Why this course?

Modern manufacturing engineers not only need to be experts in the latest classic manufacturing technologies – they need to know how to exploit the power of Digital Manufacturing to stay competitive in an increasingly global digital market. This course helps you to get a deeper insight into the necessary cyber-physical technologies and newly developing business models.

This course is ideal for graduates wishing to transfer smoothly and effectively to a career in the digital, creative and business services oriented sector of the manufacturing industry.

Digital Manufacturing is technology-enabled manufacturing that uses the latest developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform, augment and boost traditional manufacturing through new digital technologies and thinking.

Industry 4.0 concepts are revolutionizing the world and modern industry is adopting rapidly and at a vast scale, creating new business models and digital technologies. Products are becoming increasingly customizable and interactive.

The power of digital manufacturing also allows creating agile and autonomous production processes that can deliver at scale through smart global digital communication technologies. Industry business models are also shifting significantly; extensive mass customization is augmented by direct prosumer engagement and services become instantaneous and ubiquitous.

Digital Manufacturing utilizes Industry 4.0 technologies such as Cyber-Physical Systems, Industrial Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing and Autonomous Mechatronic Systems. Digital Manufacturing also feeds into new business models such as Through-Life Engineering and Cloud Manufacturing – all extremely hot topics with vast industrial as well as academic potential.

Students will develop specialist skills in:

  • digital manufacturing concepts
  • manufacturing automation
  • mechatronic system design
  • Design for Industry 4.0 and smart products
  • knowledge & information management for engineers


  • MSc: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
  • PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Major Projects

During the programme, you'll undertake an individual project and a group project.

For group projects, you'll have the opportunity to work with fellow students and an industrial client to address a practical problem. You'll gain direct industry experience, develop skills and manage a project through to completion. Previous students have worked with major organizations such as Rolls Royce or BAE Systems, as well as local Scottish SMEs.

For individual projects, you'll have the opportunity to combine the skills learned in other course modules and apply them to an industry-involved or funded project within a specific area of manufacturing.

Guest lecturers

The key course content is taught by leading experts in the fields of Industry 4.0 and smart product design, autonomous and mechatronics systems as well as engineering management.

Teaching staff includes:

  • Professor Jörn Mehnen, internationally renowned expert in Industry 4.0 technology, Internet of Things and Through-Life Engineering as well as Cloud Manufacturing
  • Professor Xiu-Tian Yan – Vice Chairman of the Mechatronics Forum
  • Dr. Mark Post - renowned expert in Manufacturing Automation

The course also provides latest insights through lectures delivered by prestigious industrial as well as outstanding international speakers.


This unique and brand new MSc programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM), the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture, and management of the entire system.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) near Glasgow Airport is hosted by DMEM. The AFRC is a powerful platform with very strong links into industry and host to the latest manufacturing technologies. This gives students direct access to the latest high-tech equipment. The AFRC has invested £35M in equipment for the development of forming and forging technologies.

Our facilities provide you with a large range of rapid prototyping and manufacturing tools and machinery.

The brand new Advanced Digital Manufacturing Facility gives you hands-on access to latest IoT devices that are used in class and that you can also use in your projects. This will help you to design, prototype and manufacture as well as perform research on a broad range of items.

Course content

Compulsory classes

  • Digital Manufacturing Concepts
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Design for Industry 4 & Smart Products
  • Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques
  • Knowledge Engineering & Management For Engineers

Optional classes

You'll take a minimum of 30 credits from:

  • Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
  • System Thinking & Modelling
  • Micro- & Nano-Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials & Production Technology
  • Management of Innovation

Entry requirements

MSc: first or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in engineering, technology or a business related discipline

PgDip: degree plus good HND plus relevant industrial experience

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer, visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the inquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.


Digital Manufacturing is at the top of all international agendas and experts in this field are highly sought after. According to the UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey, students with an evidenced advanced knowledge in Digital Manufacturing have a very high chance of getting lucrative positions in industry after their studies.

Manufacturing and engineering are thriving sectors at the heart of the UK economy. They generate jobs, promote economic growth and increase global trade. Digital Manufacturing is the digital motor that can significantly boost UK business. This course introduces latest state-of-the-art knowledge and practical hands-on insight into:

  • Digital manufacturing concepts
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Mechatronic systems design techniques
  • Design for Industry 4.0 and Smart Products
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 20, 2019
This course is Campus based
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9 - 24 months
7,800 GBP
Full-Time Tuition Per Academic Year: Scotland/EU £7,800; Rest of UK £9,250; International £18,750
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