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The MSc in Archaeological Information Systems course will provide you with applied practical experience and critical theoretical engagement with a full range of computing systems and technology used for publishing, archiving, analysing, visualising and presenting archaeological information today. Read more
The MSc in Archaeological Information Systems course will provide you with applied practical experience and critical theoretical engagement with a full range of computing systems and technology used for publishing, archiving, analysing, visualising and presenting archaeological information today.

The University of York’s Archaeology Department has been at the forefront of researching and developing archaeological computer applications since the early days of digital practice in the discipline and has hosted the first online peer-reviewed e-journal for archaeology since 1996. It also hosts the world-leading Archaeology Data Service, which is the UK’s national digital data archive for the historic environment.

• Gain applied practical experience in internet applications, database design and management, GIS technology, CAD and computer modelling systems.
• Build a broad foundation of expertise in archaeological computing applications.
• Access the University of York’s world-leading expertise in e-publishing and digital archiving.
• Develop IT knowledge and skills that are highly valued in heritage-sector careers.
• Access a full suite of research computing hardware and software
• Receive tailored careers advice from staff with significant experience of recruiting within the sector.

York is one of the best places to study Archaeology, Heritage or Conservation. The Department has an excellent reputation and is one of the largest Archaeology teaching centres in the UK. The historic City of York is rich in architectural and archaeological treasures and resources which you will have easy access to during your studies.

What does the course cover?

Through a combination of academic studies, practical training, research and work placements, you will:
• Develop vital knowledge of the digital and internet technologies used for disseminating, publishing and archiving archaeological information.
• Learn practical skills in 3-D modelling, GIS, CAD and other technologies used for analysing and visualising archaeological information.

The course provides a detailed introduction to the broad range of information systems used in archaeology, and provides the opportunity to apply these systems in practice. The work placement and dissertation enable you to specialise in a particular technique or approach, giving you valuable practical experience in your areas of interest.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Archaeological Information Systems is designed for people who have a basic grounding in computer literacy and an interest in archaeology and heritage, and who wish to follow vocational training in archaeological information systems.

What can it lead to?

Many of our graduates go onto careers in archaeological computing, working in contract units or county-based records organisations. Others have founded their own consultancy businesses. Some apply their computing skills in more mainstream archaeological work, in museums, or in the wider world. Others have pursued further research at doctoral level. Click on the alumni tab above to find out what our alumni and current students have to say about the course.

Content

This one-year MSc course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will study two core modules, two optional modules and four shorter skills modules of your choice. You will also gain valuable practical experience of applying information systems in the workplace on a work placement module. Finally, in the summer term you will develop your research and presentation skills by producing a dissertation and giving an assessed lecture.

Placement

Your work placement is a key feature of the course, providing valuable experience of using IT in an archaeological work environment. The placement offers you the chance to gain practical experience in a professional, academic or heritage environment. You will be able to work on projects that help you develop new skills or put into practice skills gained from your taught courses.

Aims
-To provide experience of computer applications within a workplace in the historic environment sector.
-To consolidate knowledge and understanding of computer applications from one or more of the taught modules.

Learning outcomes
Upon completing your placement you should have:
-Gained detailed knowledge of how information technology is applied in the workplace in the historic environment sector, under the guidance of experienced professionals.
-Developed an understanding of the contexts in which IT is applied, and of real world limitations.
-Developed your IT skills in one or more of the core areas covered by the taught programme (i.e. database design, web technologies, digital archiving, electronic publication, CAD, GIS and virtual reality modelling).

Placement providers
Although the organisations offering placements change from year to year, and you have the option of proposing other providers that match your specific interests, the following list is a good indication of some of the choices available:
-Yorkshire Museums Trust
-Archaeology Data Service
-City of York Council
-Internet Archaeology
-York Archaeological Trust
-Centre for Christianity and Culture
-L-P: Archaeology
-On Site Archaeology
-Council for British Archaeology
-West Yorkshire Archaeology Service
-Historic England
-English Heritage
-National Trust

Careers

The MSc in Archaeological Information Systems offers practical, careers-focused training for many essential roles in the professional world of archaeology. By the end of the course you will:
-Have examined how computers are applied in archaeology and their impact on the development of the discipline
-Understand the concept of the internet, be able to find and use relevant information and add materials to it
-Have the skills to evaluate critically the claims made for different computer applications and select the correct application for a given problem
-Have an understanding of authoring tools and be able to create an electronic text
-Have an understanding of database design and be able to design and implement a simple relational database
-Have an understanding of CAD and GIS and be able to create effective applications in each
-Have an awareness of digital archiving principles, resource discovery and metadata

Many graduates from this course go on to careers in archaeological computing with contract and county-based records units, or found their own consultancy businesses. Some apply their computing skills to more mainstream archaeological settings, such as museums, or in a range of the others sectors and roles, including:
-Archive management
-Social media management
-Local government and development
-Computing and IT services
-Business and administration
-Marketing and public relations
-Education

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Why choose this course?. The 2011 Government Construction Strategy has stated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has to be adopted and utilised on all public projects by 2016. Read more

Why choose this course?

