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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (Students undertaking Part B in 2018)

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 BEng/ BEng +DIS /BEng + DIntS/ BEng + DPS
Programme title Manufacturing Engineering
Programme code WSUB01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 semesters, or 8 semesters if students undertake the additional period of study, normally between Parts B and C, leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, the Diploma of International Studies or the Diploma of Professional Studies.
UCAS code H710, HH1T
Admissions criteria

BEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/h710

BEng + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/hh1t


Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:04:37 BST

1. Programme Aims

The overall aim of this programme is to develop students with core knowledge, skills and attributes able to work effectively and progress rapidly in manufacturing industries. This is undertaken through taught courses that cover the essential engineering and management disciplines supported by practical and transferable skills development.

Specific aims are:    

•      To produce engineering graduates ready to play a substantial role in manufacturing companies through a combination of technical, commercial and social awareness.

•      To provide a foundation for graduates wishing to progress to professional engineering status.

•      To deliver core subjects in engineering science, mathematics, manufacturing processes and technologies that underpin a career in manufacturing engineering.

•      To provide a high quality educational experience for students in a programme of study which combines wide ranging aspects of manufacturing technologies, manufacturing management, design for manufacture and engineering design

•      To develop analytical and transferable skills that will enable graduates to solve problems individually and in teams, and gain employment in a wide variety of professions, and thereby make a valuable contribution to society and wealth creation.

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). ‘UK-SPEC, 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, quantitative methods, mathematical and computer models;
  • Codes of practice, industry standards and quality issues applicable to a career in manufacturing engineering;
  • Management techniques to organise manufacturing engineering activities and an understanding of the commercial and economic context of an engineering business;
  • The importance of sustainable development, legal, ethical and intellectual property issues within the modern industrial world;
  • The characteristics of engineering materials, manufacturing processes and technologies.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Identify a manufacturing related problem, evaluate its requirements and generate innovative solutions that consider a range of constraints including production capabilities, sustainability and economics;
  • Apply appropriate methods (including analytical and computational methods) to model and assess such solutions;
  • Apply mathematical and scientific methods to the analysis of manufacturing related problems making appropriate allowance for uncertainty in the available data;
  • Appreciate the role and constraints of engineers in other disciplines.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • Use appropriate computer software and computational techniques;
  • Use appropriate laboratory and mechanical workshop equipment competently and safely;
  • Research information relating to manufacturing technologies and their management;
  • Prepare engineering drawings and technical reports and give technical presentations;
  • Demonstrate organisational and management skills.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Apply creative and structured approaches to problem solving;
  • Gather and collate key technical information from a range of sources;
  • Communicate effectively through written, graphical, interpersonal and presentation skills;
  • Operate and apply a range of computer based information systems;
  • Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis and learn independently;
  • Work in a team and understand the different roles;
  • Structure, plan and manage individual and group projects and activities.

4. Programme structure

4.1    Part A - Introductory Modules

Code Title Weight Semester C/O
MAA306 Mathematics for Manufacturing Engineering 20 1+2 C
MMA102 Engineering Science 1 20 1+2 C
MMA604 Materials & Manufacturing Processes 20 1+2 C
MMA400 Manufacturing Design 1 10 1 C
MMA501 Integrating Studies 1a 10 1 C
MMB610 Manufacturing Technology 10 1 C
MMA210 Manufacturing Management 10 2 C
MMA504 Integrating Studies 1b 10 2 C
MMA900 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
WSB310 Engineering and Management Modelling  10 1 C
WSB200 Engineering Management: Finance, Law and Quality 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)
WSI035 DIntS Industrial Placement (non-credit bearing)

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


4.4 Part C - Degree Modules  

Students MUST choose 20 credits of options (O) in Semester One and 20 credits in Semester Two.

TWO modules (20 credits) must be selected from Groups A, B or C with no more than ONE module from each group.

TWO modules (20 credits) must be selected from Groups D, E or F with no more than ONE module from each group.


Code Title Weight Semester C/O
WSC500 Individual Project 40 1+2 C
WSC205 International Project Management 10 1 C
WSC600 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology 1 10 1 C
WSC602 Sustainable Manufacturing 10 1 C
WSD203 Lean Operations and Supply Chain Management 10 2 C
WSC606 Additive Manufacturing for Product Development 10 1 OA
WSC201 Organisation Structure and Strategy 10 1 OB
WSC400 Design for Assembly 10 1 OB
WSC108 Manufacturing Automation and Control 10 1 OC
WSC911 Industrial Machine Vision 10 1 OC
WSC206 Product Innovation Management 10 2 OD
WSC603 Metrology 10 2 OD
WSC610 Healthcare Engineering 10 2 OE
WSC700 Sports Engineering 10 2 OE
WSC106 Finite Element Analysis 10 2 OF
WSC300 Product Information Systems - Computer Aided Design 10 2 OF
MPC012 Polymer Engineering : Processing and Manufacture 10 2 OF


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

4.5  Studies Overseas

Students may choose to study Part C - Semester One at an approved Overseas Higher Education Institution.  The Mix of subjects of the learning programme must be approved in advance by the Programme Director.

The proposed programme of learning will normally include work on an individual project with a modular weight of 10 credits.


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, and from Part B to Part C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

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 and Part C, 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 40: Part C 60, to determine the degree classification.

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