A unique qualification
The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is part of a group of unique qualifications at Massey - we are the only New Zealand university to offer postgraduate qualifications in environmental life cycle management.
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The Master of Engineering Studies (Life Cycle Management) is a unique postgraduate programme in New Zealand.
This qualification is suitable if you either have an undergraduate degree and wish to specialise in environmental footprinting and life cycle management, or you have found yourself working in a related role and need to upskill. You do not have to have an engineering degree to enrol.
Life cycle management is about improving the environmental profile of a product from extraction of raw materials through manufacture, distribution, use and on to waste management.
Let our experts help you develop your own expertise. You will learn the theory and practice behind life cycle management and environmental footprinting from lecturers who have been working internationally, contributing to research and the development of life cycle management standards.
When you have completed this programme you will be able to undertake life cycle assessment and related environmental footprinting studies.
You will learn how to critically evaluate the LCA system modeling options available for a decision situation and evaluate the role of alternative life cycle based approaches in environmental management.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the theory of life cycle management and environmental footprinting - but also focus on practical information that can be applied to real-world situations.
You are encouraged to apply the skills developed during the programme in real-life situations during exercises and assignments.
You can study towards the Master of Engineering Studies on campus, or study via our distance learning. This gives you the flexibility to remain in full-time employment while studying. Massey University has been offering distance education for over 50 years and you will be able to take advantage of our well-developed systems for teaching and learning.
The life cycle management major includes an optional research project, where you can either investigate a topic you are interested in, or work with us to develop an industry-relevant piece of work.
The Master of Engineering Studies is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full-time, or part-time between 2.5 and five years..
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.
Application period/deadline: November 1, 2017 - January 24, 2018
• The only master’s programme in Nordic Countries focusing on Product Management
• Multi-disciplinary degree that combines technical knowledge, economic methods, and understanding of human behaviour
• Close collaboration with the industry and business
Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) combines technical knowledge, economic methods and the understanding of human behaviour. The students will learn to explore phenomena and to solve problems from the three aforementioned perspectives. Product Management major focuses on the development and management of products and services throughout their life-cycles. Product management major is designed to provide the student with the ability to:
• Analyse, design, and develop different technologies, products, and services
• Manage technologies, product life-cycle and product development processes
• Understand product management and product portfolio management’s principles, goals, processes, and information systems
• Master the phases of productisation, including requirement management, design, delivery, maintenance, and removal
Product management major in the master’s programme in Industrial Engineering and Management can be complemented with the courses related to production management, organisation and knowledge management, project management, and engineering studies.
The degree programme involves close collaboration with industry and business, meaning that lectures include practical cases that improve the learning experience. Guests from various organisations are often invited to speak in the lectures. Assignments are typically connected to practical industrial problems and challenges, allowing students to gain industry experience as they start building networks within the business world. The language of instruction in the degree programme is English and many exchange and international degree programme students participate in the courses. In addition, exchange studies abroad are recommended for the students. A lot of cooperation exist with other universities in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Graduates typically work in technical economic development and management positions in companies or other organisations. The graduates will have expertise in new product development, rapid development and productisation. They will be competent in different areas of product management such as strategic fit, value maximisation and balancing the product portfolio, and they can use their knowledge when solving challenging problems in various, especially technology-intensive, industries.
Possible titles include:
• Product manager
• Product Data Manager
• Product Development Engineer
• Product Portfolio Manager
The food industry is experiencing a skills gap in technical and product development roles, while also taking a leading role in driving a public health agenda and producing safe, tasty food which meet our nutritional needs.
This course prepares you for technical and product development roles in the food industry with a strong emphasis on nutrition. It is aimed at students with a background in food science, nutrition, health and wellbeing, exercise science or biological sciences who wish to specialise in food and nutrition and acquire an in-depth understanding of how to apply nutrition principles to food product development and production.
You learn about food production and nutrition in an applied setting, developing core technical skills in our state of the art development kitchens, food and nutrition labs and sensory suite. You apply those practical skills to live briefs with commercial applications provided by our industrial partners such as Morrisons and Cranswick plc.
The course is based on three key strands:
Examples of academic research and commercial projects you work on include developing tasty healthy alternatives, understanding the impact of food labelling on consumer liking, developing a food product for a major food retailer partner (brief varies) or supporting local SMEs with food quality assurance systems.
Full-time without work placement – 12 months
Full-time with work placement – 18 to 24 months
Part time – 12 to 24 months
As a graduate from this course, career opportunities include:
Marketing Marketing is an incredibly useful area of business to study as the total subject covers anything from product innovation and commercialisation through to positioning in the market, defining a market, understanding the right methods to communicate and raise profile and conversions and provide a strategy to determine how to grow services or products in their relevant markets globally. At the more mature stage of any business or organisation the tools you learn are effective in re-appraising the business, product and communication to reinvigorate sales and interest and utilise relationships to improve and extend the commercial product or idea.
