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. 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.
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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.
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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.
We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt in recent years by enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning.
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.
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.
We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning for the 2021/22 academic year.
We are currently reviewing our approach to teaching and learning for 2022 entry and beyond. We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our in-person teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.
Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.
This information is likely to change slightly for 2022 entry as our plans evolve. You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.
Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown in 2021/22
Live in-person on campus learning
Contact hours per week, per level:
Live online learning
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Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.
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You 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 be delivered online and on campus and you 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 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.
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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