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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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NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?. If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. Read more
NOTE Are you a student from outside the EU?

If you are an International student we have designed a version of this award especially for you! It is called the Extended International Master in Automotive Engineering. It includes an extra semester of preliminary study to prepare you for postgraduate learning in the UK. We strongly recommend that all international students take this option as it is proven to improve your chances of success. Take a look at this alternative course here.

The Automotive courses are based around the use of industry standard engineering software and hardware provided by our partners. The student will gain an in depth understanding of Pro Engineer Wildfire, Alias Auto Studio, Cambridge Engineering Selector, ANSYS FEA, Cham Phoenics CFD, Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA software and will gain hands on experience of related hardware such as Minolta Vi910 laser scanner, TESA coordinate measuring machine, ZCorporation and Startasys rapid prototyping, KRYLE 3 Axis Machining Centre and Beavor Turning Centre, Lister Petter Diesel engine dyno, Race Technology real time data acquisition.

This virtual design and analysis approach is backed up by experimental analysis on real vehicles which will be supported by partners such as James Watt Automotive who have a wealth of experience in developing and running vehicles for motorsport.

Course content

The course consists of 8 taught modules plus a major personal project leading to a written thesis. The taught modules cover the broad range of activities involved in vehicle design. You will study topics such as solid and surface modelling, rapid prototyping, Finite Element Analysis, advanced engine design and aerodynamics. The subject area of your final thesis can be selected to suit your own aspirations and interests. You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely to develop an academically challenging portfolio of work. The focus of this project will determine whether you will opt for the title of MSc Automotive or MSc Autosport.

Core modules are:
-Research Methods & Project Management
-Design Technologies for Master
-Structural Integrity
-Advanced Engine Design
-Advanced Vehicle Aerodynamics
-Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
-Control Systems
-Project

Option Modules are:
-Applied Structural Integrity
-Sustainable Design & Manufacture
-Advanced Engineering Materials
-Industrial Placement MSc Engineering Handbook

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Product Design Engineering is the development phase of product design within the creative industries, and this qualification supports graduates in taking leadership and management roles in this sector. Read more
Product Design Engineering is the development phase of product design within the creative industries, and this qualification supports graduates in taking leadership and management roles in this sector. Product Design within the Creative Industries refers to the design of user operated products, usually of a technology and electronic base.

This course aims to help equip graduates to take responsibility for the development phase of creative product design providing them with the opportunity to develop team leadership and decision-making skills. Students will also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the material, production and product function aspects of creative product design and develop deeper levels of understanding of engineering and electronics, building on hard science approaches as well as application of industry level computer aided design packages (CAD) and rapid prototyping techniques (RP).

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) has one of the longest established undergraduate product design courses in the UK with a portfolio of industry partnerships, competition success and graduate careers as well as about 200 creative students at this level working in the discipline.
-The Product Design Alumni and other industry associations of the course provide opportunities for students to work closely with industry.
-The Faculty’s sector leading technical workshops including a substantial Rapid Prototyping center are a major asset to the student’s learning experience.
-The FAH Postgraduate ‘Agile Lab’ developed in association with Herman Miller from research titled, ‘The Future of the Learning Environment’ is an appealing location for this course.
-The Faculty has a Product Design Engineering staff team all with extensive industry and educational experience in this area.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The successful graduate should possess an understanding of the creative product design process to completion of the design for realisation and production. This knowledge can enable graduates to apply for positions of responsibility such as leading projects and creative teams in companies and design agencies, or to develop their own business in this area.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Explore the design of products through physical and virtual modelling. Develop creative skills, technical knowledge and apply design thinking to a range of projects. Read more
Explore the design of products through physical and virtual modelling. Develop creative skills, technical knowledge and apply design thinking to a range of projects.

This course explores new and emerging methods for rapid prototyping, digital crafts and the repatriation of manufacture.

You’ll use old and new technologies for the virtual and physical modelling and testing of design ideas. With highly creative projects you’ll employ design prototyping and fabrication methods for various scales of production, critically informed by design research methods.

You’ll have the opportunity to shape your own ideas, concepts and theories through a self-directed major project, informed by design research and critical enquiry.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MA--MDes-Product-Design-Prototyping-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

Research led and critically informed, this course encourages a process of re-thinking the form and function of prevailing design practice. Through applied research you’ll engage with speculative design provocations that test ideas through motifs, messages, signs, symbols and interventions.

