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Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management - MSc (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

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.

Designed for engineering graduates interested in manufacturing systems and operations management, MSEM is suitable for engineers already working in industry who want to make the transition to engineering manager. It is also ideal for recent graduates looking to fast-track their career in order to take a leading role within the manufacturing sector.

The course combines value creation with strategic development in a manufacturing environment, providing you with the latest manufacturing techniques and processes. At WMG 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. On this course, 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.

Core Modules:
Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (nine in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June. Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.

Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Process Technolog
  • Operations Strategy for Industr
  • Quality, Reliability, and Maintenanc
  • Project Planning, Management and Contro
  • Logistics and Operations Management

And at least two from:

  • Automation and Robotic
  • Machining Technolog
  • Advanced Materials and Processe
  • Problem Solving with Statistic
  • The Virtual Factory

Optional Modules:
One additional elective modules may be chosen from a wide list of options. The full list of modules offered can be reviewed here.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation) each accounting for 50% of your time and effort.

For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, case studies, simulations, and industrial games to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning.

Class sizes are kept small with around 30 students in each, to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities.

Our module leaders usually have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from industry also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.

For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 50% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words, followed by an oral examination or viva at the end of the year.

Towards the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of projects relevant to Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management, and closely related to research developments in industry or research at WMG. Alternatively, you may define your own project related to your individual career path or aspiration, in consultation with an appropriate academic supervisor.

There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by a written post-module assignment (PMA). This typically requires 40 – 60 hours of work and consolidates your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.

9 x Post Module Assignments (3,000 – 4,000 words each) (50% of Masters credit).

20,000 dissertation (50% of Masters credit).

Graduate Destinations:

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

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: British Nuclear Group, Beijing Automotive Centre, China, AWE, (Colgate Palmolive, Greece, Aruna Alloy Steels PVT Ltd India, Jaguar Land Rover, Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd, TVS Motor Company.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Manufacturing Improvement Manager, Project Engineer, Manufacturing Manager, Production Planner, Lead Engineer, Project Engineer, Materials Supply Chain Optimisation Manager, DVD Coordinator.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent)

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Full time:
Home/EU: £13,440
Overseas: £24,640

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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.