Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate

Year of entry

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Start dates
January 2023
March 2023
May 2023
July 2023
September 2023
November 2023
Delivery type
Online exclusive
8 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree in engineering, physical sciences or a related engineering or technological discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component
Online learning fees
See fees section below

Course overview

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The online Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate is both a gateway to the online Engineering Management MSc and an award in its own right. This Level 7 qualification, like our Masters degree has been designed by engineers, for engineers, to meet the needs of a growing management skills gap in the industry.

The Postgraduate Certificate pathway provides a strong foundation for further development of your leadership-level expertise. You’ll study three compulsory modules and one optional module of the Engineering Management Masters and exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award, or continue to complete the full MSc.

These modules are designed to equip you with the skills and confidence needed for effective business planning, helping you develop your engineering management career options.

Why engineering management?

If you are an engineer looking to accelerate your career opportunities, but don’t have the option to commit to a full Masters degree, this course is for you. The distance learning Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to help you grasp key skills used every day by industry leaders. It is ideal if you are:

  • In the initial stages of your career and looking to fast-track your progress.
  • An ambitious professional with substantial industry experience.
  • Have some management experience or new to a management role and looking to build your skills.

A global reputation for engineering

We are one of the top 100 universities in the world and ranked in the top 15 in the UK (QS World University Rankings, 2023).

The distance learning Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate pathway is a result of an in-depth collaboration between high profile academics from four leading engineering schools:


Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This award is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and is equivalent to a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Frameworks) and are recognised by the European Credit Framework. You will benefit from:

  • Access to exclusive CMI networking events.
  • Attending lectures from top level CMI industry-expert members.
  • CMI Affiliate member status, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability.
  • Opportunity to fast-track into the next stage of training to become a Chartered Manager.

Course details

Your distance learning Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate will begin with a two-week online induction designed to prepare you for online learning at the University of Leeds, and to introduce the study skills you will need to successfully complete your degree.

The online course will then cover the three foundation modules that you’ll find on our Engineering Management Masters course plus a crucial project management module, providing an excellent groundwork for future growth. Learn about the significant role of innovation in engineering and build practical skills in business strategy, planning and project management specifically for the engineering sector.

Your foundation modules will introduce you to the strategic importance of innovation and help to lay the groundwork for your engineering-specific management skills. Our Managing Major Engineering Projects module will then expose you to strategic-level thinking, helping you to understand the broader business benefits of specific project management frameworks.

You can take the course at your own pace and adapt your studies to fit around your work and life commitments. To give you flexibility, it is possible to pause your studies and take them up again at a later point. You can complete the Postgraduate Certificate online in a minimum of eight months or a maximum of 16 months.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Engineering Management Postgraduate Certificate in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Innovation, Design and Creative Engineering 15
Business Strategy for Engineers 15
Enterprise and Business Planning 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Managing Major Engineering Projects 15
Continuous Improvement in Engineering Supply Chains 15
Decision Making for Engineering Managers 15
Emerging and Disruptive Technologies 15
People and Organisational Performance in Engineering 15
Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility 15

Learning and teaching

Join our powerful learning network

This comprehensive distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering Management will be delivered online via our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. You’ll be led by our module tutors in face-to-face sessions, both alone and with a group, joining a global learning network of like-minded engineers.

Collaborate, share your knowledge and learn directly from our experienced module tutors. You can even develop your academic relationships and network with peers in our virtual social spaces, giving you a global business advantage.

Introducing Minerva

Social learning is at the heart of your learning experience, with interactive and collaborative activities embedded into every module of this course. It’s what brings your online learning experience to life through:

  • synchronous and asynchronous video lessons
  • interactive surveys, tests, polls and exercises
  • weekly live tutorials with classmates and academics
  • group projects and discussion boards
  • individual access to reading and study resources
  • flexible study sessions to allow you to join at any time that suits you.

