Manufacturing is at the heart of engineering, as everything in our daily lives needs to be made. Manufacturing engineers therefore play a vital role in the creation of wealth and in sustaining and improving the living standards of society. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management course is one of the most well-established of its kind in the UK, and it aims to provide our students with the tools, knowledge and understanding of this broad based discipline that demands expertise in many diverse topics.
This course is one of the most well-established of its kind in the UK, having evolved from the very successful MSc course in Machine Tool Technology, and is regularly updated in line with subject developments and changing industrial practices. Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management has developed into a broad based multi-disciplinary field, demanding expertise in many diverse topics. The structure of the course reflects this by requiring in-depth study of a number of topics ranging from the fundamentals of manufacturing processes to the management of manufacturing systems. More specialised study takes place during the dissertation project where students undertake individual research projects of industrial relevance. The MSc course has a strong practical orientation and it aims to produce engineers with the theoretical and practical experience which will enable them to analyse and investigate problems and to engage in design, development and research involving manufacturing technology. The course also prepares graduates for the management of manufacturing systems. Whilst the course is intended primarily for those wishing to pursue an industrial career, it is equally relevant as preparation for research in advanced manufacturing technology and systems management.
The Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management MSc is a full time course which is studied over 12 months and there is one start date each year in September.
Throughout the course you will develop advanced technical skills in both manufacturing technology and systems management, as well as soft skill such as team working, presenting and report writing, all of which will enable you to pursue a career in both general and specialised engineering industries or develop an in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.
During the course you will visit a number of companies, such as Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover, and have the opportunity to attend industrial guest lectures, which will not only further enhance your understanding of manufacturing but also to give you an insight into the practical application of many of the subject areas you will be studying. Moreover, many of the dissertation projects, one of which you will be working on as part of this course, originate from and are run in collaboration with industry.
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The Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management MSc has a strong focus on employability, which will give you the best chance of securing your ideal job after graduation. Most academics who teach on this course have strong links with industry, which you will benefit from, not only by having the opportunity to visit a number of companies and attend industrial talks but also to work on a dissertation project that is closely related to an industrial problem.
Each year Manchester careers fairs, workshops and presentations attract more than 600 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors illustrating how employers target Manchester graduates.
After graduating with an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management you will be in a strong position to seek employment with companies such as: Rolls Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Nissan Motor Company, Bombardier Transportation, to name just a few.
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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has accredited the Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management MSc course under license from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This allows satisfactory completion of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management MSc to contribute towards the academic requirements for registration with the Institution as a Chartered Engineer.
The Systems Engineering Management MSc has been specifically designed for the needs of engineering professionals working in the field of complex systems development. The programme encompasses not only the technical tools and approaches needed to build success in this area, but also the management dimension of the relevant processes.
Students gain an integrated, interdisciplinary view of complex systems and an advanced understanding of the systems engineering process. They gain the ability to apply this process to a variety of real-world situations and the management skills necessary to facilitate the development of complex systems on time and within budget.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core taught modules (60 credits) two optional taught modules (30 credits) and three research modules (90 credits). Modules are generally taught as intensive five-day 'block weeks' to minimise time away from the office.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one academic year, or flexible study up to five years) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time 12 weeks, or flexible study up to three years) is offered.
Students choose two of the following:
All MSc students undertake a structured research programme comprising the following mandatory modules:
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, discussion sessions, workshop activity, and project work. Each taught course will be separately assessed through a combination of course work and a written examination. The project will be assessed through written dissertation and subsequent oral examination.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Systems Engineering Management MSc
Complex systems are commonplace in many branches of UK industry including rail, aerospace, defence, and manufacturing. The ability to create such systems effectively is crucial to the competitiveness of these industries and has a direct bearing on the wealth of the nation.
Recent career destinations for this degree
This MSc combines academic rigour with the practical expertise exemplified by our collaborators in UK industry and government. The flexible programme enables participants to structure their studies to suit their own career goals, and is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a programme of further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
The programme combines interactive lectures, group exercises and case studies to reinforce key points. Lecturers are experts in the field, many of whom have engaged in the practice of systems engineering in industry, and all of whom oversee research across a broad range of subjects relating to systems engineering, project management and technology management.
Industry is operating in an environment where technology changes rapidly, and where global competition grows ever more intensive. The challenge to remain competitive means we must make the right thing at the right price. Our MSc equips graduates with the skills to meet this challenge.
This course is for engineers or graduates who want to become technical specialists or managers in industrial and manufacturing companies.
