed by both coursework and computer based assessments, essentially the programme is 100% coursework assessment. The coursework assessments will enable you to demonstrate the development of your key scientific and transferable skills. The course typically consists of coursework assessments submissions of (but not exclusive): computer scientific lab, logbooks, on-line quizzes, written reports, written scientific papers, discursive essays, stand-alone video presentations, walkthroughs, digital artefacts and poster presentations, professional portfolio.


      Assessment feedback will be provided through use of (but not exclusive) assessment rubric, written, audio recording, self/peer, one to one face to face, group face to face, tutorial, video conference, dragon den, panel interview, video, screencast, and computer generated feedback.

      100% Coursework

      Your future career

      MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems & Technology has the potential to support postgraduate career opportunities. After graduating from this programme, the job profile of the students will be diversified over several engineering fields such as:

      • Bringing new products and technologies to market, which is increasing the focus on business development skills among senior managers.
      • Research and Development (R&D) section, which is stimulating demand for highly skilled graduates and increasing collaboration between advanced manufacturing research centres and industry.
      • Taking advantage of potentially transformative enabling technologies, such as 3D visualisation, analysis and printing, composites, which could potentially transform the manufacturing sector in near future.
      • Government and environmental agencies value advanced manufacturing to identify the opportunities to meet low carbon policies and legislation, which is increasing investment in energy efficient technologies and driving research in lightweight materials.
      • Sales and marketing engineering products as export opportunities, which is considered a major growth opportunity for UK manufacturers.
      • Leading and managing the efficient and effective management of the manufacturing team, commission, implementing, operating and servicing advanced automated manufacturing solutions.

      The CDIO framework is acknowledged by WBCL as being effective in both education and the design of real-world products and systems… in due course hopes to benefit from the investment through recruitment of CCCU graduates.



      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2021. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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