MSc Technology Ventures with Design Engineering

Key facts

  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Study mode and duration: 24 months full-time
  • Dual Degree: University of Strathclyde with Carnegie Mellon University

  • Location: Year 1: Silicon Valley, United States. Year 2: Glasgow, Scotland

  • Internship: Summer internship in Silicon Valley

  • Work placement: Industrial Group Project

Study with us

Studying a Masters in Technology Ventures with Design Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and Carnegie Mellon University, you'll develop specialist skills in:

  • entrepreneurship
  • technology innovation
  • business models and strategy
  • systems thinking and modelling
  • people, organisation and technology
  • design management

As well as gaining a truly international experience.

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Why this course?

This unique and exciting two-year programme provides you with the opportunity to study and benefit from the expertise of both Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Strathclyde.

Silicon Valley is synonymous with tech start-ups and entrepreneurship and there's so much opportunity and funding in the region that entrepreneurs see it as a fertile ground for turning ideas into a reality.

Scotland also has a renowned history of innovation which is at the very heart of the country’s psyche and the University of Strathclyde is a central part of Scotland’s first Innovation District. This degree allows you to combine the best of Silicon Valley and Glasgow City Innovation District, creating the perfect combination for students wishing to develop the necessary skills to launch ventures that solve society’s biggest challenges.

Dual degree options

The MSc Technology Ventures dual degree programme has three streams to choose from:

Find out more about the MSc Technology Ventures dual degree and more about studying in CMU.

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What you'll study

This course has been developed to teach you how to focus your engineering skills and successfully approach problems like an entrepreneur, expand your expertise in design engineering, emerging technologies and launch an innovative venture and career worldwide.

Innovators and entrepreneurs will play a crucial role in solving the hardest problems facing the 21st century. Through the Technology Ventures dual degree coursework, you will develop a formal process for innovation in order to solve these problems, applying technical knowledge, practical engineering and business skills to successfully launch products that change the world.

Year 1

For the first year of the MSc Technology Ventures with Design Engineering dual degree programme, you’ll be supported down the exciting and challenging path to become a tech entrepreneur, teaching you the skills to start your own business or launch a venture within a large corporation. This will be at Carnegie Mellon University, in the Silicon Valley Campus based in the NASA Research Park.

Top-Ranked Coursework

The Integrated Innovation Institute partners with Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering to deliver cutting-edge, highly specialized engineering coursework for the Technology Ventures degree programme. Experience world-class technology academics with unique access to the world’s most exciting tech ecosystem. The college ranks sixth in 2019 U.S. News and World Report’s list of top graduate schools.

Find out more about the first year of the dual degree on the Carnegie Mellon University programme page.

Year 2

You’ll spend your second year of the dual degree at the University of Strathclyde, in the Department of Design Manufacturing & Engineering Management (DMEM). You’ll gain practical experience of working within globally distributed teams and with an industrial client.

Award-winning University

We’ve invested £1 billion into our campus to ensure our students are in a first-class working and learning environment where they are inspired through both their studies and their surroundings.

The University of Strathclyde is regularly recognised for its achievements and quality, having won several awards including Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Times Good University Guide 2020), Top 20 UK University for Research Intensity (Times Higher Education REF2014) and a 5-star rating (QS Stars University Ratings).

Entrepreneurial support

Carnegie Mellon University

As a graduate of the MSTV degree, you will be uniquely positioned to launch your first venture through Carnegie Mellon’s pre-incubator program, VentureBridge. Receive mentorship and support as you turn your start-up into a reality, completing the program with a validated proof of concept and strategy for acquiring customers.

Open exclusively to CMU students and alumni, the VentureBridge program is based at CMU's Silicon Valley campus and hosted by the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde has a strong commitment to enterprise. Since 2005, we've helped to support the formation of over 260 start-up and spin-out companies!

In recognition of the University’s great work, Strathclyde was named UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2013/14 at the Times Higher Education (THE) awards.

Find out more about the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network.

Industrial experience

During the second year of your course, at the University of Strathclyde, you'll undertake an industrial group project. This will help you to develop and apply your skills as a design engineer within the real world.

The Industrial Group Project will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team. You'll develop your people, project management and leadership skills. You'll do this by applying design engineering principles to address a practical problem for an industrial client, gaining direct industry experience.

The project works in conjunction with major organisations that face challenges with the management of major design engineering projects and have a demand for the skills gained from this course.

Through this module, you'll gain 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 around 50 organisations per year and previous students have worked with organisations 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, and Terex Trucks.

