This integrated Master’s course has been designed and delivered in partnership with Unipart Manufacturing Group as part of a £32 million collaborative project to develop the next generation of highly skilled, specialist engineers for the UK’s high-value manufacturing sector.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% a year since 1948. Fierce global competition, however, is creating an even greater demand for graduate engineers capable of adopting innovative product designs and manufacturing methods in industries as diverse as food processing and household appliances to automotive and aerospace.
Coventry is ranked 7th in the country for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses in the Guardian University Guide 2019, which includes this Manufacturing Engineering degree. This course aims to enable you to progress from an undergraduate degree right through to a Master’s level qualification in four years of full-time study. You will have the opportunity to have direct access to Unipart’s operations, working on ‚live’ issues in a real-world manufacturing production environment, as well as the University’s state-of-the-art High Performance Engineering Centre.
Your studies will be split between our £50m Engineering and Computing Building and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), based at Unipart’s Coventry site.
This ‚faculty on the factory floor’ allows you to experience technology on the manufacturing front line, including robotic automation, forming, joining, analysis and simulation, metrology and product verification technology.
Students spend time on the Unipart shop floor every week talking with people making products and the people who manage these product lines. Taught modules are applied immediately in a real factory and supplemented by continual live experiences of how things are manufactured in real time.
You will participate in ‘live’ projects at the Manufacturing Institute and with the wider support of Unipart Manufacturing Group, such as the design of a manufacturing area for a heat-exchange pipe or fuel-rail or consider the impact of automation and robotics on manufacturing efficiency.
Why choose this course?
Manufacturing engineering in the 21st century has evolved into a highly-advanced, cross-sector, global industry associated with tech products and innovative processes. Continuing a tradition of delivering social and economic benefits, it is increasingly focused on sustainable design and manufacture for the low carbon economy, higher efficiencies and faster development cycles and shorter product lifetimes.
Since leading the Industrial Revolution, Britain has remained a pioneer of new materials and manufacturing processes. Manufacturing contributes £6.7 trillion to the global economy and the UK is currently the 11th largest manufacturing nation in the world, accounting for 54% of exports and directly employing 2.6 million people.
Coventry University has a reputation for teaching excellence and proud history of educating engineers who work in manufacturing across many different industry sectors – automotive, mechanical, process industries (e.g. cement), aerospace, consumer products and complex engineering systems. Our engineering students gain work experience in global organisations like Unipart and Subaru.
International experience opportunities
The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we provide opportunities to participate in a number of collaborative projects. Recent first-year students visited the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland to undertake workshop and computer aided manufacturing skills in an overseas environment. Others have taken part in a collaborative project developing universal healthcare solutions working with the University’s Occupational Therapy students alongside six other institutions from around Europe, participating in international innovation and creativity programmes in Ruse, Bulgaria and Hasselt, Belgium.
We organise a range of overseas fieldtrips, which have previously included: test work at the GM proving ground; a tour of the Ford F150 factory in Detroit, USA; a tour of Hirata, a Japanese Tier 1 automotive supplier for Ford, Chrysler and GM; participation on a certificated training course with Altair on Inspire; and visits to Mahle Powertrain, the University of Michigan and Chrysler Building. All fieldtrips and placements may be subject to additional costs and application.