This is the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Machines are getting ever smarter – able to take an astounding range of complicated decisions without human control or guidance. Our MSc Mechanical Smart Systems Engineering is a chance to get in on the ground floor of Industry 4.0. With the skills and understanding, you’ll develop here, you should have everything you need to rise to the very top.
Focusing on applied skills, this new course is a unique and amazing opportunity to develop your expertise in manufacturing in the modern era. You’ll study a range of units, taking in the key technological foundations of Industry 4.0. You’ll also develop professional skills with two project management units, where you will learn the principles behind delivering innovation to the industry.
In our high-tech facilities, you’ll learn to use the modern tools and equipment you’ll come across in the workplace and working with our experienced and specialist staff you’ll be ready to tackle an in-depth engineering research project that will set you apart from others.
Throughout it all, you’ll have the support of our experienced teaching and research staff, who will ensure that what you learn is 100% relevant to the industry. And, with technical, real-world thinking and project management skills, you will have a proven ability, ready to play a constructive role in shaping our technological future.
- 1 year
- 2 years (with optional industry placement)
Features and Benefits
- Professional focus – The course is designed to deliver the professional competencies employers desire and provide you with a valuable set of transferable skills that will set you apart from others.
- 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.
Practical, independent thinkers with both technical expertise and a strong grasp of modern management techniques are in high demand across the industry. With this Masters 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.
A minimum of 2:2 STEM or design-based degree course containing laboratory or practical components is normally required. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted.
IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5.
You’ll study nine core units, covering areas including Applied Materials for Modernisation, Manufacturing for Industry 4.0 and Management of Projects, as well as an in-depth masters project.
- Manufacturing for Industry 4.0
- Applied Materials for Modernisation
- Computer-Aided Engineering
- Engineering Design for Innovation
- Systems Engineering for Industry
- Engineering Sustainability
- Management of Projects Fundamentals
- Management of Projects Professional Practice
- Individual Engineering Research Project
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.