In specialist prototyping modules you’ll develop specific skills and knowledge in CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, digital crafts and Arduino (electronic prototyping), which will inform and enable highly developed 3D outcomes in your self-directed major project.

Collaboration with practitioners from other areas is encouraged.

You have the option of taking an MA or MDes award, depending on whether you complete a dissertation or design project report in your final trimester.

We have a strong studio culture supported by our multidisciplinary staff team of academics and industry based practitioners. You’ll develop creative, professional, strategic and contextual knowledge and skills and apply design thinking to a range of creative outcomes.

Modules

• Design Research Methods
• Sketching in Hardware & Software
• 3D Prototyping
• Design Management
• Major Design Project
• For MDes Degree - Design Project Report
• For MA Degree - Design Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

The repatriation of manufacture is a key theme in promoting the creative economy of Scotland and Europe. The UK is a global leader in the design industry and many of our graduates have gone on to work in leading design consultancies or have set up their own businesses.

With a physical and digital/online portfolio demonstrating industry-ready skills, graduates can apply for design jobs, freelance work or establish entrepreneurial ventures.

You may also continue to study to MPhil or PhD level.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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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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Digital Fabrication has enabled the leap from industrial manufacturing –which is hard to access- to affordable and accessible personal fabrication to allow for rapid prototyping in the development of projects. Read more

Digital Fabrication has enabled the leap from industrial manufacturing –which is hard to access- to affordable and accessible personal fabrication to allow for rapid prototyping in the development of projects.

With this course, you will learn to handle a digital workflow, in both the design and prototyping stages, learning to distinguish between different manufacturing processes for prototyping and designing your projects efficiently and quickly.

You will also learn to make your designs "smart" by equipping them with connectivity, interaction and responsive design. You will learn to do this in four steps: integration of electronics in the design, programming electronics, mechanical outputs so that your projects "do things" and interaction between your projects and their environment.

You will learn while you work on your projects, through learning by doing, combined with the knowledge offered by the best international faculty and the facilities of the Fab Lab IED Madrid, which you will have free access to all day long, so you can work on your prototypes and experiments.



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This unique research degree is tailored to opening new opportunities in creative practice, professional and academic fields. The course provides unparalleled access to a range of resources within a stimulating and creative environment. Read more
This unique research degree is tailored to opening new opportunities in creative practice, professional and academic fields. The course provides unparalleled access to a range of resources within a stimulating and creative environment. You can choose from a number of subject areas, which you can browse in the carousel below. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

The MA by Project is an innovative degree that gives you the opportunity to set your own agenda as a practitioner / researcher. You will be supported to develop and explore your practice through a self-directed research project, making your own work central to your programme of study throughout the duration of the course.

A core programme of research seminars are designed to open up a range of approaches to research and foster critical, analytical, reflective and evaluative skills. The course team and subject specialists will support you throughout the development and execution of your project. Workshops, presentations and seminars foster discussion and feedback from a multi-disciplinary community.

Projects are supported in the following subject areas: architecture and rapid change, architectural history and theory, cities, interiors, fine art, film and animation, furniture and product design, music, photography, silversmithing and jewellery, textiles and visual communication.

Outputs may take many forms, such as:
-Made objects in a variety of media (for example, painting, photography, printmaking, film, animation, silversmithing and jewellery, musical instruments, furniture, textiles)
-Documented actions such as performance art, live art, exhibitions, installations or events
-A design portfolio allied to one of our many design studios in architecture, cities, interiors, graphic design and illustration
-A written thesis investigating a theoretical or historical topic. This may take the form of a published output, an exhibition text, a case study or a PhD proposal

Resources

The Cass offers unparalleled facilities for designing and making. You will have access to specialist workshops, equipment and facilities all run by highly skilled staff.

Facilities include rapid prototyping, CNC routing, waterjet cutting, 3D printing, woodmill, furniture making workshops, musical instrument workshops, upholstery workshops, soft furnishing, finishing area, metal fabrication workshop, plastic and model making workshop, ceramics, silversmithing and jewellery workshops, restoration and conservation, AV/TV hire shop, recording studios, audio laboratories,editing suites, darkrooms, printroom, textiles workshop.

As well as a dedicated art and design library you will have access to libraries across the University. Our London location means that students are within reach of The National Art Library at the V&A, The British Architectural Library at RIBA, the British Library plus innumerable national and specialist collections.

