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School of Engineering, Design and Technology
Programme/course title: MSc Manufacturing Management
Awarding and teaching
University of Bradford
Final award:
[Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
level 7]
Programme title:
Manufacturing Management
Programme approved /
accredited by:
1 year full time
UCAS code:
Date produced:
10th March 2008
Last updated :
6th July 2012
The effective management of manufacturing operations and technology is
fundamental to the economic and social prosperity of the global economy.
Manufacturing is a creative activity whose outputs fulfil the material needs of
humankind by bring into existence the artefacts and systems that characterise
modern society. This is achieved through an integrated understanding of modern
production technologies and contemporary management principles, combined with
an appreciation of the entire product life cycle, from concept to customer, through to
decommissioning and disposal.
Your studies at Bradford should be viewed as a preparation for life aimed at
acquiring an in-depth understanding of advanced technical principles, analytical
tools, and competence in their application, together with a wide range of
management, personal and professional skills. The postgraduate MSc programme in
Manufacturing Management seeks to produce graduates who have the skills and
knowledge needed to progress rapidly to professional positions of responsibility in
manufacturing related enterprises with a minimum of additional training. Leadership
in manufacturing increasingly requires the ability to synthesise knowledge from
across subject boundaries to produce innovative solutions to challenging real-world
problems, and the course is designed to provide such a multi-disciplinary
The School places emphasis on both teaching and research, believing them to be
complementary in nature, enhancing both the student experience, and ensuring the
academic currency of the programme. We have particular research strengths in
automotive engineering (especially component design and manufacturing quality);
materials engineering (including the creation of complex components from powders,
composites, and polymers); computer modelling and design (creation, virtual testing,
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and rapid prototyping). We conduct this research jointly with many companies
including Ford, Jaguar, Metaldyne, Netlon, Cummings, Sulzer and Honda. Outside
guest speakers from leading manufacturing companies have also featured in our
courses, including Boeing and Airbus. Such on going industrial contact ensures the
relevance of our MSc provision.
With reference to learning and teaching, the School aims to prepare postgraduates
for challenging careers in industry, commerce and the public sector, or to create new
enterprises, through their own personal initiative and ambition.
The School seeks to achieve this by:
• Delivering a range of focussed programmes of study with a balance of subject
content appropriate to the targeted learning outcomes.
• Providing a supportive, structured environment in which students are
encouraged to develop independent learning skills.
• Developing subject knowledge and understanding of relevant academic
disciplines supported by enhanced personal transferable skills.
• Promoting educational opportunities for ethnic minority, mature and
alternatively qualified students, as well as for traditionally qualified students.
Programme Aims
The aim of the MSc in Manufacturing Management is to educate graduates to be
able to:
Apply advanced theoretical knowledge, concepts and skills to the design and
management of manufacturing systems.
Adopt a multi-disciplinary perspective and integrate knowledge from
difference disciplines to resolve complex management and technological
challenges associated with manufacturing.
Undertake research associated with manufacturing, and to carry out
independently, a research project.
Programme Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes indicate what a graduate should know and understand, and be
able to do on successful completion of one of the programmes. The management of
manufacturing is an interactive process usually involving data collection, planning,
analysis, design, economic evaluation, construction, operation and maintenance and
decommissioning with a view to minimising environmental impact. As such, you will
develop the following:
Knowledge and Understanding
Advanced concepts, principles and theories relevant to the context of the
management of manufacturing in modern industrial society.
Methods and ideas associated with advanced manufacturing technology
and materials processing.
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Application of techniques in risk management, engineering and quality
management, including; six sigma, manufacturing planning & control,
knowledge management, and modelling and simulation.
The concepts and issues associated with managing the operations and
supply chain of complex production systems.
Appreciation of the approaches to resolving multi-disciplinary problems.
Intellectual Skills
Apply technological and management principles and inter-personal skills to
the critical analysis of multi-disciplinary problems in order to create
innovative solutions to non-routine problems.
Identify an area for further detailed investigation, design and experimental
programme, apply research skills to critically evaluate and interpret newly
developed data.
Integrate technological and management principles to understand and
apply insight to the solution of real problems.
LO10 Plan, conduct and report a programme of original research.
LO11 Integrate and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
LO12 Take holistic approach in solving problems and designing systems,
applying professional judgements to balance risks, cost, benefits, safety,
reliability and environmental impact.
Practical Skills
LO13 Use numerical methods and software for analysing problems.
LO14 Selection and application of principles and data collection & manipulation
methods to support problem solving.
LO15 Plan, undertake and report an investigation.
LO16 Apply standard laboratory methods to obtain accurate data.
LO17 An ability to balance sometimes conflicting, ambiguous and/or incomplete
aspects encountered in creative problem solving and design.
