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MSc in Engineering Business Management

Course Description

Engineers are rarely in a position where their only focus is the engineering. From a very early stage in their careers, engineers need to manage progress and financially control projects within a professional environment. As engineers progress in their careers, they undoubtedly become involved in increasingly complex projects. One aspect of this complexity may result from the technology or technology combinations; however, this is not the only source. Engineering projects often involve overseas collaboration, either as a result of supplier or project-partner locations. As the number of suppliers and partners increases, so does the complexity of the project and the associated systems and processes.

This course aims to advance academic and professional excellence for both newly qualified and practising engineers who wish to enhance their business and management knowledge and skills alongside their engineering specialism, with a view to a career in engineering management.

You combine the study of advanced topics in business, management and finance with further study in specialist engineering topics and the opportunity to undertake an advanced engineering project. Your studies benefit from company visits, simulations, case studies and a guest lecture series featuring international speakers and industry leaders.

Depending on your prior qualifications, you follow one of three engineering pathways:
- Advanced Engineering pathway: you can choose to study a range of specialist modules, which do not require specific prior experience
- Advanced Mechanical Engineering pathway: you can choose to study advanced mechanical engineering modules and benefit from the excellent experimental and computational facilities in this area
- Communications pathway: you can choose to take modules from our highly successful digital communications MScs.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Each course comprises eight to nine taught modules, typically four to five core modules and four options, plus an MSc project accounting for a maximum of one third of the course. The options allow you to choose a pathway that suits your personal interests. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms, with examination periods in January and May. The MSc project is a substantial practical exercise undertaken over the spring term and the summer up to the end of August.

The course structure includes five core modules in business and management topics: Accounting and Finance for Managers • Global Business • Management Innovation and Organisational Performance • Managing Complex Projects and Systems • Strategic Management.

In addition, you choose four options from a range that depends on the pathway chosen, for example:

Advanced Engineering pathway options: Advanced Digital Signal Processing • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies • Advanced Topics in Control of Electromechanical Systems • Cybernetics and Neural Networks • Image Processing • Managing Intellectual Property • Marketing Analysis and Financial Strategic Planning • Satellite and Space Systems.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering pathway options: two options from the Advanced Engineering pathway, above, and two options from Advanced Thermofluids • Advanced Turbomachinery • Computational Fluid Dynamics • Finite Element Analysis • Gas Turbine Cycles and Turbocharging • Heat Transfer Applications • Mechanical Dynamics • Testing and Modelling for Auto Power Systems.

Communications pathway options: two options from the Advanced Engineering pathway, above, and two options from Advanced Digital Communications • Advanced Microprocessor Systems • Advanced Networks • Fibre Optic Communications • Mobile Communications • RF Circuit Design.

Following the summer examinations, you work full time on your MSc project based on a real-life problem to which you apply the knowledge and skills acquired across your studies of business management and engineering.


Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including laboratory reports, essays and unseen examinations. The MSc project is assessed typically by an interim report, a presentation and a substantial dissertation. The project is designed for you to excel in your personal and professional development and to consolidate the material covered in your modules. It exposes you to issues of project management, resourcing, planning, scheduling, documentation and communication, and demands individual responsibility, critical awareness and creative thinking.

Some projects are undertaken in groups and replicate the type of professional teamwork expected in industry. Topics are generated from the academic research and industrial collaborations in the Department, and the project is supervised by a member of faculty.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the MSc in Engineering Business Management page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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