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MSc/PgDipDigital Manufacturing

Why this course?

Modern manufacturing engineers not only need to be experts in the latest classic manufacturing technologies – they need to know how to exploit the power of Digital Manufacturing to stay competitive in an increasingly global digital market. This course helps you to get a deeper insight into the necessary cyber-physical technologies and new developing business models.

This course is ideal for graduates wishing to transfer smoothly and effectively to a career in the digital, creative and business services oriented sector of the manufacturing industry.

Digital Manufacturing is technology-enabled manufacturing that uses the latest developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform, augment and boost traditional manufacturing through new digital technologies and thinking.

Industry 4.0 concepts are revolutionising the world and modern industry is adopting rapidly and at a vast scale, creating new business models and digital technologies. Products are becoming increasingly customisable and interactive.

The power of digital manufacturing also allows creating agile and autonomous production processes that can deliver at scale through smart global digital communication technologies. Industry business models are also shifting significantly; extensive mass customisation is augmented by direct prosumer engagement and services become instantaneous and ubiquitous.

Modern manufacturing companies are turning from classic manufacturers that produce parts-only, into global technology providers empowered by digital manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing utilises Industry 4.0 technologies such as Cyber Physical Systems, Industrial Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing and Autonomous Mechatronic Systems. Digital Manufacturing also feeds into new business models such as Through-Life Engineering and Cloud Manufacturing – all extremely hot topics with vast industrial as well as academic potential.

Students will develop specialist skills in:

  • digital manufacturing concepts
  • manufacturing automation
  • mechatronic system design
  • Design for Industry 4.0 and smart products
  • knowledge & information management for engineers

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 to add to your CV, develop skills, manage a project through to completion and practice working in a multidisciplinary group preparing you for collaborative work throughout your future career.

We work with on average 50 organisations per year and previous students have worked with organisations such as:

2018/19

  • Adidas
  • Airlie Ice Cream
  • Drink Baotic
  • Promedics Orthopaedics
  • Rolls Royce
  • Spirit AeroSystems (Europe), Inc
  • Unilever

2017/18

  • Adidas
  • Alexander Dennis
  • Belle Bridal
  • Chivas Brothers Ltd
  • HATSUN Agro Products (India)
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Terex Trucks

2016/17

  • Adidas
  • Allied Vehicles
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • NCR
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Weir Group
  • WEST Brewery

Facilities

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

Our industrial links provide an excellent route into real-world application and direct engagement with major companies

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) near Glasgow Airport is hosted by DMEM. The AFRC is a powerful platform with very strong links into industry and host to the latest manufacturing technologies. This gives students direct access to the latest high-tech equipment. The AFRC has invested £35M in equipment for the development of forming and forging technologies.

Our facilities provide you with a large range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing tools and machinery.

The Advanced Digital Manufacturing Facility gives you hands-on access to latest Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are used in class and that you can also use in your projects. This will help you to design, prototype, and manufacture as well as perform research on a broad range of items.

Additionally, as a Masters student in the departnment, you will also have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work areas and social areas, as well as a kitchen.

Staff

Teaching staff include:

  • Professor Jörn Mehnen, internationally renowned expert in Industry 4.0 technology, Internet of Things and Through-Life Engineering as well as Cloud Manufacturing
  • Professor Xiu-Tian Yan, Vice Chairman of the Mechatronics Forum

The course also provides latest insights through lectures delivered by prestigious industrial as well as outstanding international speakers.

 

 

Course content

You must gain 180 credits for Masters.

Compulsory classes

Digital Manufacturing Concepts (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key concepts for Digital Manufacturing, current practices, tools and processes, and possible future development routes.

The module covers the current state of digital manufacturing, including tools and processes and identification of challenges and areas requiring further development in terms of research and technology innovation, product and service development, supplier management, production, routes to market, delivery, in service, maintenance, repair, remanufacture and reuse, and business plan development and management aspects. Digital manufacturing developments are also considered including the exploration of life-phases, challenges and technologies, Industry 4.0, Smart Products, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, value chains and value creation through life.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts for digital manufacturing and stages of development of the manufacture of a chosen product
  • Discuss different digital manufacturing approaches
  • Provide an overview of the tools, processes and practices currently employed in digital manufacturing
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for improvement
  • Understanding of current worldwide initiatives for the future development of digital manufacturing, and exploration of how proposals for future development given would affect the current processes

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%) including a group presentation and a report.

