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Engineering Management - MSc

Course Description

About the course

The Engineering Management MSc programme helps you master current and emerging engineering management issues and the management principles that underpin effective strategies and outcomes.

Balancing academic theory with practical opportunities, it equips you to handle the diverse management responsibilities that require knowledge in finance, systems thinking, operations, human resources and the design and management of the supply chain.

You will understand the way in which finance and assets are managed within the business, appreciate the concepts and principles of marketing and customer care and learn effective team working and motivation techniques – as well as a range of transferable skills.


Studying management within the MSc Engineering Management programme allows you to obtain an understanding of how an engineering organisation is managed internally and operates from a corporate perspective.

Increasingly employers are looking for students who can demonstrate a strong understanding, not just in the technical (your first degree), but also in managing people, processes, understanding business models especially in relation to the supply chain, and corporate strategy.

Most students choosing this programme are looking to demonstrate a broad range of management knowledge and skills that can be used together with their technical background to obtain management positions in their careers.

The course is intended to benefit a wide range of participants, in particular:

Engineering and technology graduates who aspire to management positions.
Established engineers working in industry and faced with the challenge of new areas of responsibility following promotion to management positions.
Managers working in engineering organisations who have the technical knowledge and skills but need to broaden their experience and update their expertise.
Others with engineering, technology or appropriate business backgrounds, working in advisory, consultancy or research roles, who need to familiarise themselves with engineering management principles and practices.
European and other overseas engineers who wish to broaden their education in the United Kingdom.

Course Content

Modes of Study

1 Year Full-Time: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

3-5 Years by Distance Learning: The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace. For more information regarding distance learning please see website


Typical Modules

Compulsory Modules

Logistics and Global Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Systems Design and Economics
Quality Management and Reliability
Managing People and Organisations
Project Management
Systems Modelling and Simulation

Optional Modules (choose two)

Advanced Manufacturing Measurement
Sustainable Design and Manufacture
Global Manufacturing
Robotics and Manufacturing Automation
Financial Management

Special Features


The course is underpinned by the current research still being carried out by the staff in the former academic unit Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering which promotes manufacturing as a discipline.  Thus the academics teaching on the Engineering Management MSc which were part of this unit have strong research portfolios in manufacturing. This research has been judged world leading.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, academics teaching on the course were involved with Brunel’s General engineering submission, one of one of the largest in the UK. The area’s percentage of world leading research doubled, with a significant increase in our research judged as internationally excellent as well. The impact of over 75% of this research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. This placed the discipline in the top 20% in the UK terms of research power.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.


The MSc Engineering Management is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.


Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs which are supported by e-learning web based lecture materials.

Students can take between three and five years to complete the course, it is entirely up to you how long you take but usually the minimum is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.


Assessment is by a combination of assignments and examinations. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in (the latter on the Distance Learning mode only). We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world that will provide invigilation services. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. The exams are held in May and September each year.


Visit the Engineering Management - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Michael Beck

95.jpg I came to Brunel in September 2010 to do my Master’s degree in Engineering Management.

Looking back, I had a great year at Brunel. Brunel is a campus university with all facilities within short walking distance.

The teaching at Brunel is state of the art. As all lecturers are experts in their fields of study, the course content not only covers best practices and theory, but also practical examples and current research trends, which cannot be found in any academic publication yet. On top of that, the lecturers always search the dialogue with the students, rather than performing a one-way monologue, although the Engineering Management programme is a relatively big course of about 70 students.

My dissertation was set up in collaboration with BAA, the airport operator of Heathrow Airport. Its topic was about using system modelling and simulation techniques to improve passenger security screening from a passenger throughput perspective. This project was initiated by BAA, giving me the opportunity to deal with a real-life problem in an existing operational environment, and to apply tools and techniques that I have learned in several modules across the programme. The work together with BAA then helped me to get my first step into my current job – Process Consultant for BAA.

Only two months after I submitted my dissertation I was called by one of my contacts from BAA regarding a job opportunity. Now, I am in this role for about eight weeks and really enjoy the work I do. I work in the Process Engineering Department, dealing with process optimisation and improvement projects against the background of airport security processes. This involves for example capacity requirements planning, operational performance analysis or solution findings to overcome operational constraints. Within the short time I have been here, I already came across a number of tools and techniques covered in my Engineering Management course, such as the use of computer simulation software (Systems Modelling and Simulation) or quality tools like SPC, FMEA and DOE (Quality Management and Reliability).

If you are considering studying a programme which covers a broad range of topics like systems thinking, operations, general management, project management or supply chain, Engineering Management at Brunel would be the right choice. You will not only get to know the latest trends and best practices in your specific field of study, but also enjoy the vast opportunities besides your academic life, joining clubs and getting in touch with people from all over the world.


PG Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships
The scholarship is available for PGT courses at Brunel starting from September 2014 and focuses on two key audiences, namely high calibre prospective PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further postgraduate study at Brunel. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer this scholarship as a discount of 15% off the tuition fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.Additionally Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for Brunel alumni and Brunel students who take up postgraduate education could receive the '15% graduate discount'.These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.There are exclusions to this offer. Please read the terms and conditions carefully to determine whether you are eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

discount 15% of tuition fees


A first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

See website

Further Information



Women in Engineering Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Women in Engineering Programme supports female graduates to attain their full potential in the engineering profession. The Programme consists of a bespoke mentoring scheme (all mentors are professionals), personal professional development training and visits to industry. The Programme also includes a £10,000 Women in Engineering Award for 30 selected female students starting their full-time masters studies in September 2015 on a range of MSc courses.This Programme aims to help you promote yourself as an engineer, have a better understanding of the career paths and opportunities available to you, and develop a network of key contacts to help you rise to the top of your profession.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time courses listed on our website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/cedps/courses/women-in-engineering.
You must be studying for your undergraduate degree in the UK, having paid the £9,000 per annum undergraduate tuition fee, and will graduate in 2014/15.
You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
Additional conditions may apply to students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland who may be receiving additional funding. Please contact the university for further details.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure for this scholarship. How well you fit the criteria will be based on information taken from your postgraduate application form (application is online via the Brunel website). You should ensure that you submit a strong personal statement that answers the key points above. A good reference from your employer or supervisor will also be an important factor.Applications to the Women in Engineering programme will also be considered from graduate engineers who do not qualify for the current Women in Engineering scholarship.Places on the programme may be offered conditional to receipt of impending qualifications, if it is evident that other criteria have been met. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in an engineering, science or technology discipline. For international and EU entry requirements please see website View Website

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