Engineering Project Management MSc
Please note that this course is closed for 2018/19 entry.
MSc Engineering Project Management introduces you to the complete project management process; from developing a business case to planning, scheduling and evaluating project outputs. Engineering projects are becoming increasingly complex, being undertaken by multi-disciplinary teams who collaborate to achieve project goals and so often require dedicated and qualified project managers. Project management has become the strategic focus of all successful organisations, and project management skills are considered a valuable attribute by employers.
The course will cover all aspects of engineering project management and is therefore suitable for engineering graduates wishing to develop a career in project management and non-engineers who are expected to manage projects in technology or engineering-related sectors. Individual modules can also be taken by practitioners as part of their CPD.
This course is taught in in block delivery, so you are able to work around existing work commitments. Each module is delivered over a three week period through lectures, tutorials and practical workshops.
- Introduction to project management
This module outlines the fundamental principles, methodologies, methods, techniques and tools that are applied in orthodox project management. Project management skills are developed through the practice of planning, implementing, executing and evaluating a new product, service or process.
- Procurement and commercial contract management
This module explores the concepts and strategies related to procurement and contract management within an engineering context. Whilst exploring these key themes the module will closely examine current, established and emerging procedures and processes related to the effective allocation of resources within a variety of engineering environments.
- Projects, organisation and innovation
This module aims to develop an awareness of how people and teams work together, how they can be effectively led and managed within different organisational forms, including the temporary coalition of actors that traditionally characterises the engineering project. Understanding the role of projects in creative change and innovation in organisations is also covered.
- Financial management of engineering projects
This module aims to outline financial justification for engineering projects. It highlights a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches used in the construction of a business case for an engineering project. Your technical skills will be developed in exploring costs, benefits, risks and schedules which are used to evaluate alternative project scenarios and provide the rationale for the preferred project option. It will help you recognise potential causes of financial losses within projects and how to minimise those losses.
- Quality project management in engineering
This module assumes some general essential engineering management skills and knowledge acquired at earlier levels or through professional experience. It defines the processes in order to enhance the scope of engineering project management.
- Risk management and technology evaluation
You;ll develop practical knowledge and skills to identify a range of risks within project management and learn to evaluate the business opportunity that can be created from a technology's unique advantages strategically. On successful completion of the module, you'll be expected to use tools and methods to identify and assess the commercial potential of innovative products driven by technology.
- Research methods and professional development
You'll explore undertake different types of engineering management research. It provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of the MSc studies in the near future and for professional development in the long-term future. The module focuses on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research within the discipline of engineering project management. In doing so it attempts to develop much of the skills and knowledge required to complete a Master’s level, research-focused dissertation.
- MSc engineering project/dissertation
You'll undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in-depth a subject of particular interest and of your choosing. The dissertation assesses your ability to integrate information from various sources, to conduct an in-depth investigation, to critically analyse results and information obtained and to propose solutions.
This course is tailored towards market trends and demands for increased engineering-specific project management skills. The course would particularly suit:
- Engineering graduates wishing to go into project management or as an add-on to their BEng studies;
- Engineering practitioners who can undertake the course or individual modules as part of their CPD;
- Non-engineers working in relevant sectors who are required to manage engineering projects.
Typical jobs you could expect to go into on graduation include engineering project manager, contracts manager, project planning lead engineer, mechanical engineering project manager, project engineer or engineering team leader.
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Teaching and learning
- Online course material
- Study block attendance with lectures, tutorials and practical workshops
Academic support is provided through personal tutoring, one-to-one meetings with the course director and e-learning, including the University's moodle software which allows online access to key texts and resources.
- A first degree (2:2 or higher) in an engineering or related subject such as mechanical, petroleum, chemical or electrical, electronic engineering, computing and IT; or
- A first degree (2:2 or higher) in a non-engineering subject with some practical experience in engineering project management; or
- A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject such as those above with a minimum three years' post-qualification experience in an engineering or technology-related field.
- We are happy to consider other qualifications combined with appropriate experience that are equivalent to the amounts outlined above.
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