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Advanced Manufacturing: Technology and Systems (MSc/PGDip)


Course Description

Why this course?

Manufacturing and engineering are thriving sectors at the heart of the UK economy. They generate jobs, promote economic growth and increase global trade.

Manufacturing engineers therefore play a vital role in integrating technology and management within the sector to achieve added value and deliver superior performance.

This popular MSc programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

This course is designed for:
- graduates with experience in manufacturing, engineering, design or business who wish to develop their manufacturing expertise. This course is ideal for graduates wishing to transfer smoothly and effectively to a career in the manufacturing sector of industry

- established manufacturing engineers, designers and managers working in the industry who are facing new challenges and increased areas of responsibility. New disruptive technologies also present a significant opportunity for existing professionals to further develop their career in advanced manufacturing technology systems

This course will prepare students for industrial careers within a reinvigorated global manufacturing sector. Students will develop specialist skills in areas such as:
- manufacturing automation
- advanced production techniques
- micro/nano-manufacturing
- materials and production technology
- strategic technology management

At the end of the course you'll have a greater understanding of the methods, tools and techniques relating to advanced manufacturing technology and systems.

You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills by taking part in projects to solve some of the technological problems currently faced by industry.

The course is run jointly with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), a £35 million facility developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity components. The AFRC is one of seven elite centres that form the UK High Value Manufacturing Catapult which is the catalyst for the future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/advancedmanufacturingtechnologysystems/

- Funded places
There are a limited number of funded places (fees +£3,000 scholarship) available for this programme for students with home status for fees purposes (Scotland & EU). As these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

You’ll study

You'll take a combination of compulsory and optional taught modules.

Major projects

During the programme, you'll undertake an individual and group project.

For group projects, you'll have the opportunity to work with fellow students and an industrial client to address a practical problem. You'll gain direct industry experience, develop skills and manage a project through to completion. Previous students have worked with organisations such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Weir Group.

For individual projects, you'll have the opportunity to combine the skills learned in other course modules and apply them to an industry-involved or funded project within a specific area of manufacturing.

Facilities

Our facilities provide you with a large range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing tools and machinery. These will help you to design, prototype, manufacture and perform research on a broad range of items.

The AFRC has invested £35M in equipment for the development of forming and forging technologies.

Teaching staff

Some of the key course content will be taught by leading experts in manufacturing technology and product design and engineering management. High-profile teaching staff include:
- Professor Yi Qin, internationally leading expert in Micro-Manufacturing and Forming technology
- Dr Andrzej Rosochowski, a leading expert in Ultra-fine Grained Metals and Processing
- Professor Alex Duffy, Editor of the Journal of Engineering Design and past President of the Design Society
- Professor Jonathan Corney, leading expert in CAD/CAM and Rapid Manufacturing
- Mr Gordon Mair – a pioneering researcher in Telepresence Research
- Dr Xiu-Tian Yan - Vice Chairman of the Mechatronics Forum

Learning & teaching

Lectures, tutorials and practical laboratories.

Assessment

Major assessment formats are written assignments. There is also a group project and an individual Master project.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

Visit the Advanced Manufacturing: Technology and Systems (MSc/PGDip) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

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(Scholarship)

Scott Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The MSc programme has been developed in collaboration with industrial partners who are already working closely with the Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde through three of the eight Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in which we are currently involved. Our industry partners will remain engaged throughout the programmes, providing exciting project opportunities for students to work on as part of their postgraduate degree study.The overall objective of the course is to develop high calibre masters graduates with an in-depth understanding of advanced, industry-relevant manufacturing technology and systems, and with the skills to meet industrial needs. Manufacturing is still a core industry in a global context. Despite concern that job opportunities for university gradates have been reduced recently in some sectors, a significant number of manufacturing employers have expressed specific recruitment difficulties due to lack of applicants with the required qualifications and skills.The aim of developing an in-depth understanding of manufacturing technology and specialist skills is to address the balance in manufacturing education, and ultimately, to help manufacturing industry in gaining competitive advantages in strategically important areas such as manufacturing automation, advanced production techniques and micro/nano-manufacturing, the latter being important in reforming current industry, shaping future manufacturing industry and developing the next generation of industrial products which are relevant to all major industrial sectors – energy, transport, health care, food and consumer goods.On the completion of the course, the participants will be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, tools and techniques relating to advanced manufacturing technology and systems. Through participating in speciality-focused streams and undertaking industrially-relevant projects, it is expected that the graduates will be able to apply their learnt knowledge and trained skills to the solution of some of the technological problems faced by current industry and able to gain competent technological expertise and skills to enhance their job opportunities. Unique Course Features
•The course is run in collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) of the University, which is co-hosted by the Department. AFRC is sponsored by multi-nations, large enterprises including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, etc.•Besides common modules to be learnt, the course offers an option for students to develop specialist knowledge/skills in the following disciplines: Manufacturing Automation, Mechatronics, Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing, and Advanced Forming Technology.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Programme Fee and Studentship of £3,000

Eligibility

Scott Advanced Manufacturing Scholarships are available to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the European Union.MSc: First or second class honours degree in Production, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Product Design, Materials, Manufacturing Management, or relevant disciplines, for a UK university (or equivalent).PgDip/PgCert: Degree, good HND or equivalent. Other qualifications with industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.Progress from PgCert to PgDip and on to the MSc programme is possible, subject to satisfactory performance. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
MSc: First or second class honours degree in Production, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Product Design, Materials, Manufacturing Management, or relevant disciplines, for a UK university (or equivalent).

