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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

Course level



BEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Employers are looking for students who can not only demonstrate a strong technical understanding of engineering, but also an understanding of operations and supply chain management, continuous improvement, project management and sustainable development in both the manufacturing and the service sectors. The programme seeks to strike an equitable balance between underpinning academic concepts, practical work, techniques and principles necessary for a successful career in engineering management. This course will focus on a wide range of subjects enabling engineering management graduates to enter a broad range of careers in many sectors.

What you will study

Code: 6ME504

Advanced Operations 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 encourages learners to gain deeper insights into business and engineering operations and performance at an organisational level.

Operations Management is wide-ranging, covering many topics, such as operations strategy, process design, product design, process improvement, lean operations, quality management, six sigma, supply chain management and change management, which can be regarded specialism in their own right.

The module aims to introduce the learner to theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to managing operations and improve business performance, including improvement philosophy, which addresses problems of transformation, change and redesign in organisations. During this module, you will also learn the challenges faced by organisations to make sustainable change and compete in dynamic markets. You will develop your awareness of the driving forces and resistance of change as well as the phases of change to include planning, communicating and the transition of change.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME506

Ethics, Environment and Innovation

Corporations must be able to adapt and evolve if they wish to survive. They operate with the knowledge that their competitors will come to the market with a product that changes the essence of competition in their industry. This is placing organisations under increasing pressure to quickly and effectively develop new and innovative technologies, products and processes, which must meet ethical and environmental standards both in home and overseas markets.

This module aims at exploring and helping students to apply the theories and concepts used by organisations to help them manage the innovation process as well as the ethical and environmental standards that both organisations and engineers must comply with.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME512

System Simulation and Project Management

This module is written in two parts, firstly the system modelling & simulation and secondly the application of project management. In recent years, computer simulation has become a mainstream decision support tool in the manufacturing industry. 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 aims to provide the basic principles of computer simulation and its applications within the manufacturing industry. A series of models with different level of complexities are built using an industry-leading discrete-event simulation package (e.g. SIMIO). Industry-strength simulation software. All key stages of model development life-cycle including data collection and analysis are discussed. Project management today is a multi-disciplinary activity, combining analytical techniques with qualitative aspects of managing people and organisations.

In the modern context, project management methods are now used for a much wider variety of applications, such as change management implementation, engineering projects, government projects and IT based projects. This module includes aspects of project management for the purpose of general project management philosophy, planning, concepts and systems.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME513

Management for Engineers

Engineers with excellent management skills and superior business acumen are needed to manage 21st-centur engineering organisations. This module prepares engineers to fulfil their managerial responsibilities within their organisations and to make valuable and lasting contributions. The module also investigates the role of the engineer, in both industry and society, individually planning their own career progression through the development of their continuing development plan (CDP).

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current management theories and practice
2. Identify, apply and evaluate appropriate management techniques for managing engineering organisations
3. Analyse and critically evaluate key engineering management challenges and ability to apply engineering principles and a skill in organising, leading, controlling and directing people.
4. Conduct research for CPD linked to appropriate professional bodies

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME992

Independent Study and Professional Development (IEng)

The individual project is regarded as an important element of the specialist degree. It provides students in their final year with a challenge to identify and undertake an original and detailed study and present a major piece of relevant work to a critical and informed audience. It aims to develop the student's power to work independently, researching in depth a topic of their choice, using relevant concepts and techniques

Students will be expected to identify a project within relevant engineering subject area. It must be sufficiently demanding to justify its inclusion in the final stage of a degree and must provide the student with a challenging opportunity to complement and extend their studies in other modules. The project proposal, based on a preliminary survey of the problem area, will be presented to the tutor on a proforma.

The student will be expected to outline the reasons for choosing the topic, the scope and objectives of the study, the learning outcomes on which the project will be assessed, a plan of work and an assessment of the resources required for completion. This first stage proposal, and any supporting documentation associated with it, will form an important part of the subsequent management of the study and will be discussed and amended in order to form a learning contract. It is instrumental in establishing the criteria for assessment of the project.

This written proposal will normally be agreed with the allocated tutor early in the year.

An interim assessment of the student's work will be made, at the beginning of the second semester, to provide constructive feedback of the student's progress against time-plan and to agree any changes in subject direction.

The final presentation of the project will depend on the nature of the work involved. For example, it may be a literature-orientated dissertation, an action-based research study or a more technical project. The final piece of work will be presented at the end of the second semester.

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40 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Real world learning 

The 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 hand-on experience of using software.  Furthermore, you'll have the opportunity to explore and gain valuable field experience from a number of industrial visits and guest lectures.

How you are assessed 

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework assignments, examinations and formal presentations.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Dr Kapila Liyanage

Dr Kapila Liyanage
Programme leader

Dr Liyanage is the Programme Leader for MSc Strategic Engineering Management and BEng (Hons) Engineering Management. He is also an active researcher and his research interests and experience include operations management, computer simulation and sustainability practices on supply chain/manufacturing performance.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or foundation degree in a relevant engineering subject.

Relevant subjectsN/A

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Upon completing this course, you'll be equipped with the appropriate skills that would enable you to practise as a manager in the engineering sector. You will have the opportunity to continue your study at University of Derby on the MSc Strategic Engineering Management.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

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.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.