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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,385 (2020/21)

International fee

£9,385 (2020/21)

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.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

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.


Code: 6TE503

Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing

This module is designed for entrants who do not hold a degree in materials/manufacturing/mechanical engineering. Such a degree is the normal entry requirement for our Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc, which addresses current and emerging manufacturing technologies. 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 Manufacturing.

The module aims to:

  • Provide the academic underpinning required in technical areas for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing
  • Provide the underpinning design skills and software skills required for entry into specialist subject areas for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate terminology and knowledge of materials, design, processing and manufacturing techniques in real manufacturing situations
  2. Solve, using appropriate analysis techniques, simple manufacturing and design problems
  3. Use electronic CAD package(s) in the design process
  4. Recognise your strengths and weaknesses a postgraduate student

Module content

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 calculus (integration, differentiation), algebra (quadratic equations, simultaneous equations), trigonometry, matrices, statistics

Principles of Design for Manufacture: Economies of scale, flexibility vs 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

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0 Credits

Code: 7ME524

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a sector of industry relevant to your industry/specialism on a global scale
  2. Utilise appropriate methodology to forecast future trends and analyse their impact on your industry/specialism worldwide
  3. In depth preparation and justification of a coherent ethical business and marketing plan for an organisation

Module content

Strategic management
  • 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 organising 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
Economic analysis
  • Projections of future economic environment, growth of demand, planned expansion, use of resources, levels of confidence in projections, risk evaluation and profitability analysis
Business ethics
  • Concepts of ethics/ethical codes relevant to your chosen professional body and applied to strategic scenarios
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20 Credits

Code: 7ME525

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.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically question current practices, methods and research. Apply appropriate research methods and evaluate and select relevant alternatives within the scope of the subject area of the study
  2. Work on your own initiative utilising project management, problem solving, research methods and communication skills
  3. In depth reflection upon the research and project development, place the results in context in relation to theories and practices and the specification developed for the study
  4. In depth discussion of the findings, and clearly communicate, including presentations, the critical issues and key features. The discussion includes the ethical investigation that forms part of the work carried out and any necessary actions

Module content

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:

  • Selection of a suitable research topic / project, identification of potential scope and appropriateness, given the content of your Masters studies
  • Formation of project tutor groups for mutual support and guidance
  • Research methodology, sources of information, timing of programme
  • Gathering relevant and appropriate evidence and critical analysis of data
  • Evaluation of the final proposals against "concepts"
  • 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.

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60 Credits

Code: 7ME535

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and application of advanced materials science and engineering
  2. Apply critical knowledge of plastic and polymer composite materials and their fabrication process for advanced engineering applications
  3. Critically analyse the range, depth and application of advanced materials for real world technical and engineering applications
  4. Critically analyse the role of cost, availability and properties in advanced material selection

Module content

  • 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
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20 Credits

Code: 7TE510

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (Taught PG)

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  • Develop and apply an appropriate research approach and strategy to address a set of defined research objectives
  • Critically evaluate, develop, and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies for collecting and analysing data in order to form conclusions and recommendations for future work in a particular field

Module content

Research methods
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.

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10 Credits

Code: 7TE513

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 you will be asked to work outside your 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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically evaluate the implications of environmental factors and associated legislation from both a global and local context
  2. Develop a critical understanding of sustainable development methodologies

Module content

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
Resources management

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. 

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10 Credits

Code: 7TE515

Additive Manufacturing Processes

This module includes a one-week residential visit to our Derby campus during which you will have access to our manufacturing facilities to implement what you’ve learnt in a real-world context.

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 you 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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Comprehensively describe the principals of additive manufacturing technologies
  2. Analyse complex business and engineering criteria and critically evaluate the potential impact which additive manufacturing could provide
  3. Explain the significance of additive manufacturing technologies in a wider professional context

Module content

Additive Manufacturing Technologies
  • Historical development of this manufacturing sector
  • Categorisation of systems & markets (commercial, domestic, research)
  • Technology specifics (pros & cons, 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
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20 Credits

Code: 7CS519

Information Visualisation

The volume and velocity of the data are such that a traditional statistical analytical system is not capable of coping with either the volume or the rate of delivery of the data in ways that provide opportunities for managerial action. The growth of cyber-crime and cyber-fraud is overwhelming traditional approaches. One approach which shows promise is the use of high-performance visualisation tools offered by SAS® Visual Analytics and SAS® Visual Statistics. In other situations, the use of visualisation tools, both proprietary, such as SAS® JMP and Base SAS®, and open-source and web-based tools provide suitable visualisations that can be used for smaller data sets. This module provides students with the opportunities to work with a wide range of visualisation tools and data sets to develop their visualisation skills.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the capabilities of different visualisation tools, both proprietary, such as SAS, and open-source, to support the discovery and display of critical and valuable answers hidden in small, medium and large data
  • Execute analysis and visualisation using realistic data sources from disparate disciplines and using the most appropriate visualisation tools in order to identify the valuable questions and to develop well justified, actionable answers
  • To critically evaluate and apply ethical principles and standards to the whole of the visualisation process
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20 Credits

Code: 7TE517

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate potential opportunities for additive manufacture and formulate strategies for effective implementation
  2. Evaluate and apply appropriate methodologies and tools for the development of components designed for additive manufacture
  3. Prepare and manipulate CAD data meeting the technical requirements for additive manufacture

Module content

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
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20 Credits

Code: 7TE519

Design and Material Selection

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.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to: 

  1. Critically appraise different materials selection and manufacturing methodologies for products designed for additive manufacture and compare these to conventional design and manufacture processes
  2. Optimise components’ design and additive manufacture through the application of geometrical analysis and materials selection techniques
  3. Evaluate how the influence of wider contextual issues impact on material selection and component design for additive manufacturing in industrial contexts

Module content

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.  

Material selection

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.

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20 Credits

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.

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

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

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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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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