Course structure

The Engineering Business Management (EBM) online MSc curriculum includes 12 units, plus a final Engineering Management based project, for a total of 180 credits. In each unit, you’ll engage with technology as you learn to lead businesses and organisations within the engineering and technology industries. In optional live sessions, the Engineering Business Management online MSc course will bring in guest speakers and alumni who will talk about their experiences in the industry. You will have the opportunity to meet and work alongside your coursemates.

Students have between two years and three months and five years to successfully complete all of the units, including a final project. Students in receipt of a Postgraduate Loan must complete the course in three years. Each 10 credit unit is 8 weeks in duration, and the units are run consecutively. Over the year, there are three short breaks – in December, April, and August.

The course begins with an induction for you to meet the faculty, fellow students and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.


Leadership and Professional Skills (10 credits)

Build leadership skills to forge a successful career in engineering management, such as communication, networking, and adaptability, whilst addressing your own self-development needs.

You’ll learn to:

  • Conduct a self-assessment and seek feedback on your leadership capabilities
  • Create a personal development plan relevant to your career ambitions
  • Give meaningful developmental feedback to others
  • Present and communicate in a professional manner
  • Reflect on individual performance, set appropriate objectives and evaluate progress against these objectives
Making Business Decisions (10 credits)

Develop the necessary skills to make better managerial decisions utilising business data such as financial reports and market data. This unit covers data analysis and decision-making driven by data and problems often found in practice.

You’ll learn to:

  • Recognise the difficulties and challenges of decision making
  • Apply decision-making techniques to management problems
  • Analyse decisions and the results of decision-making techniques
  • Analyse key financial statements of business organisations
  • Apply appraisal techniques to facilitate managerial decision making
Research Skills for Engineering Management (10 credits)

Build the academic and research skills needed to support a successful career in engineering management, including academic writing, research methods, critical thinking, feedback and time management.

You’ll learn to:

  • Plan and complete an academic or industrial study with appropriate referencing and critical thinking
  • Know where to locate information for research and benchmarking purposes
  • Recognise the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods and their application
Management Practices for Engineering (10 credits)

Gain a solid grounding in key managerial disciplines in order to oversee the operational performance of complex, engineering-driven enterprises.

You’ll learn to:

  • Evaluate the strategy of business organisations
  • Assess the marketing techniques used by business organisations
  • Analyse organisational structure and its effectiveness​
  • Critically assess the contribution of HRM to organisational performance
Project Management (10 credits)

Enhance your ability to manage projects in engineering organisations and deepen your appreciation of how project management fits into a wider context. Consider strategic management, contemporary engineering practice and organisational factors as you build project management skills to influence industrial competitiveness.

You’ll learn to:

  • Explain what a project is
  • Describe the importance of project management
  • Apply the tools of project management to a given project, using an appropriate lifecycle approach
  • Outline alternate models of project management
  • Conduct research into an aspect of project management linking theory and practice
Engineering Management for Sustainable Value (10 credits)

Learn and apply key skills that create lasting value in a holistic sense. You’ll show how engineering management can make a meaningful contribution to a contemporary business or societal issue and recognise the relationships between engineering management and wider considerations of strategy, policy and society.

You’ll learn to:

  • Define sustainable value in holistic terms
  • Define and critique appropriate techniques to assess sustainable value, including but not limited to those based on economic models, lifecycle thinking and systems analysis
  • Evaluate organisations, products, services and activities in terms of sustainable value
Organisational Change Management (10 credits)

Enhance your ability to manage organisational change by considering the wider strategic contexts, stakeholder management, communications strategies and sustainable outcomes.

You’ll learn to:

  • Describe the importance of organisational change management
  • Apply the tools of change management to a given project or context
  • Outline alternate models of change management
  • Conduct research into an aspect of change management linking theory and practice
Commercialisation of New Technology (10 credits)

Study the techniques and tools necessary to understand and analyse the different pathways that can be used for new technologies to be effectively commercialised.

You’ll learn to:

  • Discuss the range of mechanisms through which different technologies can generate commercial value
  • Describe the role of intellectual property in determining appropriate commercialisation strategies
  • Compare and evaluate tools for understanding new markets and how to operate in markets for technology
  • Develop and assess strategies to effectively bring new technologies to markets
Operations Management (10 credits)

Explore the core concepts and techniques in operations management, including process design and improvement, capacity management, inventory management and quality management.

You’ll learn to:

  • Identify and analyse issues related to operations
  • Apply operations concepts, theories and techniques in different contexts, including manufacturing, service and non-profit environments
  • Develop capabilities to apply operations management knowledge into a range of complex situations, taking into account the business strategy and overall implications for other areas of business
  • Appreciate the challenges of running, analysing and improving operations in real-time
Developing and Manufacturing Products and Services (10 credits)

Develop a solid grounding in the management of new products at the project level, including key business processes, management tools and techniques. Equip yourself with the key skills you need to succeed in any career that involves leading, working within or supporting new product development projects.

You’ll learn to:

  • Outline contemporary challenges facing industry in relation to product development projects
  • Apply suitable theoretical models of product development projects to a contemporary example and provide an appropriate critique
  • Critically evaluate product development project approaches and be able to lead activities to improve process efficiency, cost, lead time or productivity
  • Understand the criticality of design for manufacturing and the concurrent development of manufacturing strategies, systems and technologies in new products
  • Apply current and emerging technologies, methodologies, processes and tools to achieve fast and effective product development
Supply Chain Management (10 credits)

Build knowledge of concepts, techniques and key inter-organisational issues related to supply chain management.

You’ll learn to:

  • Identify and analyse issues related to supply chains
  • Apply models, tools and techniques that are relevant to supply chain management
  • Establish a thorough understanding of the foundational and contemporary issues relating to supply chain management
  • Appreciate the challenges of analysing and improving complex supply networks
Strategic Management of Product and Service Development (10 credits)

Acquire a solid grounding in the management of new product and service development at the organisation or business entity level, including the key business processes, management tools and techniques.

You’ll learn to:

  • Outline contemporary challenges facing industry in relation to product development at an organisation or business entity level
  • Apply suitable theoretical models of product-innovation strategies, technology management or product-service systems to a contemporary example and provide appropriate critique
  • Critically evaluate product development management challenges and be able to lead activities to improve product development effectiveness at the business unit level
Engineering Project (60 credits)

The course culminates with you completing an Engineering Project. Here you can choose to focus on an area within your industry or company, perform research in an area that has been of particular interest to you, or you can choose from a set list of challenging and relevant project themes.

The project can be taken over 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months. Students choosing the shorter pathways may have a substantially higher workload per week.

What are our engineering graduates doing now?

Recent graduate Oliver Redington secured a place on Unilever’s Future Leaders Programme on the Technology Management stream:

'This course has completely changed the trajectory of my professional life, onto one which I couldn’t have imagined 18 months ago.'

Oliver Redington