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Engineering Management MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGH70A
Start
October 2020
January 2021
EU/INT induction: September 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,700 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ahsun Khan
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We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

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.

Why study MSc Engineering Management at Middlesex University?

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. 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.

Course highlights

  • Our teaching staff are internationally renowned for their research expertise and include Dr Andrew Tizzard, a former design engineer with Ministry of Defence contractor Rank Pullin Controls
  • The course is supported by the National Centre for Project Management. Based at Middlesex the centre carries out research into project management and provides training for professionals, working with organisations including BT, HBOS, Morgan Stanley and Fujitsu.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on MSc Engineering Management?

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.

What will you gain?

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.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Modules

    • Engineering Management Group Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Engineering Project Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Engineering Simulation (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Human resource management in engineering (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables students to apply a range of human resource management techniques in engineering management situations.

    • Financial management in engineering (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables students to use financial management tools to achieve engineering solutions using financial resources.

    • Logistics and Supply Chains (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

If you’re interested in January 2021 courses, we will provide more information on plans for teaching and learning in the coming months.

How will MSc Engineering Management be taught?

Lectures will introduce you to key information, theories and concepts, which you’ll explore further through seminar discussions. 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.

Assessment

We’re planning to deliver our assessment in a similar way to previous years. We will review this regularly, and let you know in advance of your assessment if we need to make any changes.

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.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we currently plan to teach your course fully online through a mixture of live interactive sessions and independent learning. This will ensure you’re equipped with the same skills as on campus study, and offer you an engaging learning experience where you can meet and network with your lecturers and fellow students through online platforms. We are also exploring opportunities for face-to-face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible and we can make the appropriate arrangements. You will still be able to access bookable study spaces on campus, and any of the facilities and support services which are open, as well as our extensive online support.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching time. While some weeks might look different than this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

12 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

28 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

N/A

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Engineering Management support your career?

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.

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.

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.

View more information about our Design Engineering lab



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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