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Production Engineering and Operations Management MSc 2019/20 entry

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1 year full-time



Coventry University


September 2019



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If you’d like to pursue a managerial role in factory operations, this MSc in Production Engineering could help you take that next step up.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the UK’s industrial sector has increased by 1.4% a year since 1948. In our increasingly competitive global marketplace, modern manufacturing companies are being placed under even greater pressure to reduce the time and cost of producing high quality products. 

To respond effectively to these challenging market requirements, there is a growing demand for highly trained individuals with skills and expertise across engineering, business and management. This Master’s course is designed to meet that need, developing multidisciplinary production engineers capable of designing lean and competitive manufacturing facilities and delivering operational excellence.

Ranked in the UK’s top 7 for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ subjects (Guardian University Guide 2019), Coventry University has a reputation for teaching excellence and a 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 extensive industry links include Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, MIRA, BAE System and Unipart, with whom we partnered to launch the £32 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) – the UK’s first ‘Faculty on the floor’.

You will be encouraged to become student members of the IET or IMechE and support presentations and activities by the regional committees. During the course, you will also systematically record achievement of professional competences, which is required along with an accredited degree programme to seek professional registration at either Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) level. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Course information

Within the fast-moving 21st century global marketplace, retailers, wholesalers and consumers are demanding a greater variety of products more quickly and at the lowest possible cost. Concerns about the environment are also requiring companies across all sectors to be more accountable and socially responsible, particularly in waste management and reduction.

The overall aim of the course is to advance your abilities within the area of production engineering and operations management so you can assist manufacturing companies to meet these demands head on – achieving competitive advantage and making an impact on profits and sustainability. 

We will encourage you to systematically and critically evaluate engineering design and process choices around materials, production technologies and production processes. You will then design solutions to complex production engineering and operations management problems using 3D computer solid modelling and the latest industry standard software, interfacing with current leading production machines.

You will study two of the more popular approaches being used to improve manufacturing processes with a view to making companies more productive and cost efficient, namely lean and agile manufacturing. Agile manufacturing is designed to respond to an environment of continuous and unanticipated change, focusing on the ability to generate a rapid response to unpredictable customer demand. It relies on capacity to reduce production cycles and requires the support of innovative staff and suppliers. Whereas lean operations, first adopted by Toyota Motors, refer to the operational techniques used to add value by maximising available resources and reducing wastage. 

We also cover some of the latest industry trends around automation techniques, including various robot types, robot programming, programmable logic controllers, sensors, vision systems, motion control, safety systems, and design for manufacture. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in on-line and off-line robot programming.

A distinct advantage of our course is its vocational nature. We use real-life case studies and examples from local and regional industries, including automotive, aerospace, mechanical and engineering services and their supply chain. For instance, supply chain optimisation, production enhancement and NPI (new product introduction). You will also have access to our Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), which will enable you to put your learning into practice, working on actual problems in partnership with Unipart to find solutions to current and emerging industrial challenges. Recent projects have involved learning about ‘light-weighting’ of automotive components and systems, for example, for high performance exhaust systems and fuel injection systems.

The course culminates with your dissertation, which provides an opportunity to apply the theories and techniques you have learned. It may focus on one area of study or involve a combination of subjects. In the past, students have considered topics such as comparison of industry across global sectors, introduction of ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems, innovation of methods and techniques from one industry sector to another, design of automation or robotics etc. Your project can be industry-based if you are already working or wish to gain an internship style industrial experience during the third semester. For example, solving specific production problems experienced by a company, investigating use of new technologies like 3D-printing, evaluating potential uses of new materials or production techniques or designing new systems or components for efficiency. With the programme being so closely related with AME, there may also be opportunities for involvement with ongoing UK or EU funded research projects run as part of the Institute’s normal research activities.

Course Specification
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This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.


  • Semester 1

    • Management of Quality
    • Global Lean and Agile Operations
    • Computer Aided Design
    • Automation and Robotics
  • Semester 2

    • Optimisation and Simulation
    • New Product Introduction Group Project
    • Future and Advanced Manufacturing Materials and Technologies
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction
    • Professional Development Consultancy
  • Semester 3

    • Master Dissertation

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • High levels of student satisfaction – 88%, above the sector average of 80% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Course content is designed to meet the Chartered Engineer general and specific learning outcome statements of the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.
  • Ranked 7th best in the UK for ‘Mechanical Engineering’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Opportunity to participate in an online international collaboration (OIL) project, which previously has involved collaborative design/development projects with universities in China and America.
  • Access to extensive cutting-edge facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel, composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of Computerised Numeric Control (CNC) machinery and a laser workshop.

Access to industry-standard software, such as Computer aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis (FAE) and Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) mathematic modeling software.

Your main study themes are:

  • Advanced materials and manufacturing: Covers the material science that underpins the relationship between microstructure, processing and material properties for metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials. You will gain a deeper understanding of the interaction between manufacturing processes and material selection, considering factors such as fatigue and brittle fracture, to improve component design and manufacturing efficiency.

