Engineering Management MSc

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

20 September 2021

17 January 2022

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

About the course

Engineering management is a specialised field of management concerned specifically with the engineering sector. Reflecting industry demand for management-focused engineers, this course is designed to extend the knowledge, skills and ability of graduates in engineering, technology and applied science to the level required of senior management positions in the engineering industry.

Industrial productivity and performance of many manufacturing companies is considered by many to be of concern. Part of the underlying cause of this problem is the lack of highly-educated and trained engineering and technology graduates entering the Engineering Management discipline. There has never been a more important time for businesses to have technically competent managers.

During this course you will study advanced modules covering such areas as; strategic management, new product development, supply chain planning and control and total quality engineering, these modules should provide you with a greater depth of knowledge and skill.

Graduates of this course are likely to progress to roles as an engineering manager. You may also find opportunities in general management in a wide range of sectors, although your skills would be most appropriate in management roles that benefit from a background in engineering, such as manufacturing or technical service industries.

Engineering now demands outstanding leaders with key management system skills to develop solutions to challenges in product development, advanced manufacturing and beyond. Strong skills in finance, project management and teamwork are now basic requirements alongside the application of AI, digital twinning and other cutting edge techniques demanded of the engineering management professional.

 

 

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Dr Karl Walton, Subject Area Leader, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Course detail

Core modules:

Quality Systems and Measurement

This module has been designed to be offered to those students who have a basic understanding of Operations Management and Quality Assurance and Control, together with the statistical techniques employed in probability theory. The module builds on this knowledge, giving the students the ability to implement and operate Quality Systems, Maintenance Regimes and Reliability Trials and support New Product Introductions.

Fundamentals of Management

The Fundamentals of Management module focuses on the fundamentals of why organisations exist and what organisations ‘do’. You'll cover core aspects of the management of a company such as strategic decision making, marketing, accounting and finance, operations and human resource management. The modules provides an opportunity to develop a high-level overview of the landscape of organisations and learn about the skills required by managers in modern organisations.

New Product Development

To achieve advancements in the contemporary performance imperatives of quality, speed and price, enterprises need to constantly update their product portfolios. This module provides an overview and consolidation of the skills required to implement and manage the New Product Development (NPD) process within the context of a commercial enterprise. Emphasis is placed upon the evolution, development and exploitation of NPD strategies; together with consideration of innovation policies, models, culture and practice. Appropriate management methodologies are then introduced to assess new product ideas, determine feasibility, and define those products to achieve commercial gain. Module delivery is provided through formal lectures and extensive practical sessions, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.

Project and Finance Management

This module aims to develop your understanding of the strategic aspects of programme and project management and its role in adding competitive advantage to an organisation. The module enables you to gain a firm grounding in the principles, processes, tools and techniques that underpin programme and project management. It also aids you to develop a systematic understanding of the purposes and uses of financial information, together with the ability to use quantitative skills to improve performance management and decision making within an organisation. Emphasis is placed upon the need for competence in project planning and control. Team-working, communication and risk management skills are developed by means of group activity. Extensive use is made of project management and simulation software.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This is an innovative module which delegates will find not only challenging but also very rewarding as it will extend the way they think about management excellence and research application. Through interactive module content, based upon the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence, you will be guided through the theory and practice of professional development and research. Through the use of a number of diagnostic instruments and application tools, you will be able to benchmark your leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills, thereby providing a firm foundation for reflective career planning through portfolio development. On completion, you will be equipped to manage your career through to professional registration and have the ability to lead complex research projects. This activity will be supported by seminars led by experts in the field of research and development from academia and industry, prior to the delivery of equally weighted group and individual project assessments.

Individual Project

The project provides the opportunity to undertake a major programme of advanced independent work. Where possible the project is carried out in collaboration with an industrial company and takes place at the company. A project supervisor is then allocated at the University who would check and confirm if the project is suitable for a Master's level course.

Option modules:

Choose from a list which may include:

Manufacturing Systems Automation

The aim of this module is to give you an appreciation of the technical possibilities and commercial implications of automating manufacturing processes with a strong emphasis on high-value, high-precision manufacturing. You will explore the principles behind the programming and use of machine tools, industrial robots and their control systems, such as PLCs. A significant portion of the taught material is in the form of case studies from industrially-based research work.