The 2011 Government Construction Strategy has stated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) has to be adopted and utilised on all public projects by 2016. The aim of this course is to develop students with high-level knowledge and understanding of BIM. This new approach is strategically important for the UK and International Construction Industry and throughout the course students will not only develop a comprehension of how the tools operate, but also how these can be implemented within the business context of the Architecture and Construction sectors.

What happens on the course?

Within this course you will study the following modules:

  • BIM Theory and Application
  • BIM for Integrated Project Delivery
  • Implementing and Managing BIM and CAD Systems

Why Wolverhampton?

To help you meet the challenges presented by this fascinating and key area, the Faculty of Science and Engineering not only supports you with a wealth of experience and unique expertise, it also gives you access to state of the art computer facilities including the Virtual Design Enterprise Centre equipped with high specification PC’s and a 5m x 3m stereoscopic visualisation wall to allow you to see your designs in a whole new light. The department has enviable links with industry and software suppliers through research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Where possible industry experts are used to support your learning and industry based projects are set for assessment to give you a flavour of the real world application of CAD.

Career Path

Students who complete the PGCert will have a specific and relevant qualification in the field of BIM, which is currently of high importance for the industry. They will have the opportunity to further their study and progress to the MSc CAD for Construction if they desire.

We pride ourselves on a very high employability rate for our postgraduate students - potential employment opportunities for graduates include: architectural and interior design practices; civil engineering practices; local authorities; environmental management agencies; space-planning and office furniture companies; and design consultancies.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and emerging CAD technologies in relation to the construction industry

2. Select and effectively implement an appropriate range of advanced software tools in order to produce architectural design and construction documentation including drawings, visualisations and presentations

3. Demonstrate high level skills and abilities to make use of generic and bespoke software tools, solving complex design problems and developing appropriate solutions for presentation to a range of audiences

4. Evaluate current research and scholarship within the general area of ICT for construction, critique current research methodologies and apply this knowledge to solve original problems

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Taking heritage management into the 21st century. Introduced in 2010 in response to the growth in digital heritage practices, this course provides training for professionals who wish to work in digital archiving, visualisation, and museums and heritage sector interpretation, curation and education. Read more
Taking heritage management into the 21st century

Why choose this course?

Introduced in 2010 in response to the growth in digital heritage practices, this course provides training for professionals who wish to work in digital archiving, visualisation, and museums and heritage sector interpretation, curation and education.

It draws on the Archaeology department’s strengths in both Archaeological Information Sciences and Cultural Heritage Management – offering a unique qualification that combines the theoretical and ground-level study of heritage management with practical training in new technologies, from database systems and virtual-reality modelling to social media platforms.

You will be working with a team of technology pioneers and computing scholars, who lead the field in researching and developing interpretative content and digital applications for the heritage sector worldwide.
• Gain practical experience in new and mobile technologies used to publish, archive, analyse, visualise and interpret archaeological information.
• Understand all aspects of heritage management theory and practice.
• Develop essential IT knowledge and skills required in heritage-sector careers.
• Gain practical work experience in the heritage sector.
• Access a full suite of research computing hardware and software
• Receive tailored careers advice from staff with significant experience of recruiting within the sector.

York is one of the best places to study Archaeology, Heritage or Conservation. The Department has an excellent reputation and is one of the largest Archaeology teaching centres in the UK. The historic City of York is rich in architectural and archaeological treasures and resources which you will have easy access to during your studies.

What does the course cover?

The course draws on the skills and expertise of leading scholars in heritage management, interpretation and digital media, alongside staff from the Archaeology Data Service, which has been the UK digital archive for heritage data since 1997. It also has strong links with museums and other cultural heritage institutions in York, and work placements are a key feature of the programme.

Through a combination of academic studies, practical training, research and work placements, you will:
• Explore how digital technologies are used to present and curate heritage information.
• Gain experience of using the digital and internet technologies in disseminating, publishing and archiving heritage information.
• Develop your practical skills in 3-D modelling, GIS, CAD and other heritage analysis and visualisation technologies.

Who is it for?

The MSc in Digital Heritage course is designed for people seeking professional training in digital archiving, visualisation, museums and heritage sector curation, interpretation, and education. It is ideally suited for graduates of Archaeology, History, Art History, Museum Studies, Education, Anthropology, Cultural Studies and related fields, and for candidates with proven IT experience.

What can it lead to?

