The career of an engineering project manager is an exciting and challenging one - overseeing complex projects, taking charge of teams and getting them to deliver on time and on budget. Yet there's a worldwide shortage of graduates who have the elusive combination of technical knowledge and the management capability that such a demanding role needs. We've created two closely-related sister courses, Engineering Management and Project Management, aimed at filling that gap.
We are the only institution in London to offer a course in engineering project management. Our excellent links with industry, which we have built up over more than 20 years, have allowed us to develop a course which is highly relevant to the world of work and up-to-date with the latest research and practice. Our course offers an unusual amount of hands-on experience, with practical work incorporated into every module. You'll work alongside professionals on industry-sponsored projects, go on site visits and attend lectures by guest speakers. Instead of a thesis you'll work on a team project designed to resemble a real-life industry scenario.
Our studios, laboratories and workshops are exceptionally well-equipped with specialist software. All our technology and equipment is industry standard - a rarity in a university. You'll also have the opportunity to work towards a Prince2certification as part of your studies.
Of the four modules you’ll study, three are common to both programmes: Human and Financial Management in Engineering, Engineering Simulation, and Engineering Project Management. Engineering Management students will also study a Logistics and Supply Chains module, in place of which Project Management students will study Engineering Innovation.
The course will cover project management techniques and principles, and different areas of project management, including resources, schedules, finance and budgeting, contracts, business plans, forecasting, product development, operations management and quality management. You’ll also focus on people management techniques such as recruitment, interviewing, appraisals, leadership, motivation, training and communications. You’ll look at modelling and simulation techniques in engineering, using case studies to learn to validate models against real-life methods, and will become familiar with software such as WITNESS, Simul8, MATLAB and Simulink. Finally, you’ll cover management theory and systems theory and the global, social, ethical and environmental context of engineering.
The Logistics and Supply Chains module will look in detail at the operation and structure of supply chains, supply chain optimisation, logistics, inventory management and factory physics. You’ll learn to make decisions on the use of resources and use mathematical models to plan supply chains.
Students from both courses will then come together for the team project, a three-month endeavour for which you’ll work in groups on an engineering management project, competing to win the order for your company. The task will be drawn from real life and set by academic staff and industry professionals, who will support you and share their expertise throughout. It will involve research, data collection and analysis, and presentation of your findings through a written report and group presentation. Previous projects have included working with Vinci Construction to bid for a contract to build a wind farm in Norfolk, and working with B&Q to find solutions to the worldwide shortage of MDF.
The course will also improve your numeracy, communication and teamwork skills.If you can’t or decide you don’t want to complete the full MSc course, you can complete two taught modules to graduate with a PG Cert, or all four taught modules, leaving out the team project, to graduate with a PG Dip.
Lectures will introduce you to to key information, theories and concepts, which you’ll explore further through seminar discussions; site visits will allow you to observe industry practice first-hand. You’ll also attend computer sessions, where you’ll learn to use simulation software and management games, and carry out mock interviews to hone your interviewing skills. You’ll work on practical projects, essays, reports, presentations, problem-solving activities, critical analyses and case study evaluations, and will put together a portfolio of work. You’ll supplement all this with your own independent study and reading.
As well as exams, tests and your team project, you’ll be assessed through practical projects and exercises, group and individual presentations, essays, reports, case study evaluations and problem-solving exercises, as well as mock interviews and management games.
Your team project will be assessed by means of a written report with both individual and group contributions, and an hour-long group viva voce presentation (you will work in teams of about seven). The report will be assessed by your fellow students as well as your supervisors.
You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course, including your assessed work.
Minimum of 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent in an engineering or a numerate discipline. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications who can demonstrate relevant work experience in an appropriate field. Candidates without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the University using our online application form.
Non-EU international students can apply using the online form, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application. To find out more, see further information under support in your country.
The specialised skills you’ll develop during this course are highly sought-after worldwide, and will equip you to take on a variety of managerial roles. These could include engineering manager, project manager, production manager, operational manager, site manager or technical manager; and there are opportunities in almost any sector, ranging from the engineering or automotive sectors to food processing, pharmaceuticals, health, construction, IT, marketing, energy, manufacturing or the public sector. You could work either in-house with a company or for a firm of project management consultants,or for yourself as a freelance.
(We say many of our graduates have gone on to hold senior positions in industry – can we give some examples? One went to be production manager at B&Q.)
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your your research, numeracy, data collection and interpretation, teamwork and presentation skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Students on the MSc Engineering management and Project Management courses have recently completed the final part of their Masters with a group project. This year the project was to create a bid to build a wind farm in the Wash in Norfolk. This project was ably supported by Phil Golding, Project manager for VINCI PLC who contributed his skills and knowledge of the tendering process as well as being one of the final examiners. And Susan Gibson from the University Project Office who helped students understand the intricacy of project management, and also was one of the final examiners.
Students competed in two teams and the best team was awarded the ALTRO cup for Excellence in Engineering.
In their project, students were supported by Dr Jeremy Lewis, formerly of Rank Xerox; Dr Dehong Huo, Dr Michael Censlive, Programme leader; Professor Anthony White, programme architect.
Phil Golding was impressed by the way the students had presented their project, rating them as good as professional project managers. Professor David Harrison external examiner for these programmes, was impressed by the progress the students of this first cohort had made in the year long programme.