Engineering Management via Study Centres MSc

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Broaden your knowledge and experience in engineering, technology and management. Operate effectively in a wide range of engineering management roles and successfully deliver multi-million pound engineering projects. Develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects, including negotiation, collaboration and managing change.

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This course will broaden the knowledge and experience of graduate and practicing engineers in engineering, technology and management. The focus of the programme is on equipping you to manage the full potential of technological advances, within the context of today's engineering and manufacturing environment.

Supportive tutors will help you develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects. Examples include negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics and managing change.

Please contact your Study Centre for the duration and mode of this course.

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Why us?

  • This course is based at our quality-assured partners around the world
  • Sunderland has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years

Course structure

Teaching is provided by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, with the emphasis being on student-centred learning.

Assessment methods include individual and group assignments, examinations, presentations and a viva.

Modules on this course include:

Research Skills and Academic Literacy

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

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

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

Decision Support for Management

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

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

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

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

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



Contact the Study Centre directly for information on facilities and location.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in a subject related area.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

Please contact the relevant partner for information on fees and finance.

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Salaries in engineering can be very attractive and our course is directly relevant to the needs of employers. Employers recognise the value of qualifications from Sunderland, which has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years.

Career options

This course equips you for a wide range of engineering management roles throughout the engineering and manufacturing sector.

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 and Maintenance Engineer.

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