Glasgow City Innovation District

The University of Strathclyde is a central part of Glasgow City Innovation District, a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. It builds on Scotland’s rich tradition of scientific excellence and industrial collaboration.

Bringing together ambitious, forward-thinking people, the District is tackling societal and global challenges and driving inclusive economic growth.

Find out more about the District

International experience

You’ll gain an international experience by studying, integrating and living in two different countries and universities throughout this unique dual degree Masters degree.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters.

A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course. With cutting-edge brain science, path-breaking performances, innovative start-ups, driverless cars, big data, big ambitions, Nobel and Turing prizes, hands-on learning, and a whole lot of robots, CMU doesn't imagine the future, we create it. 

Find out more about CMU.

University of Strathclyde

We’re investing £1 billion into our campus to ensure our students are in a first-class working and learning environment where they are inspired through both their studies and their surroundings.

The University of Strathclyde is regularly recognised for its achievements and quality, having won several awards including:

  • Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 UK University for Research Intensity (Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014)
  • 5-star rating (QS Stars University Ratings) 

Staff

You'll learn from leading experts in the field of technology ventures and design engineering. All our staff have great experience working with innovation management and product launch projects.

Staff include:

Professor Alex Duffy Professor Duffy is a leading expert in systems design, coordination of systems engineering projects, performance improvement and strategic development.
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 Andrew Wodehouse Dr Wodehouse’s research addresses the themes of product, process and people: the individual product experience in terms of user interaction; group collaboration in the design and delivery of products; and the sociological factors that drive product innovation and lead to commercial success.
Dr Andy Wong Apart from being a fellow of HEA, Dr Wong is a member of IEEE and BAM which are both leading academic communities in the world. He has published over 40 journal and conference papers in the areas of Management Science, Operations Research and Soft Computing.

Facilities

The Department of Design, Manufacturing & Engineering Management has a range of innovative purpose built design and manufacture laboratories. This includes a digital design and manufacture studio. It brings together:

  • data capture
  • CAD
  • 3D visualisation
  • rapid prototyping capabilities

Find out more about the facilities.

Additionally, as a Masters student in the department, you'll also have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work areas, computer suites and social areas, as well as a kitchen.

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Course content

You'll spend two semesters at the Silicon Valley campus and complete 99 units of coursework, plus a third semester completing a summer internship. You'll find the full Carnegie Mellon University course structure under the Course Plans section on their website.

Semester 1 courses (Fall)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Product Management
  • Business Models and Strategy
  • Venture Governance
  • Legal Issues in New Venture Creation
  • Elective
Semester 2 courses (Spring)
  • Enterprise Innovation
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Grand Challenge Innovation
  • Financial Fundamentals for New Ventures
  • Agile Marketing for New Ventures
  • Dynamic Global Teams
Semester 3 courses (Summer)
  • Internship

Compulsory classes

Global Design (10 credits)

This module aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become competent members of global/distributed design teams.

It covers the nature of distributed design, including:

  • benefits and issues relating to distributed design, design methodologies
  • extended supply chains (design and manufacture)
  • distributed team structures
  • comparison of co-located and distributed design teams
  • design to manufacture, distributed design expertise, different distributed design scenarios, e.g. cross-site, cross-company, national, international, etc.

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

  • demonstrate knowledge of distributed design by explaining the concepts of distributed design engineering by discussing how the benefits and issues related to distributed design compare to those of co-located design
  • demonstrate understanding of the management of distributed design projects by describing management tools and techniques for successfully managing distributed design, applying these tools and techniques to carry out distributed design project work and showing how these tools and techniques can overcome issues relating to distributed design
  • describe appropriate technology and how it can be used to support distributed design by applying the use of technology to successfully carry out distributed design project work

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework submissions (70%) and project presentations (30%).

Product Modelling & Visualisation (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students to understand the concepts of virtual product modelling and techniques used to visualise products before they are fully designed and manufactured.

The module covers:

  • an introduction to basic modelling, visualisation and evaluation techniques creating models, parts and assemblies
  • the representations that underpin modern CAED systems (wireframe, surface, CSG and BRep), basic computer graphics (homogeneous transformations), data exchange, information integration, product data management, economics of CAD/CAM systems (cost breakdown, potential benefits, improving cost/benefit ratio), basic systems selection and justification and organisational impact and system management

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

  • demonstrate the ability to use a commercially available CAD system by creating 3-D product models and appropriate visualisations for evaluation
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of product modelling and visualisation by demonstrating an ability to provide 2D/3D part and assembly drawings, and a variety of sectioned/dimensioned views of part/assembly models
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of product evaluation techniques by identifying and describing suitable product evaluation techniques such as FEA and utilise for evaluation
  • describe and discuss the functionality and benefits that CAED systems can bring to product development by identifying and justifying a CAED solution for an industrial problem

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%).

