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Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (MSc) (2022 Entry)

About this taught graduate course

Course overview

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 digital manufacturing systems and operations management, IMS is suitable for engineers already working in industry who want to develop their expertise in cyber-physical technologies and 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.

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 Research and Development with industry partners, we drive the transfer of knowledge into new areas. As a student of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, you will benefit from much of the dynamic research carried out in the areas of digital manufacturing, digital lifecycle, and automation systems and robotics.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the ways in which product and demand characteristics influence manufacturing systems design and operation, and will learn a range of relevant scientific methods to diagnose problems in the design, implementation and operation of manufacturing systems.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Engineering.

Candidates with a UK 2:ii (or equivalent) may be accepted upon demonstration of relevant professional experience.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.

Additional requirements

Candidates with professional experience should include their CV with their application.

Core modules

  • Manufacturing Systems and Process Selection
  • Management of Global Manufacturing Operations
  • Smart Networked Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Planning and Control for Cyber-Operations
  • System Reliability and Diagnosis
  • Cyber-Manufacturing Design Project
  • Study, Professional and Analytical Skills

Optional modules

In addition to your core modules, you will have the opportunity to work with some of WMG’s Research Groups on an R&D module. You will be presented with the available options when you start your studies – those currently available are:

  • Research and Development in Automation Systems
  • Research and Development in Digital Lifecycle

Learn more about this course and read the module descriptions on WMG’s website


This course has two components – your modules, as described above, account for two-thirds of your time and effort. Alongside these you will work on a major research project (dissertation), accounting for one-third of your overall grade.

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.

* The Study, Professional and Analytical Skills module is a programme wide module, taught across the year, and primarily delivered online.

Class sizes

Overall this course can accommodate up to 30 students.

Typical contact hours

This course is modular in structure.

Each module accounts for 150 hours of learning time, divided between the three weeks of ‘engagement, consolidation, and immersion’ and post-module assessment.


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.

Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees

Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, there may be general associated costs such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits*
  • Dissertation binding*
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

* - Dissertations and Assignments are only submitted digitally. However students may wish to print and bind their dissertation for their own purposes. Students on some courses will have a final poster presentation as part of their project and the printing of posters will be at the students’ expense.

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

WMG funding opportunities

WMG will be awarding over £1million in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on our full-time MSc programmes

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