M.Sc. Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Brunel University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,740 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,334 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 180 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Full-time

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This 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.

The AMES graduates will be equipped with the latest techniques in manufacturing and systems engineering for dealing with complexities in:

* Efficient and economical performance of Industrial systems ranging from manufacturing, finance, transport, health, and public services.
* Managing and providing solutions for advanced automated and semi-automated industries.
* Application of advanced computer and mathematical modelling for improved performance, design and management of industrial systems.
* The latest advanced material technology and micro/nano manufacturing to achieve highest manufacturing capabilities.
* Management and implementation of Projects and Operations under time and resource constraints.

The Advanced Manufacturing Systems programme consists of three main schemes, Technology, Systems and Management.

The technology scheme: enables you to appreciate the technological challenges of modern industrial systems. The scheme provides you with the necessary skills to tackle issues in manufacturing methods, design, applied control, and precision manufacturing.

The systems scheme: deals with modern mathematical tools for measuring systems performance techniques such as, discrete event simulation, modelling, stochastic analysis, queuing theory, quality and reliability issues.

The management scheme: enables you to appreciate the necessary management skills to run and effectively manage projects, companies and large consortiums. You will acquire the necessary skills to design and manage supply chains.

In addition to a strong theoretical background, AMS will offer you the opportunity to acquire practical skills in the subject area with its state-of-the-art workshops and computer labs. AMS is run by one of the strongest research groups in the University and within the UK. The members of the group were ranked 5 out of 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. The team at Brunel University is in the process of applying for accreditation programme from Professional Bodies and is confident that it will achieve full accreditation from these bodies.

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

Our aims are:

* 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-Time - The 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. Assessment is by a combination of assignments and examinations. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in. We have an extensive network of organisations (Universities, Colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world who will provide invigilation services. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. The exams are held in May and September each year. Taught Modules

* Computer Aided Design and Manufacture(15 credits) Main topics of study: principles of product lifecycle management; systematic design process; geometric modelling of objects; NC manufacturing.
* Robotics and Manufacturing Automation(15 credits) Main topics of study: automation and control fundamentals; robotics and intelligent machines; intelligent manufacturing systems.
* Advanced Manufacturing Measurement(15 credits) Main topics of study: basics of measurement; measurement uncertainty; data analysis and modeling; displacement measurement (capacitive, inductive and magnetic sensors; linear scales); interferometry (heterodyne and homodyne, calibration); surface metrology (instrumentation - stylus and optical; characterisation - profile and areal; calibration); scanning probe microscopy (SPM dimensional metrology, calibration); materials metrology (general materials metrology, SPM for materials, energy beam techniques, analytical techniques); low force and mass measurement; co-ordinate measuring machines. (National Physical Laboratory [one of the top two advanced Metrology and Measurement centres in the world] delivers this module. You will be taught and can conduct your projects and dissertations in one of the most advanced measurement laboratories in the world.)
* Global Manufacturing Strategy and Operations (15 credits) Main topics of study: enterprise systems for supporting the product manufacturing, and development and lifecycle; the marketing/services/supply chains and their interface; e-Manufacturing and operations; digital enterprise technology (DET), virtual organizations and the integration; selection and use of DET and e-manufacturing tools; global manufacturing implementation issues and methodology; global manufacturing concept, methodology and implementation issues; case studies on global manufacturing operations and best practices.
* Systems Modelling and Simulation(15 credits) Main topics of study: principles of systems engineering. modelling and analysis of discrete Systems; material Flow systems (assembly lines, transfer lines, serial systems, shop scheduling, Flexible Manufacturing, Group technology, Facility layout); machine setup and operation sequence; Material Handling systems; general Modelling approaches (Queuing Models); process Simulation and data analysis, enterprise operations; supply chain and logistics-reverse logistics modelling concepts.
* Advanced Manufacturing Methods (15 credits) The module aims to meet the growing need of manufacturing industry for graduates with high level knowledge and skills in advanced manufacturing methods and precision technologies including energy beam processes and ultra-precision machine design and micro manufacturing processes.
* Quality Management and Reliability (15 credits)This module seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles of modern quality assurance which underpin the discipline and their application in engineering, manufacturing and enterprise. Additionally, it seeks to provide a professional-level working knowledge of the advanced techniques of reliability engineering and an ability to apply them to improving the maintenance, the maintainability and the safety of existing and proposed plant in their workplace.
* Advanced Manufacturing Systems Projects(15 credits) Main topics of study: a basic study of the properties of materials; a comprehensive review of materials processing methods and an introduction to new processes under development; a review of the main polymer processing routes; processing of thermoplastic polymers (synthetic and natural), metals, polymer composites and ceramics; advanced manufacturing processes utilised in the application of functional materials and controlling procedures during manufacture.
* Dissertation (60 credits)Following the taught part of the programme and reflecting individual interests, the dissertation is an in-depth study of a manufacturing problem or situation, requiring a high standard of investigation and presentation. The analysis of a 'real' problem is expected, frequently involving a company or workplace. Close liaison between the University, the student and, where appropriate, the company, is essential when selecting a topic which has a suitable academic content and an appropriate scope, relevance and timescale. Some students may wish their dissertations to be considered by the Chartered Engineering Institutions to satisfy requirements for corporate membership. In this case, a further set of criteria will have to be satisfied and you should contact the appropriate institute on the best way to proceed. Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:

* New product development in aerospace
* Lean manufacturing principles: a framework for improving production efficiencies


A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification usually in science or engineering or technology. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

English Language requirements : IELTS score 6.0 with a minimum of 5 in each subsection; TOEFL (computer-based) score 213 and 4 in essay rating (TWE); TOEFL (paper-based) score 550 and 4 in essay rating (TWE).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550


From Industrial Sponsors:

Currently, applications can be made for industrial sponsorships through the AMEE group. The sponsorships will be based on individual cases and through communications between the AMEE group and the Industrial Partners.

You can apply for Industrial Sponsorship by enclosing an application in the form of a one page essay with your Admission Application Form. In your essay you should explain why you qualify for a partial or full sponsorship by our industrial partners.

From Brunel University:AMEE Subject Area

The top graduate (highest grade in the same year) from AMS will be considered for a full or partial scholarship to cover tuition fees (normally 3 years) for the candidate to pursue research in the same area for PhD.

Applicants who have had exceptional achievements such as wining national or International Scientific Olympiads or nationally or internationally recognised inventions can also apply for Full or Partial scholarships to cover their tuition fees whilst reading AMS.



The MSc Advanced Manufacturing Systems is accredited by both the IET and IMechE and this will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

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