Design Methods (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.

The selection and use of design methods within the context of modern design practices and the new product development process will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on recently developed product independent design methods and their application within industrial environments.

Specific topics include:

  • the design process management frameworks
  • user understanding methods
  • product specification methods
  • creative methods
  • design for production and cost methods
  • design for safety and reliability methods
  • design for the environment

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

  • select and apply appropriate design methods for a design project to solve product design oriented problems by understanding specific design methods and recognising their strengths and weaknesses
  • integrate appropriate design methods into a design process to ensure fitness of purpose of all aspects of the problem/context by demonstrating how manufacture, costing, environmental, disposal and customer needs may be addressed in the design process through design methods
  • analyse literature sources to identify design methods suitable for a particular situation by undertaking a critical literature review to identify current developments in design methods in research and practice and synthesise the results of the literature review into a report

Assessment and feedback will be in the form of an exam (60%), a report (35%) and a presentation (5%).

Design Management (10 credits)

This module provides a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.

The module covers: Different approaches and aspects to design development including concurrent engineering, team engineering, product management, design management, distributed design, and decision support, the design activity, methods and process models including role of the market, specification, conceptual and detail design, basic team and management structures (organisation), key issues related to design complexities and the key aspects of design coordination, design performance and innovation.

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

  • appreciate and understand the role of design within an organisation and the organisational structures required for effective design by articulating the impact of early product delivery with regards to quality, cost and market sales and by describing the different main organisational structures and their impact on the design activity
  • appreciate the role of design models, approaches and methods by appreciating of the different strengths and weaknesses of models, approaches and methods
  • appreciate the role of innovation in design and know how to measure design performance by highlighting the key factors in design performance and how they relate as well as the nature and different types of innovation in relation to design

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%), there will be no exam.

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.

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.

Elective classes

Students must choose 30 credits from:

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).

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%).

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%) 
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%).

Supply Chain Operations (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.

It covers:

  • an introduction to supply chain operations
  • demand management
  • master planning
  • material management
  • capacity management
  • inventory management
  • distribution management
  • case studies

On completion the participants will be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, scheduling and controlling systems for complex and disparate operations. In particular, students will:

  • understand the basics of supply chain operations in relation to planning, operating, scheduling and controlling, including knowledge of supply chain operation practices (demand management, master planning, material management, capacity management and inventory management); understanding the impact of supply chain operation practices within commercial and social contexts and global trends in supply chain operation practices
  • identify and assess different methods, tools and techniques for managing plans, operations and materials of end-to-end supply chains
  • demonstrate the ability to apply those methods, tools and techniques in different contexts, including manufacturing and service sectors, with a critical awareness of drivers and obstacles in real life and the ability to produce sensible solutions to overcome them

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two in-class tests (60%) and one coursework (40%).

Enterprise Resource Planning (10 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as used in industry. Students learn how a typical ERP system works using an up-to-date SAP training package and consider the real-life use of a typical software package within an organisation.

The module covers:

  • business excellence
  • what is ERP?
  • business planning and control
  • expected benefits
  • how does ERP work?
  • ERP pre-requisites
  • selecting the right system
  • implementation planning

At the end of this module students will have a critical understanding of:

  • terminology relating to MRP, ERPII and ERP
  • the benefits and limitations of using ERP systems for making operational, tactical and strategic decisions within businesses, including the ways in which ERP systems may support or hinder decision making at different levels
  • learning to operate and build a product in a SAP environment
  • the scope, implications, logic, critical requirements to facilitate successful implementation of ERP systems, in particular the relationship between ERP systems, other ICT systems, business processes and human factors

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a 40-minute quiz (40%) and one coursework (60%).

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. From Continuous Improvement approaches to organisational requirements, the module covers the critical success factors needed to support sustainable and effective business transformation.

The module covers: an Introduction to Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma (LSS); Comparing and Contrasting Lean & Six Sigma; DMAIC Continuous Improvement Methodology; LSS project characterisation and selection; Lean and Six Sigma metrics; Overview of basic Lean Tools and Techniques including: affinity diagram, project charter, project selection matrices, SPC, Ishikawa, 5 Why’s, 5S, SMED, DoE, etc.; Evolution of Lean Six Sigma (from manufacturing to service environments and the implications of each).

