This unique course combines in-depth study of advanced materials with cutting-edge additive manufacturing. Highly flexible and featuring part-time and online study options, it also provides a route for students from non-engineering backgrounds to pursue careers in pioneering areas of materials and manufacturing development.
- Forge a future career where you can spearhead innovation across many industries – from transport to architecture and the biomedical sector
- Raise your professional profile: this course is accredited by IOM³, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, which paves the way for you to register as a Chartered Engineer
- Realise your ambitions even if you have come from a non-engineering undergraduate route: this MSc acts as a conversion programme and we offer a bridging module to give you a solid platform for success
- Enjoy maximum flexibility in your studies: you can choose to study full-time or part-time, at the University or via a combination of online learning and short course attendance
- Develop your skills on a highly vocational programme where you will explore manufacturing processes and conduct laboratory experiments
- Learn from real-world case studies and guest lectures by industry leaders
- Draw on the expertise and facilities of our acclaimed Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE)
- Conduct an independent scholarship project into a theme of your choice
- You can also choose to study the course online
This distinctive new course has been established in partnership with the University’s Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE), which supports the growth of advanced manufacturing and engineering companies across the region. It was launched with the backing of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
A broad appeal
The MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing is designed both for recent graduates and for professionals in work who are keen to broaden their career prospects.
It also acts as a conversion programme for students who have come from non-engineering undergraduate routes, such as Physics, who would like to embark on a career in manufacturing and other high-tech industries.
Each application from a non-engineering subject area will be judged on its own merits, so please contact us to discuss your plans further. We offer a bridging module which enables you to make a smooth transition to the MSc.
This degree is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) at Chartered Engineer level and this satisfies further learning towards the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
As a student on this course, you will also benefit from a discounted student membership with IOM³. You'll gain access to a range of resources including online magazines and journals, career development advice, and professional networking opportunities.
At the forefront of innovation
There are growing opportunities for graduates who can help companies forge a future in the exciting area of materials and manufacturing development. The way materials can be designed and manufactured sustainably in complex geometries is particularly important for innovation in the industries of automobiles, trains and planes, as well as architecture and biomedical applications.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is an emerging advanced manufacture technology. By combining your AM studies with knowledge of advanced materials, you will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in using this technology to produce specific properties in components.
Impressive facilities, inspiring research
We have designed the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing as an intellectually stimulating and research-orientated course. You will draw on the expertise of staff at our research centre, IISE, which helps companies to test new products and processes.
The Institute contains an advanced machining and additive manufacturing facility where you can hone your skills. You can also take advantage of our excellent teaching resources on campus, including our new £12 million STEM Centre.
If you are a student from a non-engineering background, you will need to take an online bridging module before you start the MSc:
Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing
This online module aims to provide the academic underpinning required in technical areas for entry to the MSc Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing. It will equip you with the design and software skills you need for this specialist subject area. You will study a variety of content, such as:
- 3D Parametric CAD Modelling
- Product Design and Development Methodologies
- Introduction to Material and Manufacturing Science
- Introduction to Engineering Mathematics
- Principles of Design for Manufacture
- Manufacturing Process Categorisation
- Personal Development Planning
The Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
This is a highly vocational programme featuring a number of practical learning elements such as laboratory experimentation, exploring manufacturing processes and applying knowledge through the use of computer software.
Throughout the programme, case studies will be used to demonstrate key principles and they will be analysed by both academic and industrial guest lecturers.
Where possible, the Independent Scholarship project will be run in conjunction with an industrial sponsor. However, in all cases, there is an expectation that industrial processes and equipment will be used throughout the investigation of your thesis.
You will be assessed through a number of examinations, coursework exercises and projects which may involve written reports, oral examination, presentations and academic posters.
You will require:
- A minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree or similar qualification in chemistry, biology, geology, engineering or a related analytical discipline
- A2 Mathematics or equivalent
If you don’t have a relevant degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant industrial experience within appropriate sectors.
If you have a non-engineering background, please contact us first to discuss your application.
If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).
2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)
£850 per 20 credits*
£850 per 20 credits*
£14,250 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
On graduating, you will be well equipped to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry in roles where you can implement new and emerging technologies, specifically additive manufacturing.
The skills you gain on the MSc will enable you to work in key positions related to component design and engineering, the management of technical resources or – at a strategic level – the formulation of business plans based on complex data analysis.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Some educational software packages will be provided free
- Use of resources such as computer rooms, workshops and laboratories
- An industrial visit during induction week/first year
- Industry speakers
- £50 maximum allowance for master's project
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Additional educational software, approx. £100
- Computer accessories, approx. £30
- Safety boots, approx. £50
- Workshop materials, approx. £100
- 3D Printing, approx. £100
- Additional Industry visits, approx. £40
- Additional expenses for master's project, approx. £50
- Printing, approx. £80
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Personal computer and or tablet computer. From £200 upwards depending on specification
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.