The course covers a combination of the technical skills and management knowledge essential in the development of innovative solutions to complex technical business problems.
This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of:
- leading technological and engineering projects;
- managing teams, engineering functions and organisations;
- developing new products and services;
- designing and managing the supply chain; and
- the economic aspects and decision-making processes of engineering projects; and electromechanical systems.
The course will offer you the opportunity to acquire and develop the skills and tools necessary to progress to management positions within an organisation. It will also build on your existing technical knowledge, relating it to the management aspects of the course by means of case studies and projects. The course balances academic theory with practical opportunities to demonstrate engineering management capabilities, and deliver solutions to real problems through assignments and projects.
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- Technology evaluation and commercialisation
In this module you'll deploy an algorithmic model to evaluate the business opportunity that can be created from a technology's unique advantages. You'll be guided towards identifying a technology project idea that you will evaluate for its business potential. To do this you'll conduct detailed research and analysis in order to evaluate the business potential of this technology idea. The outcomes from this will serve as the basis for implementation of the selected technology in the business sense. Through the module you'll develop the appropriate commercialisation strategy and write the business plan for your high-tech start-up company.
- Technical, research and professional skills
This module is taught to all our engineering Masters students; it provides training for the skills that are necessary for successful completion of Masters studies, as well as your professional development in the long-term future. More specifically, the module teaches how to search and gather relevant technical information, how to extract the essence from a piece of technical literature, how to carry out a critical review of a research paper, how to write a feasibility report, how to give presentations and put your thoughts across effectively, and how to manage a project in terms of time and progress in a group project environment.
- Economic aspects of engineering projects
This module focuses on economic management and viability appraisal. It develops the specific expertise that an engineering manager may need in order to construct and critically examine effective economic arguments. The module will arm you with sound economic assessment techniques and processes, as well as providing you with skills to produce effective economic appraisal documents. You'll critically evaluate the financial risks involved in engineering projects and economic decision-making processes. It will include a special focus on R&D and new technologies projects.
- Electromechanical systems and manufacturing technology
This module covers a broad range of conventional and advanced manufacturing technologies in the context of engineering management. You'll develop your understanding of the strategic significance of high value manufacturing, in terms of new and emerging technologies and the management of associated assets as contributory factors in achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. You'll appreciate the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, electronic control and systems and understand how they are realised as mechatronics solutions to improve manufacturing processes, effectively manage time, waste and energy thus enhancing the competitive advantage of the business. The themes of globalization, concurrent engineering and related manufacturing strategies are explored through lectures, case studies and a combination of interactive workshop and laboratory sessions.
- Supply chain engineering and operations management
This module explores the concepts and strategies related to supply chain and operations management within an engineering context. It develops your understanding of the issues practising engineers can expect to encounter, so enabling you to make informed strategic decisions with respect to the management of activities associated with the creation of products and services. 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. A combination of lectures, workshops and case studies will be used to develop your ability to effectively apply a range of tools and methodologies associated with strategic planning, effective implementation and problem resolution.
- Energy, the environment and product life-cycle
This module is composed of three elements. The first concentrates on energy utilisation and management; the second on environmental issues; and the third on the Product Life Cycle. The module addresses the ethical, economic and socio/cultural changes in the society that will be influenced by (and have an influence on) engineering practice. This module will enhance your ability to think critically about future challenges and will also challenge you to explore alternative strategies and tools to develop new sustainable engineering solutions. This module will cover legislative issues, enabling you to work with current legislation, evaluate and possibly develop appropriate environmental legislation.
- MSc engineering project / dissertation
This module requires you to undertake a major project in an area that is relevant to your Masters course. You'll choose your project and carry it out under the guidance of your supervisor. At the end of the project, you are required to present a dissertation, which forms a major element of the assessment. The dissertation tests 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. The other element of the assessment includes an oral examination (viva-voce). The Individual Project carries 60 credits and is a major part of a Masters program.
Methods of assessment
Assessment is through examinations and also practical work and assignments using case studies, group work, research projects and presentations.
Development of practical skills
You'll develop your practical engineering skills through work carried out in laboratories and workshops; in industry through supervised work experience; in individual and group project work; in design work; and in the development and use of computer software in design, analysis and control. Evidence of group working and of participation in a major project is expected.
Overview course structure
The course is based on two semesters per academic year with three modules being delivered and assessed in each semester on the full-time mode. The part-time curriculum consists of the same modules, set out over two years.
The Master in Engineering Management develops those areas of management that you'll require to progress in a management career, but firmly anchored in an engineering context.
Graduates will possess a unique set of technical and management skills which should make them very attractive to prospective employers, especially in technology or engineering led companies.
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.