LO18 Specify, plan, undertake and report an investigation and associated
methodologies via exposure to research activities.
General Transferable Skills
Work in groups in order to meet shared objectives.
Use problem solving strategies to develop, monitor and update a plan for
the solution of both technical and personnel contributions to meeting
organisational need.
Use problem-solving strategies to develop innovative solutions.
Learn independently in familiar and unfamiliar situations with open
mindedness and in the spirit of critical enquiry.
Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development
and in a wider context throughout their career.
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The course structure is shown in the table at the end of this document. The
curriculum has two principal strands via which the learning outcomes are delivered:
Manufacturing: Provides a detailed understanding of key technologies, materials and
techniques employed in modern manufacturing and production systems.
Management: Develops a comprehensive appreciation of management and business
methods relevant to a contemporary manufacturing business environment.
The course has two stages: the taught course stage (which takes up most of the first
two semesters) and the project/dissertation stage. An important part of the Master’s
research project takes place over the summer and this form the basis of your
Master's dissertation. Courses are organised on a modular basis. Modules are
usually examined or assessed at the end of the semester in which they are taught.
The research project/dissertation is usually between 10,000 and 15,000 words and is
written on a topic agreed in advance with your Supervisor. It is normally submitted a
year after starting the course. Progress to the dissertation stage is dependent upon
your performance in the semester 1 and 2 module assessments and examinations.
Students who successfully complete their semester 1 and 2 studies will be eligible
for the award of Postgraduate Diploma.
Master’s Degree (MSc Manufacturing Management)
Module Title
Manufacturing and Materials Processing
Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Planning and Control
Manufacturing Systems Simulation
Six Sigma for Business Excellence
Understanding Strategic Management
Product Design and Innovation
Interdisciplinary Competitive Design
Risk Management
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Knowledge Management and Business
Sustainable Energy
Aerospace Manufacture and Management
Research Seminar Series
Polymer Processing
E-Commerce Technologies
MSc Project
1, 2, 3
Notes to the Curriculum
No more than 20 credits of Level 3 modules may be taken.
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The curriculum may change, subject to the University's course approval, monitoring
and review procedures.
In the event that a student has already undertaken one of the core modules listed
above as part of a University of Bradford Undergraduate course, in consultation with
the Director of Study, an alternative module(s) will be selected from the module
catalogue of the School of Engineering, Design and Technology.
Teaching and Assessment Strategies
You will experience a wide range of teaching and learning environments. Concepts,
principles and theories are explored in formal lectures, practised in associated
seminars. Cognitive and personal skills are developed in more open-ended problem
solving and design projects, often tackled by working in small groups supported by
members of academic staff. Project work is used to bring various aspects of your
course together so that you may develop a holistic appreciation of the subject.
Methods of Assessment are similarly varied and your progress will be evaluated
using a mix of formal examinations, various technical reports, essays, oral
presentations and the dissertation or project report.
Assessment Regulations
This Programme conforms to the standard University Assessment Regulations for
Postgraduate Programmes which are available at the following link:
Details of the exceptions to these regulations in this programme are given below:
To obtain an accredited MSc degree you must
• Have 160 credits at 50% and at least 40% in the other 20 credits,
• Have gained at least 50% in your MSc Project (ENG4013Z) at the first attempt.
If you attain an overall weighted average of at least 70.0% at the initial attempt,
including at least 70.0% at the initial attempt in your dissertation, you will be eligible
for the award of the Degree of Master with Distinction. Similarly, for an overall
weighted average at least 60% at the initial attempt and at least 60% at your initial
attempt at your dissertation, you will be eligible for the award of the Degree of
Masters with Merit.
Admission Requirements
The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their
previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of
each individual application. Most important in the decision to offer a place is our
assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability
to succeed on this particular programme. Entrance requirements for each
programme will vary but consideration of your application will be based on a
combination of your formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.
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If you have prior certificated learning or professional experience which may be
equivalent to parts of this programme, the University has procedures to evaluate this
learning in order to provide you with exemptions from specified modules contained
within the curriculum. Please talk to us if you do not fit the standard pattern of entry
The University of Bradford has always welcomed applications from disabled
students, and these will be considered on the same academic grounds as are
applied to all applicants. If you have some form of disability you may wish to contact
the programme leader before you apply.
Normal requirements are:
Applicants are expected to hold a minimum of a lower second-class honours degree.
The course is designed for graduates from a wide range of engineering backgrounds
seeking a future career as project managers or related professional roles. Personal
motivation and the commitment to succeed are key attributes in the admissions
process and the School treats each application on an individual basis. Mature
applicants with educational qualifications other than an Honours degree are
encouraged and considered on an individual basis.
All students must satisfy the English language requirements of the University for
admission, see
If your first language is not English, you will have to pass a test in English approved
by the University before you can be admitted. The following qualifications are
acceptable as satisfying this requirement. Both are available internationally.
