• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Additive manufacturing is an emerging advanced manufacture technology, sometimes referred to as 3D-printing. Derby and the East Midlands are dominated by employment in advanced engineering and related industries, but there is a global lack of specialised graduates who can work in supply chain companies. The Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing is offered by University of Derby.


This Masters in Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing programme at University of Derby is designed for both engineering graduates and as a conversion programme for students who have qualifications in other analytical disciplines such as physics or geology, enabling them to transition to careers in advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries. 

This programme also provides the academic and educational underpinning required for students with backgrounds in relevant disciplines which may support applications for Chartered Engineer status.

Cutting-edge of advanced manufacturing

The University of Derby work with industrial partners to solve problems with applied research. The MSc programme draws on this expertise to bridge the gap between research and application informing your learning. By combining study in additive manufacturing with advanced materials, you will gain the fundamental understanding required to meet the technical challenges in the future, producing custom designs to order featuring bespoke material properties.

Through studying this online masters degree you will gain extensive subject knowledge, giving you greater confidence when managing people and undertaking technical leadership roles in the fields of advanced materials, additive manufacturing and their applications.

Turn your ideas into innovative designs

This programme will guide you through the design process, how to take your ideas, design choices and possible optimisations. You will be able to turn your ideas into reality, more than just a prototype. As part of the full MSc course you will be required to attend a one week residential based at our campus in Derby to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired. This residential normally takes place in January before the Spring Trimester and gives you access to state of the art facilities and specialist staff at our research centre, which contains an advanced machining and additive manufacturing facility. In addition to the cost of the module, this residential will incur a cost of approximately £295 which will be payable at the start of the module. You will also be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required) and accommodation in Derby, though the university will assist where possible with the arrangements. Find out more about obtaining a short-term student visa.

Steeped in engineering and manufacturing history

With a high proportion of Derby’s workforce employed in advanced technology industries, Derby is known for its industry in materials and for designing and manufacturing sustainably in complex geometries. Advances in materials and the development of additive manufacturing are particularly important to innovation in the regional advanced technology industries of trains, planes and automobiles as well as architecture and biomedical applications.

Flexible and supported learning

Recognising the diverse nature of students entering this master's programme from a variety of analytical disciplines, applications from students with a non-engineering background will have their merits considered on an individual basis.

Studying this course online enables you to enhance your abilities through part-time, online learning while still focusing on what’s important. This means you can fit your studies around any existing work or personal commitments. Alongside tutoring from our expert academics, who bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to enrich your learning further, you will be assigned a dedicated online learner advisor who will assist with any non-academic queries, helping you to achieve a recognised university qualification and advance your career.


Upon graduating, you can expect to pursue a career in the manufacturing industry with roles related to the implementation of new and emerging technologies, particularly additive manufacturing. The skills gained will enable you to work in roles in component design and engineering, the management of this technical resource or at a strategic level formulating business plans based on complex data analysis. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll also have the potential to individually apply for professional accreditation as a Chartered Engineer.

Programme Structure

  • Additive Manufacturing Applications
  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Continuing Professional Development and Strategic Management
  • Data Science Visualisation
  • Design and Material Selection
  • Environmental Risk and Responsibility
  • Independent Scholarship
  • Introduction to Materials and Additive Manufacturing

                    Detailed Programme Facts

                    • Programme intensity Part-time
                      • Average part-time duration 36 months
                    • Credits
                      180 alternative credits
                    • Languages
                      • English
                    • Delivery mode
                      • Time flexibility
                      • Attendance
                        Regular mandatory meetings
                      • Teacher support
                        Continuous support with feedback on request
                      • Student interaction
                        Online group works/assignments
                    • More information Go to the programme website

                    English Language Requirements

                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

                    • Minimum required score:


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                    Academic Requirements

                    You need the following GPA score:

                    Required score: Lower Second Class

                    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                    • A minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree or similar qualification in chemistry, biology, geology, engineering or a related analytical discipline
                    • A2 Mathematics or equivalent

                    Getting a Student Visa

                    This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

                    Tuition Fee

                    • International

                      3036 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 9115 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
                    • EU/EEA

                      3036 GBP/year
                      Tuition Fee
                      Based on the original amount of 9115 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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                    *Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.


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