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Engineering Smart Systems

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content


Smart technology is the future. Machines that talk to each other, learn from their surroundings, and respond accordingly are the shape of things to come. On this MSc Engineering Smart Systems degree, you’ll put yourself at the centre of these exciting technological developments, working at the forefront of Industry 4.0. 

Our interdisciplinary masters course focuses on applied skills. It will give you the ability to manage forward-thinking technical strategies, and the skills to deploy the latest digital technologies across the engineering sector. 

You’ll study a range of core units, exploring the key technological and manufacturing foundations of Industry 4.0. You’ll also develop professional skills with two project management units, where you will learn the principles behind delivering innovation to industry. 

In our high-tech facilities, you’ll learn to use the tools and equipment you’ll come across in the workplace. Throughout it all, you’ll have the support of our experienced teaching and research staff, who will ensure that what you learn is relevant to industry. And, with technical, real-world thinking and project management skills, you will have a proven ability, ready to play a constructive role in shaping our technological future. 

Optional placement year

The optional industry placement provides the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in the workplace, as well as acquire additional specialist expertise and transferable skills through responsibilities and contributions to the employer’s business.  

Following the completion of the taught elements of your MSc course, you can gain additional practice credits by working for a minimum of 36 weeks and a maximum of 42 weeks (excluding paid and statutory holidays) in an industrial setting, relevant to your course. This optional placement year is only available if you start the course in the September intake.

You’ll be responsible for searching and applying for advertised placement opportunities, supported by a dedicated Placement Team at the University’s Careers and Employability Service, along with academic staff. All placements are approved and monitored in accordance with the University’s Institutional Code of Practice for Placement and Work‐Based Learning, including additional checks for international students on study visas. 

Once you have secured an approved placement, an academic tutor and workplace mentor will be identified. The academic tutor will provide support and progress checks. 

A placement fee of £1,850 applies. 

Career prospects

Independent thinkers with both technical expertise and a strong grasp of modern management techniques are in high demand across the industry.  

On this interdisciplinary and innovative masters, we aim to prepare you to take a significant role in shaping digital strategies within business. We’ll equip you to be able to adapt to change in this fast-moving sector and to contribute to the overall Industrial Strategy.  

When you graduate, you could move into a role as an engineer, consultant or a project manager. You’ll also be well placed to enter a PhD or an Engineering Doctorate course, should you wish to continue your studies. 

Some of our MSc Engineering Smart Systems graduates have gone to work for both national and international companies such a FICO, Horan Power Engineering and Bruhati.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK see our website.

Fees and funding

Please see the Manchester Met website for information on fees.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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