Advanced Manufacturing Technologies MSc(Res)

The MSc (Res) Advanced Manufacturing Technologies will be studied on a full-time basis over 12 months. You will be allocated an academic tutor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

As part of your course, you will study a set of core modules alongside a choice of optional modules. You will also undertake an individual research project.

Full academic year (Sept - June)

ELT6001: Technical Communication for Mechanical Engineers (5 credits)

This unit teaches professional technical writing and speaking skills to enable students to communicate Engineering concepts accurately and appropriately. The two-hour sessions are delivered in a seminar style with a focus on pair/ work and group work activities.


Autumn (Semester 1)

MEC455: Mechanics and Applications of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (15 credits)

In this course students are introduced to advanced conventional manufacturing processes including sheet/bulk metal forming and Machining operations and the relevant mechanics of the processes and materials deformation. Analytical modelling techniques are also introduced and their applications are explained in order to determine the deformation of materials under the applied loads.

Fundamentals of deformation and relevant force calculations together with mechanics of machining in metallic materials will be covered as the secondary manufacturing operations.

The module provides a greater range and depth of knowledge related to the deformation of materials and process analysis in primary and secondary manufacturing operations using theoretical and experimental learning methods.

The students will be equipped with tools to analyse and design manufacturing operations utilising various manufacturing methods within a wider engineering context.


MEC602: Strategic Engineering Management and Business Practices (15 credits)

This module aims to provide fundamentals of what strategy is and distinguish it from activities, tactics and goals of an organisation.

It explains its important role in the continual success of organisations. It also introduces how strategy can be translated into business practices, methods, procedures to achieve the goals of an organisation’s strategy.

The course is designed to develop students analytical and critical skills in the strategic management issues facing engineering organisations in today’s fast-changing environment. It is a unique opportunity for those who are eager to equip themselves with the essential industry-relevant skills to excel as a future leader.


MEC6401: Masters Research Mini Project (10 credits)

This module is concerned with initiating a research project. You will identify a topic and prepare a report that proposes initial experiments as well as providing the justification for performing the research. This module uses an extended case study approach as an introduction to your specific discipline and to build your cohort experience.

You will work in groups to review a current engineering challenge. Drawing on relevant literature and technical sources you will work with the support of a mentor to assess the context of the problem, propose a forward plan, carry out a sustainability assessment of that plan as well as detail the regulatory compliance and carry out a risk assessment.

The results will be presented at a showcase event with supporting short reports.


Full course length (12 months)

MEC605: MSc (Res) Individual Research Project - 75 credits

The project is a key point of integration and application of learning across the programme. Its aim is to provide students with opportunity to demonstrate planning and management skills, to show their initiative and to display their technical skills.

Students will work individually on an industrially-focused/research project. The student will be supervised by an academic member of staff. The technical components of a project may be experimental, theoretical, analytical or design based and most projects will require proficiency in a number of these. The project is assessed on the basis of interim presentation, conduct, final report and viva.


MEC6400: Professional Development Portfolio - 15 credits

Professional Development Portfolio is a core module to build your skills for graduate-level study and life beyond your degree as an agile learner and professionally responsible engineer committed to your ongoing development.

You will:

  • acquire and develop professional skills, such as communication, collaboration, information management and research skills
  • have an opportunity to practise and build your creative and practical skills
  • explore the professional responsibilities of an engineer

In addition, the module provides space for you to reflect on and build your profile by undertaking supported independent professional development in an area you choose based on your career plans beyond your degree.

Autumn (Semester 1)

ACS6501: Foundations of Robotics - 15 credits

This is an introductory module on the foundations of robotics. The aim of this module is to consolidate fundamental robotics engineering aspects, including ethical ones, as well as introduce relevant topics to those new to the discipline.

The module is separated into five distinct themes: 

  • Introduction to robotics and robot ethics
  • Introductory maths
  • Systems modelling and simulation
  • Control systems analysis and design
  • Introduction to programming.

