MSc Engineering Project Management

Available with optional placement year

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Overview

The combination of digital and physical technologies that is driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is changing our world. Our MSc Engineering Project Management offers the opportunity to develop the management skills to implement technical strategies in projects across the Engineering industry sector.

This course explores specialist challenges to the key objectives of innovation and sustainability in the delivery of new engineering systems, products, enterprise and services for Industry 4.0.

Throughout this course, you’ll develop specialist skills for the management of multidisciplinary projects along with techniques to manage the operational and developmental phases of product and system life cycles.

You’ll have one optional unit that can be aligned to previous experience, e.g. mechanical or electronic engineering, and will be guided to choose an individual engineering project that supports your career ambitions.

Our teaching staff come from a range of professional backgrounds with active networks in various sectors, from manufacturing engineering and environmental industries, to railways and built environment. Together, this multidisciplinary group will help you to become a rounded professional, ready to apply for engineering management roles in organisations globally.

Optional placement year

This course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill-set. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.

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Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Graduates with a mix of theoretical and practical engineering skills and a good grasp of modern management techniques are in high demand across the industry.

We’ve developed this course aligned with APM and PMI Body of Knowledge to meet the requirements of international industry and professional project management institutes. As such, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in a variety of project management roles within engineering and the wider sphere of Industry 4.0.

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Entry requirements

You'll need a good UK honours degree - at least a 2:2 - or the international equivalent, in engineering, physics, mathematics, computing or equivalent. Applicants with relevant and extensive professional experience in the relevant fields will be considered.

IELTS 6.5 with no-subset below 5.5 is required.

Students who successfully complete any of the Pre-Masters courses below will also be eligible:

Course details

This course brings together the latest practice in project management with expertise from engineering disciplines. As well as developing a strategic perspective on engineering challenges and opportunities, you will acquire industry-recognised engineering management expertise as defined by the Association for Project Management [APM] (in the UK) and the Project Management Institute [PMI] (in the USA). This will give you a great perspective on what employers around the world need and want. Put simply, it’s a qualification that gets you ready for work.

You will be studying the latest Industry 4.0 approach to smart systems technologies and systems engineering, and design for innovation and sustainability. 

You’ll be building your management expertise by establishing the fundamentals, from cost and risk management, to procurement systems and strategic communication, and then you will move on to look at the key principles and techniques associated with the successful delivery of multidisciplinary projects.

Your individual research project gives you the chance to put all the theory and skills you’ve been learning into practice. 

 

Core Units:

  • Engineering Design for Innovation
  • Systems Engineering for Industry
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Management of Projects Fundamentals
  • Management of Projects Professional Practice
  • Project Delivery 1: Project Scheduling, Finance and Resource Management
  • Project Delivery 2: Managing Risks, Quality & Benefits
  • Individual Engineering Research Project

Option Units (choose one):

  • Smart Systems for Industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing for Industry 4.0

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Core Units

Management of Projects Fundamentals

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the fundamentals of project management and the management of projects through the Body of Knowledge (APM) and Book of Knowledge (PMI).

Management of Projects Professional Practice

The aim of this Unit is to develop student knowledge in the management of projects in a professional practice setting via problem based learning. Students will be expected to analyse, critique and recommend solutions for an existing project.

Using a problem based learning approach, with a case study provided by an industrial partner, students will explore the management strategies, processes and stakeholders involved in the project, and develop communication and coordination plans to monitor and control the project information.

Project Delivery 1: Project Scheduling, Finance and Resource Management

The success of complex infrastructure projects depends on effective management of the trichotomy of scheduling, finance and resources.

Students will learn project scheduling techniques and strategies based on time, resource and costs; the various public and private financing mechanism for projects; manage available resources and its impact throughout the project lifecycle.

Project Delivery 2: Managing Risks, Quality and Benefits

Effective Risk, Quality and Benefit management is essential to deliver a successful project. Not all risk is negative, but not managing risk will have a negative impact on quality and reduce the benefits of a project.

Students will learn how to identify individual risk events and overall risk and how to manage them proactively, minimising threats and maximising opportunities to optimise success with the wide range of stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle. Students will also consider sustainability principals in managing projects.

Engineering Design for Innovation

The success of Industry 4.0 depends on innovative, sustainable and fully fit-for-purpose designs for new and existing products, which exploit the latest technological advances in engineering. Effective designs depend on a structured and holistic approach to the design process.

Students will learn about the different stages of the design life cycle, and associated techniques and methodologies, such as Quality Function Deployment (QFD), concept ideas and selection, materials and manufacturing methods, and full life-cycle analysis, with reference to applicable legislation and standards, marketplace, environmental and sustainability factors.

Systems Engineering for Industry

A range of interdisciplinary skills in systems thinking and systems analysis will be required to support the delivery of new engineering products, enterprise and services for Industry 4.0.

Students will learn how analysis and decision making during the operational and developmental phases of the system life cycle for complex systems is supported by hierarchical models of the system’s structure and its functional and physical building blocks.

Engineering Sustainability

A resilient and sustainable economic future depends on engineering products and processes that use resources and energy at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Students will learn about the latest developments in harvesting energy from natural resources, such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells, gaseous and liquid biofuels, etc. and about what informs business decision-making when evaluating sustainable plant performance and materials selection.

Individual Research Project

Inspired by the learning from the other units on their programme, the research and enterprise activity of the teaching team, and possibly by relevant workplace experience, students will use this unit to develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of a subject field within their engineering area of study. 

A supporting directed programme of study will introduce students to research methods and practical guidance for proposing, developing, implementing and reporting a research project.

Students will work with a supervisory team to identify an area of study that is within the disciplinary scope of the award, and one that will have sufficient breadth and depth to meet the unit and programme learning outcomes. A range of themed challenges will be offered, for example Industry 4.0, Transport, Energy and the Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Project Management and Water.

Likely Optional Units

Smart Systems for Industry 4.0

Sensors gather the data for smart management of the systems that define Industry 4.0. Components, machines, production lines, whole factories and distribution systems all contribute data to optimise the entire value-creation chain. Effective specification, design and deployment of sensors require access to multidisciplinary expertise including artificial intelligence, control systems, and communication technologies and protocols.

Students will gain practical experience of working with programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and learn about the latest innovations in condition monitoring and other sensing applications, such as RFID, barcode scanning, image processing, automation & control, etc.

Manufacturing for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 brings automation, operational intelligence and connectedness to manufacturing to create smart factories, with processes and workflows monitored in real time. Digital twins – accurate computer models of the layout and operation of the factory, provide predictive simulation tools for manufacturing managers. Alternative layouts and workflows can be modelled, analysed, and optimised prior to investing in their implementation.

Students will work with case studies and details of manufacturing cells and workflows, developing accurate digital twin models and applying the principles of predictive simulation to quantify and optimise the benefits, risks and costs of modifications.

Placement options

Strengthen your skill-set by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment. This course is available with an optional year 2 industrial placement year, giving you the opportunity to tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill-set.

A placement fee of £1,850 applies.

Department of Engineering

Our Department of Engineering comprises more than 60 academic staff and post-doctoral researchers, supported by an experienced technical team and a wide range of specialist equipment and resources.

The department strives to align their research to the needs and challenges of industry and society, ensuring that research has a wide impact. Teaching and learning in the department are employability-focused, with a focus on practical skills and knowledge that reflects what students will do in engineering roles when they graduate.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £17,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Placement Costs

Students who do a placement year will be required to pay a placement fee (currently £1,850)

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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