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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:

The 2021 version of this course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. This course has now been super succeeded by Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Course content

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.

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

Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 2021/22 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.


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.

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

If you are a non-native English speaker, we need to confirm that your English language competency is sufficiently good for you to get the most out of your Master's study. You therefore require you to take a SELT (Secure English Language Test) and submit your results as one of your academic requirements. If you are taking an IELTS test, we require a score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any one component). Please view our web page here for a full list of accepted tests, together with the grades required.

Friday, 01 March 2019

How to apply

What you will need to provide
  • A completed application form and £60 application fee.
  • A Personal Statement which can be included in the online application.
  • A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, please send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require you to upload your online degree transcripts and certificate in order to clear your conditions.
  • English language 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, and access a link to the application form, on our how to apply web page.

Monday, 01 April 2019

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for 2022 entry is £16,338 for Home students and £29,950 for International students.

If you are successful in receiving an offer, a deposit payment is required in order to secure your place on the course. Further information about deposits will be communicated to you on receipt of your offer. You can also find more information about tuition fee deposits on our web page. Your remaining tuition fee is then payable at the start of the academic year, or in instalments. For information about how to pay your tuition fees, please review the University's finance web pages.

WMG Excellence Scholarships

WMG Excellence Scholarships are merit-based awards, available on a competitive basis. Awards range from 10% to 50% tuition fee discount.

Applications will be judged on past academic achievement, professional experience, reasons for study, and your vision for the future. View our WMG Excellence Scholarship page for full details on how to apply for this award.

Additional Scholarship opportunities

You might also be eligible to apply for other scholarships from the University of Warwick, such as the Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme; as well as awards from external funding bodies, including Chevening Scholarships. For additional funding opportunities and eligibility details, please visit our Funding web page.

Wednesday, 01 May 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.

      Saturday, 01 June 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 from current students and alumni?

      Find out what our current students think about studying at WMG Master's, by checking out our Student Blog web pages. And take a look at the study experiences and career journeys of some of our graduates over on our Alumni Stories web page.

      Monday, 01 July 2019


      Please note, this course has now been superseded by MSc Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

      If you have applied for funding for the MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management course, please contact:

      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.