Engineering Management MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT069
ECT103 (Evening)

Study options:

 

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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Overview

This MSc course seeks to prepare students to be successful senior managers in engineering companies in highly competitive international environments. It is open to full-time and part-time students.

The benefits of this course are that it:

  • Provides students with an opportunity to apply for a variety of roles in manufacturing companies.
  • It incorporates the critical perspectives of entrepreneurship, wealth generation, and internationalisation.
  • The syllabus includes a current and industrially relevant module dealing with Industry 4.0 and the engineering digital environment, which aims to address 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.
  • There is an emphasis on planning, directing and coordinating international operations in the engineering sector.
  • In addition to management content, the course has a strong engineering focus, and students will benefit from the industrial experience of academics who have worked as senior executives, operations managers, project managers or supply chain managers in such companies as General Electric, Ford and Rolls Royce, and who truly understand engineering management issues.
  • Research informed teaching is the norm. An Activity Led Learning (ALL) approach (student centred) is promoted within the course, with group work introduced to develop transferable skills helping students to be industry-ready.
Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

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, MSc Engineering and Management, graduated 2018

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 the 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.

To help deliver this, a very important distinguishing feature of this course is that it has been designed to incorporate three alternative pathways that allow the student to select a route that is clearly focused on their anticipated or current career path in a manufacturing company. The selection of one of the three pathways (Engineering Business Management, Technical, or Operations) adds specific career-focused content to the core modules that all students take.

You 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.

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Modules

Overview

At the beginning of your course, you will be able to select one of three pathways (Engineering Business Management, Technical, or Operations) that are in addition to the core mandatory modules. This key benefit adds specific and valuable career-focused content to your course, and is based on your anticipated or current career path in a manufacturing company.

Your degree course culminates with a master’s dissertation, supported by a research methods topic. Past dissertation topic examples have included: The Introduction of a Product Development Process; Industry 4.0 and its impact on AB Volvo and Change Management Strategies to be Used by Engineering Companies Undertaking Mergers and Acquisitions.

This course includes the Consultancy Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute. Successful completion will result in the awards of a Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, and an award in Professional Consultancy.

Without work placement pathway


Semesters 1 and 2
  • Financial decision making
  • Engineering project management
  • Global engineering strategy
  • Digital engineering and Industry 4.0
  • Research methods and project introduction
Plus one of the following pathways and its associated modules:

Engineering Business Management Pathway
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainability and the environment
Technical Pathway
  • Design principles and practice
  • Future and advanced manufacturing materials and technologies
  • Automation and robotics
Operations Pathway
  • Global lean and agile
  • Management of quality
  • Optimisation and simulation
Semester 3
  • Masters dissertation
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

In your final semester, you will undertake an individual Masters dissertation related to your work placement and the Global Professional Development module.

Semesters 1 and 2
  • Financial decision making
  • Engineering project management
  • Global engineering strategy
  • Digital engineering and Industry 4.0
  • Research methods and project introduction
Plus one of the following pathways and its associated modules:

Engineering Business Management Pathway
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation for engineers
  • Supply chain management
  • Sustainability and the environment
Technical Pathway
  • Design principles and practice
  • Future and advanced manufacturing materials and technologies
  • Automation and robotics
Operations Pathway
  • Global lean and agile
  • Management of quality
  • Optimisation and simulation
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Masters dissertation
  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • It can be tailored to meet your career aspirations in terms of a business, technical or operations focus.
  • It provides you with an opportunity to apply for a variety of roles in manufacturing companies.
  • It does not require several years of prior experience in your chosen field as an entry qualification.
  • Access to modern 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). Please note these opportunities may subject to availability and additional costs.
  • 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. International trips may be subject to additional costs, application and meeting visa requirements.
  • Study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building, which includes simulation facilities, advanced materials laboratories and design facilities.
  • Regular programme of guest speakers via our optional 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. Application process and membership fees apply.
  • You can benefit from the industrial experience of academics who have worked as operations managers, project managers and supply chain managers in companies such as General Electric, Ford and Rolls Royce, and who truly understand engineering management issues.

Your mandatory study themes are:

  • Industry 4.0 and the Engineering Digital Environment: This module aims to provide students with knowledge of the key components of Industry 4.0 and how they can add value to engineering management and business performance. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the capability of emerging digital engineering tools, and the current readiness of industry to embrace and adopt Industry 4.0 concepts. They will be also challenged to examine applications of Big Data in practice, to identify improvements achieved and to critically evaluate issues of cybersecurity and data protection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, emphasizing managerial and strategic use of the tools and techniques of project management.
  • Consultancy: We will be covering this in the professional development topic as part of the Chartered Management Institute element of the course, in which there is additional certification awarded.

