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About the programme

Manufacturing engineering is a critical link between a product’s design and its realization. A manufacturing engineer has competence in multiple technical, scientific, and managerial fields and uses them to select, develop, and improve various manufacturing processes that transform raw materials into the shipped products.
Two different qualifications are offered:
Manufacturing Engineering Technology, 1 year, 60 Higher Education Credits
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Co-op, 2 years, 120 Higher Education Credits
  • Within these programmes, multiple critical manufacturing technologies are presented and their scientific bases are discussed along with related scientific developments and ongoing challenges. Using a scientific approach, you study several manufacturing processes such as machining, welding and thermal spraying. Furthermore, several mandatory subjects such as operations management and robotics are included to better prepare you for the tasks of a manufacturing engineer.
    Within the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering programme, more advanced subjects are also covered: welding metallurgy, statistical process control and experiment design, additive manufacturing and surface engineering.

    Choosing between the 1- and 2-year programmes

    The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering programme (2 years) helps you to enhance your educational background to a level that would be attractive for working in multi-national companies or a career in research and development in industry or academia. In this programme, you will achieve a higher degree of autonomy in problem solving and innovative thinking. The two-year programme also helps you to expand your network through a Co-op (work placement) possibility (explained below).
    The Manufacturing Engineering Technology programme suits you if you have been working in industry and want to further your education in the field of manufacturing engineering in one year.

    Production Technology Centre

    The research team called Production Technology West (PTW) at University West works on development of production processes in the manufacturing industry. The research team and their lab equipment are located in the Production Technology Centre, PTC, one of the largest and newest manufacturing laboratories in Sweden, which is equipped with industrial research facilities such as metal powder and wire additive manufacturing, robot welding and thermal spraying cells, machine tools and materials analysis equipment. As a student on these programmes, you will have access to PTC during your studies. Here you will have the opportunity to do research and experimental work in collaboration with experienced researchers, engineers and technicians in the field of manufacturing engineering.

    Work Integrated Learning, WIL

    We are Sweden’s leading university when it comes to WIL (work-integrated learning). With us, you earn an academic degree while experiencing working life during the course of your studies, giving you a real boost to the dream job.
    Guest lecturers teach all or parts of the courses where, with their expert competence and experience, they introduce projects from their daily activities into the classroom. Study visits to companies are integrated into a number of courses, and you round off the programme with a degree project, which is usually in the form of an assignment for a company in the industry or a research group within Production Technology West.

    Cooperative Education, Co-op (A form of WIL)

    The idea with Co-op is to combine the theoretical courses with paid work periods at a company. The Master of Advanced Manufacturing programme (the two year programme) can be taken with the Co-op option; provided that you get selected for this by a company. The employment process will be governed by the companies, and the University cannot guarantee a Co-op position for all, but you will receive help and support from the University in the employment process. You can either apply for one of the placements that the University announces or you can find a placement on your own (e.g. from your own country). This means that in addition to your studies, you will have the opportunity to work in that company for at least 30 weeks in the field of manufacturing engineering. The programme will not be lengthened due to the Co-op, because the summer months and the thesis work will be utilized as Co-op periods. If you are interested in Co-op, you can choose this option early in the first semester.

    International admissions

    Both programmes are international and students from all over the world can apply for these programmes. The language of instruction is English and you will study with both Swedish and international students, which will enhance your cultural experience and English proficiency.


    Major international corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies need manufacturing engineers to handle tasks and challenges relevant to manufacturing processes. These challenges include planning and development of manufacturing processes, development of new manufacturing methods or improving existing methods. From these programmes, you will gain various skills that contribute to enhancing your career in different sectors of the manufacturing field. You will gain the operations management skills to plan and manage production units. You will also be equipped with the research skills to solve problems in different manufacturing fields. Furthermore, since manufacturing processes affect the properties of materials and the performance of final products, or the economy of the manufacturing process, you will learn the scientific fundamentals of these processes and various experimental and scientific methods that are used to study and improve them.

    Further Education

    After graduating from these master’s programmes, you will be eligible to continue studying as a PhD student. University West offers a doctoral degree programme within the field of Production Technology.



    Second cycle


    Degree of Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor of Science degree must be comprised of a at least 7.5 HE credits of materials science and at least 15 credits of mathematics including basic knowledge of analysis, linear algebra and statistics. In addition, verified knowledge of English corresponding to the course English B, English 6 in the Swedish upper-secondary level or equivalent.




    On Campus


    Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Mechanical Engineering

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