5/19/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

University of Derby Secures Funding for AM Graduate Program

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The new master’s program focuses on advanced materials and additive manufacturing.


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The United Kingdom’s University of Derby has secured funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop a new master’s degree course intended to support current and future needs across the engineering sector and strengthen graduate prospects. Professor Angela Dean, head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Derby, and Dr. Justin Steele-Davies, academic lead for engineering at University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL), will work with the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) to design the new MSc in advanced materials and additive manufacturing.

HEFCE has awarded funding to 28 projects involving 32 universities and colleges to develop a range of engineering and computer science conversion courses. These will allow those who have undertaken previous study in other subjects to transition to careers in those areas.

Professor Angela Dean said: “The East Midlands is a key manufacturing hub for engineering and additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is one of the key technologies being investigated in the sector and the wider manufacturing supply chain. There is however, a particular challenge in the area of materials and additive manufacture; a lack of specialized graduates is a constraint on innovation and growth.

“The University of Derby’s College of Engineering and Technology, together with IISE, have a breadth of expertise in both teaching and industrial focused research and are well-placed to meet that challenge by producing employable graduates for the wider UK market.”

Dr. Steele-Davies added: “There are very few masters programs in the UK which focus on the potential of additive manufacturing. This funding will enable us to develop a program that is relevant to both those in work and for recent graduates, with online and on-campus options.

“We will be designing specialized teaching materials to deliver the course across both modes of study, making sure that students have an enriched experience. Students will have access to specialist staff and facilities from the College of Engineering and Technology, UDOL and our research center, IISE, which contains an advanced machining and additive manufacturing facility.

“UDOL also has a significant track record in developing online learning with employers and we will be engaging with local businesses in the development of course materials for applied learning across all study modes.”

The MSc in Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing will start in September 2016.