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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Manufacturing and Production
  • Where to study?
Manufacturing and production

The manufacturing and production industry refers to the large scale production of goods and services using manual labour and machines turning raw materials into products that meet consumer’s demands. The history of manufacturing is an interesting one and whereas today the majority of goods are produced on a large-scale production line using technical equipment, this wasn’t always the case.

Is this the course for me?

Are you fascinated by the production of consumer goods and services? Are you looking to pursue a career within the manufacturing sector? If so, then a manufacturing and production course may be perfect for you.

However, while a course of this nature demands students to attend lectures and tutorials, applicants will also be expected to study much of the course content through practical workshops and hands-on industry experience. As such students should be highly capable of learning in a vocational environment.

Similarly, those looking to gain a particularly strong qualification in this field should also have strong time management skills as well as capable of independent study as a candidates knowledge or the course content will be assessed through the submission of independent assignments and projects.

Careers prospects

There are a number of vacancies available to those with qualifications in manufacturing and production. Many large companies within this particular sector offer graduate schemes where trainees work in different sectors of a firm, or employ recent graduates with work experience into roles as manufacturing engineers with a typical starting salary of £24,000 - £28,000. This particular role is also incredibly flexible as manufacturing skills are required in sector such as food, drugs and fashion.

Similarly, students who prefer the more theory based aspects of the course may also be interested in production management, overseeing the manufacturing process and ensuring that the company adheres to all legal requirements as well as looking after staff welfare.

As well as careers specific to the manufacturing industry, this course also equips graduates with a number of skills that are transferable to a wide range of sectors. A graduate’s understanding of commerce and manufacturing law will make them highly employable within legal, financial, commercial and journalism sectors.

Studying Manufacturing and Production

The majority of courses will expect students to attend lectures as well as work on their own independent projects that will be assessed to showcase their progression on the course. Undergraduate students will also have to complete a minimum of 2 work placements before graduating as part of their course in order to gain hands on experience working within the building and construction industry.

Undergraduate degree programmes in manufacturing and production last for a minimum of three years, although many will extend the programme to four years in order to allow students the chance to gain hands-on industry experience. Those wishing to study on this course, will be expected to have high grades in a minimum of 3 A-levels or equivalent and to be able to demonstrate a passion for the subject matter.

Post graduate programmes can last anywhere from 1 – 4 years and will already expect students to have achieved a minimum of 2:1 in their honours degree. Similarly, those who do not speak English as their first language will have to score 6.0 – 6.5 in an IELTS test in order to showcase that there are no language barriers preventing learning.

Where to study?

One of the most important things to consider when making a decision on where to study is whether you will be able to afford the cost of your qualification. If fees are going to be a problem, there are a number of bursaries and scholarships available for which you may be eligible. Similarly, is the opportunity for you to find part-time work?

If your academic grades are a little lower than the entry requirements, then why not take a gap year and gain some work experience? Although it is not compulsory to do so, many degree programmes and post-graduate courses will be flexible with the entry requirements for those with industry-related experience.

Irrespective of your course of study, you should attempt to study at a University that is both prestigious and has strong links within the manufacturing and production industry. Many top firms cultivate relationships with certain academic institutions which are beneficial for students wishing to find work placements as part of the course, or simply to network and increase your level of employability post-graduation.

Whatever you decide to study, the University’s location should play a crucial role in where you decide to study. You will receive a lot of information regarding potential courses, but don’t overlook your emotional requirements. Whether situated in the heart of a buzzing city or studying at a more rural campus with a communal focus – your happiness should always come first.

What Manufacturing and Production courses are there?


Industrial Engineering


Manufacturing Engineering


Manufacturing (General)


Manufacturing Technology

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