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Our MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management is designed for engineering graduates interested in manufacturing systems and operations management.

This course combines value creation with strategic development in a manufacturing environment, providing you with the latest manufacturing techniques and processes. We work at the forefront of emerging technologies, and through collaborative R&D with industry partners we drive the transfer of knowledge into new areas.

As an MSEM student, you will benefit from much of the dynamic research carried out in the areas of advanced materials and processes, additive layer manufacturing, automation and robotics, machining technology, and digital manufacturing.

You will develop an understanding of the concepts of manufacturing engineering systems and the skills to analyse, design, and implement these systems in practice. You will also gain an understanding of strategic and operational management and learn how to apply technology, quality tools, and specific techniques in order to improve operations.

Throughout the year, you will be introduced to state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, technology, and materials in our world class Engineering Hall and International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing.

Watch our Course Leader's video explanation of MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management below:
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Course content

Course modules

This course includes the following core modules:

  • Study, Professional, and Analytical Skills

In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with some of WMG's Research Groups on an R&D module - you may select one option from the following list:

In total you will be required to take and pass 8 modules and your research project in order to achieve an MSc in Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 22/23 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.


Your project is worth 60 CATS (33% of your final grade) and supports you in developing your personal research skills.

Projects for students on Intelligent Manufacturing Systems must address a problem in the domain of cyber-physical manufacturing and demonstrate a substantive achievement of at least one of the course level learning outcomes.

Learning style

Each module on IMS will be delivered over a 3-week duration, designed to follow the pedagogical model of 'engagement, immersion and consolidation'.

Week 1 will blend asynchronous online study with formal lectures to provide the necessary background knowledge and define the focus of the module.

Week 2 will continue and expand on this with hands-on software labs, simulations, and syndicate exercises to immerse you in the concepts and practices of the domain.

Week 3 will focus on consolidating the knowledge gained through synthesis and problem-solving. This will be through a mix of individual and team-based tasks, simulations, and mini-projects and will provide you with the opportunity to reflect and discuss in face-to-face seminars and collaborative online forum activities.

All our module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

Assessment is primarily through individual written Post Module Assignments (PMAs). Some modules also have assessed individual and/or group in-module exercises including worksheet exercises, model-building tasks, presentations and computer-based tests.

Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management is designed for engineering graduates interested in manufacturing systems and operations management. The course is suitable for engineers already working in industry and wanting to make the transition to engineering manager, and for recent graduates looking to fast-track their career in order to take a leading role within the manufacturing sector. Approximately half of the student cohort have prior work experience. Whilst this is beneficial, it is not essential and we are pleased to accept highly motivated recent graduates.

English language
For non-native English speakers, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any one component).
What you will need to apply
  • A completed application form and application fee.
  • A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
  • A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
  • English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
  • One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.

You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.

Friday, 01 March 2019

Student views

What our students say...

Aland Yarden Escudero Ornelas

Aland Escudero MSEM_student views"The course is made up of one-week intensive modules, which was great; this style of learning really allowed me to develop in-depth knowledge and new skills in a range of topic areas. The course tutors at WMG are experts in their fields. The most valuable skill I developed throughout the course was critical thinking; an essential skill for a position in management. Developing critical thinking in an international classroom community was extremely rewarding, as I learnt a lot from my peers!"

MSEM_student2Adithya Sridhar

"We weren’t just taught theoretical concepts, but given actual examples of how those concepts are used to solve technical problems and bring proven benefits. From there, it was up to us to research that area more thoroughly and develop our own ideas". ~ Read more from Adithya

MSEM_student3Shashank Sriram

"The simulations embedded what we had learned in the lectures by letting us apply the theories to real situations. As teams, we learned to make strategic decisions, manage risks, plan financial models, use statistical models to solve problems and much more. Now I am working, I realise how vital these ‘games’ were in the learning process – they simulate exactly how things are done in the real world". ~ Read more from Shashank

Want to read more student views?

Find out what our current students think about studying at WMG Master's, by checking out our blogs and vlogs page. You can also read our alumni stories by taking a look at our alumni profiles page.

Monday, 01 April 2019


Employability and career prospects

The material covered on this course will enable you to understand the complexities of modern manufacturing systems and the technologies involved, as well as focusing on the strategic and operational requirements of leading a manufacturing company.

This combination of specific technical know-how, with an overview of managing the whole manufacturing process, provides graduates with a range of career opportunities within manufacturing engineering management.

Below we’ve listed a few examples of roles our MSEM graduates are currently working in:

  • Production Planner
  • Site Manufacturing Improvement Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Field Operations Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Materials Supply Chain Optimisation Manager
  • Lead Engineer

Roles with manufacturing industries provide the most common destination for those who have studied MSEM, with previous employers of graduates from this course including:

  • Schaeffler Technologies
  • Tianma Microelectronics
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Chicony Power
  • Hilti
  • Colgate Palmolive
  • TVS Motor Company
  • AWE
  • British Nuclear Group
  • Aruna Alloy Steels PVT Ltd, India
  • TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment) Ltd
“My thesis in plastics recycling gave me the backbone and knowledge to start my businesses”

Since graduating from MSc MSEM, Wunmi Ogunde has gone on to run EMR Consult, a sustainable development consultancy, and has organised Nigeria’s first pollution control conference. The course also gave her the skills she needed to start her innovative social enterprise, Ecoprune, where businesses and individuals can trade their waste for access to healthcare vouchers and other benefits.

You can read more about how the MSEM course helped her achieve this and watch a video interview with Wunmi by visiting her alumni story.

WMG: a department embedded in industry

You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.

Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.

Warwick Careers Service

The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.

Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.

There are also various events run throughout the year to develop your skillset and teach you how to market this to employers. Individual workshops are hosted on a variety of topics, such as networking and time management. Or for those interested in a more complete programme, you can partake in awards such as WMG Skills+ to develop your core employability skills, or the Intercultural Training Programme to strengthen your intercultural awareness. In addition, there is a wealth of online material available to help strengthen your industrial knowledge and build on employability skills, such as the WMG Virtual Careers Programme. Find out more about the support available to you by visiting our Careers and Employability page.


We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.

You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profiles web pages.

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      As products become increasingly complex, so do the manufacturing systems required to produce them. This course is about designing and managing the most efficient means of production, in order to make the best products.


      *Applications will close prior to the deadline if capacity on this course is reached. Early application is strongly recommended.