Manufacturing Engineering Innovation & Management (MSc)

This newly developed MSc programme aims to take qualified students and equip them with the skills they need to be employed as professional engineers. The course will be informed by up-to-date internationally renowned research expertise undertaken within the School’s Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing research theme.

This newly developed MSc programme aims to take well qualified students (typically those having a good bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering or an equivalent qualification) and to equip them with the skills they need to be employed as professional engineers across a wide range of the Manufacturing Engineering industry.

More specifically, this MSc programme aims to equip you with:

  • Advanced knowledge of topics in Manufacturing Engineering, and in associated engineering and scientific disciplines over a broad range of specialist subjects.
  • Awareness of the context in which Manufacturing Engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects.
  • A wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills that will allow you to follow careers in research, industry and other professional areas of the economy.
  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights which are at the forefront of Manufacturing Engineering.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of this programme include:

  • The opportunity to learn within a vibrant research environment which has benefited from major strategic investment via directed SRIF funds of £2.4M into the Cardiff University Structural Performance (CUSP) laboratory, and collaborative industrial partnerships.
  • The application of measurement techniques within the recently installed Renishaw Metrology Laboratory, part of a strategic partnership between the School and Renishaw.
  • A close involvement with industry ensures that the research has both relevance and meaning, working with some of the world’s most renowned engineering companies.
  • Significant inputs into teaching and project work will also be made by members of Cardiff Business School, providing the latest in business and management knowledge and skills.
  • A programme which will be informed by up-to-date internationally renowned research expertise undertaken within the School’s Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing research theme. These will include the modules in the subject areas of robotics, metrology, manufacturing, informatics, innovation and artificial intelligence/image processing.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

An upper 2nd class honours degree in Manufacturing Engineering or a similar field from a good UK university or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have a good 2:2 or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience, we will give your application individual consideration.

If your first language is not English you will be required to pass IELTS exams. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

This course is presented as a one-year, full time Masters level programme which will comprise two stages and give a total duration of one calendar year.

Stage 1 which will extend for two semesters and consist of predominantly taught modules and a case study as a forerunner to the research project and dissertation in the field of Manufacturing Engineering, Innovation, and Management to the value of 120 credits, and Stage 2, which consists of a Dissertation module worth 60 credits.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum of the programme, and you will be required to attend lectures and participate in examples classes.

A 10-credit module represents approximately 100 hours of study in total, which includes 24–36 hours of contact time with teaching staff. The remaining hours are intended to be for private study, coursework, revision and assessment. Therefore you are expected to spend a significant amount of time (typically 20 hours each week) studying independently.

At the dissertation stage, you will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant field of research whom you should expect to meet with regularly.

Learning Central, the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE), will be used extensively to communicate, support lectures and provide general programme materials such as reading lists and module descriptions. It may also be used to provide self-testing assessment and give feedback.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor to assist you with both academic progress and pastoral support when required. The personal tutor will meet with you early on in the programme, and as required thereafter.

You must keep your personal tutor, project supervisor and the Teaching Office informed of any circumstances or illnesses that might affect your capacity to attend teaching or undertake assessment.

In addition to the broad range of support services provided centrally by Cardiff University, students with specific needs will be supported as required.

Feedback

You will receive written feedback for written coursework assignments, oral feedback for assessed presentations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment:

Achievement of learning outcomes in the classroom based modules is assessed by University examinations set in January and May/June. The balance between examination and coursework depends upon the modules selected, in addition to a triple module (30-credit) case study.

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of Stage 2, the Dissertation, with a mark of 50% or higher.

Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a Distinction. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a Merit. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education for 120 credits in Stage 1. Candidates failing to complete the 120 credits equired for Stage 1 may still be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will practise and develop the following skills:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand theories, principles and concepts in the context of Manufacturing Engineering thus supporting the effective application of engineering science, mathematics and other disciplines needed for Manufacturing Engineering problem solving.
  • Understand the limitations of current knowledge and technologies and the need to gain new knowledge through further study in responding to the changing nature of technologies and needs of siciety.
  • Understand the role of Innovation in the context Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Acquire management skills appropriate for a career in Manufacturing Engineering and/or research environment.
  • Enable the critical analysis of information including current literature in support of the identification of gaps in information that may lead to innovations and developments in Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Be aware of and be able to respond to the responsibilities professional engineers have to society.

Intellectual Skills

  • Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based, methods in the assessment and solution of Manufacturing Engineering challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
  • Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Systematically undertake a significant research project in an area of Manufacturing Engineering Innovation and Management which includes originality in the application of knowledge.
  • Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
  • Conceive, plan, execute and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
  • Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.

Practical Skills

  • Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of Manufacturing Engineering Innovation and Management problems.
  • Successfully undertake a major project, taking account of constraints such as time, cost, health and safety as well as environmental issues.

Transferable Skills

  • Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
  • Manage resources and time.
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
  • Generate a concise literature review.
  • Make effective use of information technology and communications (ITC) tools.
  • Work effectively in a group context towards achieving specific goals and targets.
  • Understand the role of individual and team based project work in the context of professional Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Develop project management skills appropriate for a career in engineering and an understanding of the application of these skills in a commercial and/or research environment.

Employment opportunities for students undertaking the proposed programme will be largely with national and international companies in the manufacturing engineering sector.

You may wish to use the MSc platform to go on to study for a PhD which can lead to an industrial or academic career.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment is needed for this course.