Our Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc degree focuses on providing you with a unique learning opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in advanced manufacturing, aiming to produce the leading engineers and researchers required for Industry 4.0 oriented smart manufacturing to improve products and production processes.
This course is designed to address the challenges of modern manufacturing and enterprise systems. It covers a breadth of subjects that enables you to appreciate and deal with the complexities of modern industrial environments. You’ll learn the latest techniques in manufacturing and systems engineering and work on real issues and problems given by our industrial partners.
Built on our world-class research and expertise, this degree addresses the full spectrum of subjects concerning advanced manufacturing including advanced design, manufacturing technologies including manufacturing simulation and robotics, sensors and measurements, data analytics, quality engineering management and supply chain management.
The course is developed with strong industrial advice and the appropriate balance of theory and practice. You’ll be taught by a team of expert staff and industry collaborators and have access to excellent laboratory resources and facilities, including the latest engineering software tools.
Brunel’s Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It can be studied either full-time over one year, or three-to-five-years via distance learning.
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As a full-time student of this postgraduate engineering degree, you will study four modules in the first term, and four in the second. You will then spend four months working on your dissertation. This involves an in-depth study of a manufacturing problem or situation, requiring a high standard of investigation and presentation. The analysis of a ‘real’ industrial problem is expected, frequently involving a company or workplace.
If you’re studying via distance learning, you’ll usually take four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year, and your dissertation in the third year.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Computer Aided Engineering 1
- Systems Modelling and Simulation
- Manufacturing Systems and Economics
- Sustainable Manufacture and Design
- Advanced Measurement Systems and Data Analysis
- Robotics and Manufacturing Automation
- Quality Management and Reliability
- Project Management
- Global Manufacturing
- Design of Mechatronic Systems (full-time only)
- Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management (distance learning only)
- Managing People and Organisations (distance learning only)
Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
The in-depth knowledge and advanced skills acquired through this Industry 4.0 oriented programme will prepare you for various career positions and destinations. Our close project links with industry (e.g. Rolls-Royce, TWI and NPL) will further enhance your employability.
Our graduates are ready to become leading engineers, researchers, project leaders or entrepreneurs in manufacturing industry, research organisations and universities.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology subject. Other subjects with relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. This means that your education will be at the forefront of scholarship and practice, covering the most up-to-date industry knowledge.
Your learning will be enhanced through guest speakers from different areas in manufacturing and technology.
Study will combine lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised laboratory sessions, and individual and group project work.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Modes of study
The taught element of the course takes place from September to April. From May to September you’ll conduct an individual project and prepare your dissertation.
Three-to-five-years distance learning
The self-study distance learning programme enables you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.
You have up to five years to complete the course, though the average is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and writing their dissertation in the third year.
You should allow about twelve hours each week for study.
You can sit your examinations either at Brunel University or in the country where you are resident. We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council offices) throughout the world that can provide invigilation services.
Assessment and feedback
Your work will be assessed through written exams, assignments, reports, presentations, individual and group projects, and your dissertation project.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Distance learning students: September 2019 and January 2020 £845 per 15 credit module, plus £3,380 for a 60 credit dissertation
Distance learning students: January 2019 £815 per 15 credit module, plus £3,260 for a 60 credit dissertation
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).