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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 project and a 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 major organisations such as Rolls Royce or BAE Systems, as well as local Scottish SMEs.

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.


This unique and brand new MSc programme is based within the Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (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 brand new Advanced Digital Manufacturing Facility gives you hands-on access to latest 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.

Guest lectures

The key course content is taught by leading experts in the fields of Industry 4.0 and smart product design, autonomous and mechatronics systems as well as engineering management.

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
  • Dr Mark Post -  renowned expert in Manufacturing Automation

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

Course content

Compulsory classes

Digital Manufacturing Concepts

The aim of the module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the key concepts for Digital Manufacturing, current practices, tools and processes and possible future development routes. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge that covers and integrate areas including features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of the sector; critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject; apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a range of specialist skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are at the forefront of or informed by forefront developments. The module will cover the topics of current state of digital manufacturing and digital manufacturing developments.

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.
Design for Industry 4 & Smart Products

The aim of this module is 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.

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
Knowledge Engineering & Management For Engineers
This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge based systems and to discuss the application of these techniques.

Optional classes

You'll take a minimum of 30 credits from:

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
The module addresses the global concerns relating to sustainable product development and manufacturing which companies face in terms of reducing the environmental impacts of their products and processes.
System 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.
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 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
Management of Innovation

The module aims to identify, create and exploit opportunities for innovation on a systematic basis. The course will discuss all aspects of managing innovation including; recognising the need and desire to be creative and innovative; using imagination to add value; developing structures, systems and incentives that encourage and implement innovation.

Students will examine what management of innovation is, how science and invention fuel different kinds of innovation and the many organisational challenges that are presented by the evolution of new technology. Topics  covered include understanding the nature of technology, preparing for emerging technologies, organising to innovate, types of innovation and the management of technology projects.

Entry requirements

MSc: first or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in engineering, technology or a business related discipline

PgDip: degree plus good HND plus relevant industrial experience 

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


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


  • £8,100

Rest of UK

  • £9,250


  • £20,050

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.


Digital Manufacturing is at the top of all international agendas and experts in this field are highly sought after. According to the UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey, students with an evidenced advanced knowledge in Digital Manufacturing have a very high chance of getting lucrative positions in industry after their studies.

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

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