Advanced Maintenance Engineering MSc

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Gain an understanding of the critical role maintenance plays in a modern manufacturing operation. Blend technical and management skills knowledge. Study the latest practices and technologies.

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This course is designed to support both recent graduates and experienced engineers in developing their understanding of the critical role maintenance plays in a modern manufacturing operation. You will study the latest practices and technologies that can be used to enhance equipment availability and thus improve productivity and efficiency.

You will receive tuition in the basic topics related to maintenance and get the opportunity to enhance your understanding of their significance, eg, through reflecting on given examples or experience from their workplace.

Why us?

  • World-leading' research in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Strong industrial links delivered via Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP)
  • Recent significant investment in Engineering laboratories

Course structure

You will be taught using a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical activities and project work.

You will be assessed via coursework.

Modules include:

  • Research in Practice (30 credits)

Gain an understanding of the expectations of Masters-level work and support in developing the appropriate research and communication skills.

  • Maintenance Strategy (30 credits)

Consider the various approaches to developing a maintenance strategy, including Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM). Take the opportunity to consider these approaches against a full range of real-world constraints such as business, financial and environmental considerations.

  • Condition Monitoring and CBM (30 credits)

Gain an understanding of how the condition of engineering assets can be measured and used to inform maintenance practices. Gain a practical and theoretical insight into the principles of how systems wear, how this can be measured using modern instrumentation technology and the latest technologies to collect and process data to include Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Big Data techniques.

  • Asset Management (30 credits)

Explore the approaches and standards used in managing engineering assets throughout their lifecycle. Cover topics such as risk, reliability, KPIs and asset data management through the lens of the relevant ISO 55000 standards.

  • Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

Using your research and critical analysis skills, draw on the knowledge you have gained during the course of the programme to address a real engineering problem or research question at the forefront of the discipline.


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

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You will be based at the David Goldman Informatics Centre. Our specialist labs include:

• Product Development Lab
• Electronics Lab
• Automation Lab
• Project Lab
• Material Characterisation Lab
• Formulation Lab
• Thermofluids Lab
• Mechanical Engineering Lab

You will have access to a range of industry leading technologies at the Industry Centre, the home of the Institute of Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice as well as access to industrial standard software to help prepare you for a future career in a digital context.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is a first degree (2:2) in an appropriate engineering subject or relevant industrial experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee is:

  • £6,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £13,500 if you are an international student
  • £375 per 10 credits for part-time study

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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An MSc will help you develop into a critical, questioning problem solver who can identify problems and apply technology to improve and optimise industrial processes - these are the skills industry needs.

There is considerable demand among employers for engineering graduates with the right mix of skills and experience.

Graduate success

Sunderland has a good reputation with employers. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as – McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines, GSK, Northumbrian Water, Hitachi and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research within major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.


Our Engineering team is engaged in a wide range of industry projects via AMAP including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy. AMAP is also host to the North East Maintenance Forum (NEMF) – a quarterly meeting attended by a wide range of industrial representatives from a number of sectors including manufacturing, process industries and utilities. Several academics are also engaged in activities with Professional Engineering Institutions such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Research-active staff

You’ll be taught by a dynamic, diverse team of research-active staff who are engaged in a number of areas of research including:

  • Advanced Materials / Graphene
  • Advanced Maintenance and Asset Management
  • Robotics and Control

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