Engineering Management MSc
Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017, any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.
About the course
The Engineering Management MSc programme helps you master current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective strategies and outcomes.
Balancing academic theory with practical opportunities, it equips you to handle the diverse management responsibilities that require knowledge in finance, systems thinking, operations, human resources and the design and management of the supply chain.
You will understand the way in which finance and assets are managed within the business, appreciate the concepts and principles of marketing and customer care and learn effective teamworking and motivation techniques – as well as a range of transferable skills.
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Studying management within the MSc Engineering Management programme allows you to obtain an understanding of how an engineering organisation is managed internally and operates from a corporate perspective.
Increasingly employers are looking for students who can demonstrate a strong understanding, not just in the technical (your first degree), but also in managing people, processes, understanding business models especially in relation to the supply chain, and corporate strategy.
Most students choosing this programme are looking to demonstrate a broad range of management knowledge and skills that can be used together with their technical background to obtain management positions in their careers.
The course is intended to benefit a wide range of participants, in particular:
- Engineering and technology graduates who aspire to management positions.
- Established engineers working in industry and faced with the challenge of new areas of responsibility following promotion to management positions.
- Managers working in engineering organisations who have the technical knowledge and skills but need to broaden their experience and update their expertise.
- Others with engineering, technology or appropriate business backgrounds, working in advisory, consultancy or research roles, who need to familiarise themselves with engineering management principles and practices.
- European and other overseas engineers who wish to broaden their education in the United Kingdom.
Modes of Study
1 Year Full-Time: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.
3-5 Years by Distance Learning: The distance learning programme is designed to enavle you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.
- There is no requirment to attend lectures at Brunel University and there is no set timetable of lectures, instead you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. This gives you the freedom to arrange a work programme to suit yourself and you should usually allow about twelve hours each week for study.
- There are set submission dates for assignments but we have tried to design the programme so that they are well-spaced, giving you the maximum flexibility in your study plans.
- You can take between three and five years to complete the course. The average is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.
- You are supplied with a study pack in the form of textbooks and CD-ROMs; you have assignments to submit and exams to sit each year.
- Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in. We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council offices) throughout the world who will provide invigilation services.
- The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. Examinations are held in May each year.
- Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management: Main topics of study: logistics and supply chain management – an introduction; managing material flow (the physical distribution and control of goods); the role of information systems (eCommerce) in developing and enhancing supply chain management; supply chain relationships; the customer service dimension; time based competition; the global supply chain; managing the supply chain of the future.
- Manufacturing Systems Design and Economics: This module looks at advanced aspects of:
- Manufacturing processes including description, analysis and classification of basic manufacturing processes; capabilities, recent advances and developments, assembly systems, automation, robotics and CNC machines, CAD/CAM application.
- Production operations including plant layout, group technology, cellular manufacturing and flexible manufacturing systems. Lean manufacturing techniques, Kaizen, KANBAN, JIT, 5S, seven wastes, Poke Yoke, value chain supply chain managment and outsourcing and design reuse. Inventory control and MRP, and quality control.
- Design for manufacture and process selection:including the relationship between design features annd process capablities, manufacturing system selection to produce a given design.
- Economics for manufacture: including inventory costing, Economic Order Quantities, costingmachine tool selection and cost of production strategy.
- Quality Management and Reliability: This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the principles of modern quality assurance which underpin the discipline, and their applications in engineering, manufacturing and enterprises. Topics covered include the history and nature of quality management; views of the gurus and ISO 9000; problem solving tools; Benchmarking; Quality function deployment; Poka Yoke; Statistical process control; Failure modes and effects analysis; Significance testing; Design of experiments and Taguchi methods. The module also aims to provide a professional working knowledge of the reliability engineering techniques that the students can apply to improve the maintenance, the maintainability and the safety of an industrial plant. The module also seeks to explain the purpose of maintenance within an organisation and to review the development of its principles and techniques, thus enabling the students to develop a structured strategy for maintaining complex industrial plant.
- Managing People and Organisations: Main topics of study: nature of organisations and their development and effectiveness; the role of the engineering manager and the contingency theory of management; the nature and strategic role of human resource management; developments in management theory for business performance management; learning organisations and the role of innovation; managing innovation including organisational culture in a global business environment; motivation and managing high performing teams; managing change and designing organisations that support creativity and innovation.
- Project Management: This module aims to give you a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of the latest advanced techniques and strategies for project management, including management tools, management and reporting methods and team building. Opportunities are provided to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in these areas. A number of specific areas are covered including contract law and health and safety. The module ends with project auditing to establish performance and project closure.
- Dissertation: Following the taught part of the programme and reflecting individual interests, the dissertation is an in-depth study of a manufacturing problem or situation, requiring a high standard of investigation and presentation. The analysis of a ‘real’ problem is expected, frequently involving a company or workplace. Close liaison between the University, the student and, where appropriate, the company is essential when selecting a topic which has a suitable academic content and an appropriate scope, relevance and timescale. Some students may wish their dissertations to be considered by the Chartered Engineering Institutions to satisfy requirements for corporate membership. In this case, a further set of criteria will have to be satisfied and you should contact the appropriate institute on the best way to proceed.
