Manufacturing Engineering MSc

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Work towards a rewarding and well-paid career as an Engineer. Revolutionise the way we live and become highly skilled in research, design, technology, processes and equipment. Develop the strong managerial, operational and leaderships skills necessary to become an expert.

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Manufacturing Engineers are creative innovators that revolutionise the way we live and are highly skilled in research, design, technology, processes and equipment. This one-year conversion course is designed for graduates in any science-based subject who would like to develop a rewarding and well-paid career in engineering. Industry-relevant modules such as Design for Manufacturing and Manufacturing Automation mean you’ll be well-prepared for employment in the sector.

Develop strong managerial, operational and leaderships skills, necessary to become an expert in areas such as advanced maintenance, operations management and quality management.

Benefit from a range of practical activities, industry experts’ lectures and real-world problem-solving workshops hosted by the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP).

Upcoming start dates
13 January 2020
14 September 2020

Why us?

  • Sunderland has over 100 years experience in teaching engineering
  • You will engage in hands-on learning where you can understand the impact of technology on manufacturing business
  • We have strong industry links with manufacturing giants such as Nissan
  • Apply skills from your previous studies in the exciting and competitive manufacturing sector
  • You'll have the opportunity to learn from industry specialists and engage in real world activities based on real problems

Course structure

In providing a bridge from your previous science-based degree to this specialist Masters, we recognise the importance of extending your hands-on technical experience. We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods may include individual written reports and research papers, exams, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Modules on this course include:

  • Engineering Principles for Manufacturing (30 credits)

Cover the engineering principles related to manufacturing engineering including the use and control of electrical power, the fundamental principles of mechanics, an overview of manufacturing processes, sensing and instrumentation systems, an introduction to automated manufacturing systems and the theory and principles involved in using and selecting materials.

  • Product Oriented Manufacturing (30 credits)

Explore the processes involved in ensuring that the design of a product is aligned with the process that will be used to manufacture it using the principles of the Design for Manufacturing methodology.

  • Automation and Mechatronics (30 credits)

Learn how to create automated systems that can operate collaboratively using technologies such as PLCs, HMIs and SCADA. Examine the issues relating to the increasing levels of connectivity for such devices such as cybersecurity and integrity.

  • 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.

Optional modules (choose one):

  • Advanced Materials Engineering (30 credits)

Study the latest research into the production, characterisation and application of advanced materials.

  • Smart Factories (30 credits)

Investigate the latest technology that can be deployed to improve the effectiveness of manufacturing facilities including the use of Smart Instrumentation, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and Robotics and Automation technologies.

  • Engineering Management Practice (30 credits)

Learn about the issues facing modern engineering operations to include operations management and improvement, lean manufacturing techniques, supply chain management and development, maintenance strategy and development and condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.


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

  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

    • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
    • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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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

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in a subject related area.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

2019/20 fees

  • £6,500 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU
  • £361 per 10 credits for part-time study

2020/21 fees

  • £6,750 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,500 if you are from outside the EU
  • £375 per 10 credits for part-time study

Please note, part-time study is not available to international applicants. 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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Engineers are in high demand with 186,000 people with engineering skills needed per year in the run up to 2024 (Prospects Engineering and Manufacturing guide 2017). Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

Career options

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. Manufacturing Engineering graduates develop expertise in planning and designing, as well as the modification and optimisation of manufacturing processes.

The essential principles of manufacturing engineering apply to all industries and equips you for a wide range of engineering roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. On completing this course, you will be equipped as a skilled professional with essential up-to-date knowledge in manufacturing engineering.

Companies employing engineers include:

  • Boeing
  • Thales Group
  • Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
  • Nissan
  • Rolls-Royce
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • P&G
  • Siemens

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