Research course

Advanced Manufacturing: Forging and Forming

University of Strathclyde · Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
EngDPGCert by research

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class Honours degree, or a Master's qualification in a science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The four year programme starts with a year of classes and projects, which provide a solid grounding in manufacturing and underpin the subsequent industry research project. The following three years are spent developing a research thesis while based within the sponsoring company.

Industry Orientation (September)

Industrial and academic supervisors will offer advice on academic module options and provide direction for research thesis topics. This collaboration will continue with regular meetings throughout the programme.

Year 1

Semesters 1 & 2

Students complete the following compulsory modules and select six optional modules from the list below.

Compulsory Modules

  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Micro- and Nano-Manufacturing
  • Strategic Technology Management
  • Advanced Material and Production Technology
  • Advanced Forming Technology and Systems
  • Research Methodology

Optional Modules

  • Product Design Techniques
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • CAED Systems
  • Project Management
  • Systems Integration
  • Information Management
  • Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation
  • Sustainable Product Design and Manufacturing
  • Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
  • Systems Thinking and Modelling

Semester 3

  • Initial Scoping Project (to lead into main research thesis)
  • Industrial visits (as prelude to carrying out research in the industrial company)

Years 2-4

Potential research areas for EngD students based on the manufacturing challenges currently facing industry:

  • Higher quality material
  • More uniform parts and components
  • Understand the distribution of properties
  • Location of specific properties
  • Improved tooling
  • Higher precision final parts
  • Longer tool life/better lubricants
  • Improved process control
  • Press instrumentation
  • Equipment layout and process flow
  • Automation exploration
  • New techniques - Novel forming processes, net shape forming

Fees and funding

Funding support may be available to EU and UK students to cover University fees and also provide an annual stipend of around £15k, tax free, for four years.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

PGCert by research

full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Christine Dent
+44 (0)141 534 5226