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Engineering and Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT027

Study options:

1 year full-time, 3 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:

Jan 2017 - £12,068, Sept 2017 - £14,311

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Overview

Our Engineering and Management MSc allows you to pick topics of study, with the aim of preparing you to manage an engineering company.

Through a blend of carefully selected management and technical learning opportunities, this master’s course in Engineering and Management is designed to help you prepare to begin or advance your career as a leader within an ever-changing, competitive international engineering environment. 

Incorporating the critical perspectives of internationalisation, entrepreneurship and wealth generation, the curriculum addresses key areas of engineering and business management theory within an international context, grounding these in real-life practice through research, case studies and applied work. 

If you are a part-time student already in employment, you can choose the optional modules that you require to match the skillsets necessary for more senior positions.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

“I am really pleased that I selected this course.  The module content, the experienced lecturers, and the support and opportunities within the Faculty and the University make for an excellent student experience”.    

Lydia Oduok, current student in 2016/17

Course information

Balancing academic theory with practical considerations, this course aims to help develop your knowledge and capabilities in the core key areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, risk analysis, project management, leadership and consultancy.

We aim to introduce you to key aspects and challenges of managing a company across a wide range of sectors to enable you to develop an integrated understanding of strategic and operational management. For example, using strategic decision making, risk analysis and environmental impact tools, we will consider the importance of business decisions and the leadership skills that influence business success.

Additionally, you will choose four optional modules from a wide range of topics which range from strategy and quality to contracting or supply chain management, sustainability and the environment or processes and materials.

You should have the opportunity to gain a range of management, intellectual and personal skills – including communication, cultural awareness, team working, objective setting, leadership, consultancy, presentation skills and digital literacy – required for operational effectiveness and success. We will also introduce you to a range of analytical tools and techniques, such as data gathering and analysis, problem solving, critical evaluation and structured report writing, so that you will be well placed to research, analyse and solve complex problems.

Your degree culminates with a master’s dissertation supported by a research methods topic. For students of distinction standard, we do offer the option to undertake an industry based dissertation through a student internship, which is an excellent opportunity to gain work experience over the project period, though places are limited and not guaranteed. Past dissertation topic examples have included: product development introduction; repair and overhaul processes; and introduction of autonomous vehicles for material movement into a manufacturing company.    

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Financial Decision making and Risk Analysis 
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineers

     

  • Semester 2

    • Project Management
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

     

    Optional modules (four in total, two in both Semester 1 and 2, from the following):

    • Supply Chain Management
    • Management of Quality 
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Operations
    • Future Materials and Processes
    • Contracting Management
    • Global Lean and Agile Operations•Sustainability and the Environment
    • Global Engineering Strategy
  • Semester 3

    • Master’s dissertation

In more detail...

  • Access to facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre.
  • Opportunity to attend exciting industry visits, including companies such as Coca Cola, Prodrive, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW via our Global Leaders Programme (GLP).
  • Opportunity to attend international field trips, which in recent years have included one or two-week subsidised study trips to Europe, India, China, Dubai and USA via GLP.
  • Study in our £55m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Business’ and ‘Mechanically-based Engineering’, both 88% overall, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Topics may be selected to suit both your own and a company’s requirements, making this the ideal MSc degree for both those seeking future employment or currently employed in the engineering industry.
  • Regular programme of guest speakers via our Global Leaders Programme (GLP), which in recent years has included the Group Strategy Director of Jaguar Land Rover, a NASA Astronaut and a Vice President of Telefonica Europe.
  • You can benefit from the industrial experience of academics who have worked as operations managers, project managers and supply chain managers in such companies as General Electric, Ford and Rolls Royce, and who truly understand engineering management issues.

Flexible course design enabling you to develop specialist skills that can support a wide range of potential career paths in your chosen industry.  

Your main study themes are:

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineers: Successful innovation is critical to a company’s success.  You will have the chance to develop an important capability to analyse a company’s strategic approach to innovation management including the company’s culture and the role of the individual within the process, and as a result, potentially improve company performance through recommending strategic changes to improve a company’s innovation management.

  • Project management: Teaches how to manage organisational change through projects. We focus on projects involving major changes, including issues related to new products, new plant and equipment and new operating systems, which will affect the lives of people both within and without the organisation. We take a high level, critical and evaluative view of the subject, emphasising managerial and strategic use of the tools and techniques of project management.

  • Financial decision making and risk analysis: Teaches key financial concepts and their application towards the establishment of a financially sound business. It should enable you to develop sufficient financial knowledge to be able to evaluate your own decision making in the context of a company’s long- term strategic development.

  • Leadership and Consultancy: We will be covering these in the global professional development topic as part of the Chartered management Institute element of the course.


Optional topics include:

  • Global engineering strategy: We adopt a global perspective of strategy, focusing on the means to achieve long-term profitability within industrial companies. Increasingly, companies in international markets are competing through both their product offering and their manufacturing activities. As such, the ability to respond to customer demand by developing new products quickly and effectively is an important way of creating a structural competitive advantage. This focus on the market place similarly drives the development of strategies for the manufacturing function, in that it must support the company’s marketing objectives and also be able to provide a competitive advantage in the global market place.

