This course is designed to respond to a growing shortage of workforce in manufacturing sector. It intends to equip our students with relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills of advanced design tools, materials, manufacturing processes and systems in conjunction with developing efficient operation and effective management skills. Integrating these will ensure our students to develop the technological and practical ability to meet manufacturing demand for product, company and market needs.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
Use simulation and modelling application software for virtual design and manufacturing Utilise our strong links with companies and investigate real industrial problems to enhance your understanding of the profession Tie in the topic of your individual project with one of our research groups and benefit from the expertise of our actively researching academics
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course has been accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) meeting the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
Design Research and development Product manufacture Project management
This course aims to provide you with the inter-disciplinary knowledge, attributes and skills necessary to apply the principles of advanced manufacturing systems within the manufacturing industry. You will study several key topics and also complete a four-month individual project tailored to your individual interests that can take place in our own laboratories or, by agreement, in industry.
Here are the units you will study:
Integrated Manufacturing Systems: Systems concepts and techniques are developed in logistics and manufacturing areas with a strong emphasis on simulation techniques and practical case study analysis.
Operations and Quality Management: A strategic approach is used with modern inventory and supply chain management and logistics tools and techniques. Management strategies are developed for quality, including quality systems and quality control.
Advanced Materials: This unit is designed to deal with a wide range of advanced materials for engineering applications. Teaching will address analytical and numerical methods to assess the strength, stiffness, toughness, non-linearity behaviours, vibration and failures of engineering materials for component and structure design.
Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management involves the coordination of production, inventory, location and transportation, among participants in a supply chain. This unit considers the principles and tools of supply chain management, with an emphasis on lean six sigma methods.
Virtual Systems Design and Simulation for Production: This unit is particularly designed to enhance students’ analytical knowledge and practical skills focusing on a sustainable development of systematic approaches and lean production methods to support manufacturing systems analysis, design and performance evaluation with an aid of using advanced computer design and modelling simulation tools.
CAD/CAM Systems: An integrated approach is used towards CAD and CAM. Significant practical hands-on experience is given with commercial level software. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and system selection and evaluation.
Individual Project: A strong feature that comprises a third of the course. You will be encouraged to undertake projects where possible in industrial companies. However, we also use our extensive resources and staff skills to undertake them within the University.
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory sessions and project work. The course has a strong practical emphasis with a significant amount of your time spent our laboratories. We pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.
A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
Written examinations Coursework Laboratory-based project work A major individual project/dissertation
The demand for more highly skilled manufacturing engineers is always present and it is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers.
This course has a record of almost 100 per cent of our graduates gaining employment in relevant areas such as manufacturing and logistics management, systems engineering, production engineering, design engineering and project management. You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company.
Jonathan Holmes, is studying for an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. He works for VT Shipbuilding in Portsmouth. I already had a diploma in manufacturing and mechanical engineering and a BEng (Hons) degree under my belt when I won a short-term contract with VT. By the time that three-month contract came to an end I had decided to return to university and study for an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology. VT offered to keep me on and support my studies. Doing a Master’s means I can go into industry at a higher level and be paid more. It makes a huge difference. A Master’s in engineering is more specialised and the skills are very transferable. My studies have allowed me to do an industrial project with VT and this is good for both sides as it gives VT access to the University’s knowledge base and facilities and allows for me to get a top-down view of how the production side of this company is run. Before I enrolled on my Master’s course I talked to a number of people and everyone said you will get a better job if you do it. A BEng is a grounding; it gives you a base knowledge of the subject. A Master’s means you can apply that knowledge to industry. I would recommend anyone with a BEng who is working in the industry already to consider taking a year out and studying for a Master’s. It isn't about theory, it's about giving yourself more skills and ones that are really useful to employers.
A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Recipient: University of Portsmouth
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