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How long you will study
1 - 3 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 8395

How you will study
part-time, online

Course starts
September, January

International course fees
GBP 8395

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About Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing MSc at University of Derby Online Learning

Course code: OLPBJ  Level: 7

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 Masters in Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing programme is designed for both engineering graduates and as a conversion programme for students who have qualifications in other analytical disciplines* such as physics or geology, enabling them to transition to careers in advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries. This programme also provides the academic and educational underpinning required for students with backgrounds in relevant disciplines which may support applications for Chartered Engineer status.

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Cutting-edge of advanced manufacturing

The University of Derby 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 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 before the Spring Trimester 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. You will also be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required) and accommodation in Derby, though the university will assist where possible with the arrangements. Find out more about obtaining a short-term student visa.

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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.

*If you come from a non-engineering discipline, you may be required to undertake an introductory module to fully prepare you for this MSc programme.

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The course fee does not include costs incurred for attending the residential week for the Additive Manufacturing Processes Module or the Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing Module which students from non-engineering disciplines may be required to undertake.

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