We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, with 180 credits to achieve the MSc:
Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):
You will need to complete two x 10 credit core modules and two x 20 credit optional modules
Research Methods, Application and Evaluation - 10 credits
Environmental Risk and Responsibility - 10 credits
Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits):
You will need to complete two core 20 credit modules and select two optional 20 credit modules
CPD and Strategic Management - 20 credits
Additive Manufacture Processes* - 20 credits
*This module includes a one week residential visit to the University of Derby campus during which you will have access to the university’s manufacturing facilities to implement what you’ve learnt in a real-world context.
MSc (60 credits):
You will need to complete a triple module worth 60 credits.
Independent Scholarship (Technology) - 60 credits
Assessment will involve students undertaking design work and writing technical reports. In addition, for some modules there will also be exams which will be taken as part of the residential week (if applicable) or online.
Further detailed module information
- Additive Manufacturing Applications
The process capabilities of Additive Manufacturing Systems provide new opportunities for the manufacture of components. Identification of the potential of these new approaches is key to successful integration of Additive Manufacturing into an organisation’s production portfolio.
There are a number of tools and methodologies which have been designed to exploit the full potential of additive manufacturing and these must be understood in order to make a critical assessment of the impact which a technology may have in a specific application.
Through evaluation of significant case studies and gaining of practical experience with processes and tools this module aims to develop student’s skills in analysis of manufacturing problems and the identification of opportunities for additive manufacturing.
Commercial Additive Manufacturing Applications
Examine case study applications and evaluate innovative opportunities which exploit the capabilities of the AM process.
Understand consumer expectations and acceptance.
Process qualification and component inspection.
Reverse Engineering/ User Co-design / Mass Customisation.
Supply chain design – distributed manufacturing
Design for Additive Manufacturing
Workflow, Software options – range / commonly used tools
File types and translation issues, model preparation and repair.
Complex geometrical modelling – Generative design, Lattice Structures, Topology Optimisation.
- Optional module
- Additive Manufacturing Processes
This module includes a one week residential visit to the University of Derby campus during which you will have access to the university’s manufacturing facilities to implement what you’ve learnt in a real-world context. This residential normally takes place in January before the Spring Trimester and gives you access to state of the art facilities and specialist staff at our research centre, which contains an advanced machining and additive manufacturing facility. In addition to the cost of the module, this residential will incur a cost of approximately £295 which will be payable at the start of the module. You will also be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required), subsistence and accommodation in Derby, though the university will assist where possible with the arrangements.
The term Additive Manufacturing is now widely accepted as referring to the set of technologies used to construct 3D objects directly from CAD (Computer Aided Design) files, via processes which construct components layer by layer. While there are some similarities in process capabilities each of the numerous technologies have specific benefits and limitations.
This module provides students with a detailed understanding of current and emerging additive manufacturing technologies. You will also examine the process of selection of a system with a view to identifying business benefits and evaluating cost implications.
Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Historical development of this manufacturing sector. Categorisation of systems & markets (Commercial, Domestic, Research). Technology specifics (pro’s & con’s, uses) including system parameters. Emerging developments and future trends.
Additive Manufacturing in Context
Business benefit and the selection process. Calculating the cost of AM. Current initiatives / Barriers to Implementation. Scalability and industry aims and objectives.
Practical Additive Manufacturing Experience
Gain hands on experience of a range of AM processes and be able to identify significant operational control and management constraints.
- Core module
- Advanced Materials Science
This module extends your capabilities in the area of advanced materials. You will become familiar with the latest developments in lightweight materials for the development of advanced engineering applications. You will become expert in selection of appropriate materials for demanding engineering applications.
- Brief review of the history, classification, definitions and scope of composite materials.
- Selection of Plastic/Polymer materials.
- Polymer Matrix Composites: Fibres and matrices.
- Mechanics of reinforcement for long and short fibre systems. Present materials used in industrial design and future trends.
- Nano-materials, Nanotubes, Smart Materials and their use, and limitations for various industrial designs.
- Aerospace Materials: Airframe and Engine, Advances in light alloys, High temperature engine materials for creep resistance.
- The use and application of high temperature materials in wider industry
- The application of decay and life cycle analysis to materials selection.
The methodology of material selection using a computer package and appreciation of advanced materials indices.
- Core module
- Continuing Professional Development and Strategic Management
This module is designed to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and be able to transfer them into your own industry/specialism through a structured approach.
Emphasis is placed on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct. You will become adept at forecasting, financial analysis but still operate with regard to business ethics.
The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) element allows you to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline adding to your employability in the work place.
Definitions, mission statements. Analysis of industries using strategic models. Development of strategic thrusts in a global environment.
Management of People and Quality
Effective management of people Organizing and motivating people, and controlling activities. Managing research, development, design, and production activities. Improving quality – overview of philosophies from a strategic viewpoint.
Financial and Cost Analysis
Methods of financial and cost analysis. Applying financial and managerial accounting to the effective management of technology projects.
