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;

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 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
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