Postgraduate study
This course provides specialist training in technology, human factors, and management, relevant to additive manufacturing.
MSc Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
Upper second class hons Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) first degree or international equivalent
Other requirements
Applicants with qualifications below the minimum may be considered if they have relevant industrial experience (e.g. research and development environment) of at least 5 years, subject to approval by the Quality and Standards Committee.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element), if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£22,815 - Terms apply
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This postgraduate course in additive manufacturing and 3D printing can provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become an industry professional or researcher in this exciting and expanding area.

You will benefit from Nottingham's industrial links and research strengths in advanced manufacturing, like those established in the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM).

You will have access to additive manufacturing labs and facilities in the new Advanced Manufacturing Building as well as the Coates Building L2 labs. Academic supervision will be available on Jubilee Campus as well as within the Faculty of Engineering on University Park campus.

Key facts

  • This course builds on the success of Nottingham's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing (CDT) programme.
  • The course is available full-time over one year (12 months).


Mechanical, Materials, and Manufacturing Engineering taught courses


Full course details


The course consists of  taught components as well as an MSc level research and development project. Teaching is provided through lectures, seminars, exercise classes, and laboratory work.

You will study alongside CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) students to gain a thorough and detailed understanding of the principles and techniques of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, the science and mathematical theory which underpins this, and the ability to apply this to your individual project.

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Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, including engineering and management reports, essays, software programs, oral presentations and a project dissertation.

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

Learning outcomes

As well as providing you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become a professional in the advanced manufacturing and 3D sector or to pursue a related career in research, this master's level course will help you to understand the wider multidisciplinary engineering context around this rapidly evolving field. You will also:

  • appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting engineering decisions 
  • gain a critical awareness of current problems and new insights informed by or at the of forefront additive manufacturing and 3D printing
  • develop initiative and creativity in problem solving, as well as other transferable skills which can be applied throughout your career


Advanced Manufacturing Building

You will have access to the AM labs in the new Advance Manufacturing building based in Jubilee Park Campus, as well as various other facilities.

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.




The course consists of 120 credits of core modules, with an MSc project worth 60 credits, making a total of 180 credits.

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

This module runs throughout the autumn semester. 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 (spring): 10 credits

MM4ADM is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way MM4ADM is like the Individual Project. MM4ADM 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 MM4ADM Teachers (Prof AB Seddon, Dr E Barney and Dr I Ahmed) straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme.

The point of the 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. Not to attend classes is not an option or failure of the module at the end is very likely to ensue.

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 and ultimate performance.

Advanced Topics in Additive Manufacturing (spring): 20 credits

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 & 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.

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 (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 (one is required)

Advanced Technology Review (spring): 10 credits

This module will initially look at new technology development and introduction focussing 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 materials 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 that 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Faculty of Engineering Scholarships

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing is one of the University of Nottingham's research strengths. We are home to the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, which houses our 3D printing facility. It is one of the largest additive manufacturing research groups in the world.

Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining top jobs with major companies.

This course can provide you with a strong foundation for moving into a relevant industry, improve your employability, or be the basis for further study at PhD level through the pursuit of a career in research.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

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Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 92.3% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had 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 higher degree postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

You will receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of interest, and will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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