Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing MSc


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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.
CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Merit"
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides specialist training in technology, human factors, and management, relevant to additive manufacturing.
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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


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

  • Group Grand Challenge (autumn): 40 credits
  • Introduction to Additive Manufacturing (autumn): 20 credits
  • Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Additive Manufacturing (spring): 20 credits
  • Introduction to Metrology (spring): 10 credits
  • Advanced Materials (spring): 10 credits
  • Individual Postgraduate Project (summer): 60 credits
  • An additional 10 credit core module (to be confirmed)
For more details on our modules, please see the Module Catalogue.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

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

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international 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 your course application is submitted in good 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.



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 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on 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.

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