- Systems Modelling and Simulation: Main topics of study: principles of systems engineering; modelling and analysis of discrete systems; material flow systems (assembly lines, transfer lines, serial systems, shop scheduling, flexible manufacturing, group technology, facility layout); machine setup and operation sequence; material handling systems; general modelling approaches (queuing models); process simulation and data analysis, enterprise operations; supply chain and logistics-reverse logistics modelling concepts.
Optional Modules (choose two)
- Advanced Manufacturing Measurement: The module will provide an understanding and critical awareness to designing and controlling modern automated manufacturing systems, and employs a systems approach in doing so. The module provides an exposure to a variety of industrial and factory automation practices, and also an understanding in selecting appropriate automation and control methods for the equipment or process at hand. You will be able to:
- Understand the criticality and importance of automation and robotics in the modern industrial environment.
- Understand the issues and differences in automation practices between discrete and process industries.
- Apply current technical knowledge in, and operating a modern manufacturing system.
- Critically analyse manufacturing systems and specify select suitable approaches for control, and to evaluate and justify an automated system.
- Sustainable Design and Manufacture: Students will be taught methodologies for assessment sustainability of a product design, and methodologies for assessing the sustainability of manufacturing procedures and operations. The module has a practical orientation, and at the same time offers common analytical tools for assessment to be used in the design and manufacturing environment.
- Global Manufacturing: Main topics of study: enterprise systems for supporting the product manufacturing, and development and lifecycle; the marketing/services/ supply chains and their interface; e-Manufacturing and operations; digital enterprise technology (DET); virtual organisations and integration; selection and use of DET and eManufacturing tools; global manufacturing implementation issues and methodology; global manufacturing concept, methodology and implementation issues; case studies on global manufacturing operations and best practices.
- Robotics and Manufacturing Automation: The module aims to provide understanding and critical awareness for designing and controlling modern automated manufacturing systems, and employs a systems approach in doing so. The module provides exposure to a variety of industrial and factory automation practices, and also an understanding in selecting appropriate automation and control methods for the equipment or process at hand.
- Financial Management: The module content will include the nature and strategic role of financial management including sources of finance:
- The flow of money: cash flow cycle, measures of liquidity, working capital.
- Financial feasibility: breakeven analysis; contribution; sensitivity analysis.
- Principal financial statements: key definitions; structure and layouts.
- Operating performance: relationships between the balance sheet and P&L account; key ratios.
- Investment appraisal: principles and techniques.
- Financial analysis: key concepts and ratios.
- Business Planning based on resource and cost estimation.
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and what you will learn on the course.
Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
- 'An analysis of the benefits of eCommerce on SMEs and its role in supply chain management'.
- 'Implementing activity-based costing in the health care industry'.
- 'Marketing in the digital age: the adoption of information technology and the internet'.
- 'Manufacturing principles in a high mix, low volume environment'.
- 'A conceptual framework for an interactive supplier social network to support supply relationship management'.
- 'Development of a small scale fabrication procedure for microfluidic devices in Brunel University'.
The course is underpinned by the current research still being carried out by the staff in the former academic unit Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering which promotes manufacturing as a discipline. Thus the academics teaching on the Engineering Management MSc which were part of this unit have strong research portfolios in manufacturing. This research has been judged world leading. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, academics teaching on the course were involved with Brunel’s General engineering submission, one of one of the largest in the UK. The area’s percentage of world leading research doubled, with a significant increase in our research judged as internationally excellent as well. The impact of over 75% of this research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. This placed the discipline in the top 20% in the UK terms of research power.
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme
Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.
The MSc Engineering Management is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.
Teaching and Assessment
Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials.
Students can take between three and five years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.
Assessment is by a combination of assignments and examinations. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in (the latter on the Distance Learning mode only). We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world that will provide invigilation services. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. The exams are held in May and September each year.
Upon successful completion of this programme you will have achieved the following learning objectives:
- An appreciation of the management of engineering businesses and an awareness of the external factors affecting them.
- An explanation of how current management theories and practices are relevant to achieving corporate competitive advantage.
- A wider understanding of the structures of engineering organisations and the role, relationships and behaviour of individuals and groups undertaking engineering activities.
- An understanding of the way in which finance and assets are managed within the business.
- An appreciation of the concepts and principles of marketing and customer care.
- A clear appreciation of the impact of quality in engineering organisations.
- The ability to develop a corporate strategy for successfully achieving an engineering driven change by applying current concepts, theories, research and the key issues of engineering management.
- Problem solving using a variety of techniques.
- Project management tools including network analysis software and Gantt charts.
- Team building and motivation.
- Research, surveys and analytical skills including strategic and financial analysis.
- Demonstration of improved verbal and written communications.
- Enhancement of relevant IT skills.
In summary the programme is designed to enable engineers to develop the engineering management abilities, skills, and knowledge required in a modern engineering environment.
Engineering Management graduates may enter a broad range of careers in the manufacturing, service and government sectors. Previous graduates are employed in industries ranging from metal cutting to process, working for such companies as Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Atkinson, Ford and Unilever. A number of graduates have also built their own consultancy companies.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/17 entry
Distance learning students: £785 per 15 credit module, plus £3,135 for a 60 credit dissertation
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UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Entry Criteria 2016/17
A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.