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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!





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