It increases your career potential by improving your
This course helps you understand concepts and theories behind developing, manufacturing and managing engineering products and systems. You learn to explore and apply developments in engineering and management academic thinking and industrial practice.
There is a wide range of optional modules including • lean operations and six sigma • advanced manufacturing technology • applicable artificial intelligence • computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture • advanced computer system architecture • network applications.
The international product development module involves working in multidisciplinary teams to develop a new product in a global market. This allows you to develop much sought after advanced technical and business skills and improves your career prospects in engineering industry, and public service. This project also develops your particular interest in a supported environment.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.
This course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
Core management modules
Core technical modules
• lean operations and six sigma • management of strategy, change and innovation • manufacturing systems
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• advanced control methods • advanced investigatory techniques for materials engineers • advanced manufacturing technology • advanced metallic materials • advanced vibration and acoustics • applicable artificial intelligence • computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing • communication engineering • communication media • computer networks • competitive design for manufacture • competitive materials technology • control of linear systems • digital electronics system design • digital signal processing • embedded systems • equipment engineering and design • industrial applications of finite element methods • industrial automation • machine vision • microprocessor engineering • advanced computer system architecture • network applications • object-oriented methods • operating systems • robotics • software engineering • VSLI
If you are a new graduate, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to begin a career as a technical specialist or manager. If you are already employed in engineering, it improves you career potential and can lead to roles with greater responsibility.
It can also help towards a career teaching engineering.
Modern industry operates within a highly competitive global market, the adoption, exploration and management of technology across both design and manufacture and product simulation performance is at the forefront of providing successful business with the competitive edge needed to survive and grow. In addition, society is demanding that such business enterprises become evermore proactive in terms of adopting a more socially conscious approach, such as sustainability, across all their strategies and operations.
This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of modern engineering analysis and simulation tools and techniques in terms of product development and optimisation before manufacture. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how various IT-based tools and systems function while also gaining insights into how these are implemented effectively, within the manufacturing and industrial sectors. You will be equipped to undertake cross-functional management roles and to evaluate how modern organisations can strategically exploit existing and emerging technologies. This reflects the growing demand for specialists with advanced skills and knowledge to drive forward effective, new, product development and their introduction across all of the major industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace and general manufacture.
The course will allow you acquire advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of contemporary finite element modelling techniques to analyse the behaviour of complex engineering systems and components. It will involve a comprehensive understanding of advanced solid mechanics and analytical techniques pertinent to product development and sustainability, and to apply these advanced techniques to synthesise novel designs of a range of engineering systems.
Research Methods and Professional Skills
Project Management Tools and Techniques
CAD and Product Definition
Emerging Design Tools
Simulation and Design Optimisation
Applied Stress Analysis
This course provides you with the unique opportunity to experience the practicalities and applications of modern Engineering Analysis Techniques. The dedicated IT simulation resources and expertise of our specialised staff, based at our Telford Campus, is well renowned and often called upon to support and advise external agencies and key industries across the aerospace, automotive and automotive sports and power generation sectors. You can therefore rest assured of access to a variety of significant simulation techniques facilities and expertise. Beyond this, the course will encourage and guide you to explore and conduct research into emerging Design and use the latest industry standard simulation software to produce complex, economical and sustainable part/component part production. Our expectation is that the exposure offered by the course, to modern and newly emerging manufacturing technologies coupled with the project managerial aspects of the course will ensure that you are well placed to take up a key role in this dynamic industrial sector.
You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during the course of your study.
You will take part in lectures and seminars. Some of these will be more traditional whereas others will require you to undertake research before coming together to discuss technical issues with a range of students and academic staff. You will have seminars from industry practitioners and have the opportunity to discuss your projects with them to gain real world insight into the problems you are trying to solve.
You will have the opportunity to work in a range of dedicated facilities such as the Dedicated IT Laboratories to develop practical skills and understand the link between the theory and practical implementation of integrated CAD, Simulation and Finite Element Analysis Techniques. Throughout the weekly class sessions and through use of the on-line support material, you will obtain skills required to successfully implement and manage a range of modern design and simulation systems, processes and methodologies.
Often working on assessment and project briefs specified by industry practitioners, you will develop solutions to meet real world problems/requirements and be able to present these to your peers, practitioners and third parties in order to obtain balanced and current feedback.
The course is aimed at Science and Technology graduates who aspire to Engineering and Manufacturing management roles, in leading industrial organisations.
On completion of the programme, you can expect to develop your career leading to senior management where strategic thinking skills, project management experience and a deeper technological knowledge-base would be beneficial.
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