Manufacturing and service industries require many more talents who can tackle the challenges that come with operating in a complex, global environment. Learn advanced techniques for integrating product development at different levels, and how to design and manufacture intelligent, sustainable and internationally competitive products.


  • 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 truly world-leading course has been designed to address the need for highly trained business leaders able to respond to the challenges and demands of modern globalised markets.

Designed for mid-career professionals, career changers, and ambitious, internationally focused graduates looking to enhance their careers in a global context. We develop global thinkers who can apply their knowledge of global markets to effectively manage cross-border teams and develop internationally competitive products and services.

Why this course?

The world is becoming increasingly connected, bringing a host of new challenges in terms of organisational management, product development and cross-border collaboration.  This course develops highly educated employees, equipped with an international understanding of global manufacturing and service. It covers cutting-edge technologies for worldwide product development and management, including concept creation and creativity.

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 research project.

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

Either industrially or academically driven, students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine manufacturing problems. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.


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 modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Course modules

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

Design, Technology and Prototyping


    Specialised module to introduce industry prototyping design processes. This module will also introduce the facilities/workshops available at Cranfield.

    • Design thinking and creativity.
    • Collaborative Innovation.
    • Understanding the value and use of prototyping for innovation. 
    • Introduction to technology readiness levels (TRL’s).
    • How to identify and write good requirement for design
    • Hands-on use of professional CAD/CAE software.
    • Design skills workshops (sketching, CADCAE, mechatronics, 3D printing)
    • Knowledge of advanced materials and processes (smart materials, bio-inspiration, nano & micro technologies, additive manufacturing)
Intended learning outcomes

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

  • On successful completion of this module, a learner should be able to: 
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate user needs and technical considerations to write good design requirements for a new product, service or system. 
  • Critically evaluate and apply industrial best practice tools and techniques for converting an idea into commercially viable solutions. 
  • Develop and build low fidelity proof-of-concept prototypes, using design best practice methods and agile innovation techniques. 
  • Evaluate knowledge of advanced materials and processes appropriate for a new product, service or system. 
  • Propose a viable Breakthrough Innovation proposition through the synthesis of best practice design methods and the application of advanced materials, processes and prototyping.

Operations Management

Module Leader
  • Professor Harris Makatsoris

    To introduce core factors of managing operations.

    • 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.

Lean Product Development

Module Leader
  • Dr Ahmed Al-Ashaab

    As Master level course this module has to develop knowledge, critical scientific thinking and hands-on experiences for developing a product. A scholarly approach of product development, project management and evolution, as well as the use of the most suitable material and technology, are expected. Research appropriately into customer and market requirements and their analysis to translate the requirements into product specification.


    • Introduction to Product Development (PD)
    • Concurrent Engineering
    • PD Tools and Methods
    • Lean Product Development
    • Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE)
    • SBCE Industrial Case Studies
    • PD in Knowledge-based Environment
    • Trade-Off Curves to enable SBCE
    • Tutorial PD Project

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the application of product development process in lean environment and addressing global collaboration.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of selection of materials and manufacturing processes.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the application of tools and techniques to support product development such as QFD, DFM, DFA, FMEA.
4. Demonstrate skill of using CAD/CAE tools to support the development of a product.
5. Apply materials appropriately to product applications and manufacturing processes.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of considerations of sustainability issues in product development.

Managing Innovation and New Product Development

Module Leader
  • Dr Clive Savory
    This module presents innovation management as a key strategic competence, and aims to equip students with practical tools and hands-on experience enabling them to contribute to the management and improvement of innovation in industry. Innovation management theory and practice are demonstrated using team based learning and discussions around research, practical examples, case studies and a new product development simulation exercise.
    • Introduction to innovation management as an organisational capability
    • Introduction to the dimensions of innovation: products, services, business processes and business model.
    • Innovation Strategy
    • Technology development and innovation
    • User-centred innovation
    • Business model innovation
    • Service innovation
    • Management of New product development projects

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Describe key concepts and issues in innovation and will be able to identify the potential for product service, process, and business model innovation within an organization and/or network;
2. Compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses of an organization in terms of its innovation management and performance;
3. Apply and evaluate key tools, techniques and approaches to managing innovation and new product development
4. Develop the ability to critically select and apply appropriate tools, techniques and perspectives in actual business situations;
5. Judge the challenges in managing new product development1.

Design Driven Innovation Processes

Module Leader
  • Professor Tetsuo Tomiyama

    This module introduces the core concepts, systematic methods, and tools for design-driven innovation of product-service systems through group assignments. It emphasises formal treatment of product-service systems as well as systematic methods for exploring the design space creatively and exhaustively. Through exercises given during the module, the student will develop the ability to compare and compose appropriate building blocks for the delivery of value creation, and to build shared understandings for managing and implementing the innovation process effectively. The assignment topic will be given in collaboration with an industrial partner.

      • The definition and typology of design driven innovation
      • Design thinking and design process modelling.
      • Function modelling
      • Product-service systems
      • Creative design methods
      • An exercise of design-driven innovation (group assignment)

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Explain the concept of innovation and create competitive advantage of product-service systems.
2. Formally model and explain product-service systems.
3. Formally model and analyse customer requirements.
4. Formally model and analyse function models.
5. Apply methods for systematic and exhaustive definition and exploration of the design space.
6. Generate design solutions creatively.
7. Compare, evaluate and validate design solutions.

General Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Yuchun Xu

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

    • 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.

Enterprise Modelling

Module Leader
  • Dr John Ahmet Erkoyuncu

    To extend the student’s ability to evaluate integrated knowledge systems within the context of the wider enterprise environment through the application of modelling and simulation tools, techniques and methodologies.

    • Introduction to modelling: taxonomy, overview of methods and techniques;
    • Enterprise Modelling and lean concepts and architecture
    • Structured Systems Analysis methodology, Process description capture tools and techniques, Object state transition network;
    • Discrete-event simulation, Systems dynamics and Agent-based simulation techniques and methodologies;
    • Case study analysis, use of industry-based software tools
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Distinguish the concepts of modelling approaches and architecture.
2. Analyse challenges in the capture and representation of business knowledge for the purpose of modelling.
3. Critically evaluate the opportunities in a business where modelling and simulation can add value.
4. Construct and apply different modelling & simulation tools used in producing enterprise models.

Decision Engineering

Module Leader
  • Dr John Ahmet Erkoyuncu

    In competitive business environments, it is important to understand the relationships between different business factors, to forecast trends, to appreciate the risks arising from multiple decision paths actions, and to optimise strategies. As decisions are often taken under considerable uncertainty and time pressure it is important to be able to grasp the range of uncertainty and make rational decisions. This course aims to enhance student ability to apply structured methods to decision making.

    • Regression Modelling
    • Statistical Sampling
    • Risk Analysis
    • Optimisation
    • Predictive analytics

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
1. Understand the range of logical and structured applications of modern decision making methods and computer technologies applied to business problems.
2. Interpret and use statistics to structure decision problems.
3. Appreciate central role of judgment and critical thinking in decision analysis.
4. Demonstrate different types of decision technology and identify their applications in industry.

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When you're at Cranfield, it doesn't feel like you're learning by the book, you're learning on the job. Everything you do is a real problem, a real piece of work. The knowledge and experience that I gained from my time at Cranfield has been invaluable to securing and succeeding in my role. 

Tom Leigh, Shaft Cell Manager


The MSc in Global Product Development and Management is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Insitution of Engineering Design (IED), the 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

This course will enable graduates to progress to senior roles in a range of global businesses. Previous graduate destinations include aerospace and automotive manufacturing multi-nationals, as well as leading consultancy firms.

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.