The career of an engineering project manager is an exciting and challenging one - overseeing complex projects, taking charge of teams and delivering 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. This Masters degree was created to meet that demand.
This in-depth, technical and practical course is designed specifically for those students who have studied engineering at university level and are looking to develop an advanced mastery of the subject.
Middlesex University is the only institution in London to offer a course in engineering project management and our strong links with such industry giants as Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitsubishi, BAE Systems, IBM and Siemens, means that you will be studying a highly relevant degree with up-to-date research and practices.
This course offers an extensive 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.
You will have access to technology, software, studios, laboratories and workshops which are well-equipped with specialist and industry standard software. You'll also have the opportunity to work towards a Prince2 Certification as part of your studies.
If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you study only four modules or a PGCert where you study only two modules.
This course will cover project management techniques and principles, and different areas of project management, including finance and budgeting, business plans, product development, operations management, and quality management. You’ll also focus on people management techniques such as recruitment, interviewing, appraisals, leadership, and communications.
In addition to an in-depth understanding of the subject, you will also become familiar with software such as WITNESS, Simul8, MATLAB and Simulink. You’ll be able to use modelling and simulation techniques in engineering, case studies to learn to validate models against real-life methods, and you’ll have knowledge of management theory, systems theory, and the global, social, ethical and environmental context of engineering.
This team project is 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 is 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 the 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.
This module aims to offer a comprehensive account of project management, programme management and project portfolios, and focus on professional practice. Students will learn to apply a range of project management methods and techniques to achieve quality engineering solutions.
This module will enable students to understand the scientific methods underlying the modelling of real systems. It will further expand their understanding of a range of sophisticated mathematical techniques and simulation methods using the examples facilitated by engineering systems. Case studies will be used to illustrate how models can be validated against real measurements. Assessment procedures are designed to enable students to deliver academically significant modelling performances.
This module enables students to apply a range of human resource management techniques in engineering management situations.
This module enables students to use financial management tools to achieve engineering solutions using financial resources.
This 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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
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.
Resourced with facilities to help you achieve pioneering design projects and research, our design engineering labs are custom built to incorporate the latest in industry standard equipment and software including lasers, Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes, water jet cutters, CNN milling and CMM reverse engineering amongst many others.