Application Procedure

Postgraduate Admissions, DMEM, University of Strathclyde, James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1XJ, Great Britain.Phone: +44 (0) 141 548 3771Fax: +44 (0) 141 552 7986Email: [email protected]://www.strath.ac.uk/dmem

Further Information

http://www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/prospectivestudents/pg/advancedmanufacturingtechnologyandsystems/


(Scholarship)

Developing an innovative methodology to facilitate lifecycle supply chain sustainability assessment - Single Award

This is a call for applications for a funded PhD studentship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, in the area of Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment. The PhD project aim is to develop a methodology for establishing a Lifecycle Supply Chain Indicator, which will be an easy to use metric that will pass information about the lifecycle environmental performance of a product or service from one link of the supply chain to the next one, allowing more informed decision making on supplier selection and simpler application of Lifecycle methodologies. Lately, supply chains have become increasingly international. This means outsourcing processes to and purchasing raw material, components or products from countries with lower production cost, but in many cases with lower environmental standards and regulations, as well as greatly increased transportation requirements. The driver for this trend has been merely financial, whereas the environmental effect has been greatly neglected, thus compromising the sustainability of supply chains. The PhD project will aim at developing a method that will provide a holistic picture of a suppliers’ environmental performance at a product/service level in a single indicator, using Lifecycle Analysis principles. Ultimately, the indicator value may be apparent on the final product or service, giving the final customer a tangible way of assessing the environmental performance and sustainability of the product.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The 3 year studentship will cover student fees and a tax free stipend of £13,863 per annum.

Eligibility

The student should have a first or second class Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or an MSc in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, supply chain management or a similar discipline. Previous experience with Sustainability Assessment or Lifecycle Analysis software use and programming experience would be beneficial. Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning. Collaboration with industrial partners will be sought during the duration of the PhD in order to apply the findings of the research. Therefore it is expected that the candidate will be willing to be exposed to work with industrial partners.

Application Procedure

To apply for the studentship, candidates should complete an online application on the University website http://www.strath.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduateapplications/ naming “Developing an innovative methodology to facilitate lifecycle supply chain sustainability assessment” as the research area. Required Documents: Completed application form, CV, 2 reference letters and a brief statement of research interests. Closing date for applications: 25th July 2014

Further Information

http://Information about Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management can be obtained from http://www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/


(Scholarship)

Influence of design activities on human behaviour - Single Award

This is a call for applications for a fully funded PhD studentship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, in the area of Engineering Design. The aim of this PhD project is to explore different aspects of the effect of engineering design activities on design thinking. While there is no shortage of different approaches to engineering design in both current industrial practice and academia it is noticeable that the many of them are strongly influenced, if not partially guided by the technology and the tools available to the practitioners in their specific field. This is reflected not only in the daily activities of design practitioners, but also in the way they perceive the design process. This is framing the design process itself and hindering its potential, as well as potentially limiting the innovative and creative capabilities the actors in the process could achieve.The aim of this project is to explore human behaviour, through experiments devised to analyse particular design tasks. The design process will be explored in order to identify the aspects of it most suitable for the experiments. As the focus is upon engineering design, design tools and the implications they have on the process will be investigated, particularly Computer Aided Design. This project will contribute to a better understanding of the nature of the design process and its effect on human behaviour, which could then be used to modify, in order to improve, or develop new design methodologies, tools and activities.The student should have a first or second class Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or an MSc in product design, mechanical engineering, engineering design or a relevant discipline. Previous experience in engineering design and use of CAD software would be desirable. Some programming experience would be beneficial but not necessary.Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, responsibility, creativity, quick uptake of new concepts, interest in human behaviour and engineering design and a mature approach to learning. Collaboration with other academic institutions and engineering designers will be expected; therefore good interpersonal skills and collaboration capabilities will be an asset.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£13, 863 per annum.

Eligibility

The successful applicant will be awarded an EPSRC scholarship which covers fees for 3.5 years and an annual stipend of £13, 863 per annum. EPSRC eligibility rules apply: UK/EU applicants who have been residents in the UK for a minimum of three years are eligible.

Application Procedure

To apply for the studentship, candidates should complete an online application on the University website http://www.strath.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduate applications/ naming “Influence of design activities on human behaviour” as the research area. Information about the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management can be obtained from http://www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/ Closing date for applications: 18 September 2014.Required Documents: Completed application form, CV, 2 reference letters and a brief statement of research interests



Entry Requirements

MSc: First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any discipline. PgDip: Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Masters course.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700


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