About the programme
Manufacturing methods strongly affect the design, quality and economy of production. In this program you learn to plan, design, develop and integrate processes, systems, machines and tools for the manufacturing of high-quality products. Fully English-taught, University West’s one-year Master’s Programme in Manufacturing Engineering is designed in close collaboration with industry, incorporating recent methods, new materials and new manufacturing processes. Outstanding features include the integration of real work situations and access to advanced manufacturing laboratories.
This one-year program is designed for students with few years of experience as engineers. There is also a two-year master of manufacturing program which is suitable for new graduates
Why this programme?
Advanced laboratories, simulation tools and access to experts
As a manufacturing engineering student, you will have access to our Production Technology Centre (PTC) during your studies. PTC is one of the largest and most up to date manufacturing laboratories in Sweden.
The PTC has been in the field of manufacturing research for over 20 years. This collaborative platform offers a unique collection of manufacturing and related advanced industrial research technologies:
- Welding technologies (tungsten inert gas, metal active gas, robotised welding, etc.)
- World-leading thermal spraying facilities (plasma- and combustion-based spraying guns)
- CNC milling and turning equipment
- AM-specific technologies (powder bed fusion techniques such as electron beam melting, directed-energy deposition techniques such as laser metal deposition with wire and powder as well as wire-arc, etc.)
- Measurement and control systems for in situ monitoring and inspection
- Advanced manufacturing process modelling and simulations tools
Most research projects at PTC address metallic materials such as high-strength steels, stainless steels, superalloys, aluminium- and titanium-based light materials, metallic and ceramic coatings, biomaterials and nanoengineered materials. PTC is also equipped with advanced materials testing and characterisation laboratories to explore the process-microstructure-properties-performance relationship of the materials.
Testing and characterisation equipment
- Microstructural inspection and microanalysis including optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy
- Geometrical and surface topography assessment using 3D profilometry
- Phase analysis using X-ray diffractometry
- Mechanical testing including microhardness, tensile, creep and fatigue at room and high temperatures
- Thermomechanical simulation and testing using a Gleeble welding simulator
- Weldability testing using Varestraint (Variable-Restraint) technique
- Wear, corrosion, and electrochemical investigations in various environments at room and high temperatures
- Non-destructive testing using ultrasound, X-ray, infrared camera, and eddy current, etc.
- Machining dynamics measurement and test equipment such as rotating and stationary dynamometers, impact hammers and accelerometers.
- Advanced high-end CAD/CAM/CAE: Siemens NX
- Welding and Additive manufacturing: Simufact additive, Simufact welding
- FEM: COMSOL multiphysics, MSC Marc
- Computational material science: Thermo-calc, DICTRA, TCPRISMA
You will be introduced to some of the above equipment during your courses, and you may work with some of them directly based on the topic of your thesis.
The PTC is home to University West’s research area Production Technology West (PTW). Here you will have the opportunity to do research and experimental work together with experienced researchers, engineers and technicians in the field. There are many companies linked to our research environment. As a student, you will have the opportunity to be part of cutting-edge research and meet possible future employers.
University West offers an intimate campus environment without the usual barriers between academic staff and students. Here, your professors are easily accessible to answer questions, hold discussions and provide individual feedback. The teacher-to-student ratio is higher than at most comparable programmes at other universities.
While large universities have several focus areas, University West’s small size and high quality allow us to dedicate focus and resources to a few prioritised/selected areas, such as manufacturing engineering. This ensures a high-quality programme as well as a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Students from around the globe come together in your programme to create a unique and international environment. The programme is fully taught in English, and you will study together with students from Sweden as well as international students from Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Most of your instructors also have international experience in both research and education. This will enhance your cultural experience and English-language proficiency.
A strong job market
Manufacturing industries make up 10-20% of the economy of developed countries; consequently, there is always a high demand for competent manufacturing engineers. Graduates of the master of manufacturing programmes have been employed in companies such as Volvo Group, Sandvik Materials Technology, GKN Aerospace, Tooltec and many other small and large companies. Some of these students have continued their studies in the PhD level, as in addition to a career in industry, your competence in Manufacturing Engineering will open doors to advanced studies and research both in Sweden and abroad.
Work Integrated Learning
University West is Sweden’s leading university for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). The university was tasked with the development of WIL by the Swedish government in 2002 and continues to lead the field today. WIL allows you to put your knowledge and skills into practice within real-world contexts.
The courses in manufacturing engineering program have been developed in close collaboration with Swedish industry considering the needs of the companies representing the sector. Your courses are taught by instructors that belong to the research group Production Technology West, an internationally recognized research group within the field of manufacturing engineering.
This WIL approach offers you a focus on problem-based learning for industry, with real projects from PTW and partner companies. Your training concludes with an international industry placement or working within the PTW research group, followed by a master’s thesis project in industry or academia.
More about the programme
This programme presents multiple crucial manufacturing technologies and their scientific bases, along with related scientific developments and ongoing challenges.
In this interdisciplinary learning environment, you’ll build knowledge across a broad range of engineering topics. The total programme is 60 credits per the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
- Advanced Materials Science, 6 credits
- Additive Manufacturing Processes, 7.5 credits
- Surface Engineering, 7.5 credits
- Machining, 6 credits
- Academic writing, 3 credits
- Computer aided Manufacturing, 3 credits
- Thermal Spraying, 6 credits
- Welding Processes, 6 credits
- Thesis project, 15 credits
The second half of the spring semester is dedicated to the thesis work of 15 credits.
To graduate from this program, you have to pass all of the included courses and thesis work as described in the education plan.
Upon completion of this master’s programme, you will receive a Master of Science (MSc, 60 credits) in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in manufacturing engineering.
Two-year master's programme in manufacturing engineering
Please note that University West also offers a two-year Master’s Programme in Manufacturing Engineering. The one-year programme is aimed at graduates who have a few years of experience as an engineer, while the two-year programme is aimed at students who (recently) received their bachelor’s degree and want to improve their mastery of manufacturing processes through the use of more scientific tools and/or initiate a research career.
Download the programme syllabus
Manufacturing represents a notable section of economic activities in developed countries. Companies of all sizes need manufacturing engineers to handle tasks and challenges relevant to manufacturing processes. These challenges include design and development of manufacturing processes, design of new manufacturing methods or improving existing methods. From this master’s programme, you will gain skills to enhance your career in different sectors of the manufacturing field. On graduation, you will be highly competitive for positions within the private sector or further PhD studies.
After graduating from this master’s programme you will be eligible to continue studying as a PhD student in Sweden or elsewhere. University West offers a doctoral degree programme within the field of production technology.