You can convert your degree from any discipline or add Marketing Management to become employable nationally and internationally. Marketing Management can be a stand alone advanced degree which focuses on the strategic side of marketing and business at operational level. It allows you to scrutinise all parts of a business to determine issues within a life cycle and customer acquisition giving you options and recommendations for trouble-shooting issues. It sits above tactical advertising methods by providing the necessary skills to analyse what tangible and intangible areas of the business are communicating in terms of the 7 Ps and communications channels and whether the problem lies within the product, its communication or a combination of both. It also operates at brand level to determine how well your brand is communicating internally and externally and whether all parts of your business are customer centric.
Not only does Marketing Management allow this level of scrutiny to occur but it allows you to develop a very strong range of skills to critically analyse competitors, the environment in which you trade, new trends which may impact, understand customer expectations and act upon them and avoid churn. These skills are also useful to you if you are contemplating taking a new product or innovation to market either within a larger business function or your own enterprise. You can also provide significant consultancy work to assist many types of businesses and organisations to effectively grow their business, prevent stagnation in communications and product and align their business better to current and future trends.
If you are about to start work or are already working this programme is a useful consideration to improving your career options, perhaps fulfilling a lifelong ambition to set up a company successfully, work at strategic level within a large scale organisation and problem solve the way it communicates or manage a marketing team to deliver successful campaigns which have considered all possible challenges. Other career options include working within established and fast growing businesses across industries and sectors or agency work which allows for a longer term approach to client work.
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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Labelled by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), AMIS is a Master program in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability which explores the theme of “Substitution of critical or toxic materials in products for optimized performance”. It also covers the topics of “Material chain optimization for end-of-life products” and “Product and services design for the circular economy” - all of which are central themes of the AMIS. The primary focus of the AMIS program is metal and mineral raw materials. Bio-based and polymer materials are studied in view of their substitution potential. Other materials are also analyzed in the context of multimaterial product recycling. In addition, the AMIS program includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Mobility is integrated within the two-year program, during which students study at two of the consortium partner universities. Upon completion of the program, graduates are awarded 120 ECTS and a double degree delivered by two of the five partner institutions where they studied. Students begin the Master program at Grenoble INP, Aalto University or T.U. Darmstadt. In their second year, students specialize in another partner university:
Year 2 specializations are the following:
SEMESTER 1 TO 4 CONTENT
Master 1: Basic level competencies.
Mandatory courses in:
Joint collaboration courses with AMIS partners:
Master 2: Specialization year.
Mandatory courses in:
Joint collaboration course with AMIS partners:
As a resource engineer, students may continue in the following fields:
Freelance and entrepreneurship:
Gain specialist expertise around the implementation and use of digital technologies, such as BIM, in the construction sector.
The management of complex information, using virtual design and construction, BIM, integrated project delivery approaches and intelligent facility and asset management, is no longer simply a specialist set of activities within construction work; it is increasingly central to the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.
The management of construction is becoming inseparable from the management of information and information technologies; competitive edge, increased efficiency and productivity are being gained through the strategic use of information systems. The implementation and use of these approaches is transforming the way the built environment is delivered, and transforming the managerial competencies that the sector requires.
The distinctive focus is on the implementation and use of digital technologies in the construction sector.
Clients, both public and private, expect integrated and meaningful information to be delivered alongside the physical product. Built environment professionals need to be able to understand information requirements across the life cycle, to develop and implement project and organisational level information management processes, and to manage a diverse range of data and interfaces through the construction process.
This course provides an opportunity to develop expertise in the developing field of information management for built environment and infrastructure. It provides an introduction to fundamental academic subjects related to information management and an understanding of the latest theories and research, which inform emerging vocational practice across design, construction and operation.
The course combines internationally-renowned academic and industry expertise with intensive practical learning, using state of the art technologies within the university's dedicated BIM laboratories and virtual reality facilities. The combination of fundamental understanding, exposure to cutting edge industry practice, and hands on experience will provide you with the knowledge required to develop successful careers across the construction life cycle.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.
We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.
We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.
The course is intended for those who wish to develop specialist management expertise in the rapidly growing field of information systems in construction, digital project delivery and virtual design and construction. It is relevant for those seeking to move into specific roles in BIM or information management, as well as to provide a focused advanced management qualification for professionals who recognise the current and future importance of managing information effectively in the sector. This will appeal to both graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including: