Postgraduate study
Design

MSc Engineering Design and Manufacture (with Advanced Practice)*

This master’s course focuses on key contemporary issues and the future of advanced industrial and product design and manufacturing. The course uses the three pillars of social, ecological and economic aspects of design and manufacture to highlight design as sustainable future-forward problem-solving with real impact on society and culture.

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Full-time

  • 2 years

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2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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You develop your skills in industrial design and development, prototyping and testing prototypes through simulation, advanced design principles and advanced design research methods theoretically contextualised within cradle to cradle social and economic systems. You generate innovative design solutions that explore real alternatives for the post-plastic generations, underpinned by a sound knowledge of manufacturing and production techniques, and gain a fundamental understanding of project management principles.

You can start your studies in semester 1 or semester 2. Each semester delivers a key mix of innovative design principles and practice informed by team-based approaches and student-led coaching that instils an understanding of theory within practice.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Design Principles 

Advanced Materials and Manufacture

Closed Loop Systems

Design and Advanced Manufacture Project

Design Research Methods

You learn a number of research methods and practices in order to carry out primary design research to identify solutions to real-world problems.

You cover investigations into practical design applications, strategic planning and theoretical speculations.

Through seminars you debate and discuss case studies and the practical application of research methods.

You are assessed on your research plan (20%) and a critical analysis of research methods appropriate to your own design practice, identifying how these are implemented within a design problem solving context (80%).

Social and Economic Models

The Post Plastic Generation

 

Advanced practice

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Study Abroad

Take part in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities and experience study, student life and culture in a different environment. This option offers a valuable life experience and enhances your ability to adapt to working and living internationally. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, practical, studio and workshop sessions. The course has a flexible approach using innovative teaching and learning practices with focused interdisciplinary team-based approaches to create impact within a learning context that gives you the independence to solve your creative design problems.

Seminars provide a context for interactive learning, allowing you to explore relevant topics in depth. Coaching sessions generate discussion and debate within an active learning environment.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. The assessment methodology could include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Career opportunities

Design engineers typically work in product design, industrial design, product engineering, research and development, automotive engineering and design, the aerospace industry, manufacturing, processing and the creative industries, as well as management positions.

Work placement

This two-year programme enhances your qualification by spending one semester completing a vocational internship, research internship or by studying abroad. Although we can’t guarantee an internship, we can provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position.

A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. Alternatively, a research internship develops your research and academic skills as you work as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia. A third option is to study abroad in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Entry requirements

You must have second class (2.2) honours degree (or higher) in a relevant subject. Our accepted subjects include product design, product engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering and mechatronics.

Entry to a degree programme requires you to have a good command of spoken and written English. An example of an acceptable qualification is GCSE English language at grade 4 (or above).

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information