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Study manufacturing engineering abroad

An in-depth guide to studying manufacturing engineering as an international student.

Manufacturing engineering degrees abroad

Manufacturing engineering is concerned with the process of turning raw materials into new products. It also covers the research and development of new manufacturing processes, machines, tools and equipment.

As a manufacturing engineering student, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to solve manufacturing problems through the application of new technologies. You’ll also learn about the design and management of manufacturing systems, and how to analyze and improve processes through statistical methods.

Manufacturing is one of the world’s largest industries that impacts every country. By studying abroad, not only will you be accessing a world-class education, but you’ll also get to see and experience how different countries solve manufacturing problems.

Manufacturing engineering program structure

Manufacturing engineering programs are available at most degree levels. As an undergraduate, you can study for a diploma or certificate level qualification over one or two years. These programs are a great way to help you gain an entry-level job role or prepare you to start a bachelor’s degree.

At the bachelor's level, the most common qualifications you can study for are a BSc or BEng (Bachelor of Engineering). In the UK, many universities offer an MEng (Master of Engineering) program which is available to undergraduates and includes a fourth year of study that converts your degree to a master’s level qualification.

In the USA, manufacturing engineering is usually studied over four years using the liberal arts model. This means you’ll need to gain a set amount of credits in manufacturing engineering modules, alongside other minor subjects and general studies.

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, you can study an MSc in manufacturing engineering over one or two years, although these programs are quite rare.

Most of your learning as a manufacturing engineering student will take place in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and hands-on practical sessions. Your assessment will be unique to each module you take, but will usually include a combination of coursework, essays, written exams, and project work.

The precise content of your course will vary depending on where you choose to study, but some of the core topics of any manufacturing engineering program include:

  • Engineering design
  • Mathematics for engineers
  • Thermodynamics
  • Operations systems
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Electronics and electrical technology
  • Automation and robotics

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Manufacturing engineering study abroad programs

Manufacturing engineering undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in manufacturing engineering

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    Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics - BEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,683 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,440 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Manufacturing Engineering Technology - BSc Millersville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,560 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,560 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Manufacturing Engineering - General Manufacturing - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,929 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering Technology: Mechanical/Manufacturing Systems - BSc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Global Manufacturing Systems Engineering Technology - BSET University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,890 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,890 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in manufacturing engineering

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    Manufacturing Engineering Technology - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Integrated Manufacturing - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Computer Technology: Automated Manufacturing - AASc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,155 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,155 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Forest Renewable Materials/Advanced Manufacturing - ASc Southwestern Oregon Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,791 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,791 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March, June
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    Manufacturing Technology - ASc Trine University, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,576 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,576 USD

    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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Diploma in manufacturing engineering

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    Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technology - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,180 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in manufacturing engineering

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    Computer Integrated Manufacturing - Cert Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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Manufacturing engineering graduate programs

Master's in manufacturing engineering

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    Advanced Design & Manufacturing - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,133 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Advanced Manufacturing Technology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,490 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,600 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
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    Automotive Engineering: Manufacturing and Management - Intl MASc University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,825 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,594 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Engineering (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) - by research - MEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Technology Management - Manufacturing Management - MSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in manufacturing engineering

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    Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,973 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Production and Manufacturing Engineering - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,175 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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Diploma in manufacturing engineering

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    Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,707 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,192 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Manufacturing Engineering Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,775 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,022 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in manufacturing engineering

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    Applied Aerospace Manufacturing - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,256 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Quality Assurance Manufacturing and Management - PGCert Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    16,476 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,665 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Future manufacturing engineering careers

The manufacturing industry is one of the globe’s biggest employers, so your skills as a manufacturing engineer will be in demand around the world. Some of the roles your skills would be ideal for include:

  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Information systems manager
  • Safety engineer
  • Operations research analyst
  • Supply chain manager
  • Design engineer
  • Chemical engineer

Speak to your university’s career services for help finding your dream role. They can help you work out which path is right for you, and connect you with relevant internships or graduate opportunities.