Advanced Metrology MSc 2017-18

About the course

The course in Advanced Metrology provides a high level route enabling engineering graduates, or engineers in industry, to acquire skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern precision engineering manufacturing environment. This is achieved by the provision of technical modules, covering broad aspects of advanced metrology within the context of a modern manufacturing environment, and by the provision of optional modules covering the salient principal aspects of engineering management. The course should be of particular interest to engineering graduates involved with (or wishing to become involved with), precision manufacture, quality assurance, metrology and nanotechnology. Appropriate choice of optional modules encompassing relevant management techniques allow the flexibility to satisfy the needs of a variety of career paths.

The course reflects the expertise and experience of University teaching and research staff in the field of metrology and precision engineering gained through a many years of research experience via UK Government (EPSRC), European Union (EU) and industrial research projects. The course therefore represents an effective mechanism for transferring this expertise and knowledge from the University to industry - and this is extremely useful in the case of engineers, already employed in industry, who ca undertake part-time study on the course.

In the context of this course, the engineering manufacturing industry relates to the use of precision manufacturing methodologies and associated metrology as well as industries using advanced processing techniques. This involves knowledge applicable to the design and performance characterisation of precision machine tools, additive manufacturing, roll-to-roll manufacture and measurement systems as well as knowledge of micro electro mechanical systems, and nanometrology in general.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

•  An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Engineering, Physical Science or a related numerate or analytical discipline or an equivalent professional qualification.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.


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Course content

Core modules

Fundamentals of Metrology

The module combines the theory and practical applications of the fundaments of metrology. The course is split into five main topics; (one) the structure of measurement focuses on the theoretical definition of measurement, (two) scales is also theoretical and focuses on the different types of measurement scales and their properties, (three) measurement procedures introduces the two main paradigms for practical measurement procedures together with basic sampling procedures, (four) numerical operators explores basic metrology operators including the important topics of Association and Filtration. The fifth topic is uncertainty in which you learn about how to correctly report a measurement result with a measured value and an estimate of its variability. There is also a practical session on using uncertainty particularly how to realise an uncertainty budget.

Optical Metrology and Instrumentation

Optical instruments form a core part of the overall toolset available for surface and dimensional measurement. This family of instruments have a number of distinct advantages over other techniques such as contacting stylus, Scanning Electron Microscope. Often the rate at which measurement data can be acquired is substantially higher. The non-contacting nature allows the measurement of delicate materials/structures as well as making optical techniques generally more suitable for in-line or in-process measurement. This module will present you with the essential optical theory required in order to understand the principles of operation surrounding the common optical instruments available to metrologists.

Topics may include: basic wave optics, microscopy, spatial/temporal coherence, light generation/detection. After this the module will go on to consider specific key instrument types in current commercial usage. This will be delivered in a case study format with each instrument being evaluated in terms of operating principle, optical design and signal processing. Coupled with these case studies, will be additional practical sessions based around the operation of typical commercial instrumentation this will allow you to gain experience of best practice as well as the inherent limitations associated with a given measurement principle.

Dimensional Measurement Systems

During development and manufacturing modern products, coordinate metrology is crucial to the assessment of quality and conformance. However, co-ordinate metrology can only be utilised if users and operators have the necessary comprehensive and multidisciplinary knowledge. The increasingly wide range of possible options offered by coordinate metrology, such as mobile coordinate metrology systems, fast optical probing systems, CAD-assisted programming, means that there is a need for highly level knowledge in this field. This module is based on the CMTrain teaching concept. CMTrain - Training for Coordinate Metrology e.V. is an association whose objective is to enhance the training and qualifications available in coordinate metrology by providing standardised manufacturer-independent teaching in Europe and worldwide. The delivery of this module is split into three components to impart all the clearly defined competencies necessary in dimensional and coordinate metrology. Hands-on training on modern coordinate measuring machines takes place in small groups with taught tutorial sessions and learning via the university virtual learning environment (VLE) should enable learners to learn efficiently.

Planning an Advanced Technical Project

This module provides the opportunity to undertake a programme of independent work to plan, and undertake background research for, an advanced technical project. Successful completion of this module will entitle you, if required, to progress to a full Masters level project based on the planning and background research undertaken in this module.