The skills developed on this course lead graduates into careers in archaeological computing, archive management, education, marketing and IT services for commercial organisations, museums and the public sector. Equally, the course can be a stepping stone to further research at doctoral level.

Placement

Your work placement is a key feature of the course, offering you the chance to apply your digital skillset in a professional or academic setting.

Aims
-To provide experience of computer applications within a workplace in the heritage sector.
-To consolidate knowledge and understanding of computer applications from one or more of the taught modules.

Learning outcomes
Upon completing your placement you should have:
-Gained detailed knowledge of how information technology is applied in the workplace in the heritage sector, under the guidance of experienced professionals.
-Developed an understanding of the contexts in which IT is applied, and of real world limitations.
-Developed your IT skills in one or more of the core areas covered by the taught programme (i.e. database design, web technologies, digital archiving, electronic publication, CAD, GIS and virtual-reality modelling).

Placement opportunities
Although the organisations offering placements change from year to year, and you have the option of proposing other work providers that match your specific interests, the following list is a good indication of some of the choices available:
-Yorkshire Museums Trust
-Archaeology Data Service
-City of York Council
-Internet Archaeology
-York Archaeological Trust
-Centre for Christianity and Culture
-L-P: Archaeology
-On Site Archaeology
-Council for British Archaeology
-West Yorkshire Archaeology Service
-Historic England
-English Heritage
-National Trust

Careers

Graduates of the MSc in Digital Heritage will be well equipped to work in IT-related roles in heritage management or presentation, in museums and education, and with a range of other heritage organisations.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
-Plan, design and undertake a piece of independent research in the field of digital heritage;
-Critically evaluate claims made for different computer applications and select the correct application for a given problem;
-Locate and use relevant information on the internet and add materials to it;
-Create an electronic text;
-Design and implement a simple relational database;
-Create effective applications in CAD and VR;
-Evaluate the cultural significance of sites, places and artefacts;
-Recognise areas of potential conflict in heritage management and museum practice;
-Evaluate the implications of stakeholder values and interests for heritage management and heritage interpretation/education;
-Appraise the utility of interpretative and educational media both on site and in museums.

The course opens the door to a wide range of careers in heritage-related organisations and in many other sectors, including:
-Archive management
-Museum curation
-Social media management
-Local government and development
-Computing and IT services
-Business and administration
-Marketing and public relations
-Education

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The aim of this MSc programme is to provide advanced training in all major aspects of product design from conceptual design, product modelling to prototyping to a high level of competence. Read more
The aim of this MSc programme is to provide advanced training in all major aspects of product design from conceptual design, product modelling to prototyping to a high level of competence. This programme will train you to develop reliable, high quality products with true market appeal, within the budgets and tight timescales demanded by competitive businesses.

You'll gain detailed expertise in product design's key concepts, tools and methodologies, including:-

innovative product development and design techniques
advanced CAD/CAM and modelling
materials selection
industrial design
rapid prototyping
total quality management
marketing

There's a strong practical element and you'll develop your skills through individual and group projects, using facilities that include:-

CAD (ProE)
CAM (Vericut, Machining Strategist)
rapid prototyping (3D Printing, FDM, SLM and vacuum casting)
reverse engineering (laser scanner and x-ray scanner).

As well as receiving excellent tuition from our world-renowned academics you'll be able to listen to visiting product designers and professors from the Royal Academy of Engineering talk about advanced concepts and case studies.

This programme is fully accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

This 12-month programme consists of compulsory and optional taught modules over two semesters and a major design project in the summer. PROJECTS Project work contributes 60 credits, which will be based on a topic of industrial or scientific relevance, and will be carried out in laboratories in the University or at an approved placement in industry. The project is examined by dissertation, and award of the MSc (Eng) degree will require evidence of in-depth understanding, mastery of research techniques, ability to analyse assembled data, and assessment of outcomes.

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Why choose this course?. Read more

Why choose this course?

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.

What happens on the course?

Research Methods and Professional Skills

Project Management Tools and Techniques

CAD and Product Definition

Emerging Design Tools

Dissertation

Simulation and Design Optimisation

Applied Stress Analysis

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career Path

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.

What skills will you gain?

  • Develop novel strategies for the management and deployment of advanced and emerging technologies, tools and techniques.
  • Select and apply appropriate industry standard computer aided engineering software and analysis methods to model, analyse and evaluate engineering systems and solve engineering problems.
  • Apply knowledge to create original concepts for products, engineering systems or processes.
  • Make use of high level skills and abilities to exploit generic and bespoke software tools, solve complex design, configuration or process problems and thereby develop industrially appropriate solutions for delivery to a range of audiences.
  • Be fully conversant with the theories underpinning the fundamental principles that govern Stress Analysis
  • Model and analytically analyse the behaviour of structures and engineering components under complex loading conditions especially in specific applications such as those encountered in the automotive, aeronautical, aerospace and power generation industries

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This course is designed to respond to a growing shortage of workforce in manufacturing sector. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is designed to respond to a growing shortage of workforce in manufacturing sector. It intends to equip our students with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills of advanced design tools, materials, manufacturing processes and systems in conjunction with developing efficient operation and effective management skills. Integrating these will ensure our students to develop the technological and practical ability to meet manufacturing demand for product, company and market needs.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Use simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing
Utilise our strong links with companies and investigate real industrial problems to enhance your understanding of the profession
Tie in the topic of your individual project with one of our research groups and benefit from the expertise of our actively researching academics

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) meeting the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Design
Research and development
Product manufacture
Project management

Module Details

This course aims to provide you with the inter-disciplinary knowledge, attributes and skills necessary to apply the principles of advanced manufacturing systems within the manufacturing industry. You will study several key topics and also complete a four-month individual project tailored to your individual interests that can take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.

Here are the units you will study:

Integrated Manufacturing Systems: Systems concepts and techniques are developed in logistics and manufacturing areas with a strong emphasis on simulation techniques and practical case study analysis.

Operations and Quality Management: A strategic approach is used with modern inventory and supply chain management and logistics tools and techniques. Management strategies are developed for quality, including quality systems and quality control.

Advanced Materials: This unit is designed to deal with a wide range of advanced materials for engineering applications. Teaching will address analytical and numerical methods to assess the strength, stiffness, toughness, non-linearity behaviours, vibration and failures of engineering materials for component and structure design.

Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management involves the coordination of production, inventory, location and transportation, among participants in a supply chain. This unit considers the principles and tools of supply chain management, with an emphasis on lean six sigma methods.

Virtual Systems Design and Simulation for Production: This unit is particularly designed to enhance students’ analytical knowledge and practical skills focusing on a sustainable development of systematic approaches and lean production methods to support manufacturing systems analysis, design and performance evaluation with an aid of using advanced computer design and modelling simulation tools.

CAD/CAM Systems: An integrated approach is used towards CAD and CAM. Significant practical hands-on experience is given with commercial level software. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and system selection and evaluation.

Individual Project: A strong feature that comprises a third of the course. You will be encouraged to undertake projects where possible in industrial companies. However, we also use our extensive resources and staff skills to undertake them within the University.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis with a significant amount of your time spent our laboratories. We pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.

A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:

Written examinations
Coursework
Laboratory-based project work
A major individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

The demand for more highly skilled manufacturing engineers is always present and it is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers.

This course has a record of almost 100 per cent of our graduates gaining employment in relevant areas such as manufacturing and logistics management, systems engineering, production engineering, design engineering and project management. You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Manufacturing engineer
Product design engineer
Aerospace engineer
Application engineer

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Superb industry links and world-class research come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level. Read more
Superb industry links and world-class research come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level. Being in the heart of one of Europe’s highest concentration of high-tech businesses provides opportunities for industry-focused studies.You will take charge of your career by building on your undergraduate degree and developing your professional skills. It introduces you to research, development and practice in advanced engineering design and equips you for professional practice at senior positions of responsibility.You will gain the skills to take complex products all the way from idea to fully validated designs. Using the most advanced CAD packages, you will learn the techniques required to analyse and test your designs followed by full design implementation. Our teaching is centred around our state-of-the-art laboratories in a purpose-designed engineering building.

Why choose this course?

You will be taught by staff with exceptional knowledge and expertise in their fields, including world-leaders in research on sustainable engineering, materials and joining technology and design engineers leading development of novel products such as carbon and bamboo bike. Our research projects and consultancies are done with partners such as Siemens, Yasa Motors, Stannah Stairlifts, 3M etc. using our facilities including analytical and mechanical test equipment, scanning electron microscope and the latest 3D printing technology. Well-funded research programmes in areas of current concern such as modern composite materials, vehicle end-of-life issues and electric vehicles.

Our research incorporates the latest developments within the sector with high profile visiting speakers contributing to our invited research lectures. In REF 2014 57% of the department's research was judged to be of world leading quality or internationally excellent with 96% being internationally recognised. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide professional perspectives, preparing you for an exciting career, for more information see our industrial lecture series schedule. Our close industry links facilitate industrial visits, providing you with opportunities to explore technical challenges and the latest technology - to get a flavour of activities within our department see 2015 highlights.

You will have the opportunity to join our acclaimed Formula Student team (OBR), where you have a chance to put theory into practice by competing with the best universities from around the world. Find out more about Formula Student at Brookes by visiting the Oxford Brookes Racing website.

Professional accreditation

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology (The IET) as meeting the academic requirements for full Chartered Engineer status.

This course in detail

The course is structured around three periods: Semester 1 runs from September to December, Semester 2 from January to May, and the summer period completes the year until the beginning of September.

