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Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc in Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems has been designed and developed in conjunction with the manufacturing industry to develop the expertise of graduates coming into the sector, as well as graduate level personnel working in companies. The course provides a thorough understanding of the processes, skills and behaviours needed to create and manage competitive manufacturing operations. It majors on industrially relevant projects, team working, and transferable skills. Many graduates take on appointments with a wide-range of manufacturers or, increasingly, apply their skills to other sectors from financial services through to health care. This is a well established course, having run for over 20 years, and is therefore well known, respected, and has a growing Alumni.

Course overview

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.

As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual Project

A key element of the Master's programme is the project work undertaken. The individual research project is either industrially or Cranfield University driven. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in manufacturing. The projects are sponsored by industrial organisations.

Please note part-time students instead carry out a dissertation with their employer.


The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project.

Core -

Operations Management
Enterprise Systems
Operations Analysis
General Management
Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Management of Technology and Innovation
Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Strategy


Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Engineering-and-Management-of-Manufacturing-Systems

Visit the Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems (MSc/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

Course Fees

Home/EU: MSc Full-time - £9,000, Overseas: MSc Full-time - £17,500

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