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Sustainable Manufacturing University Certificate in Professional Development

Gain an insight into current manufacturing processes and develop an understanding of relevant technological factors as well as an awareness of working principles and capabilities.


Course overview

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans

This course is part of a series to develop your skills in sustainable engineering, digital engineering, sustainable manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and process automation.

Learn important aspects of engineering manufacture including quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing the extensive use of computing in modern manufacturing.

You develop the knowledge and skills needed by employers and the economy.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria.

Other net zero and sustainable engineering short courses:
Digital Engineering
Engineering Mathematics Applications
Industry 4.0 and Process Automation
Innovation to Net Zero
Sustainable Engineering Principles

You can only enrol on one short course at a time.

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Course details

What you study

Gain insight into current and traditional manufacturing processes including casting and rolling, and powder metallurgy.

Detailed study of selected manufacturing processes is combined with experience in lab-based practical sessions. Important aspects of engineering manufacture such as quality, reliability, sustainability, lean manufacturing and the extensive use of computers in many areas,is explored. The suitability of manufacturing processes for applications is explored using a framework which recognises the interrelationships of (manufacturing) process, (artefact) function, shape, and materials.

Lectures introduce you to the technologies and underlying principles of a broad range of manufacturing processes. You undertake a number of lab-based practical sessions to provide an appreciation of manufacturing processes.

How you learn

We work with you to establish your support needs to develop a personalised support plan. You can engage with assessments tasks and get feedback at regular points.

Weeks 1-10:
Each week:
One-hour recorded online lecture
Two-hours face-to-face class-based teaching (Wednesday 4.00pm - 6.00pm)
Two hours online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

Weeks 11-12:
Each week:
Two hours synchronous online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your subject knowledge, critical thinking and skills acquisition through coursework, practical work and assessments.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a Level 4 qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in a STEM subject as well as Level 2 maths. We offer bridging courses to help develop the knowledge you may need to join this short course.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Fee for international applicants: £4,670

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Tuesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm (in person)
    Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm (online)
  • Start date: January

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