MSc Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing


Program Description

This postgraduate course in additive manufacturing and 3D printing can provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become an industry professional or researcher in this exciting and expanding area.

You will benefit from Nottingham's industrial links and research strengths in advanced manufacturing, like those established in the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM).

You will have access to additive manufacturing labs and facilities in the new Advanced Manufacturing Building as well as the Coates Building L2 labs. Academic supervision will be available on Jubilee Campus as well as within the Faculty of Engineering on University Park campus.

Key facts

  • This course builds on the success of Nottingham's EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing (CDT) programme.
  • The course is available full-time over one year (12 months).

Course Details


The course consists of taught components as well as an MSc level research and development project. Teaching is provided through lectures, seminars, exercise classes, and laboratory work.

You will study alongside CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) students to gain a thorough and detailed understanding of the principles and techniques of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, the science and mathematical theory which underpins this, and the ability to apply this to your individual project.


Modules are assessed by a combination of examination and coursework, including engineering and management reports, essays, software programs, oral presentations and a project dissertation.

The range of assessment methods provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate transferable skills relevant to a wide range of engineering disciplines.

Learning outcomes

As well as providing you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to become a professional in the advanced manufacturing and 3D sector or to pursue a related career in research, this master's level course will help you to understand the wider multidisciplinary engineering context around this rapidly evolving field. You will also:

  • appreciate the social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial considerations affecting engineering decisions
  • gain a critical awareness of current problems and new insights informed by or at the of forefront additive manufacturing and 3D printing
  • develop initiative and creativity in problem-solving, as well as other transferable skills which can be applied throughout your career


You will have access to the AM labs in the new Advanced Manufacturing building based in Jubilee Park Campus, as well as various other facilities.


The course consists of 120 credits of core modules, with an MSc project worth 60 credits, making a total of 180 credits.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing (autumn): 20 credits

Group Grand Challenge (autumn): 40 credits
Advanced Materials (spring): 10 credits

Advanced Topics in Additive Manufacturing (spring): 20 credits

Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design (spring): 10 credits
Introduction to Metrology (spring): 10 credits

Individual Postgraduate Project (summer): 60 credits

Optional (one is required)

Advanced Technology Review (spring): 10 credits

Materials Design Against Failure (spring): 10 credits

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing is one of the University of Nottingham's research strengths. We are home to the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, which houses our 3D printing facility. It is one of the largest additive manufacturing research groups in the world.

Nottingham has a long history of collaboration with industry, our graduates consistently gaining top jobs with major companies.

This course can provide you with a strong foundation for moving into a relevant industry, improve your employability, or be the basis for further study at PhD level through the pursuit of a career in research.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94.2% of postgraduates in the faculty who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,959 with the highest being £100,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

You will receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of interest, and will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

Last updated Nov 2018

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