Engineering Management MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
Industrial productivity and performance of many UK manufacturing companies, when compared to recognised world leaders, is considered by many to be of concern. Part of the underlying cause of this problem is the lack of well-educated and trained engineering and technology graduates entering the Engineering Management disciplines who are able to develop appropriate management strategies and to apply best practice techniques and technologies to industrial problems.
This course is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and ability of a graduate in engineering, technology and applied sciences to the level required for senior positions in the engineering industry.
This course has multiple start dates:
25 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements for this course are usually the following:
• An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or similar, or in a closely related science subject area such as physics or mathematics or an equivalent professional qualification.
• You are also encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.
• For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
The course is available on a part time basis and the sequence of modules will be negotiated between the student and the tutor, taking account of pre-requisites and levels of study.
Professional Development and Research Methods
This is an innovative module which you will hopefully find not only challenging but also rewarding as it aims to extend the way you think about engineering management excellence and research application. It has been designed to deliver a detailed understanding of overarching professional management concepts and standards, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, together with both industrial and academic career progression. The module provides a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools which enable you to benchmark your interpersonal skills and provide reflective career planning through portfolio development, aligned to professional registration routes. It will further examine the process of change management and the importance of technical and commercial leadership within an industrial context. Specific focus will be placed upon individual obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.
New Product Development
There is always a demand for products with improved quality, speed and price; and businesses need to update their product portfolios to meet this demand.
This module explores the skills required to implement and manage the new product development (NPD) process within the context of a commercial enterprise. You'll have the opportunity to examine the evolution, development and exploitation of NPD strategies; together with consideration of innovation policies, models, culture and practice.
You’ll may also develop appropriate management methodologies that can enable you to assess new product ideas, determine feasibility, and identify those products that will be a commercial success.
This module aims to develop improved understandings of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to your enterprise. You will have the chance to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management, but also be encouraged to challenge traditional thinking in the field. Concepts, standards and techniques for project and programme lifecycle management are introduced, developed and applied, with the aid of industrially relevant case material. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management software.
Supply Chain Planning and Control
The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain.
The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.
Total Quality Engineering
This module has been designed to be offered to students who have a basic understanding of operations management, quality assurance and control, together with the statistical techniques employed in probability theory. The module aims to build on this knowledge, giving you the ability to implement and operate quality systems, maintenance regimes and reliability trials.
Finance for Managers
This module enables you to develop an understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation.
Development of Dimensional Measurement
The module combines the theory and practical application of metrology for dimensional measurement of manufactured components. The module reviews the basic principles of metrology including calibration, traceability and inter-changeability. You'll be supported in performing measurements and in analysing data during laboratory work and study contemporary instruments including laser interferometers and co-ordinate measurement machines (CMMs). The application of international standards and the propagation of uncertainty associated with practical measurement, in particular the effects of temperature, will be reviewed and the use of temperature measurement techniques such as thermal imaging will be covered.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
100% of graduates from courses in this subject area go onto work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous graduates from this course have gone on to roles such as Quality Engineer, Design Engineer and Application Engineering in organisations such as Cummins Turbo Technologies, HUSCO International and Flybrid Systems*.
*Source: DHLE stats 13/14
Teaching and assessment
The course is taught principally through lectures, tutorials, studio-based assignment work and lab-based research activities.
In the lab-based work you will have access to our facilities such as four-post ride simulator, two-wheel dynamometer, three engine test rigs, one transient engine test rig, wind tunnel, condition monitoring equipment, thermal camera and modal analysis equipment.
We aim to arrange your major project in relation to an existing industrial engineering management problem. Assessment methods reflect the emphasis of the course on the ability to apply knowledge and skills, and are diversely linked to examination, assignment, project work, research and lab activities.
15% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Our modern facilities include an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for engineering. There are also a computer numerical control (CNC) machine tool facility and metrology laboratory and an extensive condition monitoring research laboratory for engineers wishing to undertake projects in these areas.
In addition, our computing laboratories are equipped with industry standard software for measurement and control and for computer aided engineering applications - all with high speed internet access.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early. Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
For January starters you will complete the course within 18 months.
For advice and guidance on your postgraduate study options join us at the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 27 November 2013.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
For more information see the Research section of our website.