To qualify for a master's degree you must pass the compulsory modules, two optional modules and the Dissertation.

Compulsory modules
-Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
-Advanced Strength of Components
-Advanced Engineering Management

Optional modules
-Computation and Modelling
-CAD/CAM
-Advanced Materials Engineering and Joining Technology
-Sustainable Engineering Technology
-Noise, Vibration and Harshness
-Vehicle Crash Engineering
-Engineering Reliability and Risk Management

The Dissertation (core, triple credit) is an individual project on a topic from motorsport engineering, offering an opportunity to specialise in a particular area of motorsport. In addition to developing a high level of expertise in a particular area of motorsport, including use of industry-standard software and/or experimental work, the module will also provide you with research skills, planning techniques, project management. Whilst a wide range of industry-sponsored projects are available (e.g. Far-Axon, Clayex/Dymola, Tranquillity Aerospace, Norbar, etc.), students are also able undertake their own projects in the UK and abroad, to work in close co-operation with a research, industrial or commercial organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the choice of modules available may differ from those described above.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures and seminars to provide a sound theoretical base, and practical work designed to demonstrate important aspects of theory or systems operation.

Teaching staff are drawn primarily from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Visiting speakers from business and industry provide further input.

Careers and professional development

Our graduates enjoy the very best employment opportunities, with hundreds of engineering students having gone onto successful careers in a wide range of industries.

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In today's uncertain global competition platform and economy, manufacturing and engineering are two of the most important pinnacles for a sustainable growth of any country. Read more
In today's uncertain global competition platform and economy, manufacturing and engineering are two of the most important pinnacles for a sustainable growth of any country. Many engineering companies require graduates who can demonstrate not only technological, but also managerial and entrepreneurial skill sets. You will be taught how to select advanced manufacturing processes and materials when making new products, and how to turn innovative ideas into real products quickly, timely and within the constraints of available resources, enhancing your employability.

The MSc 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.

Key features

-A balanced syllabus blends aspects of technology and management to create a unique skill set, which is much sought after in industry.
-Academic teaching is also complemented by expert speakers from industry, keeping you up to date with the challenges and developments in the real world.
-Many modules are supported by practical workshops using the latest equipment and software. Such practical skills can easily be transferred into the working environment.

What will you study?

You will learn how to analyse complex technical problems and challenges faced by many real-world engineering companies of different sizes. You will also study the operational issues experienced by these companies through real case studies, and how to implement logical solutions under different scenarios. In addition, you will be able to measure the potentials of an engineering company not just through its technological adaptation but also from the entrepreneur viewpoint.

Throughout the course, you will have many hands-on sessions to practise what you have learned in the classroom. These practical skills will be obtained through using specialist software and hardware in engineering functions analysis, CAD/CAM, finite element modelling, operation management, quality analysis, business decision modelling, supply chain management and resources simulation. The project dissertation will allow you to develop a chosen field of knowledge which will complement your career ambition. Teamwork, group presentations, case studies and industrial speakers are other highlights of the course, enhancing your learning experience and employability.

Assessment

Coursework, group presentation, research project and exam.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
-Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
-Mechatronic Design and Automation
-Engineering Individual Project

Option modules (choose one)
-Advanced Stress Analysis and Materials
-Industrial Operation Management and Resources Simulation
-E-engineering Systems
-Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency

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This course, which is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society, provides a strategic overview of aerospace engineering and management issues. Read more
This course, which is accredited by Royal Aeronautical Society, provides a strategic overview of aerospace engineering and management issues. It will help you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the challenges facing the aerospace engineering industry, and includes subjects such as entrepreneurship, business, finance, research techniques and green environmental issues.

What will you study?

You will gain a broad understanding of the practical requirements of aerospace engineering, as well as an in-depth knowledge of aerospace stress analysis and advanced materials, alongside computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for aerospace applications. Complementary subjects covered include computer-integrated product development, advanced CAD/CAM plus green engineering and energy efficiency. In addition, the Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management module will develop your business and management skills. The Aerospace Group Design Project module provides you with the experience of working in a multidisciplinary team within an engineering organisation – with real industrial constraints. You'll get the chance to apply the theory you've learnt to real-world contexts and evaluate methodologies, whilst developing your critical thinking and creativity.
As well as the professional, analytical and management skills necessary for employment, the course will provide you with the transferable skills required in the workplace, such as communication, IT, teamwork, planning, decision making, independent learning ability and problem solving.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, industrial project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.
-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
-Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerospace Applications
-Aerospace Stress Analysis and Advanced Materials
-Aerospace Group Design Project

Option modules (choose one)
-Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency
-Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
-Engineering Projects and Risk Management

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This course focuses on the latest technology in modern CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM applications to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of rapid design and manufacture of a new product from a single computer terminal, without the need for lengthy prototype and test cycles. Read more
This course focuses on the latest technology in modern CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM applications to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of rapid design and manufacture of a new product from a single computer terminal, without the need for lengthy prototype and test cycles. Implementing this technology is essential in today's global marketplace, where survival relies on being first to market.

