Engineering Management MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This Masters-level course equips you to be the type of person who can lead a technical team to deliver on time and on budget. You will build on your technical background while adding business and management skills. These skills include project control, supply chain management, risk management and quality optimisation.

Our supportive tutors also help you develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects. For example, you will gain expertise in negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics, and managing change.

Modules include ‘Engineering Operations Management’, ‘Project Risk and Quality Management’ and ‘Decision Support for Management’. Your Masters project will involve a real-world project that is supported by a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element, and it is an opportunity to impress not only your academic assessors but also potential employers. 

Sunderland has long-standing expertise in engineering management and strong links with employers. We host the Institute for Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) which provides problem-solving solutions to manufacturers of all capabilities. We are a leading research group in automotive, manufacturing and maintenance engineering. This research informs our teaching and facilitates your own research as part of your Masters project.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

  • Project Management and Control (30 Credits)

In this module you will cover project definition and feasibility, identifying stakeholders and their requirements, measures of success and failure, financial evaluation and management. You will also cover project planning, project execution and project management methodologies as well as quality control.

  • Engineering Operations Management (15 Credits)

The topics in this module include organisational structures, supply chain management and value chain analysis.

  • Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)

You will study risk analysis including: risk definition, certainty and uncertainty, risk management methodology, and risk identification and quantification. You will also cover the applications available for decision support relating to project management problems.

  • Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)

This module covers organisational structure, team leadership, group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, and joint/multiple ventures. You will also cover: managing change; conflict and politics; power, decision-making, negotiation and collaboration in project teams; communication in project management including briefings and meetings; and the role of the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator.

  • Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)

In this module you will analyse the pathology of information systems and reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors and techniques such as post-implementation reviews and risk checklists. You will also cover risk identification, analysis techniques, and generic risk management frameworks as well as evaluating the relationship between risks and opportunities.

  • Advanced Maintenance Practice (15 Credits)

You will assess maintenance strategies from ‘run to failure’ in the 1950s to the development of modern maintenance practices such as TPM, RCM and CBM in the 1980s and beyond. You will also cover: condition monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies including vibration analysis, oil analysis, thermography and acoustic emission; sensor signal analysis using the latest software and intelligent systems techniques; and computerised maintenance management systems.

  • Masters Project (60 Credits)

You will undertake a real-world project with the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

Engineering facilities

Our specialist facilities include laboratories for electronics and electrical power, and robotics and programmable logic controllers. We also have advanced modelling software that is the latest industry standard.

In addition, the University is the home of the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), which builds on Sunderland’s role as a centre of excellence in the manufacturing and assembly of cars.

University Library Services

We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on engineering topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Some of the most important sources for engineers include:

  • British Standards Online which offers more than 35,000 documents covering specifications for products, dimensions, performance and codes of practice
  • Abstracts from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology. These include journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and dissertations. A limited number of articles are full-text
  • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text Elsevier journals
  • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text articles dating back to 1994 that span engineering and management subjects

IT provision

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s Library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Location

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to manufacturers and commercial organisations and there is a constant exchange of ideas and people.

Location


The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold a 2:2 honours degree in an engineering discipline or an equivalent professional qualification. We will consider applicants with a wide range of relevant experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.

2016/17

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,500 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,000 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector. Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

As part of the course, you will undertake a project that tackles a real-world problem. These projects are often sponsored by external clients and we encourage and support you to find your own client and sponsor. This relevant work experience will enhance your skills, build up a valuable network of contacts and further boost your employability.

Potential management roles include: 

  • Project manager
  • Design engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Maintenance engineer

Engineering management provides good career prospects with salaries ranging from £30,000 up to around £80,000.

A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

Representatives from Nissan, Hitachi & GlaxoSmithKline talk about employment opportunities and recruiting University of Sunderland graduates:

Support

Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s equipment and high-tech facilities.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers and Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

Apply for this course

You can apply online using the link below.

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Telephone: 0191 515 3000 
Email: student.helpline@sunderland.ac.uk

Programme Starts  
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The details

Course Name Engineering Management
UCAS Code
CID158
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 60 weeks
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 17 October 2016
UK/EU Fee £4,500
Intl Fee £11,000

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree in engineering or an equivalent professional qualification

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