BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Advanced Manufacturing Systems

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

1 year full-time:

  • The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules
  • delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work
  • a further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.


3-5 years distance learning:

  • The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace
  • There is no requirement to attend lectures at Brunel University London - instead, you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials
  • You can take between three and five years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.
Programme description

1 year full-time:

  • The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules
  • delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work
  • a further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.


3-5 years distance learning:

  • The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace
  • There is no requirement to attend lectures at Brunel University London - instead, you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials
  • You can take between three and five years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.
Key Modules

From Brunel University London

The top graduate (highest grade in the same year) from the course will be considered for a full or partial scholarship to cover tuition fees (normally three years) for the candidate to pursue research in the same area for PhD.

Applicants who have had exceptional achievements such as wining national or International Scientific Olympiads or nationally or internationally recognised inventions can also apply for Full or Partial scholarships to cover their tuition fees whilst reading AMS.

PG University Scholarships

The course is underpinned by the current research still being carried out by the staff in the former academic unit Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering which promotes manufacturing as a discipline.  Thus the academics teaching on the Advanced Manufacturing Systems MSc which were part of this unit have strong research portfolios in manufacturing. This research has been judged world leading.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, academics teaching on the course were involved with Brunel’s General engineering submission, one of one of the largest in the UK. The area’s percentage of world leading research doubled, with a significant increase in our research judged as internationally excellent as well. The impact of over 75% of this research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. This placed the discipline in the top 20% in the UK terms of research power.

Module & Subject

Systems Modelling and Simulation: Main topics of study:

  • Principles of systems engineering; modelling and analysis of discrete systems
  • Material flow systems (assembly lines, transfer lines, serial systems, shop scheduling, flexible manufacturing, group technology, facility layout)
  • Machine setup and operation sequence
  • Material handling systems
  • General modelling approaches (queuing models)
  • Process simulation and data analysis, enterprise operations
  • Supply chain and logistics-reverse logistics modelling concepts.

Manufacturing Systems, Design and Economics: This module looks at advanced aspects of:

  • Manufacturing processes including description, analysis and classification of basic manufacturing processes; process capabilities, recent advances and developments, assembly systems, automation, robotics and CNC machines, CAD/CAM application
  • Production operations including plant layout, group technology, cellular manufacturing and flexible manufacturing systems. Lean manufacturing techniques, Kaizen, KANBAN, JIT, 5S, seven wastes, Poke Yoke, Value Chain, supply chain management and outsourcing and design reuse. Inventory control and MRP, and quality control.
  • Design for manufacture and process selection: including the relationship between design features and process capabilities, manufacturing system selection to produce a given design
  • Economics for manufacture: including inventory costing, economic order quantities, costing machine tool selection and cost of production strategy.

Sustainable Design and Manufacture: Students will be taught methodologies for assessment sustainability of a product design, and methodologies for assessing the sustainability of manufacturing procedures and operations. The module has a practical orientation, and at the same time offers common analytical tools for assessment to be used in the design and manufacturing environment.

Advanced Manufacturing Measurement: The module will provide an understanding and critical awareness to designing and controlling modern automated manufacturing systems, and employs a systems approach in doing so. The module provides an exposure to a variety of industrial and factory automation practices, and also an understanding in selecting appropriate automation and control methods for the equipment or process at hand. You will be able to:

  • Understand the criticality and importance of automation and robotics in the modern industrial environment, and will also understand the issues and differences in automation practices between discrete and process industries
  • Apply current technical knowledge in, and operating a modern manufacturing system
  • Critically analyse manufacturing systems and specify select suitable approaches for control, and to evaluate and justify an automated system.

Robotics and Manufacturing Automation: The module aims at providing an understanding and critical awareness to designing and controlling modern automated manufacturing systems, and employs a systems approach in doing so. The module provides an exposure to a variety of industrial and factory automation practices, and also an understanding in selecting appropriate automation and control methods for the equipment or process at hand.

Computer Aided Engineering 1: In this module students will be taught:

  • How to constitute entities of physical object, points, edges, surfaces and solids which are modelled for CAE, and the skills to implement them using a contemporary CAE software to create a computer model of a part, or assembly [Pro/Engineer, CATIA, Solidworks).
  • Theory and useful applications of computer models in mechanism synthesis and analysis, using contemporary CAE packages [MATLAB, SIMULINK].

Dissertation: Following the taught part of the programme and reflecting individual interests, the dissertation is an in-depth study of a manufacturing problem or situation, requiring a high standard of investigation and presentation. The analysis of a ‘real’ problem is expected, frequently involving a company or workplace. Close liaison between you, the University, and the company is essential when selecting a topic which has a suitable academic content and an appropriate scope, relevance and timescale. Some students may wish their dissertations to be considered by the Chartered Engineering Institutions to satisfy requirements for corporate membership. In this case, a further set of criteria will have to be satisfied and you should contact the appropriate institute on the best way to proceed.

Optional modules (choose two modules)

Design of Mechatronics Systems (full-time students only): In this module the students will be taught how to:

  • integrate mechanical, electronic and control functions
  • critically analyse and use mechatronic design concepts
  • apply multiple discipline expertise in an integrating mechatronic process
  • use advanced software to simulate power electronic circuits (PSPICE).

Project Management: This module aims to give you a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of the latest advanced techniques and strategies for project management, including management tools, management and reporting methods and team building. Opportunities are provided to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in these areas. A number of specific areas are covered including contract law and health and safety. The module ends with project auditing to establish performance and project closure.

Quality Management and Reliability: This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles of modern quality assurance which underpin the discipline, and their applications in engineering, manufacturing and enterprises. Topics covered include the history and nature of quality management; views of the gurus and ISO 9000; problem solving tools; benchmarking; quality function deployment; Poka Yoke; statistical process control; failure modes and effects analysis; significance testing; design of experiments and Taguchi methods. The module also aims to:

  • Provide a professional working knowledge of the reliability engineering techniques that the students can apply to improve the maintenance, the maintainability and the safety of an industrial plant
  • Explain the purpose of maintenance within an organisation and to review the development of its principles and techniques, thus enabling the students to develop a structured strategy for maintaining complex industrial plant.

Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management (distance learning only): Main topics of study: logistics and supply chain management – an introduction; managing material flow (the physical distribution and control of goods); the role of information systems (eCommerce) in developing and enhancing supply chain management; supply chain relationships; the customer service dimension; time based competition; the global supply chain; managing the supply chain of the future.

Managing People and Organisations (distance learning only): Main topics of study: nature of organisations and their development and effectiveness; the role of the engineering manager and the contingency theory of management; the nature and strategic role of human resource management; developments in management theory for business performance management; learning organisations and the role of innovation; managing innovation including organisational culture in a global business environment; motivation and managing high performing teams; managing change and designing organisations that support creativity and innovation.

Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 years
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15.November)-(15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
JANUARY
SEPTEMBER