  • Sustainability and the environment: You are taught how to develop and implement business models and strategies within the appropriate frameworks to comply with future requirements for sustainability, studying various aspects of sustainability (economic, social, environment), sustainable operations, and sustainability challenges. 

  • Optimisation and Simulation: We aim to provide a broad understanding and knowledge of several production engineering and operations management concepts, which should enable you to map and analyse and manage engineering production operations using Operational Research techniques including Simulation to identify problems and provide solutions before actual implementation. These techniques will be used to model and optimise both deterministic and probabilistic production engineering problems.

  • Management of quality: You should learn to appreciate the importance of quality as a strategy for continuous improvement in business performance, examining progressive strategies for competitive quality, quality in design and manufacture and the customer supply chain right through to the concept of ‘Total Quality’. In addition to the foundation of quality as a strategy for continuous improvement in the provision of successful and competitive products and services to customers, you may learn how to integrate other critical aspects of world class business performance if you choose such topics as supply chain management, global lean and agile operations, and global professional development.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years, starting in September or January. Full-time study comprises three 16-week semesters; each taught module has 11 weeks of teaching followed by three study weeks and two assessment weeks. Part-time students study over a three-year period and can select the modules to be studied in each year from both daytime and evening options.

Course content is guided by our close links with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, UNIPART, SAIC, Prodrive, Airbus, Tata, GKN, Ricardo and MIRA, many of whom provide input as members of our Industry Advisory Board, while the Strategy Director for Jaguar Land Rover has been a regular guest speaker.

As examples, we use simulation in the design of production systems, video material in supply chain management, company visits in project management and international case studies in engineering strategy.   

The faculty has a strong portfolio of industry-related research around sustainable manufacturing, composite material research and low carbon vehicles. Teaching is underpinned by the latest research and industry trends, helping you to stay abreast master of current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective strategies and outcomes. For instance, specific and relevant research at PhD level is covering such areas as global account management, lean and agile manufacturing, sustainable supply chain management and business performance improvement.

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, case studies, simulations, individual and group exercises and projects.

Achievement of learning outcomes most taught modules is assessed by a combination of group work, in-class tests, written-reports and presentations. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve a module mark of 40% or above to pass.
An example percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment for a taught module is as follows: 

  • Presentation: 25%
  • Written Report: 75%

Award of an MSc requires successful completion of all modules. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a ‘Distinction’. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a ‘Merit’. Candidates failing to qualify for an MSc may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits or be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate for the achievement of at least 60 credits.

25% assessed by presentations

On successful completion, you should be able:

  • To think analytically in order to successfully apply their knowledge and technical expertise to the solution of real engineering business problems.
  • To understand and evaluate the implications of managing an engineering company within a global competitive trading environment.
  • To appreciate, and then be capable of proactively addressing, environmental and internal constraints and enablers in terms of achieving long term engineering business success.• To develop a range of skills, and then have the ability to apply a variety of appropriate management tools and techniques to issues within an engineering company.
  • To take advantage of the opportunity to develop and apply a technical expertise to solve engineering problems.
  • To develop study and research skills needed to support the effective prosecution of the written, oral and group working aspects of assignments and individual project. 

In a typical teaching week, full-time students will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Tutorial/small group teaching: 8 hours each week
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week


A typical teaching week for part-time students will have a minimum of 6 ‘contact’ hours of teaching per week, which depending on the timetable could be delivered in the evenings from 6-9pm.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. reading additional material as required by the lecturer, undertaking research, and doing background reading.

In addition to the international field trips and student mobility opportunities provided by our Global Leaders Programme (GLP), we are investigating the possibility of introducing Online International Learning (OIL) projects, which have proved highly popular across other courses within the University, providing the chance to collaborate on projects with students on similar courses throughout the world. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

“I am really pleased that I selected this course.  The module content, the experienced lecturers, and the support and opportunities within the Faculty and the University make for an excellent student experience”.    

Lydia Oduok, current student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any engineering-related subject, or management studies. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any engineering-related subject, or management studies. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any engineering-related subject, or management studies. However entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed from mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

“I am really pleased that I selected this course.  The module content, the experienced lecturers, and the support and opportunities within the Faculty and the University make for an excellent student experience”.    

Lydia Oduok, current student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

Jan 2017 - £12,068, Sept 2017 - £14,311 (per year)


January 2018

Jan 2017 - £12,068, Sept 2017 - £14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

“I am really pleased that I selected this course.  The module content, the experienced lecturers, and the support and opportunities within the Faculty and the University make for an excellent student experience”.    

Lydia Oduok, current student in 2016/17

Career prospects

This master’s course can provide a route into senior management careers in a broad range of careers in the manufacturing, service and government sectors, as well as start-up companies within fields such as operations management, project management, logistics and supply chain management.

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects are excellent with high employer demand in most parts of the world for graduates who are educated in both engineering and management.

As a postgraduate student, when you are ready to find employment you can receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone to work for companies including Tata, Jaguar Land Rover, Severn Trent Water, and Volvo.

What our students say...

“I achieved a Distinction in my MSc Engineering and Management degree.  The course has definitely enhanced my employability and is supporting my ambition to be a senior manager”.  

Rukayyat Abdulrahman, graduated in 2017 with a Distinction, now applying for vacancies in the fields of engineering management and finance
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