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Manufacture Materials Design (T805) Credits from The Open University

Manufacture Materials Design (T805) Credits from The Open University

Key information

Qualification type

Credits from The Open University

Subject areas

Materials Engineering & Technology Manufacturing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for engineers with an interest in manufacturing, whether from a production, materials or design perspective. Introducing materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer, this course explores how to make components. You will focus on the interactions between manufacturing, materials and design rather than studying each one independently. The traditional routes to the manufacture of components ? casting, forming, cutting and joining ? are complemented by additive manufacturing and surface engineering, and set in a business context to help develop your decision-making skills. By gaining a deeper understanding of the scientific and technological principles that govern these basic processes, you will be able to play a more effective role as a professional engineer. Manupedia, an interactive databank of manufacturing processes, plays a key role in your study.

From an external perspective, the world of product manufacture has changed beyond recognition in the last fifty years. But underneath it all there are only so many basic ways you can convert materials into objects ? through casting, forming, cutting and joining. Even the rapidly developing world of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), which looks set to disrupt our whole approach to making things, still relies on the scientific principles of casting, cutting and joining to build components. You will study all these techniques in depth, along with the technologically vital field of surface engineering, where a wide variety of methods are used to modify the surface properties of a shaped component. Processes will be illustrated by case studies ? some short and some more developed ? that highlight the complex interrelationships between factors that result in one process being preferred for a specific application rather than another. Many of these factors relate to the design of the product and the commercial environment in which it is being manufactured. Therefore you will look at a number of aspects of the business context that influence the choice and operation of manufacturing processes. On this course, you will be expected to take 3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 6 months | MAY

Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Not known

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a UK university.