About This Masters Degree
This new high level masters programme will integrate the thinking between the business and technical worlds – a programme aimed at experienced mid level to senior managers with several years professional experience.
This programme aims to meet the needs for individuals seeking to develop their skills through a higher level qualification and build both engineering and business interests.
Companies need people with outstanding business skills as well as technical specialists, to tackle the challenges facing their business and the world in the 21st Century.
Business people increasingly need to incorporate the full ramifications of technology developments on their business operations and strategic directions. Science and engineering graduates recognise that they need to develop a better understanding of business operations to make the greatest impact with their innovative concepts; importantly they need to be able to speak the same language as their business colleagues at senior and board levels. It is no longer sufficient for engineers just to be good at their job in technical departments and teams.
Pervasive themes throughout the programme will be as follows:
* Finite global resources, sustainability
* System complexity, unpredictability, ambiguity
* Risk and security of business assets (tangible and intangible)
* R&D portfolios, new engineering developments
* New business models, innovation, the knowledge economy
* Individual & team leadership
The programme will comprise 8 modules (total 120 credits) plus a synoptic project (60 credits). While all modules are compulsory, each one will be tailored by the individual, their manager and the university to suit each participant’s current employment needs, engineering field(s), previous experience, career goals and interests. The modules will cover topics such as leadership, sustainability, marketing, partners and suppliers, strategy, operational efficiency, legal, financial decision-making. The programme will be focused onto major challenges impacting business – energy supplies, sustainable resources, complexity of interconnected systems, rapidly changing global markets, business risks, ethical and social responsibilities, new business models, etc.
* Leadership skills - engineers leading and being led
* Sustainability for engineering
* Marketing - meeting market pace without instability
* Supply chains and partnerships
* Strategy - setting innovative strategic directions
* Operational effectiveness
* Legal framework
* Financial decision-making
* Synoptic integrative project
A taste of Aston
During the programme, there will be 6 separate on-campus residential weeks. These weeks will be an integral (mandatory) part of the whole programme and will enable a diverse range of activities to be undertaken on the campus, as well as exploiting the wealth of events and locations that are readily access from our central Birmingham location.
The initial week will introduce participants to the whole programme and enable them to consider how they will be able to optimise the potential outcomes from the programme to meet their individual needs and interests. Opportunities will be provided for familiarisation with distance learning tools and techniques that may not have been encountered previously, as well as approaches to rigorous research, for the acquisition of broader knowledge outside their own specialist disciplines.
Participants will work together in groups, with university specialists and external guests, building and extending their networks across different disciplines, markets and cultures. Individual and team working styles will be explored through psychometric profiling. As is customary for engineers, exercises will offer opportunities for participants to practice and demonstrate ideas and ways of working without disturbing their normal professional operations.
A feature of the programme will be breadth of thinking, and especially of forward thinking considering topical scenarios and global factors, increased self-awareness guided by feedback and reflection, and the discipline of regular review.
A good BSc Honours degree, plus: 1) at least five years relevant post-graduation employment, 2) current employment in a role with significant managerial responsibilities and increasing senior leadership of engineering activities, 3) employer support for integration of programme studies with company relevant projects and activities, with in company mentoring and progress review, 4) two professional references, 5) applicants whose native language is not English will need to demonstrate English Language ability (e.g. IELTS 6.5,TOEFL score of 600 or equivalent). Applicants not fulfilling these criteria will be accepted on a case by case basis, depending on current circumstances, qualifications and experience.