The MSc 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.

Key features
-Teaching in many technical modules is backed up by appropriate hands-on experience and workshops, which can be transferred directly to your working environment.
-Academic teaching is complemented by visits from industry experts. You will also have plenty of opportunities to attend relevant technical seminars, both within and outside the University.
-You can tailor your course to enhance your career ambitions through your module choices and the project dissertation gives you the opportunity to choose a field of study in which to establish yourself as a specialist.

What will you study?

This programme is structured to provide you with the latest developments in this still-evolving discipline, and focuses on providing you with hands-on experience of the latest computing applications throughout the entire product development cycle. The course covers a range of topics from 3D solid modelling and the techniques required to extend the capabilities of a 3D modelling system to gaining practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical computer tools by using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques. It also examines the importance of modern materials in advanced manufacturing processes, as well as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and application of rapid prototyping technologies. Additionally, the programme enables you to gain the entrepreneurship, management and business skills necessary to take on leadership roles in major product design engineering projects.

The project dissertation challenges you to investigate a theoretical area in depth and also to undertake a real-world product design problem-solving project.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, presentations, research project.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.
-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management
-Computer Integrated Product Development
-Advanced CAD/CAM Systems
-Engineering Individual Project

Option modules (choose one)
-Industrial Operation Management and Resources Simulation
-Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency
-Mechatronics Design and Automation

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Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. Read more
Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. To address this, the Textile Design, Fashion and Management research group is multi-disciplinary and covers areas as diverse as applied management, textile design, colour, trend forecasting, retail management, fashion merchandising, supply chain management, CAD, digital design, consumer behaviour, internet shopping, retail marketing, product development, enterprise and innovation.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and work with many major retailers, manufacturers and well-known designers.

Research interests

Our current research interests cover a wide spectrum, and include:
-Design communication
-Design education
-Design management
-Digital design
-Emotional aspects of design and consumer behaviour
-Fashion design
-Fashion retailing
-Global operations management
-International supply chain management
-Textile design

Facilities

Facilities in the School are excellent, and include dedicated design and retailing studios and CAD facilities. Software includes Scotweave, AVA, Lectra (PrimaVision, Kaledo Style and Modaris), Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Research projects

Some of the exciting research projects our students have completed, or are completing, include:
-Investigating the relationship between consumer adoption and new product development of wearables
-Development of the Chinese textile sector as an UK/EU trading partner post Multi Fibre Agreement, January 2005
-Strategic Agile Merchandising: a new market opportunity for European textile producers

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Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. Read more
Textiles is an industry where innovations in process as well as product are required to effectively integrate all aspects of design, technology, retail and management. To address this, the Textile Design, Fashion and Management research group is multi-disciplinary and covers areas as diverse as applied management, textile design, colour, trend forecasting, retail management, fashion merchandising, supply chain management, CAD, digital design, consumer behaviour, internet shopping, retail marketing, product development, enterprise and innovation.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry and work with many major retailers, manufacturers and well-known designers.

Research interests

Our current research interests cover a wide spectrum, and include:
-Design communication
-Design education
-Design management
-Digital design
-Emotional aspects of design and consumer behaviour
-Fashion design
-Fashion retailing
-Global operations management
-International supply chain management
-Textile design

Facilities

Facilities in the School are excellent, and include dedicated design and retailing studios and CAD facilities. Software includes Scotweave, AVA, Lectra (PrimaVision, Kaledo Style and Modaris), Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Research projects

Some of the exciting research projects our students have completed, or are completing, include:
-Investigating the relationship between consumer adoption and new product development of wearables
-Development of the Chinese textile sector as an UK/EU trading partner post Multi Fibre Agreement, January 2005
-Strategic Agile Merchandising: a new market opportunity for European textile producers

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This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. Read more
This course aims to provide you with key, advanced level knowledge and skills that will allow you to succeed in the rapidly growing wireless and microwave communication industry. You will also develop research skills and other related abilities, enhancing your general engineering competency, employability, and providing you with an excellent platform for career development, whether that be within industry or academic research.

The distinctive features of this course include:

• The opportunity to learn in a research-led teaching institution, taught by staff in one of the highest ranked university units in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), ranked 7th in the UK for research and 1st in the UK for the research impact.

• The opportunity to work in modern facilities and commensurate with a top-class research university.

• The participation of research-active staff in programme design and delivery.

• MSc teaching complemented by guest lectures given by industrial professionals.

