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Advanced Manufacturing Systems - MSc

Course Description

About the course

The Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc course is designed to address the challenges of modern manufacturing and enterprise systems. It covers a breadth of subjects that enable candidates to appreciate and deal with complexities of modern industrial environments.

The location for this course:
Brunel’s main campus in Uxbridge, West London, where the course is offered as a 1-year full-time, or 3-to-5 years distance learning programme.

The programme has been designed after extensive consultation with industry and is suitable for:
Recent engineering and technology graduates who have decided to move into manufacturing and related disciplines.
Established manufacturing engineers working in industry and faced with the challenge of new areas of responsibility.
Managers and designers working in manufacturing organisations who need to invest in their personal career development.
Professionals from engineering, technology or appropriate business backgrounds working in advisory, consultancy or research roles, who need to familiarise themselves with advanced manufacturing systems.


Demonstrate how the technological and human resources of manufacturing are organised to make products in the most competitive way.
Provide a thorough knowledge of the potential and limitations of new manufacturing technologies.
Illustrate the essential role of the human resource and its effective integration into the manufacturing system.
Give the sound theoretical underpinning necessary to exploit the potential of modern manufacturing systems.
Fit management and strategic theories into the realities of modern manufacturing by demonstrating a positive applications approach.
Encourage work on real industrial problems, giving confidence in the ideas underlying manufacturing and the practicalities of implementing these ideas.

Course Content

Modes of Study

1 Year Full-Time:
The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules
delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work
a further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

3-5 Years Distance Learning:
The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.

There is no requirement to attend lectures at Brunel University - instead, you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials.

You can take between three and five years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.

Compulsory modules

Systems Modelling and Simulation
Manufacturing Systems, Design and Economics
Sustainable Design and Manufacture
Advanced Manufacturing Measurement
Robotics and Manufacturing Automation
Computer Aided Engineering 1

Optional modules (choose two modules)

Design of Mechatronics Systems (full-time students only)
Project Management
Quality Management and Reliability
Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management (distance learning only)
Managing People and Organisations (distance learning only)

Special Features

From Brunel University
The top graduate (highest grade in the same year) from the course will be considered for a full or partial scholarship to cover tuition fees (normally three years) for the candidate to pursue research in the same area for PhD.

Applicants who have had exceptional achievements such as wining national or International Scientific Olympiads or nationally or internationally recognised inventions can also apply for Full or Partial scholarships to cover their tuition fees whilst reading AMS.


The course is underpinned by the current research still being carried out by the staff in the former academic unit Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering which promotes manufacturing as a discipline.  Thus the academics teaching on the Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc which were part of this unit have strong research portfolios in manufacturing. This research has been judged world leading.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, academics teaching on the course were involved with Brunel’s General engineering submission, one of one of the largest in the UK. The area’s percentage of world leading research doubled, with a significant increase in our research judged as internationally excellent as well. The impact of over 75% of this research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. This placed the discipline in the top 20% in the UK terms of research power.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK, if you have a qualifying first degree. Please check with the relevant professional body.


Assessment is by a combination of assignments and examinations.
Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University London or in the country you are resident in. We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world that will provide invigilation services.
The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. The exams are held in May and September each year.

Visit the Advanced Manufacturing Systems - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Asaf Rafid

94.jpg I studied Advance Manufacturing Systems MSc.

The thing that attracted me the most to Brunel was the wonderful mix of subjects on the Advance Manufacturing Systems course. After eight years of working in the industry as a manufacturing engineer, the courses appealed to me, and seemed to have the highest potential to enrich my professional career.

With a full heart, I would say that my study experience was simply excellent. Each one of the eight modules was delivered by top professionals and experienced teachers. This made every lesson both interesting and challenging and I hardly missed a class. On top of the modules I had a remarkable experience when working on the dissertation. My supervisor, who is a true professional in his field, was extraordinary both as a tutor and as a professional guide, and I learned greatly from him.

My dissertation project highly contributed to my engineering experience and equipped me with some very powerful tools. The dissertation thesis was “Developing Algorithms for Automatic Dimensioning and Tolerancing of Mechanical Parts”. The goal of the project was to find an automatic algorithm that defines manufacturing dimensions and tolerances to parts (i.e. cylinder, block, etc) in the most sustainable and cost effective way. I chose this subject because being a mechanical engineer I had to design and develop parts, then to assign dimensions that can be used later for production. My dissertation research had helped me to explore ways for finding more effective ways to assign these dimensions, so that a design will be more economical and costly. In addition, my other goal was to turn this logic into automated system that will save precious engineering developing time.

I am currently working as a Product Engineer at and international leading company, Objet Geometrics LTD. I get to practice and bring into use many of the theoretical things I learned at Brunel, and this gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I also feel that the MSc in Advance Manufacturing Systems was a significant contributor to being accepted to Objet.

Finally, I can whole heartedly recommend applicants to come and study at Brunel. It has a wonderful administration team with a good customer service approach, excellent student facilities including a Computer Centre, labs etc. Most importantly, I felt that the teaching staff were highly professional, trained and experienced. All of this creates a wonderful environment for studying and learning, and it certainly was the case for me.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline. Other subjects with relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.For international or EU entry requirements please see website View Website

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