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Guide to studying Manufacturing & Production Engineering

If you enjoy both analytical thinking with a creative approach, read on to see how Manufacturing & Production Engineering might be the degree for you.

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  1. What's Manufacturing & Production Engineering?

  2. Why study Manufacturing & Production Engineering?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Manufacturing & Production Engineering graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?
  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Manufacturing & Production Engineering?

Manufacturing & Production Engineering is the process of turning raw materials into new products. It combines research, design and development to bring an analytical approach to creating new things effectively, efficiently and economically.

The subject area overlaps with other engineering fields, such as chemical engineering and material engineering. It also involves lots of management and organisation. Similar courses for Manufacturing & Production Engineering include:

  • Fabrication
  • Maintenance engineering
  • Quality management

Why study Manufacturing & Production Engineering?

Degree courses in this subject area aim to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Many are accredited by professional bodies such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology, allowing you to work towards becoming a chartered engineer soon after graduating. This helps boost your employability prospects and the likelihood of earning a high salary.

Read our five reasons to study Manufacturing & Production Engineering for more information on why you might choose this subject area.

What jobs can you get as a Manufacturing & Production Engineering graduate?

Many graduates go into roles as manufacturing engineers or production engineers in a vast range of industries, such as plastics, aerospace, food and drink, consumer products, automotive and mechanical. Common graduate employers include Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and BAE Systems.

What qualifications do you need?

You usually need at least two or three A Levels, or equivalent. Universities often ask for qualifications in mathematics and physics, engineering or design and technology.

Each university and course have specific entry requirements, so make sure to check with the ones you’re interested in.

What degrees can you study?

  • BEng Manufacturing and Production Engineering 
  • BEng/MEng Manufacturing Engineering
  • BEng/MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng Product Design and Manufacture
  • BSc Product Design and Management
  • BEng/MEng Digital Manufacturing Engineering

Degrees on offer often include an integrated foundation year, industrial placement year or a study year abroad. 

How will you be assessed?

Assessment come in various forms; for example, coursework, examinations, presentations, a final year dissertation, group projects and individual research projects.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Many students continue their studies and specialise in a specific area. Postgraduate degrees on offer at UK universities include:

  • MSc Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Management
  • PhD Manufacturing Engineering
  • MSc(Res) Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • MSc Petroleum Production Engineering
  • MSc Production Engineering and Operations Management
  • PhD Production and Manufacturing Engineering

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