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MSc Strategic Engineering Management
Why choose this course?
- This course is of particular interest to engineering and science graduates and other professionals with an engineering background who aspire to management positions irrespective of their specialisation.
- This course is also ideal for recent graduates as it enables them to enter a broad range of careers in many sectors.
- We maintain close links with local industries and professional bodies ensuring our teaching is both contemporary and relevant.
- You’ll learn through a variety of teaching methods giving you the flexibility to study at a time and place most suitable for you.
- Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.
UCAS code: MH9AC Start date: September and January Course length: Full time: One year, Part time: Two - three years. Campus: Markeaton Street site, Derby Campus College: College of Engineering and Technology
This course is available to international students
About this course
There is an increasing global demand for areas such as engineering operations management, logistics and supply chain, continuous improvement techniques such as lean and six sigma and sustainable development in many sectors. Increasing employers are looking for students who can demonstrate a strong understanding, not just in the technical, but also areas such as operations and supply chain management, strategic business issues, process improvement, system modelling and simulation, enterprise resource planning and project management.
On completion, you will be equipped with a wide range of modern engineering and operations management tools and techniques required to manage 21st century engineering and manufacturing organisations. This course also provides flexibility in module choice with opportunities for technical and management advancement through a choice of optional modules in specialist areas which will enable you to contribute effectively in developing company capabilities and improving performance.
This course is academically rigorous and completely related to practice and specially designed to provide engineering graduates and other professionals with engineering background to pursue careers in management positions within engineering and manufacturing sectors. You will study through a variety of teaching methods, which include real case studies, work-based learning, research-based learning, laboratories, guest lectures, individual and group project works and interactive online materials.
What you will cover
This course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
Students starting this course in September will study the following modules.
You will study modules such as:
Research Methods: Application and Evaluation
This module will advise, guide, and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
The core activity of any organisation is its operations, and the performance of the organisation is determined by how well these operations are managed. This module takes a detailed look at the decisions engineering managers need to make about operations in manufacturing and service organisations. Furthermore, in this module you will also take a look at management decision making. In particular you will concern with the notion of supply chain management and the competitive benefits that may be gained from the adoption of a supply chain and logistics perspectives. On completion, you will be equipped with concepts, methods, techniques and tools enabling you to analyse and implement solutions to operations and supply chain management issues in engineering and manufacturing organisations.
Environmental Risk and Responsibility
Evaluate how professional actions, decisions and leadership of others have a local impact and have wider implications for the environment and the sustainable future of the planet. This module will be delivered online for students joining the course in January.
You will choose one module, such as:
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
This module will investigate application of the latest developments in advanced manufacturing technologies and rapid prototyping (RP) techniques. This module is aimed at developing your knowledge and ability to critically analyse various processes such as EDM, water jet cutting, laser based technologies, etc. The module will also focus on newer technologies targeted at micro/nano scale manufacturing. Sustainable and environmental aspects and their relevance to the manufacturing sector will be also discussed.
Enterprise Systems and Project Management
In today’s globally competitive environment, an organisation will find it very difficult to operate and survive with silo information systems. Organisations need to be agile and flexible, and will require the same from their information systems. These systems need to have integrated data, applications, and resources from across the organisation. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, such as SAP and Oracle, are the specific kind of enterprise systems to integrate data across and be comprehensive in supporting all the major functions. This module aims to provide a critical understanding of operation, structure, and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry. Topics covered include understanding ERP systems, planning, design and implementation of ERP systems, ERP functions such as sales and marketing, manufacturing and material management, accounting and finance, ERP software selections and managing ERP projects.
The module also provides insights into selected key areas of project management to enable you to work within or to lead a project team. You will be equipped with critical understanding of the latest advanced techniques and strategies for project management, including project management life cycle, management tools, management and reporting methods and team building.
Negotiated Module: Solving Engineering Management Problems
You will undertake a significant work based project to solve a complex engineering management problem within or beyond your own operational area at work, using academic methodology and applications. Your tutor will advise you if you need formal postgraduate study to support your technical development as part of this module.The Negotiated Module encourages you to engage with a specific aspect of professional practice that should complement or extend your academic studies at Master’s level. The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required Learning Outcomes for the module is an important and integral requirement for the successful completion of this module.
You will study modules such as:
CPD and Strategic Management
During this module you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics. The CPD (continuing professional development) element of this module means that you will be able to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline to improve your employability.
Driving Change through Business Excellence
Many innovative organisations are adopting the use of lean, Six Sigma and TQM initiatives as part of their strategy for improving efficiency and productivity. These process driven initiatives are large-scale, cross-functional and rely on individuals being able to drive change, process innovation and lead and communicate across the multidiscipline. During this module you will discover the challenges faced by organisations to make sustainable change and compete in dynamic markets. You will be challenged to develop confidence in your personal competences, impact characteristics and skills as a leader / change Agent. You will explore cultural, political and behavioural challenges associated with organisational change. More specifically, you will be given the opportunity to develop your social and emotional competencies using a 360degree feedback tool.
Manufacturing Systems Optimisation and Simulation
Leading manufacturing companies around the world recognise computer simulation as a leading edge technology for the 21st century and it is rapidly becoming a mainstream business tool in many industrial sectors including automotive and aerospace. This module introduces the principles of computer simulation using an industry leading discrete-event simulation software (Simio) and its’ applications within the manufacturing industry. This module will also aim to provide a good understanding of the principles and methods for designing, operating and controlling competitive manufacturing systems. Main topics of study include system thinking, dynamic interrelationships of sub-systems in manufacturing systems, approaches to the design of manufacturing systems, appropriate technique(s) to manage, optimise and control manufacturing systems, use of simulation models in the design and management of manufacturing systems, stages in simulation life cycle, performance evaluation in a manufacturing systems using simulation, data collection and analysis for manufacturing simulations.
You will study one module, such as:
This triple module is an integral and substantial part of your masters degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills you’ve gained during the course by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. You will produce a coherent, sustained, and comprehensive research study to demonstrate your ability to generate complex proposals with an awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations. You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in the production of clear, logically argued, and original work related to your field of study.
You’ll normally need an appropriate engineering or science undergraduate degree (2:2 or above), an equivalent professional qualification or significant industrial and professional experience.
If English is not your first language, you’ll also need an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent.
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Fees and finance
2017/18 Fees (August 2017 - July 2018)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£670 per 20 credits*
£670 per 20 credits*
£12,240 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorial classes, case study discussions, work-related learning activities, research-based learning and computer lab sessions, to give you hands-on experience of using software.
How you're assessed
Assessment is a mix of exams and coursework, both individually and as a group. A dissertation completes the course.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Careers and employability
This programme develops a wide range of knowledge and job-related skills that employers are looking for in many industry sectors, including the manufacturing and service. On completion, you will be able to make a significant contribution to organisational success and equipped well for variety of management and leadership roles, especially in the engineering, manufacturing and supply chain fields.