Additive Manufacturing MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


September 2017

Course duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Teaching times

Trimester 1: Mondays and Tuesdays (full-time) or Monday only (part-time).
Trimester 2: Monday-Wednesday (full-time) or Wednesday only (part-time).


This is your chance to be at the forefront of the latest advances in 3D printing and advanced engineering design. Whether you already hold a degree in engineering or have a related physical sciences, design or mathematical background, this course will develop your skills and knowledge in additive manufacturing to meet the demands of industry worldwide.

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Our course will help you develop a career in engineering, or give you an additional skills boost if you’re already working in the industry. You may want to work as a production or research engineer, mechanical designer or technical lead working directly in engineering and design or, use this degree as a step towards a career in operations, project management or consultancy. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your research with our Professional Doctorate in Science and Technology

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • 3D CAD and Digital Techniques
    You will develop a systematic, in-depth understanding of solid CAD modelling and critical awareness of its application in digital systems. Looking at advanced aspects of CAD, including complex part and assembly modelling with key elements of feature-based parametric modelling techniques, you’ll enable automation of the design and revision of procedures using parameters. From here you will look at modern digital techniques used in advanced manufacturing methods such as additive manufacturing to solve complex manufacturing problems. This module develops a systematic understanding of CAD and digital systems and critical awareness of how the CAD is converted to formats most suitable for the digital application.
  • Additive Manufacturing Strategy
    This module will provide a comprehensive overview of the importance of additive, subtractive and hybrid (ASH) manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D Printing) and its tremendous part in worldwide development and innovation. You’ll develop methodical, top to bottom understanding and basic awareness of different additive, subtractive and hybrid (ASH) manufacturing processes that are accessible for AM technology. As a result of this module, you should be able to efficiently create top to bottom information, and have a reasonable comprehension of how settled procedures of AM make utilisation of ASH and auxiliary operations to confer desired attributes to the finished items. You’ll look at the difference between different 3D printing procedures and advancements, alongside the different programming instruments, forms and systems empowering individual creation, for example, 3D scanning. You will investigate the expansive scope of 3D printing applications, including biomedical, aviation, “personal” 3D printing, localised services, production parts, mass customization, and how to commercialise your ideas. Additive Manufacturing is making an impact every single day hence the system, manages different parts of additive, and joining procedures to shape three-dimensional parts with applications running from prototyping to creation. Additive Manufacturing assembling (AM) advances create three-dimensional (3D) sections utilizing layer-based assembling forms straightforwardly from PC supported outline (CAD) models. Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) or Rapid Manufacturing (RM) is the utilization of AM innovations in direct assembling of end-use parts. Throughout this module you will discover an assortment of AM and other assembling innovations, their preferences and disservices for creating both models and practical generation quality parts, and a portion of the vital exploration challenges connected with utilising these innovations.
  • Computer Aided Engineering Analysis
    Gain experience of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as applied in industry with emphasis on the analysis, manufacture and test of components, assemblies and processes. Our module is predominantly 'hands on' and employs industry-standard linear static and non-linear software. We'll also cover the validation of the FEA models and the estimating of product life.
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
    You’ll be provided with an in-depth knowledge of innovative design methods together with time compression technologies that will reduce the time of delivering new products to market. You’ll use a range of design tools to apply innovative design methods and to improve the design of an existing product, such that it can be manufactured and assembled at a minimum cost and yet maintain the level of quality and reliability demanded by customers. Tools such as 3-D solid modelling and engineering software tools will be extensively used throughout the module. Our module will also enable you to plan the method of manufacture of a product using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods. You’ll be introduced to modern equipment, such as CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines and automated inspection.
  • Engineering Management Systems
    You’ll develop a critical awareness and understanding of engineering operating systems, including production, manufacturing, planning and plant resources required for a business to operate efficiently and reliably satisfy customers' needs. You’ll be provided with an in-depth study of the operating systems used in complex technical organisations with a view to identifying good practice and the tools and techniques to systematically develop and improve the efficiency of such systems, including the use of discrete event simulation.
  • Post Processing of Additive Manufactured (AM) products
    This module provides a systematic, in-depth understanding and critical awareness of various post processing/finishing techniques for additive manufactured products. Its objectives are to systematically develop in-depth knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of 3D printing and AM make use of post processes and secondary operations to impart desired characteristics to the final products. These include surface finish, desired shape and appeal, accuracy and mechanical strength. 3D printing and AM are making an impact every single day and post processing is a very crucial part of the AM methods. Additive Manufacturing methods use different materials for the production of parts and this module will give you the tools to develop their decision making skills so that you can accurately choose and critically evaluate the effectiveness of various post processing methods based on the process. The topics covered include thermal property enhancement techniques, property enhancement techniques using non thermal means, isotropic superfinishing, polishing, mechanical and electrolytic grinding, abrasion, deformation post processing, surface finish improvement techniques, improving the strength of a part at microscopic level, painting, dying, tumbling, acetone vapour smoothing, plating, vapour deposition, accuracy and aesthetics improvements.
  • Industrially Based Project
    In this module you will choose, organise, write and present your main project. You can choose the subject based on live industrial projects if you are studying with us part-time. You may seek advice and guidance from industrial or supplier supervisors, University supervisors and industrial Managers. You’ll be encouraged to choose a subject relevant to your business interests and strengths. Irrespective of choice of subject, the main project must be based on: 1.The technology and engineering of the 3D printing application processes and related processes associated with your subject. 2.The theories and mechanisms of the 3D printing application processes and related processes associated with the subject.


You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, portfolios, presentations, analysis reports and an Industry Based Project. Additionally, non-cognate but numerate degree holding applicants will be provided with self-contained on-line learning material for 'Manufacturing Processes' and 'Engineering Materials' to narrow the gap in knowledge prior to joining and/or during the course.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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