Minerva can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and is mobile friendly, so you can study on the go around your existing work and life commitments. You can also benefit from downloadable PDFs on course content for offline reading when required.

Learn from industry-experienced engineers

You will be taught by experienced online learning tutors, drawing on expertise from our engineering schools.

Each week, you will have live face-to-face time with your module tutors in a mixture of structured and open-ended learning sessions. Every session will be offered twice, so you will be able to fit your study around your schedule.

Our faculty team are engaged with industry, private companies, and public research bodies, which helps ensure the skills that you are learning are the skills employers need.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Assessment methods will emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They will typically include:

  • mini project reports
  • group discussions and assignments
  • live and/or pre-recorded presentations
  • practical exercises based on real-world scenarios
  • essays
  • literature reviews
  • multiple choice exams for formative learning feedback (no more than 5% of assessment).


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a bachelor degree in engineering, physical sciences or a related engineering or technological discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied.

We will also consider applications from non-graduates if they have adequate and relevant professional qualifications. We welcome enquiries and applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates (with at least three years’ work experience in an engineering environment) who don’t meet the formal requirements.

All applicants will need to have GCSE English language at grade C or above, or an appropriate equivalent English language qualification.

In exceptional circumstances applicants can provide alternative proof of English language proficiency rather than a standard English test. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You should discuss the criteria with your Enrolment Advisor to see if this can be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

How to apply


The Digital Education Service requires all applicants to provide proof of their identity at the point of application. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • Passport photo page, or
  • Driving licence, or
  • National identity card.


The deadline for applications to join each intake are outlined below:

  • March 2023 start: application deadline is 7 February 2023.
  • May 2023 start: application deadline is 11 April 2023.
  • July 2023 start: application deadline is 6 June 2023.
  • September 2023 start: application deadline is 8 August 2023.
  • November 2023 start: application deadline is 3 October 2023.
  • January 2024 start: application deadline is 5 December 2023.

All suitably qualified candidates will be interviewed by telephone or online as part of the selection process.

Applicants for Digital Education Service programmes should contact their Enrolment Advisor to find out more about the course, how to start the online application process and if applicants wish to change their start date after submitting an application.



Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

Contact us

Enrolment Advisor team

Telephone: +44 (0)113 341 1262


Fees for 2022/23 academic year of entry (1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023):

UK and International: £6,000

The fee is composed of:

  • four taught modules (15 credits each): £1,500 per module

You will have the option to pay your fees on a module-by-module basis*. In this case your fee will be broken down into:

  • four equal payments of £1,500

*If your fees are being paid directly to the University by your employer or sponsor you will not be able to pay on a module-by-module basis.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

Graduates of the University of Leeds (or an affiliated institution) are entitled to a 10% bursary towards tuition fees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Career opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences maintains long-standing industry links with partners both in the UK and overseas. Through these partnerships, the faculty has identified demand within the global employment market for engineers with advanced management skills.

Graduates from the distance learning Engineering Management Masters will be perfectly equipped to step into roles as industry leaders. You will benefit from our links with industry and private companies to build market-ready expertise, ready to apply the latest management thinking.

Alumni of our engineering schools have gone on to positions with companies such as: Arup, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke, TATA Steel, BP, Rolls-Royce and AECOM.

Whether you are looking for progression within your company or simply to improve your management competency within your current role, you will be ready to step into a range of engineering career opportunities from Engineering Manager positions to Project Manager, Business Analyst and many more.

Careers support

Throughout your course, you will have access to a range of professional development support and activities. The Careers Service offers online support and resources including career planning, CV (Curriculum Vitae) guidance and interview/application skills, as well as providing access to our database of employer events. You will also be able to schedule one-to-one careers advice sessions through our e-Guidance service via telephone or Skype.

The Careers Service is a global platform that connects students, alumni, and employers from all around the world. Whether you are a current student or alumni, you can get access to professional development tools, regional knowledge, or industry insight through our network.

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