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Engineering Management

MSc
  • Option 1 year full time
  • Year of entry 2020
  • Campus Egham

The course

This course has a January 2021 start date available. For more information please see the Flexible learning 2020/21 page.

The Engineering Management MSc programme is designed to help you master current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective business strategies and outcomes.

Balancing academic theory with practical opportunities, this course provides tools to manage sophisticated large, complex and multi-disciplinary projects and supply-chains.

The course will provide you with the understanding and tools to manage financial budgets and understand the bigger picture faced by the wider company.

You will also be exposed to Practical Knowledge from the science behind renewable energy through to the diverse new world of modern consumer technology design for the home.

A strong emphasis is placed on the scientific and technological revolutions underway and the process of technological convergence which have had a major impact on both the older established engineering industries and the younger electronics, wireless, computer, media and creative industries and internet-based start-ups.

Core Modules

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the critical issues and application of project management. You will look at the tools, techniques and body of knowledge involved in each stage of the project management life cycle, including project initiation, planning, execution, control and closure. You will consider how project management is applicable to all types of organisation and essential to the  corporate strategy. 

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the key aspects and practices in the management of operations and processes, including scheduling of activities, procurement and the supply chain. You will look at the concepts and theories of quality management, including planning, control and assurance, and learn how to apply these as part of the project management process. You will consider the historical evolution of operations and production management concepts, from craft production, through to mass production, lean production, agile manufacturing, modular manufacturing and mass customisation. you will also examine the totality of the tools comprising lean methods of production and kaizen continuous improvement activities.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the importance of linking technology to corporate strategy. You will look at the tools and techniques that will enable middle and senior managers to develop, implement and manage technology, strategy and innovation at the business and corporate levels to meet the new competitive challenges of the knowledge-driven world economy in the 21st Century. You will examine the key characteristics of the converging scientific and technological revolutions, their impact on technological trajectories, convergence and discontinuities, and their implications for technology and corporate strategy in existing manufacturing and service sectors.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the role of accounting information in external and internal decision making. You will look at the properties of profit and how it's measured, and consider the nature and role of the major financial statements. You will examine the accounting conventions underlying the preparation of financial reports in an international context, and the progression that has been made towards harmonised international financial reporting standards. You will also learn how to undertake ratio analysis of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, and become familiar with the key principles of management accounting.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the common quantitative and qualitative methodologies used when conducting business research. You will look at relevant analytical, theoretical and contextual research, and learn to use software tools to analyse and critically interpret empirical findings and data. You will consider how to prepare a research proposal and examine relevant frameworks for research ethics, reliability, and validity.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the nature and application of Corporate Governance in modern organisations. You will look at agency and stakeholder communication theories, and examine the core differences between leading developing counties, including the UK, USA and France. You will consider Corporate Social Responsibility, interactions between ethical issues and sustainability, and how sustainable development is applied to corporate strategies.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the evolution and characteristics of the modern industrial corporation over the last two centuries. You will examine the principles of organisational design, including specialisation, coordination, cooperation, and the role of incentives and control. You will consider the practical significance of rigidities and costs associated with hierarchical, authority-based approaches to the coordination of people, and recent moves towards team and project-based structures. You will look at the importance of systematic strategic planning processes, typical of corporations with separate business units, and evaluate the practical managerial importance of information systems, administrative layers, and feedback loops for decentralised coordination within an organisation.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the various types of power generators, focussing on renewable technologies. You will look at the main benefits and drawbacks of different generation types and examine why a generation mix is desirable. You will consider the technical, environmental, sustainability, cost and political factors driving engineering and commercialisation decisions, and evaluate the objectives and constraints that are involved in optimisation procedures for power system applications, such as optimal wind farm layout.

  • In this module you will develop an understanding of the fundamental management concepts, tools and steps involved in successful entrepreneurship in high tech start-ups. You will look at the operating principles of frontier electronics, materials, components and devices, and how new materials and component technologies are transformed into final products. You will examine how highly successful tech entrepreneurs have developed technology, and consider the role of intellectual property protection, new product development, and commercialisation.

  • You will identify a significant subject area and problem faced by businesses and senior management in engineering. You will deploy business research methods, collect and analyse data, and produce a substantial written report of around 15,000 words to a professional standard.

Optional Modules

All modules are core

You will learn from highly experienced practitioners, and the course will include input from executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (such as PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course.

Uniquely, the course integrates Technology Strategy with Business Strategy of project-based organisations.

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.

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