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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Final award MEng / MEng+DIS / MEng+DPS / MEng+DInts
Programme title Manufacturing Engineering
Programme code WSUM01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is eight semesters, or ten semesters if students undertake the additional period of study normally between Parts B and C for the award of the Diploma of Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code H701, H707
Admissions criteria

MEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h701


MEng+DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h707

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:04:26 BST

1. Programme Aims

The overall aim of this programme is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, key skills and attributes to make a substantial impact in manufacturing enterprises. To achieve this, the course provides the core engineering science background, supported by a broad knowledge of manufacturing processes and technology. This is combined with modules covering the management of manufacturing activities that, all together, allows students to understand, monitor and enhance existing processes, and develop new manufacturing methods. The depth offered by this MEng programme will enable students to progress rapidly both technically and managerially in a range of manufacturing organisations. 

Specific aims are: 

•      To deliver technical depth in core engineering subjects and specialist applications leading to a broad understanding of engineering knowledge, and a critical awareness of current insights in the fields of manufacturing engineering and manufacturing management. 

•      To produce high quality MEng graduates with a strong academic background and excellent communication skills able to manage their own learning and solve complex problems individually and in teams. 

•      To equip manufacturing engineering graduates with a broad appreciation of the essential practical, commercial and social aspects of engineering enabling them to progress rapidly to a position of responsibility, and to become future technical and managerial leaders.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – ‘Subject Benchmark Statement for Engineering’, (Feb.2015). 
  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘UK­SPEC, UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence’, 3rd Edition, Jan.2014. 
  • Engineering Council (UK). ‘The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’, 3rd Edition, May 2014. 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the underpinning science, mathematics and other disciplines associated with a career in manufacturing engineering;
  • engineering principles and relevant numerical methods and an understanding of the role of information technology in providing support for manufacturing engineers;
  • codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues applicable to a career in manufacturing;
  • the management of manufacturing methods and the wider business background appropriate to the organisation of a manufacturing enterprise;
  • the commercial and economic context, together with the importance of sustainability, legal, ethical and intellectual property issues within the modern industrial world;
  • material properties, manufacturing processes and technologies, their limitations and applicability, with an awareness of new developments in these areas;
  • the design process related to the manufacturing arena.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

The MEng graduate will also be able to use such knowledge and understanding in a creative way and be able to:  

  • define an unfamiliar manufacturing related problem, evaluate its technical and business requirements and generate innovative solutions that consider the system as a whole including constraints such as economics, production capabilities and sustainability;
  • apply appropriate methods (including analytical and computational methods) to model and critically assess such solutions making allowance for uncertainty in the information available;
  • investigate methods to continuously improve manufacturing processes for enhanced quality, sustainability and economics;
  • research data and fundamental knowledge from other disciplines and apply the relevant aspects in the solution of unfamiliar problems;
  • understand the role of other engineering disciplines and their technical and business constraints. 
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • use appropriate computer software numerical modelling methods and/or computational techniques to solve engineering problems;
  • use laboratory and mechanical workshop equipment competently and safely;
  • research information from a wide range of sources;
  • prepare engineering drawings and other technical data and present it in alternative forms to create good understanding and/or impact;
  • manage the manufacturing related design process taking account of customer constraints such as cost, health and safety and risk.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • critically evaluate an existing or proposed technology;
  • use a range of computer based systems and adapt them to other applications;
  • communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • develop, monitor and update a personal programme of work for themselves and/or others, to reflect changing requirements and learn independently;
  • gather information from a range of sources, collate it and present its key findings;
  • undertake different roles within a team that may include leadership. 

4. Programme structure

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules


Code Title Weight Semester C/O

Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering

20 1+2 C
WSA102 Engineering Science 1 20 1+2 C
WSA604 Materials and Manufacturing Processes 20 1+2 C
WSA400 Application of CAD for Engineering Designers 10 1 C
WSA501 Integrating Studies 1a 10 1 C
WSA610 Manufacturing Technology 10 1 C
WSA210 Manufacturing Management 10 2 C
WSA504 Integrating Studies 1b 10 2 C
WSA900 Electronics and Electrical Technology 1 10 2 C


4.2    Part B ­ Degree Modules


 Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSB501 Integrating Studies 20 1+2 C
WSB600 Manufacturing Process Technology 20 1+2 C
WSB112 Engineering Science 2 10 1 C
WSB200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 10 1 C
WSB310 Engineering and Management Modelling 10 1 C
WSB505 Manufacturing Design 10 1 C
MAB206 Statistics 10 2 C
WSB203 Manufacturing Planning and Control 10 2 C
WSB301 Software Engineering 10 2 C
WSB413 Machine Design 10 2 C


4.3 Part I - Optional Placement Year


Code Title
WSI010 DIS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)
WSI020 DPS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)


For candidates who are registered for the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) or Diploma in International Studies (DintS), Part I will be followed between Parts B and C or Parts C and D and will be in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XI and Regulation XX.


