M.Sc. Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Brunel University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,750 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 16,000 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Intensity: Flexible
Part-time variant: Flexible
Structure: Fully structured
Student interaction: Online group works/assignments
Attendance: Exams and graduation only, Regular mandatory meetings
Teacher support: Continuous support with feedback on request

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The Advanced Manufacturing Systems (AMS) course is designed to address the challenges of modern Manufacturing and Enterprise Systems. It covers a breadth of subjects that enable candidates to appreciate and deal with complexities of modern industrial environments.

Aims In designing this MSc programme, we have kept a number of objectives clearly in mind.

Our aims

* To demonstrate how the technological and human resources of manufacturing are organised to make products in the most competitive way.
* To provide a thorough knowledge of the potential and limitations of new manufacturing technologies.
* To illustrate the essential role of the human resource and its effective integration into the manufacturing system.
* To give the sound theoretical underpinning necessary to exploit the potential of modern manufacturing systems.
* To fit management and strategic theories into the realities of modern manufacturing by demonstrating a positive applications approach.
* To encourage work on real industrial problems, giving confidence in the ideas underlying manufacturing and the practicalities of implementing these ideas.

Who is the programme designed for?

* Recent engineering and technology graduates who have decided to move into manufacturing and related disciplines.
* Established manufacturing engineers working in industry and faced with the challenge of new areas of responsibility.
* Managers and designers working in manufacturing organisations who need to invest in their personal career development.
* Others with engineering, technology or appropriate business backgrounds working in advisory, consultancy or research roles, who need to familiarise themselves with advanced manufacturing systems.


Modes of Study

1 Year Full-TimeThe taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.
3-5 Years Distance Learning
The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.

There is no requirement to attend lectures at Brunel University, instead you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials.

Students can take between 3 and 5 years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is 3 years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of 5 years.


Compulsory modules:

Systems Modelling and Simulation

Manufacturing Systems and Economics

Sustainable Design and Manufacture

Advanced Manufacturing Measurement

Robotics and Automation

Computer Aided Engineering


Optional modules (2 modules):

Microprocessors and Embedded Systems

Design of Mechatronics Systems

Project Management

Quality Management and Reliability

Global Manufacturing


A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline. Other subjects with relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


We are pleased to announce our 2014/15 Brunel International Scholarships, which will comprise a 15% discount on the cost of tuition fees.

The new extended deadline for applying for the 2014/15 Brunel International Scholarship Programme is now Friday, 30 May 2014. All applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by July 2014.

Thanks to the generosity of Brunels alumni and supporters, we are offering 37 awards, which are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes.

The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award, run by the Brunel International office and open to all international students. Its goal is to provide over £110,000 of financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University.

Other Scholarships and Discounts for International Students

Academic Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) Automatic 15% tuition fee discount, unlimited to those who meet the conditions.

Academic Excellence Scholarships (Undergraduate) Up to 150 awards of £3000, apply through evision.



The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK, if you have a qualifying first degree. Please check with the relevant professional body.

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