MSc Manufacturing Leadership – Frequently Asked Questions


MSc – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1-Which University accredits the MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

The MSc in Manufacturing Leadership is accredited by Lancaster University Management School – ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the world’s top 100 business schools.

Q2-How long does it take to study for an MSc in Manufacturing Leadership?

It is taught part-time over two years, with a further eight months to complete a dissertation based research in to a real problem or issue faced by your own business. Our MSc is designed to let you learn and work at the same time.

Q3-When does the MSc start?

It starts on September 29th and ends in May 2019, with a graduation ceremony that December followed by a Manufacturing Institute reception for graduates and their families.

Q4-How much does the MSc in Manufacturing Leadership cost?

The whole programme costs £13,500 which is payable on application or we can arrange for the fee to be paid in two instalments of £6,750.
We can also agree a schedule or payments following an initial payment of £3,500.

Q5-If I’m self-funding the MSc are there any grants available?

This year you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan for up to £10,000 to pay your MSc fees and help with living costs.? To find out more go to

Q6-How can I apply for the funding?

This is the latest Government advice on applying for postgraduate funding.

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan now! The quickest way to apply is online at

You don’t need to have accepted a place at university to apply. You can apply using your preferred choice of course and you can update this later if you need to.

You should apply as early as possible once the application service opens to make sure your Postgraduate Loan is ready for the start of your course.

Before you start your application you should have the following to hand:

    • Valid UK passport details (if you have one)
    • Preferred university and course details
    • You’ll also need your UK bank account details and UK National Insurance number if you have them. But you can provide these later if you need to.
    • Once you start your application you can save it at any time and go back to it later.
    • We can’t process your application until we have all the information and any evidence we’ve asked for. In most cases you can provide all the details we need simply by filling in the application form. For example, we can use the details of your valid UK passport to confirm your identity.
    • In some circumstances we might ask you to send more information or evidence, like your non-UK passport. You should send any information or evidence as soon as possible so your application isn’t delayed.

What happens next?

Once you’ve submitted your application you should print and read the declaration form. This will come up at the end of your application and you should sign and return it to us as soon as possible.

Once we’ve assessed your application we’ll send you a letter confirming how much Postgraduate Loan you’re getting. You should keep this letter safe as you might have to show it to your university when you register.

What if anything changes?

You must let us know if any of your personal, university or course details change.
You can check how to this by logging in to your account at

Getting paid

You have to register at university and start your course before we can make the first payment.

The Postgraduate Loan will be paid directly into your bank account. It can take two or three days for the payment to reach your account, depending on your bank. We’ll make payments to you three times during each academic year. If your course is three or four years long you’ll get all your payments in the first two years of your course.
You’ll repay any Postgraduate Loan you get, including any interest that’s charged. Go to the Postgraduate Loan – Repayment page for more information about repaying your Postgraduate Loan and the interest that’s charged.

Q7-I haven’t got a degree. Can I still be accepted on the MSc?

Applicants must have several years of relevant manufacturing experience, preferably backed by a degree or relevant professional qualification, although this is not essential. If you have wider technical or managerial/supervisory experience and can demonstrate that you have the enthusiasm and ability to study at Masters level – you will be considered. Applicants without degrees will be asked to complete a short assignment, and all applicants will be asked to attend a selection interview.

Q8-Where will the MSc be taught?

The MSc induction will be at Lancaster University but the modules will be taught at The Manufacturing Institute’s training HQ at Warren Bruce Court in Trafford Park, Manchester.
There is plenty of secure parking available and a bistro serving hot food.

Q9-Can you tell me more about the MSc modules?

The programmes comprises of six modules each led by a senior academic or industrialist. Modules contain four workshops and three facilitated action learning sets.
The modules cover leadership, global markets and future manufacturing, managing financial resources, world class manufacturing practices, manufacturing enterprise creation and development and innovation.

Q10-What do past students say about the MSc?

Here’s just a short selection of comments.
“It’s been a great course and we all got on really well. It was very hands on, there was great participation and a lot of diversity in the subjects.”
“I’m going to weigh things up and approach things very differently from now on. It’s been a great course. I would recommend it to anyone.”
“We’ve all learned a lot and I’ve enjoyed the support of all the cohort. I would highly recommend the MSc.”
“I’ve learned that you can only be a leader if someone follows. I’ve learned so much about leadership. It’s been a lot of hard work but I’m really pleased to have done the course.”
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