Projections of future economic environment, growth of demand, planned expansion, use of resources, levels of confidence in projections, risk evaluation and profitability analysis.
Concepts of ethics/ethical codes relevant to your chosen professional body and applied to strategic scenarios.
- Core module
- Data Science Visualisation
Recently data visualisation has proved itself to be an indispensable tool both in business and industry. As data volumes double every 12 to 18 months, it has become evident that visual methods and tools sitting on the top of analytical engines are essential to examine and monitor industrial, manufacturing and business establishments worldwide. Additionally dealing with real-time data pertaining to industrial processes, Statistical process control in manufacturing and part inspection require processing and visualisation of the data. A number of propriety, open-source and web-based tools provide suitable environment will be used to have deeper understanding of information hidden within the data and provide suitable basis for story-telling scenarios. Examples of the tools may be, but no limited to Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, SAS JMP, etc.
This module provides students with the opportunities to work with a wide range of visualisation tools and data sets to develop their visualisation skills.
This module provides the students with opportunity to understand and apply the relevant professional ethical frameworks, such as the UK statistics Authority Code of Practice among others to their activities.
The module will consider topics such as:
- Ethical and professional standards for visual analytics
- Current tools and technologies for the visualisation of data sets of all sizes and types
- Critical comparison of the capabilities of a range of visualisation tools from high performance tools through to those suitable for small data sets
- Emerging tools and technologies for the visualisation of data sets of all sizes and types
These topics will be related to current situations and contexts, in order to develop relevant practical and academic understanding and application of the relevant frameworks, theories and principles.
Typical tools used, R and Python, Tabluo using open data sets.
- Optional module
- Design and Material Selection
Unlike conventional production processes of materials removal, additive manufacturing is based on an incremental manufacturing philosophy. Traditional methods of manufacture are usually from homogeneous materials, where material property profiles, and hence their performance, are well known and predictable through conventional design and materials selection. The specific materials selection challenges, with regards to design and materials selection in additive manufacturing, are due to the method of manufacturing. In additive manufacturing different material combinations can be used to accentuate design to the extent that designers are able to exploit the delineation of different materials to produce specific design features, as well as extra functionality layers, and the potential for variation of material composition through the component. These characteristics, which can be exploited and coupled with a derestricted geometrical limitation, provide an opportunity for exciting new approaches to product and engineering design.
Where components are manufactured on additive systems it is imperative that the functional behaviour as well as the aesthetic of the product can be ensured through correct design and materials selection. This is especially critical in the transport industry where the qualification of components is essential as any failures have potentially life threatening implications.
This module explores methodologies for determining how the interconnectedness of manufacturing and materials selection affects the design process. The concept of individual design or customisation and the wider issues which this entails will be brought together with a critical understanding of how the properties of materials can be optimised through the design and additive manufacturing process.
Materials Selection and Design Methodologies
A brief review of the materials universe and their applications. A critical review of different materials selection and design methodologies including new product development, cost effectiveness and value analysis. Comparison with current manufacturing methods and materials. Present design and materials selection considerations such as design for reuse and recycling. Product lifecycles. Product liability and IPR.
Design for Additive Manufacturing
Design optimisation. Component analysis and testing. Quality processes. Digital materials, Additively Manufactured Composites.
Critical review of materials used in additive manufacturing techniques such as material extrusion, powder bed fusion, material jetting, binder jetting, directed energy deposition, vat photopolymerisation, sheet lamination and laser sintering.
Powder metallurgy and polymer material developments for additive manufacturing processes. Economic and environmental drivers and restrictions to materials development. Specific challenges for additive manufacturing material analysis. Materials specification and selection using Cambridge Engineering Selector and other techniques.
The module will make use of industrial case studies and speakers from industry throughout.
- Optional module
- Environmental Risk and Responsibility
The module enables designers, technologists and engineers to critically evaluate how their individual professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which they are working and affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, the module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker. The obligation of doing more than just complying with legal obligations and thus benefiting the environment is balanced against the economic imperatives of private industry and the public accountability of NGOs and governments. This is an interdisciplinary module so that students will be asked to work outside their areas of expertise and interact with other students and members of the community from different cultural, social and disciplinary areas to evaluate and offer design and technological decisions to reduce environmental risks. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.
Sustainable Development – Global Context
Historical and political contexts. Assessing the global, national and local context of environmental pressures and risk. Appraising the dichotomy of sustainable development and continued industrialisation and the uses of methodologies for weighing costs of against benefits. The role of international agreements and environmental stewardship to produce a low carbon society. Environmental threats and indicators of consumption, such as ecological footprints and similar measures. Tools for improving environmental performance e.g. economic instruments, technological solutions, legislation and social and moral pressure. Soft systems methodology applied to sustainable development to
- living within environmental limits
- ensuring a strong, healthy and just society
- promoting good governance
- achieving a sustainable economy
- using sound science responsibly.
Assessment and implementation of techniques for the optimisation of efficient use of resources and costs in manufacturing industry and other organisations.
