Advanced forming research centre

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Advanced Manufacture: Technology & Systems

Why this course?

Manufacturing and engineering are thriving sectors at the heart of the UK economy. They generate jobs, promote economic growth and increase global trade.

Manufacturing engineers therefore play a vital role in integrating technology and management within the sector to achieve added value and deliver superior performance.

This popular MSc programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

This course is designed for:

  • graduates with experience in manufacturing, engineering, design or business who wish to develop their manufacturing expertise. This course is ideal for graduates wishing to transfer smoothly and effectively to a career in the manufacturing sector of industry
  • established manufacturing engineers, designers and managers working in the industry who are facing new challenges and increased areas of responsibility. New disruptive technologies also present a significant opportunity for existing professionals to further develop their career in advanced manufacturing technology systems

This course will prepare students for industrial careers within a reinvigorated global manufacturing sector. Students will develop specialist skills in areas such as:

  • manufacturing automation
  • advanced production techniques
  • micro/nano-manufacturing
  • materials and production technology
  • strategic technology management

At the end of the course you'll have a greater understanding of the methods, tools and techniques relating to advanced manufacturing technology and systems.

You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills by taking part in projects to solve some of the technological problems currently faced by industry.

The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Technologies estimates that over 30,000 engineers will be required to meet demand in the next three years alone.

The course is run jointly with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a £35 million facility developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity components. The AFRC is one of seven elite centres that form the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is the catalyst for the future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK.

Funded places

There are a limited number of funded places (fees +£3,000 scholarship) available for this programme for students with home status for fees purposes (Scotland & EU). As these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

You’ll study

You'll take a combination of compulsory and optional taught modules.

Major projects

During the programme, you'll undertake an individual and group project.

For group projects, you'll have the opportunity to work with fellow students and an industrial client to address a practical problem. You'll gain direct industry experience, develop skills and manage a project through to completion. Previous students have worked with organisations such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Weir Group.

For individual projects, you'll have the opportunity to combine the skills learned in other course modules and apply them to an industry-involved or funded project within a specific area of manufacturing.

Facilities

Our facilities provide you with a large range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing tools and machinery. These will help you to design, prototype, manufacture and perform research on a broad range of items.

The AFRC has invested £35M in equipment for the development of forming and forging technologies.

Accreditation

Accreditation has been awarded for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Accreditation has been awarded for this programme from the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Teaching staff

Some of the key course content will be taught by leading experts in manufacturing technology and product design and engineering management. High-profile teaching staff include:

  • Professor Yi Qin, internationally leading expert in Micro-Manufacturing and Forming technology
  • Dr Andrzej Rosochowski, a leading expert in Ultra-fine Grained Metals and Processing
  • Professor Alex Duffy, Editor of the Journal of Engineering Design and past President of the Design Society
  • Professor Jonathan Corney, leading expert in CAD/CAM and Rapid Manufacturing
  • Mr Gordon Mair – a pioneering researcher in Telepresence Research
  • Dr Xiu-Tian Yan - Vice Chairman of the Mechatronics Forum

Course content

Compulsory classes

Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
Industrial Group Project
This class aims for you to integrate and apply course relevant knowledge in engineering design, mechatronics and automation, manufacture, and engineering management, to an industry-based project.
Postgraduate Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to allow you to combine the skills learned in other classes and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.
Manufacturing Automation
This class aims to enable you to grasp the reasons for using manufacturing automation, to understand the basic technology, to be able to select suitable applications for automation, and to be able to specify the type of automation to be used in specific cases.
Micro- & Nano-Manufacturing

This class aims for you to acquire:

  • knowledge of the fundamentals of micro- and nano-products and of the manufacturing of such products (MEMS, micro-fluidic devices, micro-medical devices, micro-motors, micro-robots, MOEMS, etc), size-effects, material/interface behaviour at the micro-/nano-scale, challenges to manufacturing at low length-scales etc
  • knowledge of micro-/nano-materials processing methods, techniques, industrially-viable processes etc
  • experience and skills in the design/selection of micro-/nano-manufacturing processes, tools and equipment for real-world products
Advanced Forming Technology Systems

This class aims:

  • to educate you in the fundamentals of the advanced forging/forming of materials, especially those used in the latest generation of automotive and aerospace components
  • to help you in gaining knowledge of advanced forming processes and manufacturing systems
  • to guide you in gaining experience in die/tool design, press design and die-fabrication
Advanced Materials & Production Technology

This class aims:

  • to educate you in the fundamentals of advanced materials and processing methods and advanced surface engineering
  • to help you gain knowledge of advanced machining processes and technologies, rapid tooling and rapid-manufacturing
  • to educate you in the principles and practices of green manufacturing and manufacturing sustainability

Elective classes

Choose from this list

Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques

This class aims to :

  • introduce design techniques at advanced level
  • enable you to understand the application of advanced product design engineering techniques in product development, in particular in mechatronic systems
  • provide opportunities for you to develop technology focused products or systems within the class supervised environment, including partial system evaluation and prototyping
Systems Integration
This class aims to enable you to understand the concepts of systems and their integration in a CAD system application and in advanced product design eg design for manufacture/assembly.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This class aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Supply Chain Management and e-Supply Chains from a Strategic perspective. This is with a view to developing your capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.
CAED Systems
To provide an awareness of the fundamental principles in Computer Aided Engineering Design Systems.
Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma

The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme.

On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing

One of the major challenges of modern industry is to address the need for sustainable product development and manufacturing. International legislation and increasing costs of fiscal instruments such as the landfill tax now aim to force producers to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and processes. Accelerating globalization and industrialization continues to exacerbate complexity of sustainability. Whilst manufacturers are constantly required to lower their costs and maintain their competitiveness, legislations require them to look at lifecycle costs.

This class addresses these global concerns by studying lifecycle considerations for a sustainable and profitable product development and manufacture. The latest environmental legislation will also be studied along with product development concepts and strategies that will enable industry to meet these increasingly severe competitive, environmental and legislative pressures. The associated practical, hands- on sessions maximize the usefulness of the skills acquired in real-life operational industry setting.

Systems Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
Design Of Experiments For Process Optimisation
This class aims to introduce you to how to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.
Information Management

This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems.

In particular to:

  • introduce you to the software engineering process, identifying information requirements and visual modelling
  • acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems
  • provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems
  • familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and in introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system
Project Management
This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.

Learning & teaching

Lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories.

Assessment

Major assessment formats are written assignments. There is also a group project and an individual Master project.

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.

PgDip

Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Masters course.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

There are a limited number of funded places (fees + £3,000 scholarship) available for this programme for students with home status for fees purposes (Scotland & EU).

As these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,500

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000*

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

*Postgraduate taught engineering students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands will receive a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their fees (applies only to students not already in receipt of any other fees scholarship).

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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