Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:2 in a UK Honours degree that contains laboratory or practical components is normally required. Examples of relevant degree subjects include: Engineering, Product Design and Technology, Computing and Digital Technology, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Technology and Interior Design. Equivalent EU/international qualifications are also accepted. Applicants who don’t meet these criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other professional qualifications or degree disciplines will be considered on merit and/or with relevant professional experience. We may interview you as part of your application.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

Embrace advances in technology and help to shape the future with this unique masters degree. 3D design and digital manufacturing technology is advancing at an incredible rate. We are living in an age where it is possible to 3D print everything from cars to clothing and even entire houses, with scientists currently exploring the possibility of 3D printing human organs for transplant.

This new taught Masters’ programme offers a very much hands-on entry route to the fascinating opportunities offered within Industry 4.0. Whilst covering all aspects of industrial digitalisation, the course will centre around additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing). The aim of the programme is to educate and train work-ready, capable and equipped professionals; better placed to fulfil the requirements of higher-paid positions within Industry 4.0 and contribute to its further research and development.

You will learn how to digtially model, design and evaluate components and products; some of which cannot be made using other methods of manufacture. We strongly embrace a ‘fail-fast, fail-often’ design approach so that you can learn which parts of your designs work, and which need redesigning. You will 3D print a large number of these models on-site using our wide range of stereolithography (SLA) and fusion deposition modelling (FDM) printers. In addition, you will perform post-production operations in a dedicated laboratory to finalise your creations.

The programme is positioned at the cutting-edge of technology and examines how UK manufacturing could be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technologies (IDT). As such, as part of this programme, you will visit complex technical organisations to witness the impact that is being made.

Features and benefits of the course

  • From artists to entrepreneurs, engineers to healthcare scientists – this course is aimed at anyone with an inquisitive mind and a desire to learn the skills required to succeed in this dynamic industry.
  • Study and work in the state-of-the-art PrintCity facility, which is equipped with the very latest 3D printers from FormLabs, Ultimaker, MarkForged, Airwolf, 3D Systems, StrataSys. You will also create metal castings from 3D printed plastic patterns and post-process them using dedicated procedures such as a laser-welding and bead-blasting.
  • Fail-fast, fail often. We positively encourage our students to try new designs, test them and learn by failing. By evaluating the failures, we learn how to make things better.
  • The programme has a strong working relationship with Autodesk UK and provides a route for students to become an ‘Autodesk Certified User’. This is a recognised qualification in addition to the programme award which demonstrates proficiency in computer-aided-design software and will be attractive to future employers.
  • The programme structure and student lifecycle are designed to slowly build a variety of skills and portfolio of work that will provide an exit velocity to launch our graduates into the better-paid positions within Industry 4.0.

Units include:

  • CAD Modelling and Product Design
  • Industrial Digital Technologies
  • Generative Design and the Wider Digital Realm
  • Project Management and Organisations
  • Project Quality Management
  • Research Project in Industrial Digitalisation
  • Research Methods and Skills

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 visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969