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

  • gain an appreciation for Lean Six Sigma as a Continuous Improvement methodology, and understand the implications of its application in manufacturing, transactional and service processes
  • apply the Lean Six Sigma methodology (DMAIC) and basic Continuous Improvement tools to solve real world problems
  • evaluate the Critical Success Factors and fundamental barriers in the execution of both Lean & Six Sigma initiatives

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (35%) and an assignment in the form of a project report (60%) and project presentation (5%).

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.

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).

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

MSc: First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology, science 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 Masters course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 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.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

Students on the MSc Technology Ventures dual degree will pay the Carnegie Mellon University fees in year one of the degree stated below (view CMU fees in the Tuition and Financial Aid section) and the Strathclyde fees below in year two of the degree. Please note, this is a two-year dual degree programme, therefore, you will require funding for both Year 1 and Year 2 to gain the Masters.

Fees for year one at Carnegie Mellon University are:

$50,521* total (Split into 2 Academic terms $48,500 and Summer term $2,021)

*2019-20 tuition rates; Official rate for the 2020-2021 academic year will be released in Spring 2020. Additional fees that contribute to the cost of attendance can be reviewed on The Hub website.

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

Fees for year two at the University of Strathclyde are:

Scotland/EU

£8,100

Rest of UK

£9,250

International

£20,900

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. Two taught modules explicitly require students to obtain their own design materials and tools –  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
Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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 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.

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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 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.

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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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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.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for one of our scholarships for up to £5,000 towards your tuition fees. 

Scholarships are available for applicants 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 (2020-21).

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Careers

Design engineers use technical knowledge, mathematical and design skills to create innovative solutions and products to problems across a diverse range of industries.

As a design engineer you can be involved in almost every aspect of the product journey, from the initial concept, design, development, testing and management of projects to the manufacturing. Product design engineers use technical knowledge, mathematical problem solving skills and a passion for designing and refining the usability of luxury to everyday items, across a diverse range of industries.

Roles may have responsibilities such as:

  • Concept, specification, tender and development of new projects or components
  • CAD, CAM systems to design and visualise projects to clients or internally within teams
  • Model making, prototyping and product testing
  • Analysis on how to improve existing products, including complex calculations
  • Leadership including effective communication with clients, colleagues, contractors and managing other team members
  • Project management including ensuring projects are delivered to a timescale, to standard and within a budget

Entrepreneurial graduates

Work experience is highly desirable for graduates applying or entering the new product industry, to best demonstrate their team working abilities, skills and portfolio breadth. Students on the dual degree benefit from both a summer internship in Silicon Valley and an industrial group project in Glasgow which are integrated into their dual degree, to provide them with this necessary experience to stand out when competing for graduate jobs or the experience needed for launching their own technology venture.

The career opportunities for students graduating from the MSc Technology Ventures with Design Engineering dual degree are endless. Companies return year-on-year to recruit from our department, and specifically companies such as Chivas Regal, Adidas, Rolls Royce, Dyson and Jaguar Land Rover have our graduates covering a plethora of roles across their teams.

Many DMEM graduates become entrepreneurs and have started up their own companies or work freelance, for example:

  • Colour Academy Publishing Ltd who create educational colouring books was founded by Product Design Engineering graduate Matthew Carter
  • The Freelance Design Engineer who designed the Queen’s baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is Product Design Engineering graduate Michael Aldridge
  • VH Innovation Ltd, the parent company of Recoil Kneepads was founded by Product Design Engineering graduate Victoria Hamilton
  • Fiodh Scotland, which produce Scottish heritage watches from old whisky barrels was founded by Product Design and Innovation graduate Michael Youmans
  • and many more!

Potential graduate roles

Recent graduate job titles include:

  • Product Development Manager
  • Associate Engineer
  • Intranet Systems Developer
  • Production Manager
  • Product Designer
  • Product Design Engineer

Recent graduate employers include:

  • Apple
  • Adidas
  • Dyson Ltd
  • Google
  • i4 Product Design
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • PA Consulting
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Shore Design
  • Tesla
  • Triumph Motorcycles

According to Prospects a senior product designer can earn in the range of £50,000-£80,000, an experienced Design Engineer can earn between £30,000-£40,000 and a Chartered Engineer can earn upwards from £50,000.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Find out what some of our students think about studying in Glasgow!

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Technology Ventures with Design Engineering

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

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Contact us

University of Strathclyde

Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484

Email: eng-admissions@strath.ac.uk

Carnegie Mellon University

Athena Wintruba

CMU Associate Director of Admissions

Telephone: 001 412-268-8673

Email: awintrub@andrew.cmu.edu