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MSc Manufacturing Management

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

Study with us

  • prepare for a career within the global manufacturing sector
  • gain industrial experience to add to your CV through the Postgraduate Group Project
  • manage a project with an industrial client to address a practical problem

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Why this course?

As demand increases for faster production and turnaround times as well as transparent business models, manufacturing management graduates are sought-after to make a difference by developing and optimising companies’ processes and workflows.

Production no longer simply refers to a physical product, but instead it has just as much to do with services. Alongside the progression of worldwide online shopping and globalisation, as well as competition in price, these changes have impacted opportunities for companies to remain competitive, which means that a single product, for example a laptop or a car, consists of many individual components which have been manufactured all around the world. In turn, this has contributed to complicating companies’ production processes and supply chain.

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 new developing business models for management, as well as the skills and understanding to meet the stringent demands of today's highly competitive industrial environment.

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What you'll study

You'll develop specialist skills in topics such as:

  • strategic technology management
  • digital manufacturing
  • management of total quality and continuous improvement
  • strategic supply chain management
  • engineering risk management

Major projects

You'll undertake an individual and group project. For group projects, you'll 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.

Who we work with

We work with around 50 organisations per year and previous students have worked with companies such as:

  • Adidas
  • Airlie Ice Cream
  • Drink Baotic
  • Promedics Orthopaedics
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Spirit AeroSystems (Europe), Inc
  • Unilever
  • Alexander Dennis
  • Belle Bridal
  • Chivas Brothers Ltd
  • HATSUN Agro Products (India)
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Terex Trucks
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Course content

180 credits for a Masters

People, Organisation & Technology (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the 'softer' aspects of engineering management. Given some key organisational and technological issues, the main focus is to examine the relationship between “human” elements and change management from an engineering-oriented perspective.

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

  • discuss key issues in organisation and technology by critically defining and discussing key characteristics of an organisation and evaluating the impact of technology on the workplace of the future
  • understand modern people management concepts and practices by evaluating leadership and motivation techniques using analytical approaches and will demonstrate critical understanding of the role of people in a modern organisation
  • identify the challenges and consequences of change, including defining and discussing the skills required to handle organisational change and the drivers and obstacles towards organisational change
  • understand the impact of organisational and technological issues on people when managing changes. This includes identifying drivers and obstacles from organisational, technological and human perspectives using analytical methods as well as creating strategies to help implement changes

Assessment and feedback is given in the form of:

  • group presentations and a group report
  • an individual essay
Strategic Technology Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide a guiding framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behaviour of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

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

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and importance of technology in business strategy formulation process
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing technology for both stable and turbulent business environments
  • Evaluate complexity and develop appropriate technology strategy models for specific cases

Grades will be determined by class participation assessed through four two-page papers on case studies, which may be written in groups of 4 people (40%), and an individual final technology strategy report based on an in-depth exploration of technology strategy in an assigned industry (60%). There is no final exam.

Strategic Supply Chain Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management, risk-informed decision making and the general principles of risk analysis and its place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples.

The module covers: modelling approaches and methods used by industry currently to manage risk; tools and techniques that are gaining popularity in industry but are not widespread; the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling and the tools and techniques required to apply these principles and Industry standard processes and software tools.

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

  • understand theory that underpins standard approaches to elicitation of expert judgment
  • understand basic theory of fault and event tree modelling
  • understand the standard approaches to modelling dependency between random variables
  • develop the ability to assess the robustness of a risk model
  • understand the standard methods used in ALARP decision-making
  • appreciate the consequences of choosing specific measures for risk

Assessment and feedback is in the form of 40% individual work and 60% group work.

Engineering Risk Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrates the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.

The module covers: Risk definitions and basic risks in engineering; Risk management processes; Reliability - achieving reliability; Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) cycle; failure rate; Mean Time Between Failure; Mean Time to Fail; Mean Life; failure stages within bathtub distribution; downtime; repair time and availability; Risk classification - failure rate; severity and detection; As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP); Risk identification - Failure Modes and Affects Analysis; Hazard and Operability Study; Fault and Event Tree Analysis; Risk-based decision making – uncertainty, decision trees, Pareto optimality, Analytic Hierarchy Process and Risk legislation and litigation in engineering.

