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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

Associate in manufacturing engineering

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    Automated Manufacturing Systems Technology - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Computer Technology: Automated Manufacturing - AASc Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,155 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Manufacturing Technology - ASc Trine University, USA | Online

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    9,576 USD
    Start date
    August, October, January, March, May
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    Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Bachelor's in manufacturing engineering

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    Manufacturing Engineering - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,634 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Advanced Manufacturing & Mechatronics / International Business - BEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    41,184 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - BEng (Hons) (with placement) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,600 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - BEng (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Engineering Technology - Manufacturing Engineering Technology - BSc Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,929 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    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
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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Certificate in manufacturing engineering

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    CNC Machining, Metrology, and Manufacturing Technology - Cert Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Manufacturing engineering graduate programs

Master's in manufacturing engineering

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    Manufacturing Engineering - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,218 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Engineering (Manufacturing) - MEng RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    37,440 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Track - MSc University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Advanced Manufacturing Technology - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,865 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Aerospace Manufacturing - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 GBP
    Start date
    March, October
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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
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Mechanical Engineering - Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Systems Track - PhD University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,896 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Production and Manufacturing Engineering - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    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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    Manufacturing Engineering Technology - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    20 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,434 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
    Tuition fees per year
    16,626 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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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.