Graduating students are able to nominate a specialism to be included within their degree award title to reflect either their project discipline or specific topic, eg MA by Project (Fine Art).

Assessment

At the end of each semester work is submitted for assessment.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Research Methods in Art, Architecture and Design (core, 40 credits)
-Research Project Development in Art, Architecture and Design (core, 40 credits)
-Research Project in Art, Architecture and Design (core, 60 credits)
-Theoretical Studies for Art, Architecture and Design (core, 20 credits)
-Contextual Studies: MA by Project (option, 20 credits)

After the course

The MA by Project can help you further your practice and develop new skills, extend your expertise and cultivate your professional profile, explore new avenues of thought and creative potential. You will be encouraged and supported in building a network of opportunities and developing external links that will help formulate the next stage in your career.

Past students have used the MA to launch new businesses as well as further their careers in a variety of professions. The MA by Project provides the opportunity to progress the theoretical development of your practice to a higher level and is therefore a suitable base for the development of a PhD.

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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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Your programme of study. Are you interested in the ever more revolutionary innovations in health and disease treatments, the potential to innovate, research new ways to treat diseases, set up a spin out company as a result of what you find, or work for top names in the industry?. Read more

Your programme of study

Are you interested in the ever more revolutionary innovations in health and disease treatments, the potential to innovate, research new ways to treat diseases, set up a spin out company as a result of what you find, or work for top names in the industry?

If you want to study course modules within a variety of biotechnology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, and microbiology areas but you want to choose the modules based on your aspirations this programme will not only give you choice of course modules but also great potential in many high growth and new generation revolutionary areas related to health and medical sciences and applications at the end of the programme.

We are living in an age of technological advances which are catapulting many fields including the health sciences into new ways to research and treat disease and new ways to produce and manufacture drugs and treatments. Biotechnology and pharmacy are enjoying a revolution in which customised health options, diagnosis, smart technologies, rapid prototyping and delivery, genomic sequencing, and molecular medicine are now possible and delivering new benefits to patients and economies. You study the essential areas of molecular medicine but you can choose from wide ranging courses such as Molecular Pharmacology, Drug Metabolism and Toxicology, Biologic Drug Discovery to Host-Pathogen Interactions and much more.

At the end of the programme you can choose your direction which can be anything from research science in private industry, institutes and centres, universities working towards PhD to finding a new method of treatment, rapid upscaling and spin out company possibilities. You may like to view the Scottish Innovation Centres within the health sciences to fully appreciate just how far you can take your expertise after graduation in Scotland and find out about innovation centres in England, Wales, Ireland or internationally.

Courses Listed for the Programme

Semester 1

  • Bioinformatics
  • Generic Skills
  • Basic Skills
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biotechnology

Optional

  • Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • Applied Statistics

Semester 2

  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genomic Sequencing
  • Research Tutorials

Optional

  • Human Genetics
  • Genome Enabled Medicine
  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Drug Development to Evidence Based Medicine
  • Host- Pathogen Interactions
  • Immunogenetics

Semester 3

  • Masters Research Project

Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • Study at a top 10 ranked UK medical school, teaching and researching since the Middle Ages with major innovations such as Insulin, MRI scanning and more
  • Enjoy an immersive study and research experience at one of the largest medical campuses in Europe with institutes, centres and internationally recognised research staff and students working across medical sciences, pharmacology, nutrition, award winning public health and economics, and more
  • Join one of the top 10 universities for spin out company formation in the UK, many of which are from the medical sciences
  • Learn from leading research, technological advances and innovation and apply your knowledge to wide ranging career options from private industries, public sectors to patents and spin out company formation.

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time
  • 12 Months
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs





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This course will help you to develop a creative approach to business that leads to true innovation. Through design thinking and practical exercises that build on theory, you will enhance your management and leadership capabilities. Read more

This course will help you to develop a creative approach to business that leads to true innovation.

Through design thinking and practical exercises that build on theory, you will enhance your management and leadership capabilities. You will benefit from the support and expertise of committed and research-active teaching staff with excellent academic and business experience. Visiting guest speakers with a range of specialisms and the course’s links to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) will enhance your knowledge. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are encouraged to draw on their own experience as well as their newly acquired skills and awareness. This contributes to a dynamic learning environment that includes business simulations, innovative problem-solving and blended learning.

Approaching business problems creatively, you will develop a skill set for tackling complex issues based on thoroughly understanding client needs, collaborative working, cross-disciplinary thinking, personal reflection and rapid prototyping of new ideas. At the masters’ stage, you can complete a dissertation or business case, or put together a business development plan to reflect your personal career goals.

