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Manufacture Materials Design

6 months
2120 GBP/year
1505 GBP/year
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The Manufacture Materials Design module from The Open University UK  introduces materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer. During the module, you’ll study a range of manufacturing processes and explore how components are made, focusing on the interactions between manufacture, materials and design.


This entirely online module uses online texts combined with investigative learning activities to help you develop the ability to make manufacturing decisions. 

The manufacturing processes covered are casting, forming, cutting, joining, additive manufacturing, and surface engineering. By gaining a deeper understanding of the scientific and technological principles that govern these basic processes, you will be able to play a more effective role as a professional engineer. 

Additional topics introduce management of the supply chain and key ideas in assuring the quality of production. Manupedia, an online database of manufacturing processes, plays a key role in your study.

Vocational relevance

This Manufacture Materials Design module from The Open University UK is for engineers with an interest in manufacturing, whether from a production, materials or design perspective.

Programme Structure

What you will study
  • From an external perspective, the world of product manufacture has changed beyond recognition in the last fifty years. But underneath it all there are only so many basic ways you can convert materials into objects – through casting, forming, cutting and joining. Even the rapidly developing world of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), which looks set to disrupt our whole approach to making things, still relies on the scientific principles of casting, cutting and joining to build components.
  • You will study all these techniques in depth, along with the technologically vital field of surface engineering, where a wide variety of methods are used to modify the surface properties of a shaped component. Many of the factors that result in one process being preferred over another relate to both the design of the product and the commercial environment in which it is being manufactured. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • This module can be studied on a standalone basis or as a module of a postgraduate qualification.

  • It is expected that you hold a bachelors degree in an engineering-related subject (or the equivalent) from a UK university, giving you a basic understanding of mechanics and materials engineering and an ability to follow mathematical models involving simple calculus.
  • If this is your first postgraduate module, it is important for you to appreciate the substantial differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study. At postgraduate level, you are expected to evaluate, synthesise, review, and reflect on material. Independent study is an important component and you will be expected to draw on resources beyond those provided by the module. This module includes materials that should assist you if you don’t already have these skills, or if your skills need polishing. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2120 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2120 GBP per year during 6 months.
  • National

    1505 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1505 GBP per year during 6 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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