Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,385 (2021/22)

International fee

£9,385 (2021/22)/EU

Course level




Start dates

January, September



Online course description

Additive manufacturing is an emerging advanced manufacture technology, sometimes referred to as 3D printing. Derby and the East Midlands are dominated by employment in advanced engineering and related industries, but there is a global lack of specialised graduates who can work in supply chain companies.

This online Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc offers a unique blend between design and materials and manufacturing application. There are several pathways available which support a range of job roles; For design engineers interested in using Advanced Materials in their products, understanding applications and design optimisation; For those that are interested in integrating Additive Manufacturing in to business operations supported by effective use of data a visualisation to support a business case and identify the turning points between traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing. While the programme is most suited for those from a mechanical or manufacturing background, we welcome enrolment from product design, physical sciences and other analytic disciplines.

If you come from a non-engineering discipline, you may be required to undertake the Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing module to fully prepare you for this MSc programme. If this is the case, you will need to add another £980 to your course fee.

Achieve an accredited degree

This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

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Obtaining this accredited degree will provide you with a qualification recognised by employers internationally. It will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required as evidence in your application for chartered engineer (CEng) status with IOM³.

As a student on this accredited course, you will also benefit from a discounted student membership with IOM³, giving you access to a range of resources, including career development advice, online magazines and journals, and professional networking opportunities.

Cutting-edge of Advanced Manufacturing

We work with industrial partners to solve problems with applied research. The MSc programme draws on this expertise to bridge the gap between research and application informing your learning. By combining study in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials, you will gain the fundamental understanding required to meet the technical challenges in the future, producing custom designs to order, featuring bespoke material properties.

Through studying this online masters degree, you will gain extensive subject knowledge, giving you greater confidence when managing people and undertaking technical leadership roles in the fields of Advanced Materials, Additive Manufacturing and their applications.

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Turn your ideas into innovative designs

This programme will guide you through the design process, how to take your ideas, design choices and possible optimisations. You will be able to turn your ideas into reality, more than just a prototype.

As part of the full MSc course, for the Additive Manufacturing Processes core module, you will be required to attend a one-week residential based at our campus in Derby to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired. This residential normally takes place in January 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.

The cost of this residential is £295 in addition to the £980 fee for the module. On top of this, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required) and accommodation in Derby, though we will assist where possible with the arrangements.

Steeped in engineering and manufacturing history

With a high proportion of Derby’s workforce employed in advanced technology industries, Derby is known for its industry in materials and for designing and manufacturing sustainably in complex geometries. Advances in materials and the development of Additive Manufacturing are particularly important to innovation in the regional advanced technology industries of trains, planes and automobiles as well as architecture and biomedical applications.

Flexible and supported learning

Recognising the diverse nature of students entering this masters programme from a variety of analytical disciplines, applications from students with a non-engineering background will have their merits considered on an individual basis.

Studying this course online enables you to enhance your abilities through part-time, online learning while still focusing on what’s important. This means you can fit your studies around any existing work or personal commitments. Alongside tutoring from our expert academics, who bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to enrich your learning further, you will be assigned a dedicated online learner adviser who will assist with any non-academic queries, helping you to achieve a recognised university qualification and advance your career.

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Engineering, Dan Garner, talks about the online Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc course in this video.

Dan Garner talks about our MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing

View the introduction to our online Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc video transcript

If online learning is not for you, then you can also study the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing course on campus.

What you will study

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. 

What you can achieve

Our Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc programme comprises three progressive stages: postgraduate certificate (PG Cert), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and masters (MSc). You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the MSc.

For the PG Cert, you will need to complete the 10-credit core modules Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (Taught PG) and Environmental Risk and Responsibility plus any two 20-credit modules (adding up to 60 credits) from either the core modules or the optional modules.

To be awarded the PG Dip, you will need to complete the two 10-credit core modules and the three 20-credit core modules plus two optional modules (adding up 120 credits).

You can achieve the MSc by completing the PG Dip and the 60-credit Independent Scholarship module (180 credits in total).

You may also be required to undertake the Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing module to fully prepare you for this course.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Study an Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc Online Webinar: April

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 16.00 - 17.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying our IOM³ accredited Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc online course at Derby. The webinar includes a 30-minute presentation from Dr Justin Steele-Davies, Academic Lead for Engineering who will be joined by Sarah Bond from IOM³.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through coursework with a range of methods such as design work and writing technical reports. Some modules will also include exams which will be taken as part of the residential week (if applicable) or online.

Who will teach you

Justin Steele-Davies

Dr Justin Steele-Davies
Programme leader

Our Academic Lead for Engineering, Dr Justin Steele-Davies, has worked across both the technical and educational fields. He is intrigued by how new approaches and technologies can support higher education and is involved at the leading edge of development.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

If you don’t have a relevant degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant industrial experience within appropriate sectors. You may also be required to complete an introductory module, Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing, to prepare you for this MSc programme.

Minimum system requirements

Your computer hardware will need to meet the minimum system requirements to enable you to use SolidWorks, the primary software used throughout this programme. View SolidWorks system requirements

Your internet connection will need to be reliable (up most of the time) and of sufficient bandwidth, at least 8MB per second to allow the download of applications and designs.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1010 8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £9,385*

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

*This total fee includes £295 for the Additive Manufacturing Processes module residential. The additional cost reflects the extra time and facilities involved in delivering this module. However, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required), subsistence and accommodation in Derby.

Additional costs

The Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing module which students from non-engineering disciplines may be required to undertake costs an additional £980.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

When submitting your application, please ensure it is complete, with all the relevant documents requested in the application form. These are listed below:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


Upon graduating, you can expect to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry with roles related to the implementation of new and emerging technologies, particularly Additive Manufacturing. The skills gained will enable you to work in roles in component design and engineering, the management of this technical resource or at a strategic level formulating business plans based on complex data analysis. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll also have the potential to individually apply for professional accreditation as a chartered engineer.

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