You will have the opportunity to apply your learning and gain real experience as a consultant working with local businesses, helping them to tackle the challenges they face. The course will also help you to change your mindset to be an entrepreneur and develop your innovation skills.

The University of Gloucestershire also accredits the MBA in Leading Business which has been designed with SMEs in mind. This award is offered through QuoLux

Modules:

  • Leadership by Design
  • Innovation and Change by Design
  • Project Management
  • International Management Project
  • Strategic Management
  • Consultancy Intervention
  • Dissertation

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire Business School will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new Business School and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

You will develop your view of leadership and management through teamwork, group interaction, case studies, business simulation and work-based learning and reflection.

Work is assessed through presentations, independent projects, essays and portfolio review, business cases and business venture proposals.

Professional accreditation and established industry connections

Our MBA is accredited by the Charted Management Institute, meaning you will be working towards chartered manager status. You will also benefit from our links with high profile businesses, as well as our programme of supplementary workshops and guest lectures that are delivered by a range of professional experts.

Designed for success

Throughout this masters degree, students are encouraged to combine intuitive and analytical approaches to decision-making. Our ‘by Design’ approach brings fresh perspectives and new theories, encouraging learners to develop their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial mindsets to solve complex business problems.

For entrepreneurs and senior corporate leaders

Our MBA equips students with the skills to become outstanding leaders across a range of sectors and industries, as well as head-up their own businesses. By learning with professionals from different backgrounds you will challenge your current ideas and practices, which will help you become a more adept leader.

Careers

This course equips students with the leadership expertise and analytical skills to excel in management and consultancy roles in many areas of business, including accounting and finance, human resources, marketing and operations, and programme management. It’s also suitable for those who wish to run their own business.



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This course spans advanced mechanical sciences theory, simulation and practice. Using industry standard software you will develop complex models to simulate topics such as multibody dynamic systems; thermo-fluid systems and advanced stress and structure simulations. Read more

This course spans advanced mechanical sciences theory, simulation and practice. Using industry standard software you will develop complex models to simulate topics such as multibody dynamic systems; thermo-fluid systems and advanced stress and structure simulations. Failure mechanisms inreal-worldsystems and components will be investigated through fatigue analysis; you will also examine multi-body dynamic systems and turbulent fluid dynamic motion. Your chosen specialist Masters project makes upone thirdof the overall course.

You will also learn from industry case studies. All units provide real-world engineering problems, case studies and practical techniques using state-of-the-art hardware and the latest, industry-standard software for design, experimentation and evaluation. The units typically have a good balance of practical and theoretical work. Much of the practical work is computer based.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Features and benefits of the course

-Engineering facilities are excellent with a dedicated £4m heavy engineering workshop for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials and dynamics, with state-of-the-art kit including rapid prototyping machines and water jet cutters.

-Research in the School of Engineering was rated 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

-You will learn from industrial case studies and use the latest, industry standard software.

About the Course

Our engineering Masters programmes are designed to meet the needs of an industry that looks to employ postgraduates who can learn independently and apply critical thinking to real-world problems. Many of the staff who teach in the School also have experience of working in the industry and have well-established links and contacts in their industry sector, ensuring your education and training is relevant to future employment.

Assessment details

You will be assessed through a combination of written reports, oral presentations, practical assignments and written examinations.



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The MArch in Digital Architecture and Tectonics focuses on the role and application of materials and technology in the creation of contemporary architecture. Read more

The MArch in Digital Architecture and Tectonics focuses on the role and application of materials and technology in the creation of contemporary architecture.

This course is designed to ensure that the most appropriate technologies are integrated into comprehensive design thinking. As such, it provides insight into recent technological developments in the fields of structures morphology, performance orientated design, digital modelling, rapid prototyping technologies, advanced materials and construction methods.

An innovative feature of this course in the interdisciplinary nature where architects, engineering and individuals from associated disciplines work together in the design studio.

Key facts:

  • Participation in relevant prestigious national and international design competitions, in which there have been recent successes, is encouraged on this course.
  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today’s rapidly changing world.
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions. You may have the opportunity to attended conferences, seminars and training courses both in the UK and abroad.