  • Management of quality: Conveys the importance of quality as a strategy for continuous improvement in business performance. We consider strategies for competitive quality, quality in design and manufacture and the customer supply chain, together with the concept of ‘Total Quality’.

  • Global lean and agile operations: We will review both concepts using industrial case studies and examples to assess how these two techniques can work together, evaluating the benefits and limitations.

  • Computer aided design: Introduces you to the role of computer aided engineering (CAE) in the process of engineering design, development, production and verification. We examine design methods, criteria and the relationship with production methods, efficiency, processing choices and part variation from design nominal dimensional values. 

  • Advanced manufacturing technologies: Within the context of an advanced production environment, we cover a range of conventional and non-conventional, contact and non-contact processes, including conventional machining, laser material processing, rapid prototyping, metal deformation and surface treatment and techniques. We also study products (consumables) and equipment that directly support and enable the manufacturing process.

  • Automation and robotics: Provides an understanding of the application of automation techniques and mechatronics in manufacturing to enable you to specify, design and develop automation systems. 

  • Optimisation and simulation: Provides an understanding of several production engineering and operations management concepts which enable you to map, analyse and manage engineering production operations. This includes simulation to identify problems and provide solutions before actual implementation.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years, starting in September or January. Full-time study comprises three 16-week semesters; each taught module has 11 weeks of teaching followed by three study weeks and two assessment weeks. Part-time students study over a three-year period and can select the modules to be studied in each year from both daytime and evening options.

Many of the modules adopt an activity-led learning approach, for example, we might investigate anything from very specific technical issues concerning ‘light-weighting’, new materials for a specific product, issues like planning for sustainability or remanufacture at the strategic level for a company or industry. 

Skills and laboratory sessions include much ‘hands-on’ work for example use of industry standard software systems for robotic or automation, computer aided design (CAD) and modelling and simulation. 

Course content will be regularly reviewed and guided by our Industry Advisory Board, which includes delegates from a representative mix of large and small companies, UK trade and standards associations. You will also benefit from guest speakers who will update you on the latest challenges and trends within their business. 

Industry field trips and industrial visits form part of the wider educational process, previous trips have included the Morgan Car company at Malvern and the BMW ‘Mini’ car plant at Oxford.

The commitment and involvement of the Unipart Manufacturing Group in the design and operation of this programme ensures a strong focus on developing graduates capable of performing with contemporary and demanding manufacturing environments. Within the Institute, you will be able to familiarise yourself with manufacturing equipment that mirrors current production machinery and manufacturing processes and anticipates future production capability.

A wide range of teaching methods will be used including: lectures, tutorials, case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises and projects.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework assignments, which could involve design, analysis and experimentation or computer simulation. They may include written assessments, presentations, posters, oral examinations and formal reports. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The evaluation of current and emerging materials and their associated manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • The optimisation of production engineering and production operations management using appropriate mathematical, statistical and simulation methods, recognising the limitations of these methods.
  • The critical appreciation of the engineering and management challenges in global production operations including the ethical, legal, social, environmental and economic constraints.
  • The systematic understanding of digital manufacturing technologies and approaches and the impact that digital artefacts and digital data has on the competitiveness of manufacturing environments.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Formulate innovative solutions to real-world problems and challenges with incomplete data through an ability to synthesise current and leading-edge knowledge.
  • Evaluate the limitations of current and emerging products and technologies against both technical as well as commercial constraints.
  • Design creative solutions to current and emergent problems by taking a holistic technical and non-technical perspective, including commercial and sustainability concepts.
  • Apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex problems within production operations management, recognising any limitations and commercial and industrial constraints.
  • Critically appraise how new knowledge is generated within production engineering and production operations management.

In a typical week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial, later individual project supervision, every week.
  • Medium/large group teaching: 8-12 hours of lectures, 7 hours of practical laboratory, workshops or seminars every week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 16-20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. revising, using guided handouts, online activities, background reading, etc.

The University is committed to providing a global educational experience, which is reflected throughout the teaching experience and our many initiatives to study or work abroad.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Alternatively students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend a compulsory five week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining their master’s programme.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. Alternatively students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend a compulsory five week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining their master’s programme.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


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September 2019

£8,350 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2019

£15,800 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies have been projected to have 2.74 million job openings, of which, 1.86 million will require engineering skills.

Our partnership with the Unipart Manufacturing Group and our close links with a range of engineering companies ensures this course is highly vocational in nature, designed to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates. 

On completion of this course you should have developed as a manufacturing engineer and increased your knowledge of the application of technology and developed your business and management skills. You should go on to pursue a successful career in manufacturing industry in roles which typically include manufacturing engineering, process planning, production planning, quality, systems improvement, projects and operations management.

We will actively encourage and support you to make the most of this demand and help to prepare you for the world of work. This includes support in finding placements and employment from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. 

Our course provides a route into many careers with the global engineering industry, including: manufacturing, project or process engineering; process planning; scheduling and control; logistics; and supply chain management.

Where our graduates work

Graduates on similar courses have gone on to secure roles in production engineering and manufacturing management. 


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.