Engineering Management

MSc

This CMI accredited degree combines engineering knowledge with strategic management skills, so you gain a comprehensive understanding of both disciplines. Positioning you as a professional equipped to navigate the complexities of modern industry.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

One year (April 2024 and September 2024 starts)

Start date

APRIL 2024 START

Course overview

You will delve into advanced engineering principles while simultaneously honing your management skills. This course integrates real-world case studies, industry projects, and practical experiences, providing you with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real challenges. This hands-on approach ensures that you are not just academically proficient but also adept at solving complex, real-world problems.

There is a global demand for business engineering managers, and this course bridges that gap by creating the future leaders of the engineering sector. Upon successful completion of this degree, you will be awarded the CMI certificate. This qualification will provide a clear pathway for progression towards the ultimate management and leadership achievement, becoming a chartered manager. Your future as a leader in the world of engineering and management begins here.

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"The curriculum not only honed my skills in organisational administration and operations management but also ignited my passion for academic writing and research. The dynamic environment and exceptional syllabus provided the confidence and knowledge to establish my AI consulting firm. Aston University's commitment to excellence truly shaped my journey and fueled my enthusiasm for research".

Vivek Ponthenkandath
Engineering Management MSc
Current student

Why Engineering Management at Aston University?

CMI Chartered Manager
Accredited
Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
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Global Employability
Gain a global perspective through international content which will teach you about industry abroad and enhance global employability
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Athena Swan Gold
Taught in conjunction with the Triple Accredited Aston Business School and Athena Swan Gold, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Course description

The MSc Engineering Management curriculum is a dynamic blend of academic insights and real-world applications, ensuring that you graduate with the practical knowledge demanded by today's competitive job market.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching, in the UK's second-largest city, delivered by a diverse and wide range of academics, who are active researchers and industry experts, will bring the course content to life. You will be able to make use of world-class facilities to delve into practical lab sessions to develop your research project. The free CIM membership will allow you to access development materials and opportunities from this course's accrediting body.

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What you will provide
We are looking for students from a STEM background who have a willingness to learn, are adaptable, and can work both independently and collaboratively.  It is important to have an ethical awareness, as engineers in management positions must navigate ethical dilemmas, developing and making decisions with integrity is crucial.

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What skills we teach
This course will elevate your leadership capabilities through a curriculum that places a priority on strategic thinking and decision-making. From project management and entrepreneurial insights to organisational leadership and ethical business practices, you'll develop the skills needed to drive success in any engineering-related career.

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Career prospects
Armed with a unique blend of engineering expertise and management acumen, graduates of the MSc in Engineering Management are ready to take on strategic leadership roles. From project management to executive positions, you'll be well-equipped to steer organisations toward success in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. 

How you will learn

Teaching and learning will take place via a variety of methods. As well as traditional in-person and online lectures and seminars, you will benefit from practical lab sessions working with software packages, participate in interactive quizzes and surveys with your peers, and experience simulation workshops.

This degree has strong ties with industry, throughout the course, there will be guest seminars, lectures and workshops hosted by our partner organisations and accrediting body. You will also get the chance to experience industry practices first-hand through on-site visits.

Here at Aston University, we are passionate about supporting our students. You will have a personal tutor throughout your studies to provide support and guidance. The Learning Development Centre is there to provide maths support, academic writing development, advice, and strategies for managing your studies. You will also be supported with your research from the beginning of the course going through practical research methods and different database sessions, whilst also having the support of your dissertation supervisor throughout.

What you will learn

Throughout the master’s year, you will gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and applied perspectives of engineering management and leadership. You will also have the opportunity to develop your areas of interest through a range of specialist modules and the completion of a major project. You will undertake real-life projects throughout your course with modules taught using industry-related case studies and current research in the field. We are uniquely positioned, in the heart of UK engineering and manufacturing, to be able to welcome guest speakers from leading companies to share their experiences with you. Field trips to regional businesses will give you a real insight into the industry. By the end of the programme, we aim to equip you with the specialist strategic and operational knowledge you'll need to become a future leader in engineering management.

You will have the opportunity to join a vibrant community of like-minded individuals through course-relevant societies including:
Partnering with Seven Trent, get involved in their innovative challenge Wavemakers where you will work as part of a team to find a solution to one of the key issues facing the water industry.
Apply your course knowledge by participating in industry-related conferences, getting the chance to present your research.
Expand your professional network by networking at CIM events, workshops, and conferences

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My international student perspective

Hear about Joynel's student experience  as an international student 

Facilities

Immerse yourself in a learning environment that leverages cutting-edge technology and resources. Aston University invests in state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring that you have access to the tools, software, and infrastructure necessary for hands-on exploration and experimentation. From computer labs to student study spaces for individual and collaborative work, you'll have access to the resources necessary to delve into the world of engineering management.

