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Course overview

Whether it is creating advanced engineering components, new kinds of prosthetic limbs, or complex pharmaceutical devices, Additive Manufacturing gives an engineer the ability to build structures with unprecedented degrees of complexity. This leads to new product generations that are completely unlike what has ever existed before. The digital and tool-less nature of additive manufacturing offers a range of new possibilities that are very exciting to today’s engineers.

This MSc programme will give you in-depth knowledge and understanding of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing technology. You will gain the skills needed to:

  • evaluate the application of Additive Manufacturing technologies
  • apply methods in a project context
  • design additively manufactured devices
  • undertake individual research projects
  • critique, analyse, and communicate research findings

You will have access to the Additive Manufacturing laboratory within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing and will be taught by world-leading researchers using an impressive range of Additive Manufacturing machines and other technologies. Our research and teaching takes place in the new purpose built Advanced Manufacturing Building on Jubilee Campus.

Why choose this course?

Top 100

global university

QS World Rankings 2020

UK Top 15th Department

for Mechanical Engineering

TEF Gold

standard of teaching

Teaching Excellence Framework Awards

Modules

Core modules

Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing (autumn) 20 credits

This is a two week intensive module. This module examines both the basic implementation and theory of additive manufacturing, its translation into modern additive manufacturing techniques that are currently being researched and exploited within both academia and industry which result in net shape parts.

The content of the module is as follows:

  • Introduction and individual coursework setting
  • Design and design systems for AM
  • Integration aspects with 3D scanning
  • Overview of the 7 ASTM AM processes
  • Material Jetting
  • Powder Bed Fusion
  • Vat Polymerisation
  • Material Extrusion
  • Direct Energy Deposition
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Binder Jetting
  • Commercial 3D Printing
  • Experimental Systems for AM
  • Materials Requirements for 3D Printing
  • InkJet materials
  • Software and systems
  • Impact of AM and 3D Printing
  • Case Studies of AM in Industry
  • The Future of AM and 3D Printing

The module will be mainly delivered in an intensive week(s) of lectures and laboratory classes.

Group Grand Challenge (autumn) 40 credits

The module aims to provide the opportunity to work in small, multidisciplinary teams to address a grand challenge in the area of additive manufacturing.

Although some variation in content is expected due to the varying nature of the possible challenges, it is expected that a common project will take the following form:

  • Discussion of challenge with the tutor and setting of challenge brief
  • Literature review and fact finding
  • Definition of challenge brief and setting of aims, objectives, deliverables, methodology and time-plan
  • Experimental/theoretical/computational work
  • Analysis and interpretation of results
  • Presentation of results

In many cases the project will take the form of a design and make project in which the stages of the project will include the evaluation of alternative design concepts, engineering analysis, prototyping, performance evaluation and improvement.

Advanced Materials

This is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way the module is like the Individual Project.

The module has four cycles,  each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the Teachers straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme.

 

The point of this module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle.

The classes are seminars, where good practice is openly discussed and materials' advantages and disadvantages are openly debated.

This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials' themes, such as aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials, and so on.

The module deals with:

  • the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications
  • the processing of these materials
  • the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties
  • ultimate performance

 

Advanced Topics in Additive Manufacturing (spring)

The module will be based on a number of topics of interest in research in additive manufacturing, which may change over time as the module is refreshed to reflect the current state of the art.  Example topics to be included in the module programme include materials development for AM, in-situ and post process characterisation of materials and structures and computational methods for the modelling, design and optimisation of AM processes and parts.

Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring) 10 credits

A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:

  • Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
  • Project planning and use of Microsoft Project
  • Measurement and error analysis
  • Development of laboratory skills including safety and risk assessment

Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:

  • Meshing for computational engineering applications
  • Modelling using CAE packages
  • Use of CES Selector software
  • Specific laboratory familiarisation
  • Use of MSVisio software for process flow
  • Use of HYSYS process modelling software
  • Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits

The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.

Delivery

Activity Number of Weeks Number of sessions Duration of a session
Seminar 12 weeks 1 week 3 hours

Assessment method

Assessment Type Weight Requirements
Coursework 1 40.00 Project planning
Coursework 2 20.00 Literature review
Coursework 3 20.00 Experimental Design
In-Class Test 20.00 Stats test
Health and Safety test   Pass required.
Introduction to Metrology (spring) 10 credits

This is a one-week intensive module. The course provides cutting-edge lectures on a range of metrology topics for dimensional measurement of additive structures. Topics include introductory and advanced metrology lectures, and hands-on training in the use of measuring instruments.

The lectures are designed to give a feel for the subject and why it is important, but do not cover difficult mathematical detail. The lectures will cover the following topics: Basics of measurement, terminology, SI units, uncertainty analysis, tolerance principles, length measurement, form measurement, coordinate measurement, x-ray computed tomography and surface texture measurement.

The module will be mainly delivered in an intensive week of lectures and laboratory classes.

Individual Postgraduate Project for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing MSc (summer) 60 credits

This course includes a 60 credit research project, which is completed over the summer. The project area is flexible and will be supervised by a member of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

Previous research projects have included:

  • Exploring the compatibility between conductive metals processed by Metaljet and dielectric substrates
  • Development of water soluble biocompatible inks to print vascularised tissues
  • Multi-material printing of biodegradable polymers for manufacturing dual drug delivery devices for chronic diseases

Optional modules

Advanced Technology Review (spring) 10 credits

This module will initially look at new technology development and introduction focusing on innovation, funding and decision-making processes. The rest of the module will cover an engineering topic dealing with new and/or rapidly developing technologies with important applications.

Coverage of each subject will typically include:

  • a review of background and context, importance, and pressures driving development
  • engineering principles, current research and development objectives and progress being made
  • case study illustration(s)
  • analysis of prospects, technology transfer, market applications, challenges and imperatives

Topics are selected each year to reflect current developments and issues; one or more topics may be changed each time the module is run. These topics will be associated with activities in major segments of manufacturing or service industries or of generic technologies. In each case, emphasis will be placed on review and analysis. 

Materials Design Against Failure (spring) 10 credits

This module focuses on understanding and manipulating of material's microstructure to avoid failure. It addresses the main areas of mechanical failure using specific material system examples to illustrate how materials design is used to develop better materials for particular applications. 

The four areas are:

  • Design for strength – metallic alloys, ceramics
  • Design for toughness – metallic alloys (including discussion of strength/toughness balance for Al alloys)
  • Design for creep resistance - metallic alloys
  • Design for fatigue resistance
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 27 November 2020.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Lab sessions

How you will be assessed

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation
  • In-class test
  • Health and safety test

The range of assessment methods provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate transferable skills relevant to a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

MSc

Undergraduate degree2:1 BEng, BSc or other relevant subject.

Applying

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

Qualification MSc
Home / UK £10,500
International £25,000

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, there are no additional costs for your budget, apart from your tuition fees and living expenses. Lab and safety equipment are included in your tuition fee.

You should be able to access all of the books you will need through our libraries and it is not usual for students to buy their own copies. The Department also funds any field trips. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

Career progression

92.3% of postgraduates from the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000, with the highest being £32,000.

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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This content was last updated on Friday 27 November 2020. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.