ACS6502: Mechatronics for Robotics - 15 credits

This module covers methods to represent, analyse and design mechanical, electrical, computational systems and control, and their integration into mechatronic systems. This module will enable students to design, analyse, develop and integrate and evaluate mechatronic systems.

The module includes lectures on the principles of mechatronic systems, 2D/3D CAD design, fabrication, sensors and instrumentation, actuation, digital data acquisition, signal pre-processing, hardware interfaces, microcontroller programming and peripherals; practicals on analysing mechatronic components; and project on developing a mechatronic system.


ACS6503: Manipulator Robotics - 15 credits

The module aims to explore robotic manipulators, from theoretical concepts and modelling to practical implementations. Students will be introduced to the different types and applications of robotic manipulators.

An emphasis is placed on modelling and simulation. Sensing and actuation is also covered, with a focus on control of robot manipulators. Students will be exposed to a wide range of practical applications of robotic manipulators, and encouraged to discuss and reflect on the implications of using robots (e.g. ethical considerations, safety, social and economic impacts), especially within manufacturing.


MEC452: Advanced Dynamics - 15 credits

In this module we will explore how linear/nonlinear structures vibrate and how we can model them in order to understand and optimise their complex behaviour both analytically and numerically.

We will uncover the behaviour of theoretical nonlinear models and we will explore and evaluate the fascinating world of advanced dynamics, random vibration, nonlinear systems and chaos through lectures and dedicated reading.

We link advanced engineering with concepts from physics and maths that are of core importance in the new era of engineering, considering structures from light aerospace structures to offshore wind turbines and space shuttles.

Furthermore, we will discover the world of Hamiltonian mechanics by capturing its fundamental physics. The learning will be supported by dedicated tutorial sessions.


Spring (Semester 2)

MAT6104: Design and Manufacture of Composites (15 credits)

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of both the design and manufacture of polymer composites and is presented in two sections. First, design of composites is taught via tutorials and practicals on classical laminate theory and ESAComp software.

An extended series of worked examples provides students with the basic tools they need to design effective composite parts. Second, manufacture of composites is taught via lectures. Students will learn multiple routes for making composite parts alongside practical issues such as defects, machining/joints, failure, testing and NDT, repair and SMART composites.


MEC447: Automotive Powertrain (15 credits)

This module considers the performance, design and emissions of automotive powertrain - from the combustion chamber to the driven wheels. Environmental and societal developmental drivers of the attributes required of modern, globally applicable powertrain will be established.

It will enable students to apply specialist knowledge (thermofluids, dynamics, materials) to internal combustion engines and their associated driveline components. Students will perform analysis of engine performance and select materials and design features to maximise efficiency before reviewing peers' proposals.

The industrial state of the art and future technologies from research will be examined e.g. variable valvetrain, hybridisation and electric drive, modern combustion strategies.

Autumn (Semester 1)

MEC445: Industrial Applications of Finite Element Analysis (15 credits)

The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of finite element modelling and its application to solve industrial engineering problems. A set of industry-relevant problems will be provided to students along with experimental results for model validation.

Students will be allocated one of their preferred projects and will have to devise a modelling strategy to solve their particular problem. Knowledge will be drawn from lectures introducing the theory behind finite element modelling of dynamic problems for modal and transient analyses, non-linear problems including contact, material behaviour and large deformation as well as fracture.


MEC446: Fundamentals and Applications of Tribology (15 credits)

Many practicing engineers use tribology regularly without a true understanding of its importance and its role in engineering design. This module introduces fundamental science that explains surface phenomena of wear, friction and lubrication.

Students learn through industrial case studies, techniques to assess a range of engineering and machine contacts, from bearings to hip joints and banana skins! Theoretical and practical techniques will cover contact mechanics, friction, wear and lubricant films in hydrodynamic and elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication regimes.

Students will learn to evaluate failure mechanisms and compare key design features that can be used to diagnose failure as well as improve design.