Infrastructure Planning for Sustainable Development
A review of the historical development of planning from organic to planned spatial design. Development of design guidelines and the place of making strategies. The importance of ecological restoration policy and the use of initiation, site identification, site appraisal, brownfield and greenfield sites and policy instruments will be introduced. The use of legislation to assess environmental risk such as environmental statements and environmental impact assessments is covered.
Environmental Decision Making
The definition of the environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors is explored with a systems framework when managing risk and making environmental decisions in complex situations. The use of various techniques such as environmental standards and instruments for environmental decision making applied to real case studies in areas such as manufacturing, design, process development, architecture and civil engineering is included.
- Core module
- Independent Scholarship
The Postgraduate Independent Scholarship forms an essential, integral and substantial part of programmes leading to your Master’s degree.
It will provide you with an opportunity to utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during your programme, by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material.
The University of Derby Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes recognises dissertations; research based technical design and development projects and the exhibition of creative design artwork (with moderated length of dissertation) as viable types of independent scholarship.
This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations.
You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in production of clear, logically argued and original work related to the field of your study.
This Module represents a major learning experience, providing an opportunity to pursue in considerable depth and with suitable academic rigor, a specific specialism related to the programme. Study will be supervised by tutors appointed by the Programme Leader, individually negotiated and agreed. It will be approved and monitored under the following general headings:
I. Selection of a suitable research topic / project, identification of potential scope and appropriateness, given the content of your Masters studies.
II. Formation of project tutor groups for mutual support and guidance.
III. Research methodology, sources of information, timing of programme.
IV. Gathering relevant and appropriate evidence and critical analysis of data.
V. Evaluation of the final proposals against “concepts”.
VI. Demonstrably feasible and implementable resolution, conclusions and recommendations, with a full consideration given to the research ethics of the investigation and any relevant health and safety factors.
Project workshops will be held to prepare you for your Masters level dissertation. At the early stages, group sessions will be held in which topics will be considered in detail. As the work develops, one-to-one tutorials will be used to monitor and guide project progress.
Relevant guided reading will be recommended throughout your postgraduate study, with you being encouraged to take full and early responsibility for the achievement of the learning outcomes from the exercise. You will be encouraged to review and reflect on the process as well as the end result, both with peer-groups and their MSc studies tutor.
- Core module
- Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing
The University of Derby (UoD) MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing programme addresses current and emerging manufacturing technologies. The entry requirement is normally a first degree in materials / manufacturing / mechanical engineering. However, some graduates who wish to join the course may hold BSc or BEng qualifications in other branches of engineering or the physical sciences, for example mathematics, electrical engineering, physics, computing, chemistry or chemical engineering. These degrees do not necessarily match the breadth and combination of subjects required for the programme and the module Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing aims to prepare students holding non-specialist BSc/BEng honours degrees for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacture.
In particular the module aims to:
- Provide the academic underpinning required in technical areas for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacture;
- Provide the underpinning design skills and software skills required for entry into specialist subject areas for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacture;
You will study a variety of module content, some of which may be familiar to you.
3D Parametric CAD modelling
- Part modelling, Assembly modelling, Engineering Drawing Standards, Basic Engineering Analysis
Product Design and Development Methodologies
- Defining a product need and production of the Product Design Specification, Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) – Hype Cycle – Product Design Cycle, Innovation principles (models of innovation, diffusion of innovation)
Introduction to Material and Manufacturing Science
- Classification of Engineering Materials, Mechanical and Process Characteristics and Materials Testing, Failure modes, Material Selection tools.
Introduction to Engineering Mathematics
- Applications of the following: Calculus (Integration, Differentiation), Algebra (Quadratic Equations, Simultaneous Equations) Trigonometry, Matrices, Statistics.
Principles of Design for Manufacture.
- Economies of Scale, Flexibility V’s Productivity, Manufacturing limitations, Total Quality Management (TQM), Manufacturing Optimisation (Cost, Processes, Standardisation, Sustainability)
Manufacturing Process Categorisation.
- Subtractive, Formative and Additive. Impact of Production Volume. Personal Development Planning
- Self Analysis, CPD, Time Management
- Core module
- Research Methods, Application and Evaluation
This module will enable you to develop your practice in undertaking research by identifying and applying advanced research methodologies, both within your taught modules and for your postgraduate research project. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply diverse research approaches to your own research and the process of collecting and evaluate different types of data and relating your findings to current research. During your study you will be able to compare the use of both quantitative techniques and qualitative techniques in research. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.
Research aims and objectives and the requirements for producing a research methodology.
Evaluating different research approaches and methodologies for their suitability and relevance to a proposed research scenario.
Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
Key aspects of both methodologies and their application to a proposed research scenario.
Developing an overall research strategy and contextualising it with current practices and developments.
Critically reviewing current practitioners work in terms of the approaches, successfulness and relevant similarities to a proposed research scenario.
- Core module