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Engineering Business Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT026
ECT096 (Evening)

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

If you’re a professional or engineering graduate looking to advance, this course can teach you logistics and operations management skills.

The global demand for highly skilled managers is increasing, particularly for those whose skillset combines technical knowledge with a good understanding of business principles and corporate dynamics. 

Developed in close collaboration with industry partners such as Jaguar Cars, this highly practical course will help keep you abreast of the latest developments in business management theory, such as strategic management, supply chain, quality, finance, project management and environmental management. It is designed for graduates and professionals, who now wish to develop engineering and business management skills to provide leadership and contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness and the advancement of society.  

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...

“My course provided a comprehensive overview of the operational management of how engineering enterprises work, helping to form a solid understanding of business. I'm very grateful for the lecturers for their support, highest levels of professionalism and dedication, which were an immense source of inspiration during the programme. Now I feel like I'm ready to boost my career, I'm planning to continue with the supply chain management in the automotive industry as I was working in this area previously and already have several interviews with big international companies."

Aleksandra Gorbunova, MSc Engineering Business Management, graduated in 2016

Course information

The course helps to develop knowledge and capabilities in the key areas of strategic management, leadership, finance, risk analysis, project management, supply chain management, quality, lean and agile operations, sustainability and environmental management.

We will introduce you to all the key aspects and challenges of managing a company across a wide range of business, commercial, industrial and service sectors to provide you with the opportunity 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. 

You should develop 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 can develop skills to research, analyse and solve complex problems.

Modules

Overview

An optional industry based dissertation module is included within the programme, enabling part-time students to undertake an industry based project during their third year and selected full-time students to engage in an internship style industrial experience during the third semester. Recent examples have included one student designing and implementing an autonomous vehicle material delivery system for the mobile phone industry, while another reviewed and made improvements to the new product introduction process for a first-tier supplier.

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

    • Global Lean and Agile Operations: In addition to the above foundation of quality as a strategy for continuous improvement in the provision of successful and competitive products and services to customers, students should learn how to integrate other critical aspects of world class business performance such as supply chain management, global lean and agile operations and global professional development.
    • Financial Decision making and Risk Analysis: This aims to provide an understanding of key financial concepts and their application towards the establishment of a financially sound business. It enables students to develop sufficient financial knowledge to be able to evaluate decision making in the context of a company’s long- term strategic development. 
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Project Management: Teaching students 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.
  • Semester 2

    • Management of Quality: Students 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’. 
    • Sustainability and the Environment: This aims to help students 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.
    • 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.
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction *
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 3

    • Masters Dissertation
    • * For part-time students, these modules would normally be replaced by Leadership and People Management, and Study Skills and Research Methods

In more detail...

  • Access to commercial software such as Arena.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Extensive facilities in our High-Performance Engineering Centre, which houses a 20% scale model wind tunnel (designed and built by the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team), composites lab, metrology lab, four-pot shaker rig, flow lab, AVL engine test cell, automotive workshop, fatigue and tensile testing (Instron), a full size Harrier Jet, three further simulators, civil engineering specialist testing equipment, a range of CNC machinery and a laser workshop.

Opportunity to attend exciting industry visits, which in recent years have included companies such as Coca Cola, Prodrive, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW via our Global Leaders Programme (GLP).

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over three years, starting in September, January or May for full-time study and September for part-time study. 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.

The individual project gives you the opportunity to do in depth research in your chosen area of specialisation alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you. One previous collaborative project consisted of a proof of concept for running repetitive flexible supply with a third-party manufacturer in the cosmetic industry, another project involved analysis of ‘Industry 4.0’ implications for the supply chain management of a global automotive and electrical group, while another recent student investigated a strategic action plan for remanufacturing at Jaguar Land Rover. 

For part-time students, the project can incorporate a company-based project, for example, one student while working for a major US aerospace corporation researched the Importance of true business transformation and the analysis of sub optimisation of continuous improvement (CI) processes and best practice.

