The modern approach in today's industry is that of Integrated Product Development (IPD), where all of the aspects of product function and design, of product materials and manufacturing, of product use and environmental impact, of product marketing and costing, and of entrepreneurship and business management are linked into a single discipline that is targeted towards optimizing overall performance and degree of success. For this purpose, the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA) at the University of Malta, offers a Masters course in IPD. The course is built on the two fundamental pillars: Product and Process Engineering and Business. The course blends together these topics and even allows the candidate an element of specialization or focus in any one of these two pillars within the program itself.
Course participants may opt to either follow a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or a Masters degree in the topic of Integrated Product Development. The course is built on the two aforesaid pillars, or areas, that are essential for the achievement of success in the manufacturing industry. Participants benefit from taught study-units which characterise the first two years of the course. In each semester of these two years, students have three study-units, each worth 5ECTS. In the final year, participants have the opportunity to enhance and apply the knowledge and skills that they have gained in the first two years, in a project worth 30ECTS.
The first pillar is that of Product and Process Engineering, dealing with issues of product design, modelling, materials engineering, tooling, automation, quality and safety. This pillar also includes a number of elective study-units such as the one on micro and nano technology, which is an emerging area of major importance in modern high technology manufacturing and research. This pillar also deals with the planning, technical, and sustainability aspects of the production process.
The second pillar deals with the business element, and fortifies the course with the various essential business skills that are required for the achievement of success in the industry. This pillar also includes a number of elective study-units such as the one on technology entrepreneurship, in line with a major Government objective to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurial spirit in the manufacturing industry.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:
(a) the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree with at least Second Class Honours or
(b) the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with at least Second Class Honours in appropriate areas of study as approved by the Board or
(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to either of the above.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
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Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500 Fee per semester: Eur 1,250
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400 Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the course students will be able to:
• Describe tools and methodologies for improving business performance through the effective exploitation of product development • Demonstrate understanding in management practices and the concepts and roles of management • Use computer based tools for understanding product behaviour and for design optimisation • Describe advanced manufacturing processes and methodologies • Select suitable materials for the development of products • Build on the key issues of entrepreneurship to start-up and manage technology based companies • Understand and apply competitive manufacturing systems through lean and agile manufacturing techniques • Demonstrate understanding on markets to design products that meet market needs • Give an insight into cost accounting related to product development • Demonstrate understanding on the design and development of tools, in particular for injection moulding • Demonstrate understanding on the integration aspect of the IPD model • Recall and apply techniques/models/methods taught in the course and which are used in the pillars of the IPD model taught in the course • Apply the knowledge gained in the course to systematically solve a product development problem, by adopting an integrated approach.
The M.Sc. IPD is aimed at engineers or scientists, who have recently graduated or who have already achieved experience in industry. This course is intended to fortify skills and to maximize performance and success in the industry by integrating all the aspects of product development including product function and design, product materials and manufacturing, product use and environmental impact, product marketing and costing, entrepreneurship and business management.
Since graduates of the M.Sc. IPD programme will gain knowledge on different facets of product development, they will be in a better position to advance in their professional career, in particular in managerial positions in industry requiring high level of multidisciplinary technical expertise. Furthermore, the M.Sc. IPD course will open up new opportunities for graduates to pursue their specialization in product development at doctoral level.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.
Last Updated: 29 March 2021
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