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Manchester Metropolitan University: Digital Design and Manufacturing

Institution Manchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Department of Engineering
Telephone 0161 247 69 69
Study type Taught


Embrace advances in technology and help to shape the future with this unique masters degree. 3D design and digital manufacturing technology are advancing at an incredible rate. We are living in an age where it is possible to 3D print everything from cars to clothing and even entire houses, with scientists currently exploring the possibility of 3D printing human organs for transplant.

Gaining this qualification is your chance to be at the forefront of a huge growth area, with major international companies such as Boeing, Adidas and the NHS investing heavily in 3D print technology. This innovative masters course offers hands-on training in the fascinating field of digital manufacturing and aims to educate and develop industry-ready professionals.

A wide range of units will develop your skills in computer-aided design, modelling and industrial sustainability. As well as 3D printing, course content has been designed to train students in all aspects of Industry 4.0, and explores The Internet of Things, generative design and even augmented and virtual reality.

The masters is positioned at the cutting-edge of technology and examines how UK manufacturing could be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technologies. As such, as part of this course, you will visit complex technical organisations to witness the impact that is being made.

Features and Benefits

  • Cutting-edge facilities - Study and work in the state-of-the-art PrintCity facility, the University’s digital manufacturing hub. Equipped with over 60 3D printers including Ultimaker, Formlabs, Markforged, 3D Systems and HP, that can produce parts in many different materials, including metal. You’ll also be able to build your own immersive realities with our Oculus Quest 2’s and Unity 3D. PrintCity has expanded to a larger space in 2021, relocating to Turing House.

  • Live project opportunities – PrintCity attracts businesses as part of its commercial arm for those wishing to develop prototypes. Wherever possible, we will offer this work to you to work on alongside your studies.

  • Student community – We have built a reputation for creating a strong group dynamic where we all work together in the same space: staff and students. We meet every week as a group to keep up to date with Industry 4 or plan outings such as sailing or karting.

  • Industry recognised skills – Our students are highly valued in industry and digital manufacturing. We’re delighted to have three former students featured in The Manufacturer's list of 50 Young People Making Manufacturing Smarter. A list of inspiring young people who are forging their careers within the UK manufacturing landscape and driving the country forward through innovation.

  • Dedicated technical support – Our expert team of PrintCity Technical Officers provide hands-on support to students at every stage, from the conception of ideas to finished products. You'll work closely with them, from one on one support to round table discussions, to ensure you're confident in the practical aspects of 3D printing.

  • Career ready - The design of our course structure and student lifecycle allows you to build a variety of skills and a broad portfolio of work. A readiness that will be invaluable in preparing for better-paid positions within Industry 4.0. 

  • Optional placement year - Put theory into practice with an industry placement, boosting your career prospects and gaining specialist expertise and transferrable professional skills.


Manchester Metropolitan University

A modern university in a great global city 
Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse community of international students from 130 countries.

The University is ranked 56th in the UK, which is a measure of its commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

City centre campus in the heart of Manchester
Located in the centre of Manchester, Manchester Met’s campus is conveniently located close to the city’s many world-renowned music, sports and cultural venues, as well as the second-largest Chinatown in Britain. Voted the UK’s best city to live in*, Manchester is also …

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