MPhil Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management

Stand out in industry as soon as you graduate with the MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management (ISMM) at Cambridge. Build a strong foundation for your career with world-leading taught modules and academic engagement, underpinned by industrial projects at some of the most innovative companies in the world.



“In-company projects solving real business or technical problems are

what makes ISMM unique, and we try and give students as wide a

range of opportunities as possible by working with lots of

different-sized companies. Manufacturing isn’t just about making

things, it’s about everything that goes around it as well.”

Vanessa McNiven, Dept. Course Director for ISMM





About the course


The MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management (ISMM) is a one-year postgraduate masters course designed to equip outstanding graduates with the skills, personal development and industrial experience to be immediately effective in their early careers. 


ISMM students develop an integrated view of manufacturing engineering which spans production processes, operations management and supply chains, data and simulation, marketing, strategy, delivery of products and services, and industrial economics. As a result, they become highly sought-after employees post-graduation.



“The amount of soft and hard skills you can learn in just a year is

astonishing. The visits to and projects with industry partners

completely changed the way I approach problems and people.

Experiencing international work ethos and industrial landscapes

during the overseas study tour was the icing on the cake.”

ISMM student, 2022/23 cohort



Our manufacturing masters attracts graduates from across the world and counts many leading figures in manufacturing among its alumni. Each cohort is limited to 40 students, which ensures an excellent teaching experience and extensive access to facilities and resources.


When they are not out in the field acquiring hands-on industry and business experience, students are based at the Institute for Manufacturing - a dynamic body of around 200 researchers, educators, practitioners and technical experts contributing to manufacturing research and education.



Why study manufacturing? 


Manufacturing is not just about making things in factories. It involves everything from understanding markets, designing products and processes, to managing complex supply chains, distribution networks and related services. Manufacturing is recognised as a vital part of a strong and successful economy. It creates wealth, sustains jobs and is central to our economic success. Modern manufacturing is at the frontier of new technologies, products and ways of working. 


Amid challenges posed by the climate crisis, Covid-19, and an ever-shifting world economy, the field of manufacturing needs people with detailed industry knowledge as well as the ability to adapt to change quickly. The MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management puts industrial know-how and research excellence at your fingertips and is a unique starting point for an impactful career.


Find out more about the course structure here and the student experience in Cambridge and the IfM here






Apply for this course through the Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions website.

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For further information please contact:

ISMM Enquiries

T: +44 (0)1223766141


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