Engineering Business Management BEng (Hons) Top-Up 2019/20 entry

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1 year full-time



Coventry University


September 2019



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You could be next in-line for a promotion with the Engineering Business Management BEng, designed to boost your existing qualifications.

Successful completion of this course enables you to ‘top-up’ your existing qualifications – an undergraduate level diploma or equivalent in engineering or related fields – to the internationally recognised ‘honours degree’ classification. It is designed for UK, international and European students seeking to become managers and leaders in technology-based businesses.

Building on your existing engineering skills, this final year course will introduce you to the key aspects of managing a company in an engineering based organisation and the latest developments in business management theory, such as strategic management, supply chain and logistics, quality, project management and environmental management. 

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


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)

As a student member of the CILT, you will have access to the Institute’s knowledge centre, which features traditional library and online facilities, as well as career support and access to the student hub. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Course information

The course is structured around a deliberate cluster of modules which cover some of the most essential modern engineering management activities.

It aims to deepen your knowledge and capabilities in the key areas of quality management, lean manufacturing, operations, communication and information technology, business, policy and strategy, pervasive issues, supply chain management, business simulation and manufacturing process improvement.

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. On graduation, you should be better prepared to participate in and lead engineering projects, solving engineering management problems and implementing engineering processes effectively.

Working on your own and in groups, you will study real-life case studies and projects in which you will recommend appropriate management strategy. For example, supplier development strategies, lean and process improvements.

You will be required to carry out an independent piece of research of your choosing, which seeks to develop skills in personal organisation, research and critical thinking, as well as advancing your knowledge in the subject area. Previously, students have looked at Ecosystems innovation,  Implementation of industry 4.0 in supply chain management, future development of drones in natural disasters, logistics management technologies.




  • Project

    The main aim of the individual final year project is to give students experience in carrying out a substantial piece of research to a professional standard. Objectives of the exercise are to enable the students to:


    • Become an 'expert' in a specialised field of study
    • Develop skills and experience in report writing and presentation
    • Integrate knowledge gained in different course modules
    • Exercise initiative, creativity and imagination.


  • Business Simulation

    Introduces you to the theory of computer simulation and process modelling, how it is used, tools and techniques for logic modelling for solving of real life problems. We will teach you to develop a computer simulation model, identify inputs, verification and validation, running experiments for an optimised outcome, and results analysis. You will have the opportunity to use specialist software, and develop the understanding required to transfer the knowledge to other software, models and contexts.

  • Individual Project Proposal

    The aim of this module is to provide preparation for a student to undertake a substantial individual project. Successful completion of the module will require methodical planning, record keeping and self management, effective communication and delivery of report.

  • Manufacturing Process Improvement

    As manufacturing companies are continuingly striving to remain competitive in a global market, it is imperative that they have the knowledge to ensure that their processes operate as effectively as possible. We aim for you to gain an understanding and knowledge of process improvement approaches, their importance in business performance and application, covering the philosophies, tools, systems and techniques associated with Quality and Lean Management. We place some emphasis on the motor industry because the industry is at the forefront of competitive manufacturing developments.

  • Engineering Project Management

    Introduces you to project management and aims to equip you with skills, both human and technical, to lead and work on a variety of projects. We focus on the importance of project management scheduling skills, quality and estimating standards; you will be encouraged to see the role of the project manager within the broader perspective of strategic business management, understanding where projects come from and why they are selected. We also cover the use of project management software like MS Project for creating, analysing and monitoring projects, reinforcing the theoretical teaching.

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management

    Provides a broad understanding and knowledge of the strategic and operational role of Supply Chain and Logistics Management, relevant to manufacturing, construction, engineering or other technological industrial operations. You will compare supply chain and logistics operations in a variety of scenarios, helping you to recognise how a company achieves competitive advantage through its logistics and supply chain management and be able to make suggestions for improvements where appropriate.

  • New Product Development Strategies

    Aims to help you to develop integrated product, technology and manufacturing strategies through appreciation of company-wide, functional issues. We will cover how to identify and appraise business and functional strategic options around new product introduction, so that you can select the most appropriate for the business to enhance performance, productivity and lead to consumer/customer satisfaction. 

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.


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In more detail...

  • Access to commercial software such as Arena.
  • Study in our £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Opportunity for international field trips, which in recent years have included both one and two week long trips, which have been subsidised by the University, to Europe, India, China, Dubai and USA via GLP.
  • 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 two or three year period – dependent on individual applicants - starting in September. All modules within the course are mandatory.

The full-time mode takes place over two semesters. 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. 

Some of the modules adopt an activity-led learning approach, for example, we might provide you with a case study in supply chain management which requires problem solving skills and research with team or individual analysis.

We aim to improve your digital fluency by using appropriate software and learning technologies, such as Microsoft Project. There are also opportunities to attend subject specific seminars and guest lectures, which have in the past covered topics such as industry 4.0 and The IET Viscount Nuffield lecture. 

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

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

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. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: A range of techniques, including the latest developments, to aid the management and business processes in a product-based organisation; the holistic nature of a product based organisation and how the main business functions inter-relate; how product based organisations interact with the external environment and the opportunities created by operating in a common market.
  • Apply relevant engineering business management concepts and theories to new contexts.
  • Analyse engineering management and business problems and exercise reasoned judgement in assessing business needs in a technology based enterprise.
  • Synthesise innovative solutions to problems in an engineering environment using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Select appropriate tools for the analysis of engineering products and systems. 
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analysis and synthesis concerning business problems and potential solutions.
  • Communicate effectively (orally and in writing) in English.
  • Effectively use communication and information technology tools in business applications. Transfer ideas and concepts from one area of knowledge to another in the development of solutions to engineering business management issues.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 4 hours of small group teaching each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of classes, workshops or seminar each week
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.  

In addition, you will be expected to undertake at least 17 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

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 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)


Student experiences

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


and counting

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


global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of 2 years' appropriate academic study in Higher Education.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: An IELTS of 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.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: An IELTS of 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.

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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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


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September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


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September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


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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.

Career prospects

Job satisfaction and remuneration are high for graduates who are educated in both engineering and business management, especially for individuals who are able to link theory and practice through the right blend of underpinning knowledge, skills and capabilities.  

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the operation of engineering based organisations, the processes of product design and process improvement methods. This will provide you with a base of knowledge that you can use in further study or in employment.

You will 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.


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 University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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