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Engineering sector worth more than £645bn to the UK economy*

*Royal Academy of Engineering, 2022

1m people in UK’s engineering economy – a quarter of all workers nationwide*

Are you aiming to advance into senior roles within the field of engineering? On our Engineering Management postgraduate course, you will develop a wide array of both engineering and managerial skills and competencies, enabling you to lead effectively on engineering projects as well as managing across other sectors.

The UK stands to benefit significantly from adopting Industry 4.0 technologies and processes, while the country needs a skilled engineering workforce to reach a national target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Studying our engineering master’s course will arm you with the essential knowledge to meet this need, enabling you to develop an advanced understanding of innovative and exciting technologies such as cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), nano and bio technologies and sustainable engineering. In addition, you will learn core business and management principles and how to utilise technical, financial and human resources effectively.

As part of our postgraduate engineering course, you will be able to develop your practical skills in our outstanding engineering facilities on campus. University College Birmingham is also a partner of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT), providing a wealth of additional resources and facilities to support your studies.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply engineering management concepts in a practical environment within our engineering facilities, including our Cyber Physical Lab
  • INDUSTRY LINKS – You will have access to the Learning Factory at GBSIoT with facilities to support your research and projects
  • EXPERT TUITION – Learn from our highly qualified staff with extensive knowledge and experience in engineering and sustainable practice
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our engineering courses will study in our real-world training facilities at our Camden House campus building, while you will also have access to the Learning Factory at GBSIoT with facilities to support your research and projects.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Engineering Business Management

Topics you will study in this module: • Professional Engineering Management • Business Strategy and Strategic Deployment • Business Theories and Gurus • Global Business Dynamics and CSR • Competitive Advantage • Financial Management • Decision Making and Data Analysis • Corporate Knowledge Systems • Risk Management • Quality Management • Marketing • Forecasting

Engineering Operations Management

• Health and Safety • Supply Change Management, Value Chains and Value Stream Mapping • Logistics and Inventory Management o MRP1&2; EOQ; JIT o Forrester Effect o Warehousing and Transport o Lean Manufacturing/TPS • Human Resources Management • Production Management o Scheduling o OPT • Product and Systems Performance and Reliability • Manufacturing and Construction Technologies • Technical Co-ordination and Collaboration • SPC and 6 Sigma


Topics you will study in this module: • Carbon Science • Carbon Footprints and IPAT • Carbon Economics and Trading • Renewable Resources • Waste Management and Recycling • Renewable Energy Technologies o Solar o Wind o Biomass o Hydrogen o Carbon Capture • Sustainable Cities • Business Impact and Opportunities

IR 4.0: Technologies and Management

Topics you will study in this module: • Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things • Artificial Intelligence • Smart Systems • Digital Manufacturing Systems • Digital Communication Systems • Automation and Robotics • Nano and Bio Technologies

Project Management

Topics you will study in this module: • Project Planning • Network Analysis and Scheduling • Costing and Budgeting • Project Risk Management • Project Management Software Systems • Execution, Control and Closeout

Technological Innovation and Change Management

Topics you will study in this module: • Product and Service Design • Product Lifecycles and Adaption • Doing Engineering Research • Technology Capture Readiness • Investment Criteria o Financial o Structural • Innovation and Creativity • Change Management o Theories of Change o Planning for Change o Leadership • New Product Development and Introduction • Engineering the Future

Masters Research Project

This module introduces you to the disciplines and techniques required for critical appraisal of complex data and industry practice; creating research designs and accompanying research techniques; building theoretical frameworks, and the scheduling and execution of a research project. The module will develop your skills and expertise in the essential research tools you will need both for successful postgraduate study and as a leader in your chosen industry sector.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements


  • A grade classification of 2:2 is required in a (Hons) bachelor's degree in engineering, physical sciences or a related engineering or technological discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
  • To apply, applicants in current relevant employment should possess a minimum of five years of relevant managerial experience in engineering and be able to provide a reference detailing roles and responsibilities from their line manager.

International students

  • Applicants with a first language other than English should possess IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent.
  • For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
  • Please note: As an International Student, when choosing optional placement, a visa extension may be required.


If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form:

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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 10 hours (in lecture rooms/specialist engineering facilities)
  • Smaller group teaching – 1 hour
  • Tutorials – 1 hour
  • Subject advice sessions – 1-3 hours

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 45%
  • Practical assessments/projects – 45%
  • Exams/tests – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Course duration

Please note that the course duration is different depending on the chosen intake:

September 2024 intake
1 year full-time / 18 months part-time

From February 2025 intake onwards
18 months full-time / 3 years part-time

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled or pre-settled status enrolling on an MA/MSc course at University College Birmingham, your fee for the academic year 2024/25 will be £9,350. The fee for the PGDip course is £6,350.

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on one of our postgraduate programmes (e.g. MSc, MA) in 2024/25, your fee for this academic year will be £15,000 per year.

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Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

Having previously studied a Master’s in Engineering, I know how valuable postgraduate qualifications are. Whether you are seeking to change career, update your engineering management skills and knowledge or differentiate yourself from undergraduates, this course offers the broad curriculum required to work successfully in the modern engineering world.

Rosa Wells Executive Dean of the School of Engineering, Digital and Sustainable Construction

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Engineering manager

Average Salary: £63,000

Process design engineer

Average Salary: £43,000

Mechanical engineer

Average Salary: £32,000

Project engineer

Average Salary: £36,000

Process manufacturing engineer

Average Salary: £35,000

Electrical/electronics engineer

Average Salary: £32,000


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