• Formal accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Structure

The course is presented as a one-year full time Masters level programme, and is also available as a part-time scheme run over two years. The programme is presented in two stages: In Part 1 students follow two semesters of taught modules to the value of 120 credits. Part 2 consists of a Dissertation or research project module worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

RF Circuits Design & CAD
RESEARCH STUDY
Advanced Communication Systems
Fundamentals of Micro- and Nanotechnology
Management in Industry
Software Tools and Simulation
High Frequency Electronic Materials
HF and RF Engineering
Optoelectronics
Non-Linear RF Design and Concepts
Advanced CAD, Fabrication and Test
Dissertation (Electronic)

Teaching

A wide range of teaching styles are used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme. You will attend lectures and take part in lab and tutorial based study during the Autumn and Spring semesters. During the summer you will undertake an individual research project.

At the beginning of Stage 2, you will be allocated a project supervisor. Dissertation topics are normally chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff in consultation with industrial partners, usually in areas of current research or industrial interest. You will also be encouraged to put forward your own project ideas.

Assessment

The course is assessed through examinations, written coursework, and a final individual project report.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, plus University examinations set in January and May. Examinations count for 60%–70% of assessment in Stage 1 of the programme, depending on the options chosen, the remainder being largely project work and elements of coursework.

Career prospects

Career prospects are generally excellent with graduating students following paths either into research or related industry.

If you are interested in working in industry, many of our graduating MSc students achieve excellent employment opportunities in organisations including Infineon, Huawei, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Vodafone and International Rectifier.

In terms of research, Cardiff University has many electrical, electronic and microwave related research areas that require PhD students, and this MSc will provide you with an excellent platform if this is your chosen career path.

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Our MSc in Electronic Engineering offers content that is different to many other similarly-titled courses. It equips you with a skill set that is in demand by industry worldwide, allowing you to maximise your employability by taking a course that is broad in scope but challenging in detail. Read more

About the course

Our MSc in Electronic Engineering offers content that is different to many other similarly-titled courses. It equips you with a skill set that is in demand by industry worldwide, allowing you to maximise your employability by taking a course that is broad in scope but challenging in detail.

Electronic Engineering provides a broad master’s-level study of some of the most important aspects of electronic engineering today. It builds on your undergraduate knowledge of core aspects of electronics, supported by a module in Engineering Business Environment and Energy Policies, which provides you with an understanding of the context of engineering in the early 21st Century.

The course embraces a number of themes in areas identified as being generally under-represented in many other courses, such as power electronics and electromagnetic compatibility, providing you with as wide a range of employment opportunities as possible – whether this is in industry or continuing in research at university.

The course has achieved accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to CEng level for the full five year period.

Reasons to study

• Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to CEng level
offering a streamlined route to professional registration

• Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a year-long work placement, gaining valuable experience to enhance your practical and professional skills further

• Graduate employability
Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of specialist roles in diverse industries, including; embedded systems, electronic design and biomedical monitoring

• Access to superb professional facilities
such as general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering

• Study a wide range of specialist modules
course content is regularly reviewed and modules have been specifically developed to address skills gaps in the industry

• Academic and research expertise
benefit from teaching by experienced academic and research-based staff, including those from DMU’s dedicated Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering, who are actively involved in international leadership roles in the sector.Programme

Course Structure

First semester (September to January)

• Digital Signal Processing
• Physics of Semiconductor Devices
• Engineering Business Environment and Energy Policies
• Control and Instrumentation

Second semester (February to May)

• Embedded Systems
• Research Methods
• Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal Integrity
• Power Electronics

Third semester (June to September)

This is a major research-based individual project

Optional placement
We offer a great opportunity to boost your career prospects through an optional one year placement as part of your postgraduate studies. We have a dedicated Placement Unit which will help you obtain this. Once on your placement you will be supported by your Visiting Tutor to ensure that you gain maximum benefit from the experience. Placements begin after the taught component of the course has been completed - usually around June - and last for one year. When you return from your work placement you will begin your dissertation.

Teaching and Assessment

Modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratories. The methodology ensures a good balance between theory and practice so that real engineering problems are better understood, using strong theoretical and analytical knowledge translated into practical skills.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend 4 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 16 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 212 further hours of independent study per 30 credit modules. Alternate study modes and entry points may change the timetabled session available, please contact us for details.

Industry Accreditation

he course is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.

IET accreditation recognises the high standard of the course and confirms the relevance of its content. In order to achieve IET accreditation the course has had to reach a certain standard in areas such as the course structure, staffing, resourcing, quality assurance, student support and technical depth.

The benefits of an IET accredited course include increased opportunities, being looked on favourably by employers and completing the first step in your journey to achieving professional Chartered Engineer (CEng) status which can be applied for following a period of suitable industrial experience after graduation.

