Engineering Leadership and Management MSc

Develop your engineering career with this part-time masters course, designed to build on your workplace experience and get you ready for a leadership role.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements


2.5 years

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Why explore Engineering Leadership and Management MSc with Aston University?

This course helps emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire the skills required to fit your company's goals.

Course outline and modules

Our part-time masters course gives engineering managers the knowledge and experience to continue to build their careers.

The leadership and management course is delivered in partnership by the triple-accredited Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, combining the knowledge and expertise of both schools.

We already work with a wide range of trailblazer companies, adapting and tailoring the content of the course to meet the specific needs of the organisation. The course is designed to develop future leaders, with a focus on boosting your performance, increasing your agility and building your resilience.

“You’ll struggle to find a University in Britain more keenly attuned to the needs of business and industry.” (Sunday Times)

What you'll learn

During the course you’ll gain a range of leadership knowledge and skills, enabling you to build your career further with the potential to become the senior leaders of the future.

You’ll study a number of core modules to enable you to gain an understanding of strategy and how it’s applied to business every day. You’ll also have the opportunity to take optional modules, enabling you to tailor your studies to your interests as well as completing a major project on a subject of your choice.

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

For direct enrolment onto the MSc programme in Engineering Leadership & Management, you will need one of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston
  • A degree-level professional qualification


  • You must be currently working in a relevant engineering sector
  • At least FIVE years relevant work experience
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) where relevant
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.
  • Two professional references, each of which should reflect your leadership and management potential.

Admission outside of these guidelines is possible for exceptional students. If you have extensive work experience but no graduate qualifications, you may be considered for admission to the programme.

All candidates will be invited to interview with the course director or his/her nominee prior to a formal offer being made.

International Applicants -Important Visa information Please note: You must be working full-time to apply to this part-time course, and you must be able to attend all on-campus teaching sessions. Therefore, it may not be suitable for some international applicants as it is not possible to obtain a Tier 4 Visa to study this course.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the course please contact us on the details below:

Aston Professional Education Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Room: MB133
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3409

Learning, teaching and assessment

Each module has a blended approach with classes taking place in two or three day blocks and supplemented with live and recorded online content.

Learning will be delivered in a range of ways including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.


  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Mastering Strategy
  • The Business Landscape
  • Engineering Programme Management
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry

2 modules to be selected

  • Customer Engagement
  • Human Resources Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Sustainable Engineering
Dissertation stage
  • Major employer project

Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. Assessment methods employed include group and individual assignments, and class participation.

Fees and scholarship

£17,200 for UK, EU and international students

Career prospects

This programme is for you if you’re already working in an engineering role and would like to develop your career further - our aim is to develop the engineering leaders of the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Engineering Management at Aston?

This course will give you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to move into senior management roles in the engineering or manufacturing sectors.

What will I be doing on the Engineering Leadership and Management course at Aston?

You’ll be covering the key elements that underpin strategic management. This will include the management of finances, resources, project management and agile manufacturing. You’ll then put this learning into practice through the final project, which will take the final six months of the course.

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