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MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management (MSEM)


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

Our Master's degree 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.

This course is accredited by the following bodies
EngCouncil_logo IET_logo

Course modules

You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:

Additionally, you need to choose two modules from the following list

Elective modules

You will need to choose one elective module from the full module list, which should be chosen to supplement your course modules above. Elective modules are subject to availability and restrictions apply.

Please note: the list relates to modules available in 2018/19 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.

You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.


Your project is worth 50% of your final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills.

Projects for students on Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management should be centred around manufacturing systems or manufacturing technologies and their management.

Learning style

The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, syndicate/group work, practicals, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

The taught component of the course is assessed primarily through written assignments, although some modules include assessed in-module exercises. There are no written exams.

Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.

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.

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.

Employability and career prospects


Graduates from this course can expect to be employed as leaders in general engineering management and manufacturing engineering management.

A few recent job titles of graduates from this course include:
  • Site Manufacturing Improvement Manager
  • Project Engineer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Project Engineer
  • DVD Coordinator
  • Materials Supply Chain Optimisation Manager
  • Lead Engineer
Some companies our graduates have gone to work for include:
  • British Nuclear Group
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Colgate Palmolive, Greece
  • TVS Motor Company
  • Beijing Automotive Centre, China
  • AWE
  • Aruna ALloy Steels PVT Ltd, India
  • Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd

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.


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.

      Key Facts

      Start date 
      30th September 2019

      One year, full-time

      Tuition fees
      Overseas: £25,870
      Home/EU: £14,115

      Scholarships available

      Apply online (£55 application fee)

      Entry requirements
      UK Bachelor's 2:2 (Hons) or equivalent

      English language requirements
      IELTS 6.5

      Application deadline
      31st July 2019*

      However, please note that early application for this course is recommended.

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

      Course leader
      Neil Davis