Many of the modules adopt an activity-led learning approach, for example, we might investigate the environmental impact of capitalism as a sustainable model for the 21st century through flipped learning, or research early supplier involvement in new product and process development by comparing theory with practice at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK. 

The course is underpinned by current research in the various specialised fields and newly evolving areas within the disciplines and will explore different ways that effective leadership and management can significantly contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness, and the advancement of society. 

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

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of 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 40% or above to pass.

An example percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment for a taught module is as follows: 

  • In class test: 40%
  • Practical coursework/Report: 40%
  • Presentation: 20%

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.

40% assessed by practical coursework and reports

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: current and emerging strategic and financial concepts appropriate to engineering business management; people management techniques to facilitate leadership and change management; a range of advanced business and engineering management techniques to achieve operational excellence.
  • Critically evaluate alternative strategic options leading to an appropriate, justified recommendation. 
  • Critically assess financial information (both external and internal) for business decision-making.
  • Recommend appropriate philosophies, tools, techniques and systems associated with achieving operational excellence.
  • Critically appraise the opportunities for delivering, then plan and implement sustainability and environmental management systems.  
  • Apply advanced business skills (strategic /financial) and project management techniques to the analysis and solution of problems across a wide range of business settings. 
  • Plan and implement activities as an effective agent of change, which will improve operational (quality/supply/production) and business performance. 
  • Implement strategies for the effective leadership of people and change management. 

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

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading. 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 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 chose this course because of its diversity across both Engineering and Business related courses. Together with doing the GLP it has really widened my knowledge and created a lot of opportunities for me with regards to my career. I have benefited greatly from Coventry University with respect to both academic and social activities. If I decide to further my education by doing a PhD, I would most likely want to do it in Coventry University.”

Samuel Akpadija, 2013-2014, MSc Engineering Business Management

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. 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 an appropriate discipline. However, entry qualifications are flexible and applications are welcomed for mature candidates and those with industrial experience.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. 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’m 41-years-old and doing a Master’s quite late in life! I came with considerable experience of work in different countries (Japan, India, UK) and one of the main reasons for doing this course was to enable me to move to a new area and climb up the management ladder. I think the course was very flexible to accommodate 20 hours of working part-time and also juggling my family with two kids! But having said, it was demanding considering the focus and effort I put into it.”

Pankaj Arora, India, 2014-2015, MSc Engineering Business Management

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


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£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


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£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


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£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...

“My course provided a comprehensive overview of the operational management of how engineering enterprises work, helping to form a solid understanding of business. I'm very grateful for the lecturers for their support, highest levels of professionalism and dedication, which were an immense source of inspiration during the programme. Now I feel like I'm ready to boost my career, I'm planning to continue with the supply chain management in the automotive industry as I was working in this area previously and already have several interviews with big international companies."

Aleksandra Gorbunova, MSc Engineering Business Management, graduated in 2016

Career prospects

Job satisfaction is excellent with high employer demand in most parts of the world for graduates who are educated in engineering, especially for individuals who are able to link theory and practice through the right blend of underpinning knowledge, skills and capabilities.  

This Master’s course can help provide a route into senior management careers in business development, manufacturing, supply chain, human resources, quality assurance or customer service in a variety of manufacturing or service organisations by helping you to acquire the management skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and develop in tomorrow’s rapidly changing and complex business world.  

As a postgraduate student, you also 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

Previous graduates have secured exciting and rewarding positions across a wide variety of industries in project management, business planning and new product development, working in leading organisations worldwide, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Lear, Rolls Royce, TATA, Vinci and Unipart. 

Many alumni have become directors, senior managers, consultants and business owners, and regularly return to the University to support current students as guest speakers and by hosting visits to their companies. 

What our alumni say

“Just being good is not enough. It’s about having something else you can offer employers. An understanding and an ability to operate in a global organisation is going to be much more of a requirement - there are few non-global organisations operating today. The improvement in my business acumen, which is largely due to taking these courses, has already been a factor in promotion and future prospects.”

Gary Kirtley-Paine, MSc Engineering Business Management, now Purchasing Director (Contract Manufacturing) for Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.