This degree has been accredited by IET under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Facilities

You will have flexible access to our laboratories and workshops which include: electrical and electronic experimental facilities in general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each area is equipped with the latest experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including OrCAD and PSpice. A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high-speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for RF engineering.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx

Funding for postgraduate students:
http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx

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It aims to produce successful individuals who can. - Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages. Read more

Course Overview

It aims to produce successful individuals who can:
- Understand the whole of the professional design development process and how the initial phases flow to inform the latter stages.

- Appreciate commercial realities and the designer’s role in business.

- Design desirable products for bespoke, batch or mass manufacture.

- Understand sustainability, inclusively, and other important ethical and social issues that must be considered by today’s designers.

- Have traditional design skills such as sketching, dealing with form, communication and innovation.

- Are able to use design tools such as 3D CAD, CAM and rapid prototyping in order to optimise the design and reduce time to market.

The Cardiff School of Art & Design have substantial expertise in the delivery of courses at the interface of engineering and product design whilst the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research is one of the UK’s leading centres for rapid product design & development whose expertise covers the whole process from design management, concept and detailed design, ergonomics and CAD to prototyping, tooling and batch manufacture.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/artanddesign/courses/Pages/mscapd.aspx

Course Content

MSc students take the following modules:
- APD401M Product Development Principles & Practice (20 Credits)
- APD403M Sustainability Issues in Design for Production (20 Credits)
- MAA7001 Research Methods in Art & Design (20 Credits)
- APD405M User Testing & Evaluation (20 Credits)
- APD406M Form Shape & Colour (20 Credits)
- APD407M Major Project (60 Credits)
- APD408M(A) Industrial Placement (20 Credits)

Each 20 credits is equivalent to 240 learning hours (80 typically are taught and 160 are directed study or independent study).

- Facilities
Dedicated studio space. Cardiff School of Art and Design offers an extensive range of spaces, workshops and equipment, creating a vibrant and creative learning environment, within a new purpose designed building and a fully renovated extension. Workshop and technical facilities include a foundry; and access to other workshops across the full range of Art and Design disciplines. Membership of the Fablab is included in the indicative coursework costs below. Cardiff School of Art and Design has a wide range of tools and equipment for use by students; necessary workshop training in their use includes access to materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions. You also have access to and use of recycled materials within workshop areas.

Assessment

For each module, assessment is as follows:
- APD401M Product Development Principles & Practice (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent assignment. This will normally be a written assignment.

- APD403M Sustainability Issues in Design for Production (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This module will typically be assessed via a design project. A proportion of the assignment may however be awarded for written or presentatio​n work.

- MAA7001 Research Methods in Art & Design (20 Credits) Written submission, plus seminar presentation, typically 3,000 words plus a 10-20 minute presentation.

- APD405M User Testing & Evaluation (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This module may be linked with others in order to provide a design project vehicle. In any case it will involve practical exercises and a proportion if not all of the assignment may be awarded for written or presentation work.

- APD406M Form Shape & Colour (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. This project is likely to be assessed through practical design activity, although a proportion of the assignment may be awarded for written or presentation work.

- APD407M Major Project (60 Credits). 18,000-word equivalent. Performance will be measured using the Final Report, Formal Presentation, Viva Voce examination and final product. Of the marks that are available for the project the allocation of the marks to each of the measures is as follows:

Final Report: 40%

Final Product (prototype): 40%

Formal Presentation: 5%

Viva Voce: 15%

- APD408M(A) Industrial Placement (20 Credits) 6000 word equivalent. A 3000 word ( maximum) report reflecting on the student’s experience within the professional working environment. A reflective placement Logbook (or Blog equivalent) recording critical reflections on events, activities and experiences. Important Note: Because of the difficulties of assessment in the workplace and the potential for disparity of treatment, this module is not awarded a mark other than “Pass” or “Fail”.

Support will be available through weekly small group seminars (normally no more than 16 students per group), exploring the theme of lectures and allowing students to clarify their understanding.

These sessions may also be workshops where practical demonstrations, involving student participation, are run. This may include, for example, communal writing or small group discourse analysis. Weekly tutorials will also be available.

Employability & Careers

Your year(s) of study with us enable you to develop professional contacts, observe how successful practitioners make their living, and hone your skills and ideas for commercial and professional advantage. Such cross-disciplinary collaborations prepare you for a world where you will inevitably work with people from all walks of life. Your live projects and assessments will get you accustomed to the importance of deadlines and working to specific briefs and tight specifications.

Over the next few years, CSAD will be developing opportunities for incubation of business proposals from its graduates and postgraduate training to get business opportunities up and running.

All students’ are expected to complete a portable ‘record of achievement’ and use their PDP to support employability and life-long learning, normally in the form of a blog, that integrates opportunities for self-reflection in programmes in order to help them develop as effective and confident learners.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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