Manufacturing Automation (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the concepts and basic technology of manufacturing automation and to be able to select suitable applications and specify the type of automation to be used in specific cases.

The module covers: Automation in manufacturing industry, why and where; Industrial robots, automation and typical applications; Open and closed loop control; Problems in robot design and control; Types of motion control; Control system functions; Advantages and disadvantages of electric and fluid power systems; Types of electric motors and their control techniques, simple actuators for hydraulic and pneumatic systems; Methods of programming robots; Relative economics of human labour, reprogrammable and hard automation and Safety considerations for industrial robots and other automated systems.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of why manufacturing automation is used
  • Describe the conditions under which manual and/or automated production methods would be applied
  • Analyse the configuration and technical specifications of an automation system suitable for a specified task
  • Synthesise a manufacturing task suited to a specified automated system
  • Analyse and understand the technological elements of drive and control, and machine vision, systems
  • Critically appreciate the kinematic and dynamic problems associated with the control of automated systems
  • Understand the implications of applying automation in human terms
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety factors that must be considered when installing automation

Assessment and feedback is in the form of one coursework submission showing technical analysis of an aspect of automation and critical thinking on the design of systems (40%), an exam (50%) and in-class participation (10%).

Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques (10 credits)

This module introduces design techniques and mechatronic systems at an advanced level in order to enable students to understand the application of advanced design techniques and development platforms for modern products and engineering systems. It provides opportunities for students to develop technology-focused products/systems by using the state-of-the-art hardware platforms and industry-standard software development tools within the class environment.

The module covers: Mechatronic system design process (including Product/system design specifications (PDS), concept generation and selection, mechatronic system design and flow chart diagrams); Sensing and actuation (including sensing theory, sensor selection, drive design and motor control); Control systems (understanding and applying control theory in a mechatronic system design); Hardware and software design (including software design basics, algorithm and code design, programming tools and software engineering principles); Prototyping and evaluation (prototyping methods and tools including rapid prototyping and computer modelling).

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced design methodologies, design process models and techniques for mechatronic systems
  • Demonstrate the design process to generate mechatronic design solutions and prototyping skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of state-of-the-art processor architecture on modern embedded computing platforms
  • Describe processor architecture and the interface with real-world interactions
  • Apply knowledge to the modern embedded computing platforms, including selection of sensors and actuator to formulate a basic control system in mechatronic product design
  • Apply design basics and tools to the development of software for mechatronic products

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two assignments. Both are carried out in groups and assessed in terms of the quality of report and presentation/demonstration (50%/50%).

Design for Industry 4 and Smart Products (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key concepts for the Design for Industry 4 and Smart Products, current practices, tools and processes, and possible future development routes.

The module covers the current and latest state-of-the-art in Design for Industry 4 and Smart Products, including the identification of challenges and areas requiring further development in terms of research and technology innovation, product and service development, supplier management, production, routes to market, delivery, in service, maintenance, repair, remanufacture and reuse, and business plan development and management aspects. It also explores the latest initiatives worldwide that tie with Design for Industry 4 and Smart products (Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cyber Physical Systems, Cloud Manufacturing, Big Data analytics and Edge Analytics, Additive Manufacturing for Smart Products, IIoT Security aspects) and Through-Life Engineering and Through-Life Engineering Services (TES) concepts.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Formulate an overview of the tools, processes and best practice currently employed in Design for Industry 4 and Smart Products
  • Understand initiatives currently undertaken worldwide for the future development of Design for Industry 4 and Smart Products, and assess how proposals for future development given would affect the current processes.

Assessment and feedback is in the form of classwork (100%) including a group presentation and a report.

Knowledge & Information Management for Engineers (10 credits)

This module aims to give students an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge-based systems and discussion on the application of these techniques; and, an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information-based systems.

The module covers an introduction to knowledge based systems; knowledge representations; reasoning, chaining and searching and an introduction to information systems; information input and retrieval; information modelling process and techniques; information normalisation; visual modelling; information structure and organisation; and integration of information systems.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge and Information Management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Models and Methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Engineering and Development Processes
  • Design, develop, implement and report on an appropriate information system to meet the identified information requirements

Assessment and feedback is in the form of group coursework (50%) and individual coursework (50%), there is no exam

Postgraduate Group Project (40 credits)

This module aims for students to integrate and apply design, manufacturing and engineering management knowledge and skills to an industry based product and process development project and to develop project management skills.

