Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc

University of Derby Online Learning


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Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
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Become a 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing specialist on this accredited masters degree. It will prepare you for a career as a designer, manufacturing engineer or engineering manager.

This course has 2 intakes per year: September and January.


Level 7 Master of Science (MSc)
Awarded by University of Derby


Additive manufacturing is an emerging advanced manufacture technology, sometimes referred to as 3D printing. Derby and the East Midlands are dominated by employment in advanced engineering and related industries, but there is a global lack of specialised graduates who can work in supply chain companies.

This online Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc offers a unique blend between design and materials and manufacturing application. There are several pathways available which support a range of job roles; For design engineers interested in using Advanced Materials in their products, understanding applications and design optimisation; For those that are interested in integrating Additive Manufacturing in to business operations supported by effective use of data a visualisation to support a business case and identify the turning points between traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing.

Achieve an accredited degree

This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. This accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Obtaining this accredited degree will provide you with a qualification recognised by employers internationally. It will provide you with the underpinning knowledge required as evidence in your application for chartered engineer (CEng) status with IOM³.

As a student on this accredited course, you will also benefit from a discounted student membership with IOM³, giving you access to a range of resources, including career development advice, online magazines and journals, and professional networking opportunities.

Cutting-edge of advanced manufacturing

We work with industrial partners to solve problems with applied research. The MSc programme draws on this expertise to bridge the gap between research and application informing your learning. By combining study in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials, you will gain the fundamental understanding required to meet the technical challenges in the future, producing custom designs to order, featuring bespoke material properties.

Through studying this online masters degree, you will gain extensive subject knowledge, giving you greater confidence when managing people and undertaking technical leadership roles in the fields of Advanced Materials, Additive Manufacturing and their applications

Turn your ideas into innovative designs

This programme will guide you through the design process, how to take your ideas, design choices and possible optimisations. You will be able to turn your ideas into reality, more than just a prototype.

As part of the full MSc course, for the Additive Manufacturing Processes core module, you will be required to attend a one-week residential based at our campus in Derby to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired. This residential normally takes place in January and gives you access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialist staff at our research centre, which contains an advanced machining and Additive Manufacturing facility.

The cost of this residential is £295 in addition to the £980 fee for the module. On top of this, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required) and accommodation in Derby, though we will assist where possible with the arrangements.

Steeped in engineering and manufacturing history

With a high proportion of Derby’s workforce employed in advanced technology industries, Derby is known for its industry in materials and for designing and manufacturing sustainably in complex geometries.

Advances in materials and the development of Additive Manufacturing are particularly important to innovation in the regional advanced technology industries of trains, planes and automobiles as well as architecture and biomedical applications.

Flexible and supported learning

Recognising the diverse nature of students entering this master's programme from a variety of analytical disciplines, applications from students with a non-engineering background will have their merits considered on an individual basis.

Studying this course online enables you to enhance your abilities through part-time, online learning while still focusing on what’s important. This means you can fit your studies around any existing work or personal commitments.

Alongside tutoring from our expert academics, who bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to enrich your learning further, you will be assigned a dedicated online learner advisor who will assist with any non-academic queries, helping you to achieve a recognised university qualification and advance your career.

Who is this course for?

While the programme is most suited for those from a mechanical or manufacturing background, we welcome enrolment from product design, physical sciences and other analytic disciplines.

If you come from a non-engineering discipline, you may be required to undertake the Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing module to fully prepare you for this MSc programme. If this is the case, you will need to add another £980 to your course fee.


You will require:

  • A minimum of a 2.2 undergraduate degree or similar qualification in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Engineering or a related analytical discipline
  • A2 Mathematics or equivalent

If you don’t have a relevant degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant industrial experience within appropriate sectors. You may also be required to complete an introductory module to prepare you for this MSc programme.

Your computer hardware will need to meet the minimum system requirements to enable you to use SolidWorks, the primary software used throughout this programme.

Career path

Upon graduating, you can expect to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry with roles related to the implementation of emerging technologies. You may go on to work in roles in component design and engineering or at a strategic level formulating business plans based on complex data analysis. You’ll also be able to individually apply for professional accreditation as a Chartered Engineer.

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