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Course content

This course helps emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire the skills required to fit your company's goals.

Course outline and key facts

This course is designed for those who are currently working within a relevant engineering sector.The course starts in October each year.Taught part time over 3 years (minimum) up to 5 years (maximum).

The course is currently being taught at Aston University. Each module is taught over 2 weekends, each 5 - 6 weeks apart. 4 modules taught per year, a total of eight long study weekends per year (Friday - Sunday). 

Year one provides for 3 core modules and 1 optional module; Year 2 provides for 3 optional modules plus the core Leadership module. Options and content of several specific modules will be demand-led by employers. Year 3 is major project (employer based).

Course outline and modules

This programme aims to help emerging engineering leaders to build on their previous specialist skills, experiences and training to acquire those management and leadership skills required to meet their own and their company goals. To this end the programme will be, in part, demand led, by working with a number of first adopter/trailblazer firms on their specific content needs, in the form of optional modules or modules they may wish to deliver themselves.

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.



  • Strategic Management & Finance 
  • Project Management 
  • Research Methods 
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry (also achieves the ILM level 7 certificate in Leadership & Management) 


  • Customer Engagement
  • Human Resources Management 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Operational Effectiveness 
  • Sustainable Engineering 
  • CSR and Governance 
  • Mastering Strategy 
  • Mastering Finance and Commercial Agreements 

Dissertation stage

  • Major Employer Project

Learning, teaching and assessment

The programme will be delivered using a range of methods including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.

Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. Assessment methods employed include group and individual assignments, and class participation.

Professional accreditation

By completing the course, students will also obtain the following:

  • ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 7 certificate in Leadership and Management
  • CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 7 diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

The course also provides an exemption route to apply for Chartered Manager status.

Career opportunities

Are you on the cusp of your engineering/management career, wondering what comes next? Here are a few comments and thoughts from our Alumni about how this programme will help:

"My experience so far has shown that leadership is a rare quality in the industry. I strongly believe that it is a quality that an individual either has it or not, but techniques and best practices could be learned in a University programme. Honestly the programme seems very interesting.”

"Very flexible delivery; sounds like it is tailored to engineers, rather than a generic management programme”

"Additional Leadership experience would give a great addition to my current work experience”

"Sounds like a good way to bridge the gap between engineering and business qualifications."

Visit the Engineering Leadership and Management - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!




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