Individual Project

The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. Where possible the project is carried out in collaboration with an industrial company and takes place at the company. A project supervisor is then allocated at the University who would check and confirm if the project is suitable for a Master's level course.

Surface and Nanometrology

This module aims to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge base concerning surface metrology from the meso to the nanoscale.

The diverse range of acquisition techniques available for measurement will be covered from traditional contact methods to nanoscale scanning probe instruments. The latest methods for characterising surface data will be covered including aspects of data fitting and filtering. The importance of selecting the correct numerical descriptors for understanding the function of a surface will be emphasised and illustrated through case studies and laboratory classes.

Access to the latest software for surface metrology will be core to delivery as well as access to the comprehensive suite of measurement techniques available within the Centre for Precision Technologies. During the course external speakers may be used to deliver specialised lectures, for example in collaboration with NPL (National Physical Laboratory).

Machine Tool and Large Volume Metrology

This module aims to appraise you of current and future trends in measurement of manufacturing machines. It also aims to equip you with an understanding of practical issues around measurement of parts during manufacture. The module will present and explain the rigid- and non-rigid-body geometric behaviour of machines at a macroscopic level, the thermal influences and effects and the measurement methods used to overcome the error sources. Furthermore, it will examine different modelling methods from classical techniques to artificial intelligence methods. This should equip you with the tools and knowledge required to select appropriate manufacturing equipment and measurement tools for particular component manufacturing conditions.

Process Measurement and Control

The principal types of process plant and associated control equipment used in the process industries are studied within this module. Models of process plant systems are developed for optimising control system performance. The principal types of computer control systems are explained, including Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs), Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) systems and Distributed Control (DCS) systems. Instrumentation systems for the measurement of temperature, pressure, level and flow are studied. Real-time imaging systems for monitoring multi phase flows in pipes (eg oil-water or solids-water flows) are studied.

Optional Modules

Project Management

This module aims to develop improved understandings of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to your enterprise. You will have the chance to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Concepts, standards and techniques for project and programme lifecycle management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management software.

Modelling of Electromechanical Control Sys'Ms

In this module you’ll be supported in investigating the operating characteristics and limitations of modern internal combustion engines and hybrid configurations. You’ll be introduced to software packages used by commercial organisations so you can undertake engine performance analysis, including the effects of exhaust system routing, turbochargers and superchargers. You will also study the forces exerted on a vehicle during steady state and transient cornering with regard to road loads, roll over, banked tracks and adverse camber. Front, rear and 4-wheel drive configurations will be compared.

Individual Project You will undertake a Major Research Project which is supervised by a member of staff, many of whom are internationally recognised experts in their field.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught principally through lectures, tutorials, web-based lecture and lab-based practical and research activities. The assessment includes: lab assignment, short project report, in class-test, online test and final examination.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The CPT houses industrial standard facilities comprising 2000m2 floor space dedicated to precision manufacturing and metrology research.

The facilities that support projects are as follows: Surface Nano-metrology Laboratory - High specification environmentally controlled clean room (Class 10,000) and temperature control (±0.50) with novel anti-vibration technology. Commercial instrumentation includes: Taylor Hobson Form Talysurf PGI, CCI white light Interferometer, Talyrond 350 roundness machine; Bruker Icon AFM; FISBA Optik Phase interferometer; Alicona Infinite Focus Microscope; Nikon XTH 225 CT; proprietary in-house surface analysis software (Surfstand). The ‘Nanolab' facilities are widely acknowledged as being amongst the best in Europe and are certainly unique in the UK. Optical Laboratory - Purpose designed 83 m2 laboratory for optical instrumentation development and research for online surface metrology and position sensing applications.

The modern and well equipped machine tool research laboratory has a range of equipment specialist equipment and software which is used for testing and development.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

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Further study

Our research courses involve in-depth study of a specific field across the engineering discipline. If you wish to undertake longer term, highly focussed research, we offer a number of flexible routes to PhD. For more information see


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

For more information see the Research section of our website.

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