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Be inspired to innovate and develop the robots, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems of tomorrow’s world. Read more
Be inspired to innovate and develop the robots, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems of tomorrow’s world. Gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge from our world-leading experts in interactive and intelligent robotics, and graduate ready to pursue an exciting career in anything from home automation to deep sea or space exploration. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience and cultivate professional contacts on an integral work placement.

Key features

-Enhance your employability and grow your professional network with an optional integral work placement. You can choose to work in the UK, or overseas in countries including France, Germany or Japan.
-Get up-to-date with the latest developments in artificial life and intelligence, adaptive behaviour, information visualisation, neural computation and dynamic systems, as well as remote access and monitoring systems. Our seminars series with speakers from industry and academia gives you the opportunity to keep ahead in this fast moving field.
-Give yourself the edge. Our programme distinguishes itself from other robotics masters programmes, in the UK and abroad, by ensuring a deeper theoretical and practical knowledge of interactive and intelligent robotics.
-Expand your skills with first-class facilities including 3D rapid prototyping systems, in-house PCB design and assembly tools, and our award winning Plymouth Humanoid robots.
-Get expert training from members of the Marine and Industrial Dynamic Analysis (MIDAS) research group and the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS).
-Become a professional in your field – this programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
-Benefit by combining disciplines that are traditionally taught separately. You’ll graduate ready with the expertise and joined-up knowledge to design and develop fully integrated mechanical, electronic, control and computing systems.

Course details

On this programme you’ll gain a solid and broad understanding of the latest developments and issues in robotics. You’ll build theoretical and practical knowledge of control and design as well as covering the interface between real-world devices, autonomous processing and evaluation of acquired information. You’ll investigate user interaction and intelligent decision-making and immerse yourself in an innovative project inspired by the latest developments in technology and society. You’ll have access to a robotics club and to a seminar series so that you can keep up-to-date with advances in the industry and academia.

Core modules
-ROCO503 Sensors and Actuators
-BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation
-PROJ509 MSc Project
-AINT511 Topics in Advanced Intelligent Robotics
-MECH533 Robotics and Control
-SOFT561 Robot Software Engineering
-AINT513 Robotic Visual Perception and Autonomy
-AINT512 Science and Technology of Human-Robot Interaction

Optional modules
-BPIE502 Electrical/Robotics Masters Industrial Placement

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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This specialist option of the . MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design.  provides you with an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. Read more

This specialist option of the MSc Aerospace Vehicle Design provides you with an understanding of aircraft structures, airworthiness requirements, design standards, stress analysis, fatigue and fracture (damage tolerance) and fundamentals of aerodynamics and loading. Also covered is the selection of suitable materials, both metallic and composite.

Who is it for?

Manufacturers of modern aircraft are demanding more lightweight and more durable structures. Structural integrity is a major consideration of today’s aircraft fleet. For an aircraft to economically achieve its design specification and satisfy airworthiness regulations, a number of structural challenges must be overcome. This course trains engineers to meet these challenges, and prepares them for careers in civil and military aviation. It is suitable if you have a background in aeronautical or mechanical engineering, or relevant industrial experience.

Why this course?

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in aerospace engineering since 1946. Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University was one of the original foundation courses of the College of Aeronautics. Graduates of this course are eligible to join the Cranfield College of Aeronautics Alumni Association (CCAAA), an active community which hold a number of networking and social events throughout the year.

Cranfield University is well located for students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. 

Informed by Industry

The course has an Industrial Advisory Committee with senior members from major UK aerospace companies, government bodies, and the military services. The committee meets twice a year to review and advise on course content, acquisition skills and other attributes are desirable from graduates of the course. Panel members include:

  • Airbus
  • BAE Systems
  • BOEING
  • Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • GKN Aerospace 
  • Messier-Dowty
  • Royal Air Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Thales UK

We also arrange visits to sites such as BAE Systems, Marshall Aerospace, GKN and RAF bases which specialise in the maintenance of military aircraft. This allows you to get up close to the aircraft components and help with your understanding.

Accreditation

The MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) & Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

This option is comprised of 4 compulsory modules and a minimum of 120 hours of optional modules, selected from a list of 18 options. You will also complete an individual research project. Delivered via a combination of structured lectures, industry guest lectures, computer based workshops and private study.

A unique feature of the course is that we have four external examiners; two from industry who assess the group design project and two from academia who assess the individual research project.

Individual project

The individual research project aims to provide the training necessary for you to apply knowledge from the taught element to research, and takes place from January to September. It is sometimes associated with a real-world problem that one of our industry partners are looking to resolve.

