An established course developing professionals with a thorough understanding of the processes, skills and behaviours needed to create and manage competitive manufacturing operations. It majors on industrially relevant projects, team working, and transferable skills. Our graduates enjoy careers in a wide range of sectors from financial services through to health care.

Overview

  • Start dateFull-time: October, part-time: throughout the year
  • DurationOne year full-time, two-five years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for graduates with science, engineering, IT or related degrees keen to develop careers in manufacturing or related industries, or academia; or graduates currently working in industry keen to extend their qualifications or pursue a career change; or individuals with other qualifications who possess considerable relevant experience.

Boyang Song

I recommend Cranfield as the university of choice for students who wish to excel within manufacturing. The industry-informed taught modules have provided me a wide knowledge, and will guide my professional development in the longer term.

Boyang Song, PhD student

Why this course?

There are numerous benefits associated with undertaking a postgraduate programme of study here, including:

  • Study in a postgraduate-only environment where Masters' graduates can secure positions in full-time employment in their chosen field, or undertake academic research
  • Teaching by leading academics as well as industrial practitioners
  • Work alongside a strong research team
  • Dedicated support for off-campus learners including extensive information resources managed by the University's library
  • Consultancy to companies supporting their employees on part-time programmes, in relation to individual projects.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

Course details

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Course delivery

Taught modules 40%, Group project 20% (dissertation for part-time students), Individual project 40%

Group project

The group project experience is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. Teams of students work to solve an industrial problem. The project applies technical knowledge and provides training in teamwork and the opportunity to develop non-technical aspects of the taught programme. Part-time students can prepare a dissertation on an agreed topic in place of the group project.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual project

A key element of the Master's programme is the project work undertaken. The individual research project is either industrially or Cranfield University driven. Students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate independent research ability, the ability to think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine problems in manufacturing. The projects are sponsored by industrial organisations.

Please note part-time students instead carry out a dissertation with their employer.

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.


Course modules

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Induction

Module Leader
  • Dr Konstantinos Salonitis
Aim

    To introduce the programme and the courses and the facilities available at Cranfield.


Syllabus
    • Team working
    • Project Management
    • Various interpersonal skills: Report writing and Presentation skills
    • Various MS Office training packages
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Have an appreciation of the Manufacturing Masters programme and course philosophy, structure, content, teaching methods, staff and administration.
2. Be familiar with key facilities (internal and external to Cranfield) and resources such as the library, computer network and Careers Service.
3. Have essential, fundamental knowledge prior to the study including a range of computing-related skills.
4. Have experienced team building and other interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills.
5. Appreciate the importance of time/project management throughout the study.
6. Appreciate the importance of Health and Safety at workplace.

Operations Management

Module Leader
  • John Patsavellas
Aim

    To introduce core factors of managing operations.


Syllabus
    • An introduction to manufacturing and service activities
    • Capacity, demand and load; identifying key capacity determinant; order-size mix problem; coping with changes in demand
    • Standard times, and how to calculate them; process analysis and supporting tools; process simplification
    • What quality is; standards and frameworks; quality tools; quality in the supply chain
    • Scheduling rules; scheduling and nested set-ups
    • Roles of inventory; dependent and independent demand; Economic Order Quantity; uncertain demand; inventory management systems and measures
    • Information systems – at operational, managerial, and strategic levels; bills of material; MRP, MPRll and ERP systems
    • Ohno’s 7 wastes; Just-in-Time systems (including the Toyota Production System, and Kanbans)
    • Class discussion of cases, exercises, and videos to support this syllabus
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Apply the ‘Framework for the Management of Operations’ to all operations, from pure service to pure manufacturing.
2. Identify the key capacity determinant in an operation, and carry out an analysis to develop the most appropriate approach in response to changes in demand.
3. Select and apply appropriate approaches and tools to determine standards and improve processes.
4. Determine the information needed to support businesses, in particular manufacturing operations.
5. Analyse problems rigorously to develop options, and select an appropriate option taking into consideration relevant factors such as risk, opportunities, cost, flexibility, and time to implement.
6. Select appropriate Just-in-Time (JIT) tools to improve operations.
7. Develop appropriate quality systems for the whole of their supply chain – from supplier, through operations to customers – and ensure these systems are sustained and a culture of continuous improvement prevails.

Enterprise Systems

Module Leader
  • Professor Essam Shehab
Aim

    The module aims to provide a systematic understanding and knowledge of the enterprise systems principles and how to use these systems to manage an enterprise. The course will also provide hands-on experience using SAP as a leading industry-standard software application.


Syllabus
    • Introduction to business functions, processes and data requirements within an enterprise.
    • Enterprise wide IT systems. Managing Enterprise through ERP.
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): concepts, techniques and tools.
    • ERP selection and implementation issues.
    • An Introduction to IoT and Cyber Security.
    • SAP based hands-on case studies.
    • Conduct a Group Presentation on the Impact of ERP on a specialist MSc theme.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the systematic understanding of the principles of business functions, processes and data infrastructure.
2. Understand the concepts, tools and techniques of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and its related subjects such as IoT and Cyber Security.
3. Demonstrate awareness of ERP systems in his/her specialist MSc.
4. Understand the importance of Enterprise-wide systems to business operations.
5. Appreciate issues and challenges in ERP implementation.
6. Understand basic concepts and identify the various criteria for ERP selection.
7. Have working/application knowledge on the use of SAP tool through hands-on case studies.
8. Continue independently through research to advance their knowledge and understanding in a specific area of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) related to individual MSc.

Operations Analysis

Module Leader
  • Dr Konstantinos Salonitis
Aim

    To develop in students a rigorous and logical application of tools and techniques for the design and control operational systems.

Syllabus
    • Six Sigma, Process capability, common and special cause variability, control charts, acceptance sampling.
    • Analysis of systems to produce simple models. IDEF0 and IDEF3 and their application. Business process fundamentals and the process review. Improvement procedures, modelling methods and process models. Performance measurement. Responding to and improving reliability.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of tools for assessing, controlling and improving processes, and their strengths and limitations.
2. Explain the relationship between work-in-process, lead-time and output in a production system and the impact of variability.
3. Understand the different elements of lean production and its applicability.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of process mapping approaches, relevant terminology and the basic methods involved.
5. Demonstrate an understanding Six Sigma and Statistical Process Control tools and techniques.
6. Take a ‘systems view’ of manufacturing and servicing operations.
7. Understand the impact of unreliability and how maintenance techniques can be deployed.
8. Critically appraise appropriate performance measurement system deployment.

General Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Yuchun Xu
Aim

    To give an introduction to some of the key general management, personal management and project management skills needed to influence and implement change.


Syllabus
    • Management Accounting Principles and Systems;
    • Personal style and team contribution, interpersonal dynamics, leadership, human and cultural diversity;
    • Project Management: structure and tools for project management
    • Introduction to standards: awareness of standards, relevant standards (quality, environment and H&S), value of using standards, management of the standard and audit.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Understand the objectives, principles, terminology and systems of management accounting.
2. Have an appreciation of inter-relationships between functional responsibilities in a company.
3. Have a practical understanding of different management styles, team roles, different cultures, and how the management of human diversity can impact organisational performance.
4. Have an understanding of structure, aspects, and tools for project management.
5. Critique the role of standards and their management in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Module Leader
  • Professor Harris Makatsoris
Aim

    To develop students’ understanding of manufacturing systems engineering in order to analyse and (re)design manufacturing systems that maximise value to customers while minimising waste.

Syllabus
    • Design of layouts.
    • Human centred factory design.
    • Group Technology & Cellular manufacturing.
    • Different approaches to factory layout such as process and product layouts.
    • Reasons for choice of cellular manufacturing and benefits.
    • Manufacturing Systems modelling using discrete-event simulation.
    • Analysis of manufacturing systems using simulation.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Differentiate the applicability of different layout types applicable in manufacturing businesses.
2. Assess how production layout and system design influences productivity
3. Appraise the effectiveness of cellular configurations .
4. Design a graphical simulation model using an industry leading discrete-event simulation tool.
5. Contrast discrete-event simulation to other modelling techniques especially in addressing emerging manufacturing paradigms.
6. Devise an experimental procedure and interpret the consequential results of the simulation model.

