Embrace advances in technology and help to shape future. 3D printing is at the forefront of advancing technology; revolutionising the manufacturing, healthcare, product development and even fashion industries.

With major companies such as Boeing, NASA, Nike, L’Oreal and the NHS investing heavily into this technology, now is the time to get qualified for an exciting career that could take you in many directions.

Our innovative new Master's degree offers hands-on training in the fascinating fields of digital manufacturing and 3D design, producing highly skilled graduates ready for exciting careers in industry.

Features and benefits

  • From artists to entrepreneurs, engineers to healthcare scientists – this course is aimed at anyone with an inquisitive mind and a desire to learn the skills required to succeed in this dynamic industry.
  • Fail-fast, fail often. We positively encourage our students to try new designs, test them and learn by failing. By evaluating the failures, we learn how to make things better.
  • Study and work in the state-of-the-art PrintCity facility, which is equipped with the very latest 3D printers from FormLabs, Ultimaker, MarkForged, Airwolf, 3D Systems, StrataSys. You will also create metal castings from 3D printed plastic patterns and post-process them using dedicated procedures such as a laser-welding and bead-blasting.
  • The programme has a strong working relationship with Autodesk UK and provides a route for students to become an ‘Autodesk Certified User’. This is a recognised qualification in addition to the programme award which demonstrates proficiency with computer-aided-design software and will be attractive to future employers.
  • The programme structure and student lifecycle are designed to slowly build a variety of skills and portfolio of work that will provide an exit velocity to launch our graduates into the better-paid positions within Industry 4.0.

Course details

Whilst covering all aspects of industrial digitalisation, the course will centre around 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing). The aim of the programme is to educate and train work-ready, capable and equipped professionals; better placed to fulfil the requirements of higher-paid positions within Industry 4.0 and contribute to its further research and development.

You will learn how to digitally model, design and evaluate components and products; some of which cannot be made using other methods of manufacture. We strongly embrace a ‘fail-fast, fail-often’ design approach so that you can learn which parts of your designs work, and which need redesigning. You will 3D print a large number of these models on-site using our wide range of stereolithography (SLA) and fusion deposition modelling (FDM) printers. In addition, you will perform post-production operations in a dedicated laboratory to finalise your creations.

The programme is positioned at the cutting-edge of technology and examines how UK manufacturing could be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technologies (IDT). As such, as part of this programme, you will visit complex technical organisations to witness the impact that is being made.

Core Units

  • CAD Modelling and Product Design
  • Industrial Digital Technologies
  • Generative Design and the Wider Digital Realm
  • Project Management and Organisations
  • Project Quality Management
  • Research Project in Industrial Digitalisation
  • Research Methods and Skills

Career prospects

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is already underway, where physical and cyber systems work together. These cyber-physical systems are affecting every industry across the globe and are growing at a staggering pace. Manufacturing is changing and so have the tools. The digital skills and knowledge gained in this course will allow graduates to embark on, or enhance their career within Industry 4.0 and to be well-positioned to disrupt industries or businesses that have yet to make the switch. Graduates will also be well-placed to pursue a PhD following successful completion of the course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 in a UK Honours degree that contains laboratory or practical components is normally required. Examples of relevant degree subjects include: Engineering, Product Design and Technology, Computing and Digital Technology, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Technology and Interior Design. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted. Applicants who don’t meet these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other professional qualifications or degree disciplines will be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience. We may interview you as part of your application.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
8,500 GBP
UK and EU students: £8,500 per year. Non-EU and Channel Island students: £14,500 per year.
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