MSc Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Manufacturing is at the heart of engineering, as everything in our daily lives needs to be made. Manufacturing engineers therefore play a vital role in the creation of wealth and in sustaining and improving the living standards of society. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management course is one of the most well-established of its kind in the UK, and it aims to provide our students with the tools, knowledge and understanding of this broad based discipline that demands expertise in many diverse topics.  

This course evolved from the very successful MSc course in Machine Tool Technology, and is regularly updated in line with subject developments and changing industrial practices. Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management has developed into a broad based multi-disciplinary field, demanding expertise in many diverse topics. The structure of the course reflects this by requiring in-depth study of a number of topics ranging from the fundamentals of manufacturing processes to the management of manufacturing systems. More specialised study takes place during the dissertation project where students undertake individual research projects of industrial relevance. The MSc course has a strong practical orientation and it aims to produce engineers with the theoretical and practical experience which will enable them to analyse and investigate problems and to engage in design, development and research involving manufacturing technology. The course also prepares graduates for the management of manufacturing systems. Whilst the course is intended primarily for those wishing to pursue an industrial career, it is equally relevant as preparation for research in advanced manufacturing technology and systems management.

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), the University of Manchester's new £400m purpose built home for engineering and material science , is nearing completion. The physical move to the new development is scheduled to take place between January 2021 and December 2021. Whilst it is anticipated that access to equipment, or work on projects for which such access is required may be limited during the period of the move, plans are underway to ensure that any disruption caused is minimised, a wide selection of dissertation projects will continue to be available, and excellent student experience remains pivotal. If you have any questions about how the move may affect you, please contact .

Teaching and learning

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems Management MSc is a full time course which is studied over 12 months and there is one start date each year in September. 

Throughout the course you will develop advanced technical skills in both manufacturing technology and systems management, as well as soft skill such as team working, presenting and report writing, all of which will enable you to pursue a career in both general and specialised engineering industries or develop an in-depth knowledge for a career in research in industry or academia.

During the course students have the opportunity to visit a number of companies and attend industrial guest lectures. Past cohorts have visited companies such as Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover, and these visits and lectures not only further enhance our student's understanding of manufacturing but also to give them an insight into the practical application of many of the subject areas they will be studying. Moreover, many of current our dissertation projects originate from, and are run in collaboration with, industry.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods MACE60004 15 Mandatory
Dissertation (Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management) MACE61000 60 Mandatory
Composites and Polymers MACE61029 15 Mandatory
Finite Elements MACE61059 15 Mandatory
Additive Manufacturing & 3D Product Modelling MACE61073 15 Mandatory
Advanced Manufacturing Processes MACE61075 15 Mandatory
Robotics, Metrology and Bioengineering MACE61076 15 Mandatory
Manufacturing Systems MACE62071 15 Mandatory
Experimental Methods (MSc Advanced Manufacturing Technology & Systems Management) MACE63021 15 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: