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Covering a range of topics from managing people to finances, operations, resources and beyond, our course equips you with the tools and techniques you’ll need to manage within today’s complex technical organisations.
Technical competence alone is not enough for the success of engineering companies – wider professional skills are needed at the top. No matter what your area of technical expertise, if you want to push forwards in your engineering career towards a managerial role this course is for you.
We’ll develop your practical skills and intellectual understanding in essential areas such as people management, finance control, operations management and basic contract law – all geared towards the global industrial market.
Our course is designed for engineers from a wide range of technical fields, so whether you’re a civil engineer, a mechanical engineer or an engineer working in another capacity, you can benefit from the leadership and management techniques covered.
If you want to move into engineering management, or if you’ve recently moved into a management role and want to continue your professional development, our course is for you. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Management TheoryThis module is designed to facilitate each student’s development of their own individual knowledge base and approach to management. Its aim is to get students to develop their own particular approach to management by establishing a solid foundation of management knowledge and integrating this with their own values, experiences and goals, to provide the basis for a life-long development of their management skills. It is based on a thorough understanding of the theories and practice of management, reinforced by examples of best practice drawn from a wide range of organisations, together with an appreciation of the context and constraints that influence organisations and management. The module will consider the main activities of management from an integrating perspective, together with identifying and developing the qualities required for a successful manager, including leadership. Organisations form the focus of management, consequently the module will develop a sound understanding of the functions, forms, operation and behaviour of organisations in a variety of contexts and situations, together with an appreciation of how all aspects of management are integrated in the management of organisations. Students will examine and critically evaluate examples of good management and bad management, with regard to developing workable solutions that can be applied to management situations and to facilitate the application of management principles and practice to their own field of work.
Project Management SystemsThis module establishes the framework for the management of projects and develops a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of the project manager throughout the project life-cycle, from inception to completion, together with the diverse range of resources and activities that the project manager must plan, co-ordinate and control to achieve a successful project.
Engineering Management SystemsYou will develop a critical awareness and understanding of engineering operating systems, including production, manufacturing, planning and plant resources required for a business to operate efficiently and reliably satisfy customers’ needs. You will be provided with an in-depth study of the operating systems used in complex technical organisations with a view to identifying good practice and the tools and techniques to systematically develop and improve the efficiency of such systems, including the use of discrete event simulation.
Engineering Quality ManagementYou will be provided with a critical awareness and an in-depth understanding of the principles of modern quality management and its application in an engineering context. Our module explores the origins of quality management and the development of Total Quality Management (TQM), Six Sigma and international standards, such as ISO 9000. You will develop an understanding of various quality management tools and their implementation in engineering applications.
Research Design and MethodsGain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You will get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You will develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues. You will develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to develop your Masters Level Major Project/Dissertation.
Economic, Legal and Political FrameworkFirms in the built environment are very dependent on the external environment and this module enables students to understand and analyse these complex relationships and the impact they have on firms. This module is designed to give you an appreciation of the influence of economic, political and legal influences so that you are able to develop on appreciation of the complex inter-relationships involved and synthesise these. Topics covered equip you with a theoretical base which you will then be able to apply to current events through own research and debates. The module is assessed by a written assignment and an exam so you can demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and theories and their applications.
Sustainability and Environmental ManagementHere, you will look at wider developments in environmental protection and how these affect construction, as well as how construction affects them. You will also examine the demands that greater environmental awareness places on the built environment.
Cost and Financial ManagementDevelop an understanding of the financial, commercial and cost aspects of project management. We will explore the business and commercial environment in which projects exist, critically evaluating the factors that influence the strategic and financial rationale for them. You will gain an understanding of how the business case for projects is developed, established and evaluated, together with the processes involved, supported by an understanding of financial and accounting protocols and practices. You will also develop an appreciation of various sources of funding and financial arrangements for projects and project portfolios.
Masters ProjectYou’ll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.