Internet of Things

Aim

    To provide working knowledge on IoT technologies, including hardware and software options, and their innovation potential and enable students to analyse alternative security options.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to IoT
    • The key concepts of Internet of Things and its enabling technologies
    • Key applications, protocols and architectures
    • IoT Physical Devices
    • IoT Connectivity and Industrial Internet
    • IoT Human-machine Interfaces
    • IoT System Design & Architectures
    • IoT System Management 
    • IoT Business Models & Data Ownership
    • IoT Data Management and Analytics (Edge/Cloud data and Big Data) 
    • IoT Enablers – from Design to Implementation
    • IoT Reliability, Privacy, Trust and Ethical issues
    • IoT security and integrity
    • Protecting IoT enabled manufacturing systems
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Appraise the key concepts of Internet of Things, and inspect its enabling technologies.
  2. Evaluate use cases of theoretical concepts, including security implications.
  3. Assess recent and evolving developments, protocols and technologies for IoT enabled systems.
  4. Compose architecture designs synthesising technology components to address application requirements with security provisions.
  5. Evaluate Internet of Things – enabled systems regarding security risks, vulnerabilities, threats, risk metrics, and solutions.

Supply Chain Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Ahmed Al-Ashaab
Aim

    To develop skills to analyse and manage the direction of a business, to design and develop manufacturing strategy to deliver competitive advantage and plan effective deployment of a strategy.


Syllabus
    • Competitive manufacturing strategy concepts.
    • Benchmarking of manufacturing system performance.
    • Manufacturing strategy in business success.
    • Strategy formation and formulation, leading on to system design.
    • Structured strategy formulation and system design methodologies.
    • Approaches to strategy formulation in differing business contexts.
    • Realisation of new strategies/system designs, including approaches to implementation.
    • Case study on design of competitive manufacturing strategy.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Describe the role of manufacturing within business strategy.
2. Define and explain manufacturing strategy process and content, emergent and intended strategy, competitive edge criteria and decision areas.
3. Explain how the various approaches to manufacturing strategy formation complement different business circumstances.
4. Demonstrate manufacturing strategy formulation.
5. Apply a structured methodology to create a manufacturing strategy.
6. Assess the impact of a proposed manufacturing strategy on business performance.

Manufacturing Strategy

Aim

    To develop skills to analyse and manage the direction of a business, to design and develop manufacturing strategy to deliver competitive advantage and plan effective deployment of a strategy.

Syllabus
    • Competitive manufacturing strategy concepts.
    • Benchmarking of manufacturing system performance.
    • Manufacturing strategy in business success.
    • Strategy formation and formulation, leading on to system design.
    • Structured strategy formulation and system design methodologies.
    • Approaches to strategy formulation in differing business contexts.
    • Realisation of new strategies/system designs, including approaches to implementation.
    • Case study on design of competitive manufacturing strategy.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

1. Describe the role of manufacturing within business strategy.
2. Define and explain manufacturing strategy process and content, emergent and intended strategy, competitive edge criteria and decision areas.
3. Explain how the various approaches to manufacturing strategy formation complement different business circumstances.
4. Demonstrate manufacturing strategy formulation.
5. Apply a structured methodology to create a manufacturing strategy.
6. Assess the impact of a proposed manufacturing strategy on business performance.

Teaching team

You will be taught by internationally leading academics and practitioners. This will ensure you are aware of cutting-edge tools, techniques and innovations. The course is directed by an industrial advisory committee comprising senior representatives from leading manufacturing and business organisations. This means the skills and knowledge you acquire are relevant to employer requirements.

Accreditation

The MSc in Engineering and Management of Engineering Systems is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.  Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Your career

Cranfield manufacturing graduates are highly sought after by industry. Many graduates take on appointments with a wide range of manufacturing enterprises or, increasingly, apply their skills to other sectors from financial services through to health care.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.