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Advanced Manufacture: Technology & Systems MSc/PgDip

Advanced Manufacture: Technology & Systems MSc/PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Manufacturing Technology

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course?

Manufacturing and engineering are thriving sectors at the heart of the UK economy. They generate jobs, promote economic growth and increase global trade.

Manufacturing engineers therefore play a vital role in integrating technology and management within the sector to achieve added value and deliver superior performance.

This course is designed for:

  • graduates with experience in manufacturing, engineering, design or business who wish to develop their manufacturing expertise. This course is ideal for graduates wishing to transfer smoothly and effectively to a career in the manufacturing sector of industry
  • established manufacturing engineers, designers and managers working in the industry who are facing new challenges and increased areas of responsibility. New disruptive technologies also present a significant opportunity for existing professionals to further develop their career in advanced manufacturing technology systems.

What you'll study

This course will prepare students for industrial careers within a reinvigorated global manufacturing sector.

At the end of the course you'll have a greater understanding of the methods, tools and techniques relating to advanced manufacturing technology and systems.

You'll be able to apply your knowledge and skills by taking part in projects to solve some of the technological problems currently faced by industry.

Industrial experience

During the programme, you'll undertake an individual and group project.

For group projects, you'll have the opportunity to work with fellow students and an industrial client to address a practical problem. You'll gain direct industry experience to add to your CV, develop skills, manage a project through to completion and practice working in a multidisciplinary group preparing you for collaborative work throughout your future career.

Accreditation: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Students will also achieve PgDip exit awards during this course.


We work closely with the University's Careers Service. They offer advice and guidance on career planning and looking for and applying for jobs. In addition they administer and publicise graduate and work experience opportunities.

Different course options

Full time | University of Strathclyde | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module aims to introduce students to the concepts and basic technology of manufacturing automation and to be able to select suitable applications and specify the type of automation to be used in specific cases. The module covers: Automation in manufacturing industry, why and where; Industrial robots, automation and typical applications; Open and closed loop control; Problems in robot design and control; Types of motion control; Control system functions; Advantages and disadvantages of electric and fluid power systems; Types of electric motors and their control techniques, simple actuators for hydraulic and pneumatic systems; Methods of programming robots; Relative economics of human labour, reprogrammable and hard automation and Safety considerations for industrial robots and other automated systems. At the end of this module students will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of why manufacturing automation is used Describe the conditions under which manual and/or automated production methods would be applied Analyse the configuration and technical specifications of an automation system suitable for a specified task Synthesise a manufacturing task suited to a specified automated system Analyse and understand the technological elements of drive and control, and machine vision, systems Critically appreciate the kinematic and dynamic problems associated with the control of automated systems Understand the implications of applying automation in human terms Demonstrate knowledge of safety factors that must be considered when installing automation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline.

University information

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