Engineering Management MSc

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Build on your technical background while adding business and management skills, including project control and quality optimisation. Develop the combination of technical knowledge and management expertise that are required to successfully deliver multi-million pound projects. Equip yourself to lead a technical team to deliver on time and on budget.

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Overview

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. You will also develop the ‘soft’ skills of working with others and leading projects, including expertise in negotiation and collaboration, effective communication, handling conflict and politics, and managing change.

This course involves a real-world project that is supported by a sponsor and will include both a research and a practical element. It is an opportunity to impress not only your academic assessors but also potential employers.

Why us?

  • The University hosts the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) which provides problem-solving solutions to manufacturers of all capabilities
  • You can network with employers through our local industry forums
  • Sunderland has been training engineers and technicians for over 100 years
  • Engage in real-world projects inspired by our extensive research portfolio

Course structure

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.

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)

This module introduces the trends, tools, techniques and current developments in the area of Decision Support and their practical applications in management contexts.  This will include decision support methods, principles of modelling and simulation and System Dynamics methodologies.  The module will also examine Operations Research including linear programming, queueing systems, inventory systems and forecasting and will provide students with an introduction to Profile Theory, Fuzzy Set Theory and ABC Analysis.

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 coordinator 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.

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  • 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, including journals, technical reports and dissertations 
    • Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier, with journals such as ‘Engineering Structures’, ‘Advanced Engineering Informatics’ and ‘Electric Power Systems Research’
    • Archives of publications from Emerald, including over 35,000 full-text engineering and management articles
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Facilities

Sunderland’s 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,200 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,600 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

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.

Employability

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.

Career options

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.

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