Overview

Smart technology is the future. Machines that talk to each other, learn from their surroundings and respond accordingly – think driverless cars – are the shape of things to come. With our MSc Electrical Smart Systems Engineering, you’ll put yourself at the centre of these exciting technological developments, working at the forefront of Industry 4.0.

Focusing on applied skills, this new course is a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge in this specialist engineering field. You’ll study nine core units, taking in the key technological foundations of Industry 4.0. That includes two project management units, helping you learn the principles behind the delivery of successful projects. It’s a rounded approach that means you’ll cover both design and implementation.

You’ll then be ready to tackle an in-depth engineering research project. In our high-tech facilities, you’ll learn to use the modern tools and equipment you’ll come across in the workplace.

Throughout it all, you’ll be supported by highly experienced teaching and research staff, who’ll ensure that what you’re learning is 100% relevant to the industry. And, with both technical and project management skills, as well as a proven ability to apply critical thinking to real-world problems, you’ll leave us ready to play a constructive role in shaping the future.

Length

  • 1 year
  • 2 years (with optional industry placement)

Features and Benefits

  • Professional focus – The course content is designed to deliver outcomes recognised by The Engineering Council as further learning for your professional registration.
  • Excellent facilities – We’ve got industry-standard facilities, giving you the latest tools and equipment to help you hone your practical skills.
  • Experienced teaching – We have more than 60 highly respected academic staff members and post-doctoral researchers working at the forefront of the industry, together with a seasoned technical team.
  • Cutting-edge research – Our researchers are addressing the biggest challenges facing contemporary society, from combating the adverse effects of climate change to seeking a sustainable future and giving Industry 4.0 the tools it needs to succeed.
  • Optional placement year - Boost your career prospects and put theory into practice with an industry placement
  • Additional qualifications – If you want to boost your computer-aided engineering experience, we’ll help you sit the exam to become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA). We’ll also support you if you want to supplement your project management knowledge with a Prince2 Foundation course.
  • Friendly atmosphere – Our social learning spaces, with plenty of opportunities to mix and share experiences with colleagues, offer a warm, open environment for your studies.
  • Thriving technology sector – Being in Manchester puts the largest centre for science, healthcare and engineering outside the capital on your doorstep. It’s a perfect place to pursue your career.

Career Prospects

Practical, independent thinkers with both technical expertise and a strong grasp of modern management techniques are in high demand across the industry. So, with this master 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.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) or design-based subject with lab or practical components.

IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5.

Course Details

You’ll study nine core units, covering areas including Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart Systems for Industry 4.0 and Management of Projects, as well as an in-depth masters project.

Year 1

Core units:

  • Smart Systems for Industry 4.0
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Engineering Design for Innovation
  • Systems Engineering for Industry
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Management of Projects Fundamentals
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Individual Research Project
Year 2

Postgraduate Industrial Placement Year

  • Following the completion of the academic credits for their MSc award, students gain additional practice credits by working for a minimum of 36 weeks and maximum 42 weeks (excluding paid and statutory holidays) in an industrial setting, relevant to the student’s programme. 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.
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 industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill set. Learning things that can’t be taught or experienced in a classroom, you’ll gain hands-on experience and inside knowledge of the 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 students in finding suitable placements. There will also be plenty of help and advice from the University staff within 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 the industry.

A placement fee of £1850 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 school strives to align its research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the school are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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: £16,500 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

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 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 29, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
Duration
1 - 2 years
Full-time
Price
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: Full-time: £8,500 to £9,250 per year. Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time: £16,500 per year.
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