The module consists of a team-based industrial project where an outline project brief is set by an industrial client. The team is expected to manage all aspects of the project through to a finished solution. This can be a product, system or process depending on the nature of the project. Teams meet with academic staff and industrial clients regularly through the project.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Have in-depth understanding and knowledge of products and management practices in industry
  • Critically review and evaluate products and management practices of the particular company and the business impact of proposed solution
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability in applying and using various analysis and modelling tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate project planning and management, presentation, consulting and team working skills
  • Plan, control and lead an industrial project from inception to completion.
  • Evidence achieving deliverables which meet the client company requirements.

Assessment and feedback includes a project report, a presentation to the client and any other deliverables specified in the project brief.

Postgraduate Individual Project (60 credits)

The aim of the individual project is to allow students to combine the skills learned in other modules of the course and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through students carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

  • Define a valid project in a cutting-edge field of study relevant to the student’s degree – with an appropriate methodology and work plan for the project
  • Plan, manage and complete project, involving where appropriate technical analysis and independent critical thinking. This involves giving a thorough, logical and critical review of the subject matter; using appropriate tools, processes and levels of analysis in the project and applying project management techniques to manage a successful project
  • Document their project using suitable presentation techniques (such as language, figures, writing, layout, structure etc.); showing clear evidence of the value of the project and its outcomes and describing the project with clarity

Based on the work of a project, a student will submit an individual dissertation that will account for 90% of the final mark for the class. An interim project justification report will account for the remaining 10% of the mark.

Optional classes

You'll take a minimum of 30 credits from:

Advanced Materials & Production Technology (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of advanced materials, characterisation and advanced surface engineering. The module also covers advanced machining processes and technologies and the principles and practices of rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

The module covers: Severe plastic deformation, materials properties and characterisation; Advances in Machining including the machining of hard materials, high-speed machining, precision grinding technology; ultra precision diamond turning and grinding technology; Principles and practice of Layered Manufacturing; Advanced Surface Engineering including physical-chemical functionalisation, electro-deposition, CVD, PVD, tools/mould treatment, nano- and multi-layered coating.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Describe processes of materials selection, characterisation, ultra-precision machining, rapid prototyping and advanced surface engineering
  • Demonstrate know-how on key processing parameters and show numerical and analytical skills relating to the materials and process selections and parameter setting
  • Identify key process parameters/variables in relation to process control and product quality
  • Specify machines or manufacturing systems for the manufacture/creation of specified products/models or to propose design solutions for a manufacturing machine/system to address the manufacturing requirements identified

Assessment and feedback is in the form of four pieces of coursework (25% each).

Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing (10 credits)

This module aims for the student to acquire: (1) 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, microrobots, MOEMS, etc.), size-effects, material/interface behaviour at the micro-/nano-scale, challenges to manufacturing at low length-scales, etc.; (2) knowledge of micro-/nano-materials processing methods, techniques, industrially-viable processes, etc. and (3) experience and skills in the design/selection of micro- /nano-manufacturing processes, tools and equipment for real-world products.

It covers material behaviour, challenges, processes (subtractive, additive, deformation, replication, joining, hybrid processes including mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrochemical, electrical methods) and tools, machines and manufacturing systems.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Explain key techniques used in the processes for the manufacture of micro-products
  • Correctly select technologies for specified products and materials
  • Demonstrate calculations of forming/cutting forces involved and analysis of stresses/temperatures involved in tools/machine-frames/workpiece as appropriate
  • Deliver a machine design (either for micro-machining or micro-forming) with detailed analysis and module designs, including a cost analysis on the machine designed.

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (40%) and a project (60%), including a group project presentation and project report and individual assignment.

Systems Thinking & Modelling (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the theories and principles of Systems Thinking. The module also introduces the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations including industrial, commercial and public sector.