Virtual Instrumentation

This module has been designed to build on your skills in modelling, designing, processing and simulating a range of analogue and digital systems. To support you in this the module reviews the hardware and software aspects of virtual instrumentation (VI). You’ll have the opportunity to use graphical and C/C++ programming languages using PC’s and interface cards as the hardware platform. Industry standard software tools (such as LabVIEW) will also be explored to help design and simulate real systems.

Parallel Computer Architectures Cluster and Cloud Computing

Many existing and future computer-based applications impose exceptional demands on performance that traditional predominantly single-processor systems cannot offer. Large-scale computational simulations for scientific and engineering applications now routinely require highly parallel computers. In this module you will learn about Parallel Computer Architectures, Legacy and Current Parallel Computers, trends in Supercomputers and Software Issues in Parallel Computing; you will be introduced to Computer Cluster, Cloud and Grid technologies and applications. You will study the fundamental components of Cluster environments, such as Commodity Components for Clusters, Network Services/Communication software, Cluster Middleware, Resource management, and Programming Environments.

Process Measurement and Control

You will study the principal types of process plant and the associated measurement and control equipment used in the process industries. You will develop models of process plant systems for optimising control system performance and you will study both analogue and digital control systems. You will study instrumentation systems used for the measurement of key process parameters such as temperature, pressure, level and composition. Emphasis is placed on the measurement of single phase and multiphase flows relevant to the oil & gas industries, in which the University of Huddersfield has specific research expertise. Real-time imaging systems for monitoring multiphase flows in pipes (e.g. oil-water or solids-water flows) are studied. During the practical work undertaken in the module you will design, build and test an electronic instrument e.g. an instrument for measuring the level of liquid in a tank.

Advanced CAD

The module introduces you to the principles and applications of computer aided design within industry. It considers an advanced 3D design package to allow mechanical and visual design to be carried out. The module also looks at modern approaches to automation of the design process and topology optimisation for parts manufactured using additive manufacturing. The module provides you with hands-on experience of a high-level 3D CAD system, from part design to assembly, drawings and design automation. It also provides you with an understanding of the role, concepts and application of 3D CAD systems in industry.

Wireless Communications for LANs, PANs and the IoT

The module is concerned with the principles of modern communication systems and their application in wireless communication networks, in particular the Internet of Things. It begins with a basic overview of communications techniques as used in wireless applications. It then reviews existing wireless sensor, and related, technologies such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, WirelessHart and LoRaWAN comparing their performance metrics and application areas. The role of wireless communication technologies in the Internet of Things and similar application areas will be discussed.

Modelling of Electromechanical Systems

The module aims to equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary to design, model and simulate electromechanical systems and their control via power electronic converters, for example, servo motion control applications in machine tools, robotics and automated production equipment. Mechanical loads, types, modelling and interaction with an electromagnetic machines will be discussed along with thermal design and management. Measurement, data acquisition and system control / management platforms and protocols. Energy efficiency and the move to “more electrified” systems across the industrial, automotive, aerospace and marine sectors will be studied.

Advanced Thermofluids

Fluid dynamic forces acting on a fluid handling system affect the performance effectiveness of the system. This module considers an advanced study of fluid flows relevant to industrial fluid handling systems such as vehicles, turbomachines and pipeline systems. Modern vehicles will be studied to highlight the subtle design features being employed to reduce drag, provide deliberate vortices, or create a predictable down-force on the vehicles. The design features related to turbomachines and the pipelines are also discussed in detail. Additionally, the module considers an optimised design for various systems considered including engine cooling systems, in-car air conditioning, turbo-machines and piping systems. We will introduce you to an appropriate commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package and its use for design of an optimised system.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or similar, or in a closely related science subject area such as physics or mathematics or an equivalent professional qualification.

You are also encouraged to apply if you have other qualifications and/or experience and can demonstrate that you are equipped with knowledge and skills equivalent to Honours degree level.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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Previous graduates from courses in this subject area have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as engineering consultant, engine air specialist – technical specialist and line trial engineer in organisations including Atkins Ltd, Cummins Turbo Technologies Ltd and Optimas Solutions.**

**Source: LinkedIn

* Percentage of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2017/18, UK domiciled graduates).

96.4%*

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