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Additive Manufacturing

1 Year
September 2023
Campus Taught

Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing, is an exciting new field using diverse technologies for equally diverse applications. It’s now possible to print everything from aerospace parts to biological tissue and even houses. The MSc in Additive Manufacturing gives you the skills to use these new technologies to their full potential.

Why study with us

  • Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, our £35m Engineering Innovation Centre provides an integrated space for teaching, research and work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners.
  • Access world-class facilities in additive manufacturing, materials testing, tribology and computer-aided engineering, including the University’s Additive Manufacturing and Materials Testing labs, engineering and CNC workshops, a metals and 3D workshop, and a rapid prototyping suite. 
  • 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.

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What you'll do

  • You will get the chance to build your own 3D printer, allowing you to learn through experimentation, and to develop new or enhanced Additive Manufacturing technologies.
  • Enhance your work experience through a 12 month professional placement that’s built into your MSc. Alternatively, choose a shorter industry-based work experience project.
  • You may have the chance to travel internationally to participate in conferences and to publish in research publications.

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Your teaching team

Our lecturing academics are active researchers in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Specialising in metal, polymer and composite materials, advanced computer-aided design, 3D scanning, sustainability and product innovation. Our staff are frequently published in sector-leading journals such as Additive Manufacturing. As well as collaborating with industry to implement cutting-edge technologies. Staff are fellows of the higher education academy and members of accrediting bodies, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). A specialist technician supports the additive manufacturing laboratory. They can help you get hands-on experience with our 3D printers and your project work.

Future careers

The Additive Manufacturing industry is predicted to grow by 21% annually between 2022-2030*. This evolving industry is revolutionising the sectors where it is being implemented. Such as construction, aerospace and MedTech.

Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.

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Frequently asked questions

Additive Manufacturing or 3D printing covers a range of technologies that can create parts and assemblies. They do this by adding or consolidating materials, rather than subtracting or forming materials. 3D printing can produce parts that are highly complex without the need for tooling. 

Additive Manufacturing is being used to produce highly functional parts and products in a wide range of industries. It's used in aerospace and motorsports companies to reduce part weight and increase performance. Medical companies use Additive Manufacturing to produce person-specific implants, hearing aids, orthotics, and prosthetics. Jewellers use it to quickly and cost-effectively produce jewellery. Construction companies are using Additive Manufacturing to build faster with reduced labour. Small business owners run print farms or micro-factories to produce their parts without large capital investments. 

No. Many different engineering degrees are suitable including Aerospace, Mechanical, Industrial, Motorsports, Energy, Product Innovation, Maintenance, Mechatronics and Biomedical. If you are unsure whether your degree is suitable, please contact the enquiries team

Fees and funding

Full-time£8,400 per year
Sandwich year£2,000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£933 per 20 credits
Full-time£15,500 per year
Full-time£9,000 per year
Sandwich year£2,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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