The Manufacturing Institute

Accelerate your career development

Why choose our leadership programmes?

  • Elite programmes designed by manufacturers who understand world-class operations and delivered by module convenors from prestigious 5 and 6-star rated UK universities
  • Bringing the best in global thinking from over 30 consultancies and manufacturing companies including  Hewlett Packard, Unisys, United Biscuits, James Walker and Linpac
  • An ideal succession planning pathway to develop future senior managers and leaders
  • A proven route to career progression  - 70% of MSc delegates have progressed into higher-level jobs
  • Development of the skills, knowledge and essential leadership qualities to become effective managers and leaders
  • Introduction of new thinking, approaches, tools and techniques into the workplace
  • A rare opportunity to share best practice and ideas with other manufacturers and top achievers


MSc in Manufacturing Leadership

This unique programme is designed to develop high-calibre manufacturing leaders with the ability to champion enterprise, create wealth and build the essential knowledge required to develop a world-class manufacturing business.

Developed by industry leaders and delivered by a team of global experts, the degree is accredited by the world-ranked Lancaster University Management School, and aimed at those with the highest potential for achievement within the industry.

Designed for current or future business leaders in small and large companies. Typical students include middle or senior managers, directors and CEOs.

Read the course outline or download our MSc in Manufacturing Leadership brochure.

Read testimonials from manufacturers who have benefited from the programme.


Professional Diploma in Manufacturing

The Professional Diploma creates forward thinking managers with the manufacturing knowledge, interpersonal skills and competencies to unlock shop floor performance and sustain real and lasting improvements within your business.

Quality-assured by The University of Manchester, the Diploma is much more than a qualification. It is a highly-respected business improvement tool that focuses on applied learning using the latest manufacturing techniques, enabling delegates to develop into effective leaders and plan and implement improved business performance.

Designed for managers with more than five years practical manufacturing experience and required to manage people, processes and budgets. Typical students include production, manufacturing, engineering, works and operations managers; and team leaders.

Read the course outline or download our Professional Diploma brochure.

Read some testimonials from manufacturers who have benefited from the programme.

Watch our short film on the Professional Diploma.


Certificate in Manufacturing Operations

The Certificate is a professional manufacturing qualification, introducing managers and supervisors to the key operational tools to improve the performance of front line teams.

Delivered by leading academics and manufacturing experts, the programme is quality assured by The University of Manchester and teaches the critical manufacturing methods and techniques required to deliver an improved production process, increased quality and reduced costs and lead times.

Designed for managers who have several years of practical manufacturing experience, manage people, processes and budgets and are tasked with improving process performance in leaner organisations. Typical students include production, manufacturing, works and operations managers; engineering managers and team/shift leaders.

Read the course outline or download our Certificate in Manufacturing Operations brochure

Read some testimonials from manufacturers who have benefited from the programme.


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  • Steve Bamber, Head of Astute Operations, BAE Systems

    “The MSc course has taken my knowledge and understanding of enterprise leadership to a new level, which has been a key factor in securing promotion to my current role. My individual leadership style has shifted to being much more people-focused and my coaching skills have developed significantly."

  • Tony Canipa, Production Manager, BAE Systems

    "The Institute's training in manufacturing leadership was a life-changing experience."

  • Darren Brackwell, Production Manager, Tritech International

    “From a commercial perspective the MSc has provided me with the invaluable tools, methodologies and strategies to manage the challenges of modern day business whilst delivering real bottom line results. My effectiveness as a manger has increased, enabling me to approach business issues in a more structured way.”

  • Glyn Pearson, Production Manager, Weir Minerals

    “The Diploma has helped to define my role and responsibilities as a manager and given me the tools and confidence to carry them out. It has helped my problem solving, decision making and understanding of the financial implications of managing a business.”

  • Stuart Devlin-Gray, Process Improvement Manager, James Dawson Ltd

    "I gained many personal benefits from attending the Diploma course. It has given me the confidence to talk knowledgeably to people at any level and has developed my understanding of manufacturing process types and tools to improve them. The in-company project identified improvements that have doubled the uptime n the extrusion department."

  • Martin Wild, Value Stream Production Manager, Federal-Mogul Friction Products

    "As a department we have seen month on month productivity improvements and overall improvements on machine efficiency purely by applying the teachings from the Certificate course. The shop floor buy-in has ensured that we maintain standards and look to continually improve."

  • James Tiernan, Manufacturing Manager, RS Clare & Co Ltd

    "Business improvement activities carried out using the knowledge and skills acquired from the certificate have resulted in a significant reduction in our product failure rate, which has in turn created savings in excess of £50,000 per annum. An increase in output from one of our key bottleneck machines has generated labour efficiency savings of £8,000 per annum."

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