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Advanced Product Design Engineering Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Delivered in one-week blocks January 2017
September 2017
Part time 2 years Delivered in one-week blocks January 2017
September 2017

Choose Kingston's Advanced Product Design Engineering MSc

This course focuses on the latest technology in modern CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM applications to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of rapid design and manufacture of a new product from a single computer terminal, without the need for lengthy prototype and test cycles. Implementing this technology is essential in today's global marketplace, where survival relies on being first to market.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

Key features

  • Teaching in many technical modules is backed up by appropriate hands-on experience and workshops, which can be transferred directly to your working environment.
  • Academic teaching is complemented by visits from industry experts. You will also have plenty of opportunities to attend relevant technical seminars, both within and outside the University.
  • You can tailor your course to enhance your career ambitions through your module choices and the project dissertation gives you the opportunity to choose a field of study in which to establish yourself as a specialist.

What will you study?

This programme is structured to provide you with the latest developments in this still-evolving discipline, and focuses on providing you with hands-on experience of the latest computing applications throughout the entire product development cycle. The course covers a range of topics from 3D solid modelling and the techniques required to extend the capabilities of a 3D modelling system to gaining practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical computer tools by using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques. It also examines the importance of modern materials in advanced manufacturing processes, as well as computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and application of rapid prototyping technologies. Additionally, the programme enables you to gain the entrepreneurship, management and business skills necessary to take on leadership roles in major product design engineering projects.

The project dissertation challenges you to investigate a theoretical area in depth and also to undertake a real-world product design problem-solving project.

Assessment

Coursework and/or exams, presentations, research project.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • This module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It also addresses issues related to presentation of technical reports at master level and for the purpose of wider publication in learned media.

    The module further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

    The module content is designed to enhance your employability potential in a variety of national and international industrial organisations, or career opportunities in research and development arena. It also equips you with a set of skills to set up your own business in an engineering innovation area should you wish to do so.

     
  • This module aims to develop an in-depth understanding of some of the fundamental computing technologies that support the engineering product development process. Technologies covered include Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Modelling and Analysis (FEM/FEA) and Mechanism Design and Simulation tools available within Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies. The module also develops both an understanding of the role of these technologies within Product Data Management (PDM) systems and the role of PDM itself as one of the key enablers for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

     
  • The module covers advanced CAD/CAM techniques in the conceptual design and manufacture and is heavily focussed on the surface modelling and reverse engineering methods prior to manufacture. Also this module will cover rapid manufacturing methods involving mould design and machining tool path optimisation and full machining simulation verification, and machining collision avoidance.

     
  • This is a core module for MSc courses in the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, forming a capstone experience for students on these courses. The module allows you to research and study an engineering topic which is of personal interest, thus allowing you to demonstrate the mastery of your subject, and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate specific areas that may not have been previously covered in-depth in the course.

    The vigorous structure of the module provides you with an opportunity to identify an industry-based (or research-focused) project area, establish a feasible hypothesis, find creditable solutions, analyse results and offer recommendations. The module enables you to acquire and appraise new knowledge and apply individual judgement to solve new and often complex engineering problems using cutting-edge technology. It also allows you to demonstrate high levels of responsibility, organisational capability and effective communication with others including the supervisor, wider research community and other stake holders. The module also encourages you to recognise, question and deal with the ethical dilemmas that are likely to occur in engineering professional practice and research.

    The project applications can be individually tailored to support your career plan and prepare you to tackle real industrial problems with maturity and rationality hence enhancing your employability potential.

     

Option modules (choose one)

  • This module explores various management techniques commonly used in industrial companies to improve operation efficiency, overall productivity and competitiveness. You will gain an in-depth understanding in operational issues related to industrial organisations worldwide. In particular the module focuses on how these techniques are to be applied appropriately in the engineering sector. The module addresses global operational issues faced by engineering companies including design and management of products, processes, services and supply chains. Issues such as acquisition, process development, and resource utilisation will also be considered and analysed.

    The content covers both strategic and operational issues including plant location, supply chain management, distribution logistic, customer service process, include production scheduling and control, inventory management, quality control, productivity and performance measurement, materials handling, equipment maintenance policies, etc. The module further aims to identify the resource constraints in its operation through the use of discrete simulation modelling and other software techniques so that a company's overall performance and competitiveness can be improved. The main focus of the module is to provide you with a set of technical skills enabling you to apply your knowledge within an industrial setting, hence enhancing your employability potential.

     
  • This option module deals with the criteria and practice of sustainable development within engineering industries. To be able to critically assess energy sources as to usage performance of engineering systems, components and processes in order to minimise industrial waste, scrap and pollution through the use of analytical methods; leading to recommendations for the design, specification  and manufacture of environmentally benign products.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Recognise the importance of national and European Regulations in relation to renewable technologies.
    • Discuss environmentally related technologies and materials that are fundamental in a range of engineering industries including and environmental operations.
    • Discuss environmental issues related to resource provision and consumption necessary for the manufacture of engineered products, and analyse potential for the application of alternative energy sources.
    • Analyse manufactured product design in relation to materials and other resource requirements and apply key concepts to redesign or design products to be recyclable, sustainable with a minimisation of waste.
    • Specify and develop energy efficient and environmentally conscious products.
    • Critically evaluate the life cycle assessment in incorporation of sustainability at the conceptual design stage.

     

     
  • This module aims to develop your understanding of the main principles of robotic, industrial automation and mechatronics systems. It covers:

    • mechatronics control and its application in automation;
    • the functions of a robot and its embedded systems such as sensors and actuators;
    • how to build dynamic models of robotics systems and design feedback control algorithms;
    • advanced techniques such as fuzzy logic and digital logic design to optimise control in automation processes; and
    • artificial neural networks and adaptive control.
     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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For further information:

Postgraduate admissions
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4546
Email us

Location

This course is taught at Roehampton Vale

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