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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2-3 years

UK/EU fee

£875 per 20 credits* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,700 for the full programme (2020/21)

Course level




Start dates

January, September


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

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.

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.

Professional credibility

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. 

The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining accredited programme






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.

What you will study

If you are a student from a non-engineering background, you will need to take an online bridging module before you start the MSc:

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.

You will study modules such as:

Research Methods: Application and Evaluation

You will develop the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and devising an overall research plan. You will learn how to identify, evaluate and apply different research philosophies, approaches, strategies and methods, along with methods of data collection and analysis.

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

You will evaluate how the professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interact with the society in which you are working, and how this affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. This module will be delivered online for students joining the course in January.

Additive Manufacturing Processes

This module enables you to develop a detailed understanding of current and emerging additive manufacturing technologies. You will also examine the process of selecting a system with a view to identifying business benefits and evaluating cost implications.

Advanced Materials Science (September start only)

You will extend your capabilities in the area of advanced materials, studying the latest developments in lightweight materials and building your expertise in the selection of appropriate materials for demanding engineering applications.

Design and Materials Selection (January start only - optional)

This module explores methodologies for determining how the relationship between manufacturing and materials selection affects the design process. You will also consider issues of customisation or individual design and how the properties of materials can be optimised through the design and additive manufacturing process.

You will study modules such as:

CPD and Strategic Management

This is a chance to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach.

Additive Manufacturing Applications (optional)

You will explore how to analyse manufacturing problems and identify opportunities to resolve them through additive manufacturing. This module also demonstrates how to generate appropriate component designs for a range of additive manufacturing processes.

Design and Materials Selection (optional)

This module explores methodologies for determining how the relationship between manufacturing and materials selection affects the design process. You will also consider issues of customisation or individual design and how the properties of materials can be optimised through the design and additive manufacturing process.

Information Visualisation (optional)

This module provides students with the opportunities to work with a wide range of visualisation tools and data sets to develop their visualisation skills. It provides 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.

You will study one module, such as:

Independent Scholarship (Technology)

An essential, integral and substantial part of your masters degree, this module enables you to apply and enhance the knowledge you have gained during your degree to develop your specialist skills in an area of your choice.

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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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

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.

Who will teach you

Jilin Ye at our Markeaton Street site.

Dr Jilin Ye
Programme leader

Prior to joining the University of Derby as a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Jilin spent a couple of years in research positions at Loughborough University and the University of Warwick.

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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.

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).

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)


£875 per 20 credits*

£875 per 20 credits*


£14,700 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 Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 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

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International student scholarship

We're offering a £2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a full-time postgraduate taught programme (PGT). Terms and conditions apply.

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How to apply


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.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

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, excellent 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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.