• The International English Language Testing Service Test (IELTS) administered
by the British Council is the test which is preferred by the University. You will
need to achieve an Overall Band of at least 6, with at least 5.5 in each of the
four sub-tests. Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas
offices. When you take your test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report
Form to be sent to the University.
• The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the
Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, USA. You will
need to score at least 550 (220 on the computer-based test). If you take this
test, you should enter the University’s code 0828, on your answer sheet.
Should you not be able to offer these grades then you should contact the Admissions
Tutor for further advice.
Learning Resources
The JB Priestley Library on the city campus and our specialist libraries in the School
of Health Studies and the School of Management provide a wide range of printed
and electronic resources to support your studies. We offer quiet study space if you
want to work on your own, and group study areas for the times when you need to
discuss work with fellow students. Subject librarians for each School provide training
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sessions and individual guidance in finding the information you need for your
assignment, and will help you organise your references properly.
Student PC clusters can be found in all our libraries and elsewhere on the campus.
Many of these are open 24/7. You can also use the University's wireless network to
access the internet from your own laptop. Most of our online journals are available
on the internet (both on and off campus), and you can also access your University
email account, personal information and course-related materials this way.
Staff are on hand during the daytime to help you if you get stuck, and there is a 24/7
IT helpline available.
Student Support and Guidance
Course Team
Support for you personally and in your course of study, will be provided both by the
University and the Course Team. You will be allocated a personal tutor who is
someone with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal
concerns. The School will ensure that there is someone available with whom you
feel comfortable to help and support you. The MSc course tutor is available for
consultation on any issues of academic or personal concern. However, all members
of academic staff seek to be equally approachable so you will always be able to find
sympathetic support if you face difficulties.
You will be provided with a comprehensive series of handbooks that you can consult
on a range of learning issues and your course tutors will be available to consult on
subject specific queries.
The University provides important facilities such as extended access to Library and
Computing services, counselling and welfare services, careers advice and disability
office. The latter routinely arranges dyslexia assessments and appropriate additional
time allocation for sitting examinations.
The School has a Women’s Engineering Society named FAIRER (Females Actively
Involved in Rewarding Engineering Roles). It provides a social network support to all
students in Engineering, Design and Technology, from Foundation Year to
Postgraduate level.
Students’ Union
We value the feedback provided by students and collaborate with the Students’
Union, through a system of course representatives and formal staff student liaison
committees, so that any issues you wish to raise are addressed rapidly.
The Students’ Union and the University of Bradford work in partnership to provide
confidential counselling and welfare services where you can get help with any aspect
of your personal or academic life. Student Financial and Information Services (part
of the Hub) will provide you with information about a diverse range of issues such as
council tax, personal safety and tourist information. International Students can
access a range of additional advice and support services through the Student’s
Careers and Employability
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability
and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available
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throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find parttime work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies.
Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the
extensive resources on the web site www.careers.brad.ac.uk.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring
options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of programmes there is direct input
by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged
Learner Development Unit
The Learner Development Unit provides support in all aspects of academic, maths,
numeracy and interpersonal skills. A programme of interactive workshops is
delivered during both semesters which complement the individual support available
from Advisers and the wide range of interactive online materials.
Disabled students will find a supportive environment at Bradford where we are
committed to ensuring that all aspects of student life are accessible to
everyone. The Disability Service can help by providing equipment and advice to
help you get the most out of your time at Bradford and is a place where you can
discuss any concerns you may have about adjustments that you may need, whether
these relate to study, personal care or other issues. For more information contact the
Disability Service by phoning: 01274 233739 or via email:
University policies and initiatives
Ecoversity is a strategic project of the University which aims to embed the principles
of sustainable development into our decision-making, learning and teaching,
research activities campus operations and lives of our staff and students. We do not
claim to be a beacon for sustainable development but we aspire to become a leading
University in this area. The facilities we create for teaching and learning, including
teaching spaces, laboratories, IT labs and social spaces, will increasingly reflect our
commitments to sustainable development. Staff and student participation in this
initiative is crucial to its success and its inclusion in the programme specification is a
clear signal that it is at the forefront of our thinking in programme development,
delivery, monitoring and review. For more details see
Further Information:
For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact
The Admissions Office
The Postgraduate Admissions Officer:
The University of Bradford
Mr John Purvis
Richmond Road
School of Engineering, Design and Technology
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Bradford, BD7 1DP
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Chesham Building
Bradford, BD7 1DP
+44 (0)1274 233054
+44 (0)1274 234543
Email: pg-eng-enquiries@bradford.ac.uk
Email: j.purvis@bradford.ac.uk
The contents of this programme specification may change, subject to the University's
regulations and course approval, monitoring and review procedures.
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