MSc Mechanical Smart Systems Engineering

Available with optional placement year

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Overview

This is the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Machines are getting ever smarter – able to take an astounding range of complicated decisions without human control or guidance. Our MSc Mechanical Smart Systems Engineering is a chance to get in on the ground floor of Industry 4.0. With the skills and understanding you’ll develop here, you should have everything you need to rise to the very top.

Focusing on applied skills, this new course is a unique and amazing opportunity to develop your expertise in manufacturing in the modern era. You’ll study a range of units, taking in the key technological foundations of Industry 4.0. You’ll also develop professional skills with two project management units, where you will learn the principles behind delivering innovation to industry.

In our high-tech facilities, you’ll learn to use the modern tools and equipment you’ll come across in the workplace and working with our experienced and specialist staff you’ll be ready to tackle an in-depth engineering research project that will set you apart from others.

Throughout it all, you’ll have the support of our experienced teaching and research staff, who will ensure that what you learn is 100% relevant to industry. And, with technical, real-world thinking and project management skills, you will have a proven ability, ready to play a constructive role in shaping our technological future.

Optional placement year

This course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill set. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.

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Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Practical, independent thinkers with both technical expertise and a strong grasp of modern management techniques are in high demand across the industry. With this Masters under your belt, you could be looking to move into a role at the operational level of a company, implementing lean, best-value manufacturing.

You’ll be able to apply for jobs in a wide range of industries, including the production, process, transport, power, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. If you decide to continue with your studies, you’ll also be well placed to enter a PhD or an Engineering Doctorate programme.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, and for up to three years after you finish your course. Dedicated careers and employability advisors in the Department of Engineering and the University Careers Service will help you find the role that’s right for you.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 STEM or design-based degree course containing laboratory or practical components is normally required. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted.

IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5

Course details

You’ll study nine core units, covering areas including Applied Materials for Modernisation, Manufacturing for Industry 4.0 and Management of Projects, as well as an in-depth masters project.

  • Manufacturing for Industry 4.0
  • Applied Materials for Modernisation
  • Computer-Aided Engineering
  • Engineering Design for Innovation
  • Systems Engineering for Industry
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Management of Projects Fundamentals
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Individual Engineering Research Project

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Core Units

Management of Projects Fundamentals

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the fundamentals of project management and the management of projects through the Body of Knowledge (APM) and Book of Knowledge (PMI).

Management of Projects Professional Practice

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.

Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.

Engineering Design for Innovation

The success of Industry 4.0 depends on innovative, sustainable and fully fit-for-purpose designs for new and existing products, which exploit the latest technological advances in engineering. Effective designs depend on a structured and holistic approach to the design process.

Students will learn about the different stages of the design life cycle, and associated techniques and methodologies, such as Quality Function Deployment (QFD), concept ideas and selection, materials and manufacturing methods, and full life-cycle analysis, with reference to applicable legislation and standards, marketplace, environmental and sustainability factors.

Systems Engineering for Industry

A range of interdisciplinary skills in systems thinking and systems analysis will be required to support the delivery of new engineering products, enterprise and services for Industry 4.0.

Students will learn how analysis and decision making during the operational and developmental phases of the system life cycle for complex systems is supported by hierarchical models of the system’s structure and its functional and physical building blocks.

Engineering Sustainability

A resilient and sustainable economic future depends on engineering products and processes that use resources and energy at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Students will learn about the latest developments in harvesting energy from natural resources, such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells, gaseous and liquid biofuels, etc. and about what informs business decision-making when evaluating sustainable plant performance and materials selection.

Individual Research Project

Inspired by the learning from the other units on their programme, the research and enterprise activity of the teaching team, and possibly by relevant workplace experience, students will use this unit to develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of a subject field within their engineering area of study. 

A supporting directed programme of study will introduce students to research methods and practical guidance for proposing, developing, implementing and reporting a research project.

Students will work with a supervisory team to identify an area of study that is within the disciplinary scope of the award, and one that will have sufficient breadth and depth to meet the unit and programme learning outcomes. A range of themed challenges will be offered, for example Industry 4.0, Transport, Energy and the Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Project Management and Water.

Applied Materials for Modernisation

Materials Science is one of the key disciplines of the 21st Century. Innovations in the design and modification of materials will make significant contributions in the years and decades to come, providing intelligent products for areas such as health, energy, mobility and communication, as well as environment and climate management.

You will learn about the impact of the latest developments in materials science, and how material properties and characteristics can be enhanced using appropriate additive methods, to improve production methods and engineering design in general.

Manufacturing for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 brings automation, operational intelligence and connectedness to manufacturing to create smart factories, with processes and workflows monitored in real time. Digital twins – accurate computer models of the layout and operation of the factory, provide predictive simulation tools for manufacturing managers. Alternative layouts and workflows can be modelled, analysed, and optimised prior to investing in their implementation.

Students will work with case studies and details of manufacturing cells and workflows, developing accurate digital twin models and applying the principles of predictive simulation to quantify and optimise the benefits, risks and costs of modifications.

Optional Postgraduate Industry Placement Year

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment. This course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving you the opportunity to tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skillset. Learning things that can’t be taught or experienced in a classroom, you’ll gain hands-on experience and an inside knowledge of industrial practice. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.

The University’s Careers Service will assist in finding suitable placements. There will also be plenty of help and advice from staff in the Department of Engineering. After finding a placement, your tutors will be on hand to ensure this is the right choice for you and your career aspirations, to make sure that you get the most from your time in industry.

Following completion of the academic credits for your MSc award, the industry placement allows you to gain additional practice credits by working for a minimum of 36 weeks and maximum 42 weeks (excluding paid and statutory holidays) in an industry setting, relevant to your studies. The placement provides the opportunity to develop a professional career development plan and to apply academic knowledge in the workplace, as well as acquiring additional specialist expertise and transferable skills through responsibilities and contributions to the employer’s business.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Placement options

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment. This course is available with an optional year 2 industrial placement year, giving you the opportunity to tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skillset.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The department strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the department are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 to £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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