4.4    Part C ­ Degree Modules 

Some modules in Part C and D are paired together. For example, (1a) in part C is paired with (2a) in part D. All students MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO of these specialist module pairs during part C or D.  The second module of a pair (numbered 2) may not be taken without the prerequisite module (numbered 1) but the preliminary modules may be studied independently. 

Students MUST choose 10 credits from Semester One and 10 credits from Semester Two.


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD550 Individual Project 50 1+2 C
WSC401 Design Methods and Communication 10 1 C
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10 1 C (1d)
WSC602 Sustainable Manufacturing 10 1 C (1c)
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10 2 C
WSC603 Metrology 10 2 C
WSC900 Computer Control and Instrumentation 10 1 O
WSC901 Digital Image Processing 10 1 O
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 1 O
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10 2 O (1a)
WSC300 Product Information Systems - CAD 10 2 O
MPC012 Polymer Engineering: Processing and Manufacturing 10 2 O (1b)


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.


4.5    Part D ­ Degree Modules 

A number of modules are paired together.  For example, the module marked (1a) in part C is paired with (2a) in part D. All students MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO of these specialist module pairs during part C or D.  The second module of a pair (numbered 2) may not be taken without the prerequisite module (numbered 1) but the preliminary modules may be studied independently. 

Student MUST choose 10 credits from Semester One and 30 credits from Semester Two.

When making selections, students must ensure that they select at least 20 credits of D level modules.

Students may not select both WSC700 Sports Technology and WSC610 Healthcare Engineering.

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSD503 Project Engineering 30 1+2 C
WSC201 Organisation Structure and Strategy 10 1 C
WSC207 Project Management 10 1 C
WSC400 Design for Assembly 10 1 C
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10 1 C (1e)
WSD203 Lean Operations and Supply Chain Management 10 2 C
WSD552 Advanced Engineering Research 20 1+2 O
WSC108 Manufacturing Automation and Control 10 1 O
WSC900 Computer Control and Instrumentation 10 1 O
WSC901 Digital Image Processing 10 1 O
WSD100 Structural Integrity 10 1 O (2a)
MPD014 Polymer Engineering: Properties and Design 10 1 O (2b)
LAN*** University Wide Language 10 1 O
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 O
WSC700 Sports Technology 10 2 O
WSD407 Sustainable Product Design 10 2 O (2c)
WSD601 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 2 10 2 O (2d)
WSD606 Additive Manufacturing and Reverse Engineering 10 2 O (2e)


All optional module choice is subject to availability, timetabling, student number restrictions and students having taken appropriate pre-requisite modules.

4.6 Studies Overseas

Students may choose to study Semester 1 only, during their Part D at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution. The mix of subjects of the learning programme must first be approved by the Programmed Director. An acceptable learning programme must include a major group project and studies at an advanced/masters level with modular weight not less than 20.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Progression and Award of Degree 


Progression from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D will be subject to the provisions set out in Regulation XX and in addition candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve an overall average of 55% in each part. 

 5.2 Criteria for Candidates who do not meet the requirements for Progression or the Award of a Degree 

Any candidate who fails to achieve the criteria for progression from Part A to Part B, Part B to Part C or Part C to Part D shall have the opportunity to repeat module assessments in accordance with the provisions of Regulation XX. Alternatively, the candidate may elect to enter the BEng Honours Degree programme in Manufacturing Engineering, provided that the candidate has satisfied the criteria for progression on the BEng programme at the appropriate point. 

Any candidate who, having successfully completed Part C, is unable to commence or complete Part D or who fails to achieve the criteria necessary for the award of MEng may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded the degree of BEng in Manufacturing Engineering with a classification corresponding to the candidate’s achievements in the Part B and Part C assessments and determined on the basis of the weightings given for the BEng programme.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B, C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The overall average percentage marks for each part will be combined in the ratio (Part B 20: Part C 40: Part D 40) to determine the overall average percentage mark for the Programme (the Programme Mark)    

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