Course objectives

  1. Develops the management and leadership skills of practising engineers. Particular emphasis is placed on taking a strategic view of business and how, most effectively, to work with and lead a diverse range of people who represent the business stakeholders
  2. Enables you to define better their roles in an engineering business, particularly in the areas of manufacturing and new product development, and to make an effective transition from being a technical specialist to becoming a managerial leader
  3. Provides where possible, an opportunity for you to link the taught modules to industrial practice through a dissertation linked to industry
  4. Enhances lifelong learning skills and personal development to enable you to work independently and contribute to business and society

Modules

Modules and learning outcomes

Taught stage modules

In the taught stage, you will study the following core module:

Module TitleCredits
Strategic Management 
and Finance
15
Customer Engagement in 
an Engineering Enterprise
15
Project Management15
Human Resources and 
Change Management
15
Product Introduction 
Processes
15
Operational Effectiveness, 
Lean and Agile 
Manufacturing
15
Research Methods15
Management in 
Engineering Enterprises
15
Total120

Dissertation stage modules

 

Module TitleCredits
Dissertation60
Total60

Programme outcomes

On successful completion of both the taught and dissertation stage, you will be able to:

  • Construct a comprehensive knowledge-base of management, social science, and financial modelling techniques and apply them effectively to advanced management questions within engineering enterprises.
  • Integrate knowledge from a wide range of core management areas (e.g. strategic corporate finance, customer/client engagement, human resources, change management, new product development and introduction, lean and agile operational effectiveness, project management, and methods of research) and apply that knowledge within engineering enterprises.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on current professional practice and analyse fruitfully problems in the discipline of engineering management.
  • Describe and explain the management principles and techniques underpinning the solutions to management problems and processes within engineering enterprises, including an evaluation of their limitations.
  • Identify and characterise the managerial aspects and performance of engineering enterprises.
  • Following the extraction and collation of data, integrate and apply advanced  analytical methods, technical knowledge, and modelling techniques in the  development of creative and effective practical solutions to management problems arising within engineering enterprises.
  • Evaluate engineering management practices and processes identifying sources of risk and mitigation strategies in relation to areas such as environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility, health and safety, recycling, and ethical recruitment. 
  • Conduct an independent piece of scholarly research into engineering management utilising a range of theoretical skills, knowledge, and understanding.

Entry requirements

A 2:2 or higher UK Honours Degree or overseas equivalent, with some quantitative content (e.g. engineering or science) or evidence of quantitative ability i.e. A Level Mathematics. Two years of experience in an appropriate engineering post is an advantage. You will need to provide two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee and a completed application form. 
 

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

For details of equivalent qualifications in your country, use our area pages below:

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

English language requirements

How to apply

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Pathway Programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Masters Foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

 

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Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:

Email: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 09.30am-4.30pm)

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£11,000

International students
(2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£20,700

More information on fees

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as UK students.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including course work, individual and group assignments, video creation, presentations, on campus and online exams including open and closed book and final your major project, which will account for a third of the total credits required to complete the course successfully.

 

The assessment methods will reflect the most effective and relevant way to review your performance for each module. Therefore, each module will be assessed in a variety of ways to reflect your knowledge from that module and how you would apply it in the real world.

Career prospects

Engineers and engineering skills are in very high demand across a range of sectors around the world. Our Engineering Management masters course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to develop an exciting career in advanced technology.

Graduates from our Engineering Management masters course have moved on to build successful careers internationally across energy, utility, manufacturing and other technology-based businesses. They have taken on a range of roles with many working as part of multidisciplinary teams including in product design, procurement, supply chain and quality activities.

Beyond the classroom, our Careers and Placement team are committed to your career success. Benefit from career development services, workshops, and placement opportunities that empower you to navigate the competitive job market and secure positions in top-tier companies

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Once you have joined us at Aston University, you’ll always be part of our community, even beyond graduation.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Engineering Management MSc at Aston University?

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

 

Does the accreditation matter?

Yes. Gaining an accredited masters will give you the experience and skills you need to develop a successful career, potentially at the highest levels in the industry. 

 

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Is Birmingham a good place to study?

Our campus is based in the centre of Birmingham, the youngest major city in Europe and a great place to live, work and study.

  • Great music and entertainment with a vibrant nightlife. Bars, clubs, pubs, live music, festivals, concerts. Whatever your tastes, there's something here for everyone.
  • Fantastic food. Birmingham's diverse community means you can try anything from the famous Balti triangle, the Chinese Quarter, high street chains, halal and vegan food, and Michelin-star dining.
  • World-class shopping. The Bullring and Grand Central is a shopper's paradise. From the world's biggest Primark to luxury brands at the Mailbox.
  • Arts and culture. Museums, galleries, theatres, concerts and Birmingham's art collection is as wide as it is impressive - not to be missed.
  • Green, open spaces. One of the greenest cities in Europe, Birmingham has hundreds of publicly accessible parks and green spaces across the city.
  • Sporting action. Birmingham has some of the most exciting venues for watching or participating in sport in the UK.

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