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Manufacturing Engineering, Innovation and Management MSc

Course content

This newly developed MSc programme aims to take well qualified students (typically those having a good bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering or an equivalent qualification) and to equip them with the skills they need to be employed as professional engineers across a wide range of the Manufacturing Engineering industry.

The distinctive features of this programme include:

• The opportunity to learn within a vibrant research environment which has benefited from major strategic investment via directed SRIF funds of £2.4M into the Cardiff University Structural Performance (CUSP) laboratory, and collaborative industrial partnerships.

• The application of measurement techniques within the recently installed Renishaw Metrology Laboratory, part of a strategic partnership between the School and Renishaw.

• A close involvement with industry ensures that the research has both relevance and meaning, working with some of the world’s most renowned engineering companies.

• Significant inputs into teaching and project work will also be made by members of Cardiff Business School, providing the latest in business and management knowledge and skills.

• A programme which will be informed by up-to-date internationally renowned research expertise undertaken within the School’s Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing research theme. These will include the modules in the subject areas of robotics, metrology, manufacturing, informatics, innovation and artificial intelligence/image processing.


This course is presented as a one-year, full time Masters level programme which will comprise two stages and give a total duration of one calendar year.

Stage 1 which will extend for two semesters and consist of predominantly taught modules and a case study as a forerunner to the research project and dissertation in the field of Manufacturing Engineering, Innovation, and Management to the value of 120 credits, and Stage 2, which consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

Core modules:

Lean Operations
Manufacturing Engineering Innovation and Management Case Study
Manufacturing Engineering Innovation and Management Project
Advanced Mechanical Engineering Project

Optional modules:

Measurement Systems
Manufacturing Informatics
Commercialising Innovation
Artificial Intelligence
Quality and Reliability
Condition Monitoring, Systems Modelling and Forecasting
Management in Industry
Advanced Robotics


A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore you are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.


Achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom based modules is assessed by University examinations set in January and May/June. The balance between examination and coursework depends upon the modules selected, in addition to a triple module (30-credit) case study.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.

Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a Merit. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits equired for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

Career prospects

Employment opportunities for students undertaking the proposed programme will be largely with national and international companies in the manufacturing engineering sector.

You may wish to use the MSc platform to go on to study for a PhD which can lead to an industrial or academic career.

Visit the Manufacturing Engineering, Innovation and Management MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!





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