Examples of recent Individual Research Projects include:

  • Review, Evaluation and Development of a Microlight Aircraft
  • Investigation of the Fatigue Life of Hybrid Metal Composite Joints
  • Design for Additive Layer Manufacture
  • Rapid Prototyping for Wind Tunnel Model Manufacturing.

Assessment

Taught modules 20%, Individual research project 80%

Your career

This Aerospace Vehicle Design option in Structural Design is valued and respected by employers worldwide. The applied nature of this course ensures that our graduates are ready to be of immediate use to their future employer and has provided sufficient breadth of understanding of multi-discipline design to position them for accelerated career progression.

Graduates from this option have gone onto pursue engineering careers in disciplines such as structural design, stress analysis or systems design. Many of our graduates occupy very senior positions in their organisations, making valuable contributions to the international aerospace industry. Student destinations have included BAE Systems, Airbus, Dassault and Rolls-Royce.



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Course description. If you are a highly motivated individual this course prepares you for a career working at the forefront of jewellery and metalwork. Read more

Course description

If you are a highly motivated individual this course prepares you for a career working at the forefront of jewellery and metalwork. You build upon existing craft traditions, extending them in response to the needs of our rapidly changing society both in terms of function and style.

Your work on the course is project led and studio based. You develop and apply advanced skills using traditional and new technologies in the field. You also carry out research through practical and theoretical investigation.

Your individual project work includes research and creative work which explores your study topic. This is supported by lectures and seminars dealing with professional practice issues and reviewing progress. You also take part in regular group and individual tutorials.

This culminates with your final project that demonstrates you can deal with difficult contemporary questions and take a leading role in your profession as a designer.

There are opportunities to participate in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.

Excellent facilities and creative resources

You have access to a huge range of creative resources to experiment and engage with including • 3D printing for rapid prototyping • state-of-the-art hardware and software • photography studios • a creative media centre • a gallery • well-equipped workshops.

You also have access to our award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources.

Research-led expertise

We are one of the oldest established art and design institutions in the UK, renowned for producing internationally recognised research. Your projects are supported by lecturers who are reknowned specialists in jewellery and metalwork.

You benefit from a strong relationship between the masters design programme and the University’s Art and Design Research Centre which has gained international recognition for its work in both practice-based and strategic research. This has led to an approach to postgraduate study in design which emphasises the role of research in professional practice.

Vibrant and supportive learning environment

During the course you regularly take part in constructive critical debates about your own work and that of your peers. You need to communicate your research, ideas and designs in ways that are appropriate to professional leadership.

You study alongside MA and MFA Design students for part of your course and benefit from a vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment.

Sheffield: an international centre for excellence in metalwork

Sheffield is famous not only for its innovative steel and tool industries but also for being at the leading edge of the design and production of contemporary metalwork, silversmithing and tableware.

MA and MFA study

MA and MFA students complete the same modules during the course except that MFA students complete an extra project module. The MFA project encourages you to develop professional skills that help you to identify, instigate, and deliver projects with external partners, such as communities, galleries or businesses. You find a project partner, agree a brief and then deliver the project to a professional standard.

We are normally asked to shortlist applicants before recommending a small number to apply. If this happens, we consider your interview, portfolio of work, academic qualifications and learning aims. We aim to pick people whose abilities and aims are relevant for the company and who are most likely to be successful in a competitive interview.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.

Course structure

FULL-TIME STRUCTURE

Semester one

• project 1 • theory supporting practice

Semester two

• project 2 • negotiated project

Semester three

• major project

Semester four – MFA students only

• MFA project

PART-TIME STRUCTURE

Semester one (year 1)

• theory supporting practice • negotiated project

Semester two (year 2)

• project 1 • project 2

Semester three (year 3)

• major project

Semester four – MFA students only (year 4)

• MFA project

Assessment

Assessment and feedback are vital parts of the learning process in creative disciplines. Most assessment is through individual project work which combines research and creative practice.

Employability

There are many opportunities for employment or self-employment. We encourage you to take an enterprising approach and to strengthen your ability to develop your own business practice.

An increasing number of our graduates undertake further advanced study through research degrees (PhD) in the University’s Art and Design Research Centre, which has a leading position in the advancement of creative practice in design. Some of our graduates find employment in the University.

Sheffield is home to the largest concentration of creative production in the region. Support for creative industries in the city has encouraged home grown talent as well as practitioners relocating here.



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