MSc (Res) Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Programme Code: MECT58




Course structure and content

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

The MSc(Res) consists of:

  • compulsory modules
  • optional modules
  • an individual major research project

Core modules

Semester 1

INF6035 - Information skills for engineers - 15 credits

Students are introduced to a range of practical IT facilities available within the University that can support their research, including web searching and web page authoring, presentation software and speadsheets and the management of bibliographical data.

MEC6444 - Additive Manufacturing - Principles & Applications - 10 credits

This course will provide students with an introduction to Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). By the end of this module, students will develop an understanding of the current benefits and limitations of Additive Manufacturing, and will understand the full process chain from part design and costing, to selecting the most appropriate Additive Manufacturing process for a given application. The principles and examples covered will be related to the current state-of-the-art in terms of both industrial and academic practices.


Semester 2

MEC6445 - Additive Manufacturing - Principles & Applications 2 - 10 credits

Leading on from fundamental principles introduced in Additive Manufacturing 1 (AM1), AM2 will explore advanced topics related to the science of polymer, inkjet and metal processing. Discuss current research trends in AM and demands from industry. Detail scenarios of when it is correct and suitable to use AM. Explore a number of case studies and examples of when industry abandoned conventional manufacturing routes and adopted AM. Discuss developments required by AM (e.g technological development, material variety, education of designers etc,) in order for it to become a manufacturing process of the future.


Full academic year

MEC6001 - Research Project - 95 credits

The aim of this module is to provide students with project planning, management, and research skills. Students will work individually on an industrially-focused or research project. The student will be supervised by an academic member of staff who will guide the student through the different steps of a research project. Projects are usually selected from suggestions made by academics. The project is assessed on the basis of a final report and viva.

Individual research project

All students will carry out an individual research project during their Masters course. There will be a number of different projects available to choose from

Example project

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight Titanium Components for Aerospace

During this project the student will be trained to use various powder bed additive manufacturing technologies such as selective laser melting and electron beam melting to process high strength lightweight Ti64 and TiAl materials. System processing parameters will be optimised to create high density benchmark components that will be microstructurally analysed, mechanically tested and compared with traditionally processed materials. In collaboration with industry the student will develop a geometrically optimised, lightweight aerospace component that will be manufactured using the developed parameters and tested for performance.

Please note that this course will be launched in October 2017 so the project below is just an example of the many projects that you could select from if you decide to choose this course.

Other example projects include:

  • High speed additive manufacturing of automotive components
  • Development of efficient sustainable materials for 3D printing
  • Development of novel processes for 3D printing of biomedical implants.



Optional modules

Students are required to take a set number of credits from each of the following module groups, as follows:


Group A

Students will take 10 credits from this group during semester 2.

MEC6314 - Design Innovation Toolbox - 10 credits

The course aims to consider the circumstances in which new ideas are generated and examine the conditions for stable, creative and innovative development. The module will demonstrate how innovation and project management techniques can be applied to improve the planning and control of research and commercial projects.

MEC6414 - Engineering Marketable Solutions: Make a Change! - 10 credits

Essential to the module is the concept that the students work in teams to find solutions to a real problem provided by a real customer. Typically, the customer will be a member or members of the community i.e. children with disabilities, terminally ill people, etc. The challenge is for the student teams to identify a technical solution to the customer problem (making their lives easier or better) and then develop a marketable proposition from this included in a business plan. Students are supported by external contributors from a great range of disciplines including business angels, bankers, marketeers, business advisors, manufacturers, etc. At the end of the course, teams pitch their ideas to an invited audience and judges from a mixed background (technical, commercial and legal). Prizes are then awarded to the best presentations.


Group B

Students will take 40 credits from this group during semester 1 and 2.

Semester 1
MAT6333 - Aerospace Metals - 10 credits

This unit covers engineering alloys ranging from light alloys (i.e. aluminium alloys and titanium alloys) and high temperature metallic systems (intermetallics and nickel superalloys). The course centres on the physical metallurgy of such engineering alloys to demonstrate the effect of alloying and its implications for the processing, microstructure and performance of structural aerospace components in both airframe and aero-engine applications. Some parallels will also be drawn with the automotive industry, when discussing light alloys.

MEC6411 - Tribology of Machine Elements - 10 credits

This module will provide students with an understanding of the tribological concepts behind a variety of standard machine element contacts, such as bearings, gears, cams, and constant velocity joints. It includes the analytical tools and techniques to determine the performance of these machine elements, in terms of friction, wear, and lubrication, and make recommendations with regards to potential design improvements. This includes techniques to estimate contact area and stresses, friction, material losses through wear, and lubricant films in the hydrodynamic and elasto-hydrodynamic regimes.

MEC6448 - Acoustics - 10 credits

This course will enable students to understand the physical principles of sound generation and propagation, modern methods and instrumentation for measuring and predicting the basic engineering quantities with which sound waves can be described. These include sound pressure, velocity, intensity, and power. The course will be split into three parts: sound waves in gases and fluids, sound waves in elastic solids, and numerical modelling methods.

MEC6452 - Advanced Topics in Machining - 10 credits

In this course students are introduced to the fundamentals and application of subtractive manufacturing techniques. This includes mechanical machining operations and the tribological aspects of chip formation, machining of polymer composites as well as abrasive machining of advanced alloys. The module provides students with tools to analyse and design manufacturing operations utilising various material removal methods. The structural integrity of machined components will also be introduced.

Semester 2
AER476 - Design and Manufacture of Composites - 10 credits

This module discusses issues relating to selecting and manufacturing advanced polymer-matrix composites. Aerospace applications are the focus, but it is equally applicable to all uses of such materials. The course covers selection of fibres and polymers/resins for different applications. Manufacturing routes are then considered, including the manufacture of sandwich panels. Issues of joining and repairing composite components are considered, as is the use of NDT and smart monitoring for quality control purposes. The principles of laminate design are explored using modern commercial software.

MAT6444 - Advanced Materials Manufacturing Part 1 - 10 credits

This unit covers a range of advanced materials manufacturing techniques that are either widely used or emerging in industry. Techniques include Additive Layer Manufacturing, Electron Beam Welding, Superplastic Forming and advanced machining approaches. In addition, non-destructive evaluation techniques to ensure high levels of manufacturing integrity will be described.

MEC6415 - Condition Monitoring - 10 credits

The course highlights the importance of maintenance on the life-cycle costs of machines and structures. It investigates the factors which need to be considered when organising a maintenance strategy and it presents cutting-edge techniques for the early identification of damage in a variety of situations through real case studies.