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Additive Manufacturing

1 year
September 2024

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.

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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I loved my time at UCLan, with many hands-on experiences, helpful technicians and tutors. Without doing the Additive Manufacturing course I wouldn’t have a chance to gain my PhD studentship, enabling me to do a job I dreamed of.
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Milan Sumegi
MSc Additive Manufacturing graduate

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.


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.

Interested in a professional placement?

You'll have the opportunity to choose either a work placement or professional placement module and spend time in industry as part of this course.

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Your teaching team

Our lecturing academics are active researchers in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. They specialise 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. Academics collaborate with industry to implement cutting-edge technologies. They are also 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.

Dr Hadley Brooks
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Hadley teaches across a range of subjects for our engineering team, with particular expertise in manufacturing. His research is focused on additive manufacturing and is head of the Additive Manufacturing lab in the Engineering Innovation Centre. In recognition of his contribution…

Dr Katerina Fragaki
Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy
School of Engineering and Computing

Katerina is the MSc Renewable Energy Engineering Course Leader. She is teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her background is in Physics and her particular expertise and research interest is on Renewable Energy and Photovoltaic systems. Katerina supervises unde…

Future careers in additive manufacturing

The additive manufacturing industry is predicted to grow by 21% annually between 2022-2030 (Cision PR Newswire). 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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Fees and funding

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.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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