Additive Manufacturing MSc

Additive Manufacturing MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full time: 12 months; Part time: 24 months

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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    September or January

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Why study this programme?

Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, is an exciting new field, which uses a range of diverse technologies for equally diverse applications. It is now possible to print everything from aerospace parts to biological tissue and even houses! This course is designed to give you the skills required to utilise these new technologies to their full potential.

You will have access to the Additive Manufacturing lab in the new Engineering Innovation Centre, housing some of the latest AM equipment. Learning will be largely project based, with hands-on use of equipment and software. The course will include relevant industry visits, guest speakers and industry related projects.

You will work alongside our research active staff with the possibility of continuing on to PhD research. Students will be given the opportunity to build their own 3D printer (to keep) and develop new or enhanced Additive Manufacturing technologies.

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Entry Requirements

Entry can be made to the course through holding at least a lower second class award of BEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering or other related subjects.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from Master-level studies are welcome.

Access qualifications should normally be in a Mechanical Engineering subject or a related area.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language.  The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

Compulsory Modules

  • EL4895 – Project (Core)
  • EL4166 – Research Methods
  • MP4400 – Additive Manufacturing Technologies
  • MP4702 – Advanced Materials and Materials Selection

Optional Modules

Three of the following:

  • MP4401 – Build your own 3D Printer
  • MP4402 – Product Innovation
  • MP4403 – Reverse Engineering
  • MP4580 – Engineer and Society

* Please note that running of optional modules is conditional on minimum student numbers and staff availability.


  • EL4101 – Professional Placement (120 credits) – 38-40 weeks
  • EL4102 – Work Placement (60 credits) – 10-12 weeks

Further Information


The course adopts a range of approaches to the delivery of curriculum including: case studies, lectures, practical sessions, independent learning guided by a tutor and tutorial sessions.

Assessment of learning is conducted by a range of methods including: tutorial questions, examination, use of online assessment via Blackboard questions, extended assignments, presentations, poster defence and written reports.

Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

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During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.

The course benefits from world-class facilities in additive manufacturing, materials testing, tribology and computer aided engineering.

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"When I studied engineering at UCLan I was introduced to additive manufacturing. I didn't know at that time I would go on to make a career in the most amazing, interesting and unique area I have encountered. I have spent many years developing techniques to take parts, literally, into aircraft and space systems before launching my own additive manufacturing business." - Robert Higham – Director of Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd

"Whilst at UCLan I was exposed to the latest computer aided engineering tools and advanced manufacturing equipment. This foundation has allowed me to pursue a rewarding and varied career in advanced manufacturing. I am now an expert in metal additive manufacturing and enjoy working for a world leading manufacturer of laser powder bed systems." - Ian Brooks – Senior Applications Engineer at Renishaw

"The incredibly wide-reaching syllabus at UCLan, combined with instruction from experienced faculty gave me the knowledge, skills and experience to work with industry professionals from a diverse customer base, including aerospace, automotive, defence, energy and medical engineering."

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK. The advanced manufacturing sector in Lancashire employs around 73,300 people, accounting for 12% of total employment.

The School of Engineering has links with major employers in aerospace, automotive and civil engineering including BAE SYSTEMS and JLR, as well as sector support and supply chain organisations, such as the NW Aerospace Alliance and the Northern Automotive Alliance.

This course will help students to implement an AM strategy within a company or help prepare students to start their own AM related business.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Students will have the chance for international travel, to participate in conferences and research publications. On successful completion of this programme, students will be eligible to apply for progression to world-leading research degrees within the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology. You may find further information on research degrees.

The course is suitable for engineers who have recently graduated as well as those with experience who are seeking to extend their knowledge, or update their qualifications with a view to promotion or other new position. The award covers both technical and commercial aspects of additive manufacturing. It will help students gain employment in high value industries such as aerospace, or start their own AM related businesses.