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

  • demonstrate awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk
  • demonstrate awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities
  • demonstrate ability to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group coursework to show understanding of the risk management process in practice (100% for group contribution and submission of main reports).

Management of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how these can be used to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme.

It covers an Introduction to Total Quality Management including definitions, basic elements and quality costing; ISO Quality Management System Standards; Quality improvement tools; Reliability Engineering and Continuous Improvement Concepts (FMEA, Lean methodologies, Kaizen, Poka Yoke, Theory of constraints).

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

  • understand the key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement
  • apply key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement, including planning for real-life application of tools and techniques
  • formulate improvement strategies within a particular context

Assessment and feedback is in the form of one group work (a case study report, 40%) and one individual coursework (a journal article, 60%).

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.

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.

Choose no fewer than 20 credits

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%).

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
  • develop 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.

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.

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).

Remanufacturing (10 credits)

This module aims to develop a detailed understanding of the concept of remanufacture and its industrial application as well as new developments in the area. It explores the potential impact of remanufacture on a circular economy as well as the enablers and barriers.

The module covers:

  • remanufacture concepts & significance (including history, drivers, issues, future developments)
  • design for remanufacturing
  • reverse logistics
  • remanufacture disassembly
  • lean remanufacture/remanufacture cleaning
  • novel remanufacture tool and techniques.

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of remanufacturing concepts and its significance (including with respect to a circular economy) plus the major issues in operating remanufacture
  • technically analyse products’ status plus remanufacturing operations in order to enhance performance
  • demonstrate an understanding of various techniques in sustainable design
  • demonstrate understanding of major design-for-remanufacture (DFRem) concepts and approaches and apply these

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two assignments:

  • this will be a report written in the format of an academic journal (50%) 
  • this project involves the student carrying out a detailed analysis of the remanufacturing approaches within the context of a chosen remanufacturing organisation in order to enhance operational effectiveness (50%) 

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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 Anup Nair Dr Nair's overarching research theme is of technology driven innovations within organisations, particularly high value manufacturing organisations and strategic technology management
Dr Ian Whitfield Dr Whitfield is an internationally recognised expert in collaboration within large engineering projects, knowledge and information management through life, and modular systems design

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


The programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacturing 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.

Our facilities provide 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.

In addition, you'll have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work and social areas, as well as a kitchen.


Advanced Forming Research Centre

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.

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The University of Strathclyde is also the anchor university for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), as well as the base for the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR). This unique expertise in the area of manufacturing management makes us an ideal department to study your manufacturing Masters.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Normally a first-class or second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant engineering, technology, science or business-related discipline.

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'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

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

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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 the Design Manufacture and Engineering Department on

Additional costs

Course materials

Those on design courses or selecting design based optional modules will need to purchase materials, tools and printing of up to £50. There are two taught modules which explicitly require students to obtain their own design materials and tools, although if doing both, the same tools can be used across both.

Other costs

  • model making – basic costs (up to £50) are covered by department for individual design project classes; further costs to be met by students
  • individual project report/folio printing – £50
  • poster printing – up to £50
  • joint MSc programmes with compulsory mobility require students to purchase visa and travel for Germany – up to £300
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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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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

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

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Manufacturing is at the top of all international agendas and experts in this field are highly sought after. According to The Manufacturer “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. Manufacturing Management is the motor that can significant boost UK business.

After graduating with an MSc in Manufacturing Management, you'll be in a strong position to seek employment with companies such as: BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Proctor & Gamble, among other.

Graduates could have job titles such as:

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

According to PayScale, the average salary for a Senior Manufacturing Engineer is £41,169*, and the average salary for a Manufacturing Manager is £47,159*. However, a specialised Digital Manufacturer has the potential to earn more because of the demand as advancements continue.

*Figures taken from Payscale and intended only as a guide (last accessed 20 Sep 2021)

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