MEC452: Advanced Dynamics (15 credits)

In this module we will explore how linear/nonlinear structures vibrate and how we can model them in order to understand and optimise their complex behaviour both analytically and numerically.

We will uncover the behaviour of theoretical nonlinear models and we will explore and evaluate the fascinating world of advanced dynamics, random vibration, nonlinear systems and chaos through lectures and dedicated reading.

We link advanced engineering with concepts from physics and maths that are of core importance in the new era of engineering, considering structures from light aerospace structures to offshore wind turbines and space shuttles.

Furthermore, we will discover the world of Hamiltonian mechanics by capturing its fundamental physics. The learning will be supported by dedicated tutorial sessions.


MEC454: Additive Manufacturing - Principles and Applications (15 credits)

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), providing you with an insight into the technologies themselves, when and how they might be applied, and the broader economic, social and industrial context within which these techniques sit.

Our aim is to provide you with an understanding of the underlying principles and considerations relevant to this area, so that you are able to apply this knowledge confidently and effectively during your future career.


MEC463: Advanced Aerospace Propulsion Technology (15 credits)

This module enhances students' foundational knowledge by introducing a more specialist Level 7 understanding of major aero propulsion devices. For example, the rocket design will be mastered from the design lessons and innovations of the rockets of historical importance.

The more in depth analysis of the alternative air breathing engines such as ramjet, scramjet, and synergistic air-breathing rocket engine will be investigated. Then the advanced gas turbine off-design performance will be analysed. The advanced gas turbine combustion will also be investigated.

Finally, the recent explosive development of electric/hybrid propulsion and aircraft will be examined.


Spring (Semester 2)

MAT6104: Design and Manufacture of Composites (15 credits)

This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of both the design and manufacture of polymer composites and is presented in two sections. First, design of composites is taught via tutorials and practicals on classical laminate theory and ESAComp software.

An extended series of worked examples provides students with the basic tools they need to design effective composite parts. Second, manufacture of composites is taught via lectures. Students will learn multiple routes for making composite parts alongside practical issues such as defects, machining/joints, failure, testing and NDT, repair and SMART composites.


MAT6516: Materials for Energy Applications (15 credits)

This module aims to develop students' understanding of materials (ferrous & non-ferrous alloys, ceramics, composites) used for energy generation.


MEC447: Automotive Powertrain (15 credits)

This module considers the performance, design and emissions of automotive powertrain - from the combustion chamber to the driven wheels. Environmental and societal developmental drivers of the attributes required of modern, globally applicable powertrain will be established.

It will enable students to apply specialist knowledge (thermofluids, dynamics, materials) to internal combustion engines and their associated driveline components. Students will perform analysis of engine performance and select materials and design features to maximise efficiency before reviewing peers' proposals.

The industrial state of the art and future technologies from research will be examined e.g. variable valvetrain, hybridisation and electric drive, modern combustion strategies.


MEC450: Advanced Energy and Power (15 credits)

This module will introduce students to the rapidly changing landscape of conventional power generation. The course will provide a greater depth and range of specialist knowledge for advanced plant design for the future including carbon capture.

This will provide a foundation for leadership and a wider appreciation of future conventional power station design. Students will become knowledgeable in the sources of pollutants and mitigation techniques employed by the industry and a wider appreciation of social and environmental considerations.

The course will permit the students to engage in fundamental design of key components in power generation (burners, boilers) as well as in the simulation of carbon capture plant.


Full academic year (Sept - June)

MEC448: Railway Engineering and Sustainable Transport (15 credits)

Railway Engineering and Sustainable Transport introduces the interdisciplinary field of railway transport through application of mechanical engineering in the context of creating a sustainable transport system.

Linking engineering fundamentals to application in the rail industry it focuses on skills and expertise needed to make rail transport and its operation resilient to technological, demographic, economic, social and environmental change.

Evaluation and problem solving for rail transport issues provides context for developing widely applicable transferable skills. These include justification of engineering decisions through evaluation of data, and assessment of engineering's economic and social impacts. Themes are explored using a local field trip.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 14 July 2020


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