Pathway themes are:

1. Engineering Business Management Pathway
  • 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.
  • Supply Chain Management: This Module aims to equip students with an understanding of the importance of supply chain management from both a customer and supplier perspective, and aims to prepare them for managerial roles within an industrial or commercial supply organisation. It takes a high level, critical and evaluative view, emphasising managerial and strategic use of theories, concepts and analytical tools appropriate to supply chain management.
  • 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.
2. Technical Pathway
  • Design Principles and Practice: This module develops understanding of a systematic approach to the design process, design management, and creative problem solving, leading to the development of an artefact ready for manufacture. Design as a process will be applied via a series of principles to assist the progression of the project to reach a suitable solution and evaluating that against the initial brief. This module will help strengthen the student's understanding of CAD by examining current industry standard methods and criteria, and its relationship with production methods and part variation from design nominal dimensional values. 3D computer solid modelling will be covered using the latest industry standard software, interfacing with current leading production machines.
  • Future and Advanced Manufacturing Materials and Technologies: The aim of this module is to investigate the introduction and use of leading edge technologies, methods and materials currently used in advanced and high value manufacturing environments. Students will have the opportunity to learn to critically assess these advanced manufacturing areas in terms of cost, complexity of manufacture and end-of-life consequences (e.g. remanufacture and recycling). Students will also be expected to evaluate future manufacturing concepts (e.g. 'factory of the future', hybrid processes, smart materials, autonomous decision making.) and the development of future looking strategies, formal investigation processes and techniques for analysing and assessing the feasibility of emerging technologies and materials for manufacture. In summary, this module is designed to equip students not only with a strong knowledge and appreciation of advanced manufacturing but also to help them develop the appropriate skills to identify and critically evaluate future trends and requirements .
  • Automation and Robotics: This module seeks to provide an understanding of the application of automation techniques and mechatronics in manufacturing. The module is intended to equip the student with knowledge to specify, design and develop automation systems. An understanding of applications for robots is taught, and students will get practical involvement in on-line and off-line robot programming. PLC control systems are taught and students will experience practical programming of ladder logic code to achieve specific control outcomes. An artefact-assisted problem solving approach is used as the basis of encouraging the student to work through the automation requirements for an artefact and arrive at a sensible solution for automated manufacture.
3. Operations Pathway
  • Global Lean and Agile Operations: In the fast-moving global market place of today, agility enables manufacturing industry to thrive in an environment of continuous and unanticipated change. It is an overall strategy focused on rapid response to unpredictable customer demand. Lean operations, on the other hand, is often seen as a collection of operational techniques focused on the elimination of waste to increase productive use of resource to make value flow. It is often considered to be the precursor to agility. This module will review both concepts and through industrial case studies and examples, will enable the student to assess how these two techniques can work together, evaluating the benefits and limitations.
  • Management of quality: You will have the chance to 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 will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate other critical aspects of world class business performance from such topics as supply chain management, global lean and agile operations, and professional development.
  • 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.

The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years, with two starting points, September or January. The University operates 3 semesters in a year. Each taught module has 13 weeks of teaching, learning and assessment. Part-time students follow this format over a two-year period.

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.

You may use 3D solid modelling in Design Principles and Practice, video material in Supply Chain Management, company visits in Project Management and international case studies in Global Engineering Strategy. These examples form part of the content delivered in the three modules referred to.

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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the social, political, economic, and environmental impact of a manufacturing company in the context of ethical and responsible management practices.
  • Discriminate between different leadership practices and the associated alternatives for effective communication and team management approaches, to enable a culturally sensitive approach towards a manufacturing company’s stakeholders.
  • Critically evaluate the role of managers in their task of ensuring that a manufacturing company creates sustainable value through their ability to think strategically and explore potential solutions to complex and ambiguous management, technical or operations problems.
  • Explore, critically evaluate, and apply a range of sector/pathway-specific models and concepts within a practical setting.
  • Develop the necessary study and research skills to support the analytical, critical, and reflective requirements of the written, oral and group working aspects of assignments, and of the individual dissertation, thereby addressing academic requirements as well as enhancing employability.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

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 an average of approximately 35 hours of self-directed study each week, for example reading additional material as required by the lecturer, undertaking research, doing background reading, and working on assessments.

In addition to the international field trips and student mobility opportunities provided by our Global Leaders Programme (GLP), we have introduced 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.

Please note that any international experience opportunities may be subject to application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements and or be subject to additional costs.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

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, MSc Engineering and Management, graduated 2018

Entry Requirements

An applicant for the programme will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in any engineering related subject or management studies.
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.
  • Satisfactory, independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area, which would lead to gaining benefit from the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant professional qualification or experience’ please contact: postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

An applicant for the programme will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in any engineering related subject or management studies.
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.
  • Satisfactory, independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area, which would lead to gaining benefit from the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant professional qualification or experience’ please contact: postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

An applicant for the programme will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in any engineering related subject or management studies.
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.
  • Satisfactory, independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area, which would lead to gaining benefit from the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant professional qualification or experience’ please contact: postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


UK 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 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2019

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) | £14,000 Evening (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) | £14,000 Evening (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Course essentials – additional costs

International field trips, industrial visits and student mobility opportunities provided by our Global Leaders Programme (GLP) may be subject to additional costs, competitive application and meeting visa requirements.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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, MSc Engineering and Management, graduated 2018

Career prospects

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

The majority of students on the course are international, and according to the 2017 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey organised by the Higher Education Academy, the two most popular reasons for undertaking a Masters are to enhance career progress (58%), and to improve employment prospects (54%).

As a postgraduate student, when you are ready to find employment you can receive support from faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC 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, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Severn Trent Water, and Volvo.

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, MSc Engineering and Management, graduated 2018
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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