The module covers: Systems theory, concepts and approaches; Hard and soft systems analysis and systems dynamics; Systems and organisational performance – including leadership in a systems environment and ‘design’ in a systems environment and Practical application of Systems Thinking.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • show clearer understanding and knowledge of hard and soft approaches and how they can be used to deal with complexity and system behaviour in a business context
  • develop understanding of fundamental cybernetic principles that form the foundations of Checkland’s Soft System Methodology and Beer’s Viable System Model
  • develop knowledge and skills in systems analysis and business process modelling.
  • critically evaluate the most appropriate methodology to model, analyse and design engineering/business systems across a range of organisations
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to model a business system and to develop a solution to solve a business system problem
  • cevelop an awareness of the importance of system approaches in management interventions

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation and one coursework in the form of a reflective diary.

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing (10 credits)

This module covers one of the major challenges of modern industry which 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.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of sustainable product development and sustainable manufacturing and how to establish competitive advantage and appreciate the key legislation affecting modern industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineers’ role in problem & solution to this and how to establish competitive advantage (e.g. via operational efficiency and effectiveness, new opportunities and enhanced enhancing marketing and customer goodwill)
  • Describe End- of- Life issues and critically discuss the place of reuse processes in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, as well as identifying the various reuse processes
  • Identify the product features and characteristics that facilitate and hinder product recovery and redesign them for enhanced sustainability
  • Identify the fundamental “building blocks” of LCA and describe/illustrate the use of LCA in lifecycle decision making, as well as describing Biomimicry use in product design

Assessment and feedback will be in the form of coursework (70%) and a lab project (30%).

Management of Innovation (10 credits)

This module focuses on innovation implementation. It integrates insights from research and strategy, management control, innovation and technology and organisational behaviour to consider how innovations can be managed. Three main challenges to innovation are explored: resources, organisation and management mechanisms.

The module covers: Management of Innovation including an overview of what makes innovation management complex and three models for how these complexities can be managed; Introduction to Model S for small initiatives; Introduction to Model R for Repeatable Innovations; Introduction to Model C for all other innovations; Build the Team: An Overview and Division of Labour; Assembling the dedicated team and managing the partnership; Creating the Innovation Strategy; Enabling, running and evaluating Disciplined Experimentations.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of managing the innovation process within organisations
  • Demonstrate how to integrate business strategy with innovating strategies
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing innovation for both stable and turbulent environments
  • Develop and contextualise an approach for analysis for a specific case
  • Develop an innovation roadmap for strategic purposes

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation (40%) and an individual final report (60%).

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or business related 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 Master’s course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (for international students)
6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

Pre-Masters preparation course

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

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding

2019/20 full-time

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

Scotland/EU

  • £8,100

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £20,050

2019/20 part-time

Part-time, campus-based courses are typically completed over two years and are available for Scotland/EU and Rest of UK students. Fees are normally charged per year at 50% of the published full-time fee. Fees for students studying over a longer period will be appropriately adjusted.

Please note, students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

For more information on whether a part-time course could suit your needs please email dmem-pgt@strath.ac.uk

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to 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 may be to 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

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate 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. 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 Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. 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.

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.

Careers

Digital Manufacturing is at the top of all international agendas and experts in this field are highly sought after. According to themanufacturer “engineering salaries are rising above the UK average thanks to digital manufacturing. New data has shown that those who can help businesses capitalise on technological advances – such as digital technologies and automation – are seeing wages rise well above the national average.

Engineering salaries are being driven up by the increasing demand for candidates with digital skills to capitalise on emerging technologies, as well as the nationwide shortage of engineering talent more broadly. That is according to new data from the 2019 Reed Engineering Salary Guides, which analysed more than 10 million jobs posted since 2015.

Manufacturing and engineering are thriving sectors at the heart of the UK economy. They generate jobs, promote economic growth and increase global trade. Digital Manufacturing is the digital motor that can significant boost UK business. This course introduces latest state-of-the-art knowledge and practical hands-on insight into:

  • Digital manufacturing concepts
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Mechatronic systems design techniques
  • Design for Industry 4.0 and Smart Products

After graduating with a MSc in Digital Manufacturing you will be in a strong position to seek employment with companies such as: BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Proctor & Gamble and many more!

Graduates could have job titles such as:

  • Digital Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Digital Production Manager
  • Digital Manufacturing Lead
  • Digital Manufacturing Manager

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer is £39,243*, and the average salary for a Manufacturing Manager is £41,616*. However, a specialised Digital Manufacturer has the potential to earn more, because of the demand as advancements continue.

*Last accessed 15 February 2019

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