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Engineering Management MSc (Distance learning) 2018 start

  • Overview

    There has never been a more important time for businesses to have managers with a technical background that can accelerate the introduction of new technologies and innovation into their businesses. This programme is designed for engineers who want to progress into broader management roles, and become effective leaders that are fully conversant with trends in technology in order to manage the impact of disruptive technologies in business across a range of industry sectors.

    This fully online master’s degree is jointly delivered by four outstanding, highly ranked Engineering Schools, and will provide a unique multi-disciplinary approach to education in Engineering Management.

    The University of Leeds has been recognised for providing an industry leading online learning experience with award winning learning materials. As an online student you will also benefit from extensive student and career support, and continuous interaction with your fellow international peers.

    Teaching and research excellence

    The University of Leeds offers a unique combination of access to world-renowned research and quality teaching from high profile academics, resulting in an exceptional learning experience.

    The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds is one of the UK’s top engineering and computing faculties with an international reputation for teaching and research, achieving exceptionally high scores in the latest UK Government Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014).

    The Faculty of Engineering is ranked in the top 100 in the world for engineering and technology by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2017/18).

    The modules for this Engineering Management master’s programme are delivered by staff from across the whole of the faculty of Engineering, and will be suitable for engineers from all backgrounds and industries.

  • Course content

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

    The online course includes 9 modules and you will typically spend eight weeks studying each module. The modules cover a variety of subject areas to provide you with fundamental engineering management skills and knowledge. Subjects include strategic management, project management and managing the impacts of emerging technologies. You will also explore continuous improvement and innovation management in organisations.

    The programme culminates in your Engineering Management Project, giving you the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to the resolution of a live business problem, or to investigate an academic research topic in-depth.

    You can take the programme 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. This means you can choose to complete the online MSc Engineering Management in a minimum of two years or up to a maximum of four years.

    Course structure

    You will study 9 compulsory modules and complete the programme with your Engineering Management Project. Your modules of study will include three Foundation modules, six Development modules and your project.

    If you choose to take the programme over two years, the typical programme of study is outlined below.

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    In your first year you will typically study three Foundation modules, shown below as Compulsory. You will also typically take three out of six Development modules, shown below as Optional.

    Compulsory modules

    You will study three Foundation modules in your first year of study:

    • Innovation, Design and Creative Engineering 15 credits
    • Business Strategy for Engineers 15 credits
    • Enterprise and Business Planning 15 credits

    Optional modules

    You will study all of the following six Development modules across the programme. You will take three of these modules in your first year of study:

    • Managing Major Engineering Projects 15 credits
    • Continuous Improvement in Engineering Supply Chains 15 credits
    • Decision Making for Engineering Managers 15 credits
    • Emerging and Disruptive Technologies 15 credits
    • People and Organisational Performance in Engineering 15 credits
    • Safety and Corporate Social Responsibilty 15 credits

    Year 2

    In your second year you will typically study your Engineering Management Project, shown below as Compulsory. You will also typically take the three remaining Developmental modules, shown below as Optional.

    Compulsory modules

    You will study all of the following six Development modules across the programme. You will take three of these modules in your second year of study:

    • Engineering Management Project 45 credits

    Optional modules

    • Managing Major Engineering Projects 15 credits
    • Continuous Improvement in Engineering Supply Chains 15 credits
    • Decision Making for Engineering Managers 15 credits
    • Emerging and Disruptive Technologies 15 credits
    • People and Organisational Performance in Engineering 15 credits
    • Safety and Corporate Social Responsibilty 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Engineering Management MSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The MSc Engineering Management will be delivered 100% online via our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn.

    You will benefit from a high quality online learning experience, developed by the University of Leeds’ award-winning digital education service (ALT Learning Technologist Team of the Year 2015).

    Social learning will be at the heart of the experience, with interactive and collaborative activities embedded into every module of study, bringing your online learning experience to life. The programme will feature a range of multimedia and interactive content, discussion activities, and a diverse mix of individual and collaborative learning.

    With each module, you will be guided through a structured series of learning activities every week, including:

    • Multimedia content: you will engage with a variety of videos including case studies, talking heads, panel discussions and interviews, as well as animated films.
    • Interactive content: regular multiple choice and short question tests will check your understanding, along with polls and surveys to share views with your fellow students, and interactive exercises and scenarios.
    • Online tutorials: you will take part in weekly live online tutorials with your tutors and classmates
    • Individual learning: direct access to key readings selected by our academics and guidance on further resources, as well as individual research and reflection tasks.
    • Collaborative learning: numerous peer and group projects will allow you to connect with your classmates and share views through discussion forums, chat facilities and online tutorials.

    All course materials and communications will be delivered online, so it is vital that you have regular and reliable access to the internet at your place of study. We recommend a broadband internet connection supporting 5Mbps download capacity. Further information will be provided by our enrolment advisors. You will need regular access to a personal computer, or laptop, with a webcam. You will also need the ability to view PDF documents and to open and edit standard Microsoft Office documents. As a University of Leeds student you will be given free access to Microsoft Office Online.

    All live sessions will be available at a suitable time to ensure flexibility and meet the needs of students in a range of time zones, meaning you can join a session at a time to suit you.


    Assessment methods will emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They will typically include essays, written reports, multiple-choice and short-answer tests, reflective blogs, participation in online discussions, and a mix of group and individual presentations made online.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in engineering, physical sciences or a related engineering or technological discipline where relevant subject areas have been studied. If your degree is in an unrelated engineering discipline or in a managerial or economic discipline, we’ll consider your application if you have at least 3 years of relevant work experience in an engineering environment. Exceptionally, we will also consider applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates who don’t meet the formal qualifications.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact our Enrolment Advisors at

    English language requirements

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

    How to apply

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

    • September 2018 start: application deadline is 10th August 2018
    • November 2018 start: application deadline is 5th October 2018
    • January 2019 start: application deadline is 30th November 2018
    • March 2019 start: application deadline is 1st February 2019
    • May 2019 start: application deadline is 29th March 2019
    • July 2019 start: application deadline is 7th June 2019.

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

    Applications for this degree programme are handled by our Enrolment Advisors. Please contact them to find out more about the programme and to start the online application process. Email

    Admissions policy

    Digital Education Service admissions policy


    The following fees apply to those starting their course between September 2018 and July 2019.

    UK/EU and International: £19,750

    The fee is composed of:

    • Programme fee: £200
    • 9 taught modules (15 credits each): £1,630 per module
    • Project module fee (45 credits): £4,880

    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:

    • Programme fee (£200) plus first module fee (£1,630): £1,830
    • 8 taught module fees: £1,630 per module
    • Project module fee: £4,880

    *if you are receiving a student loan, professional career development loan or 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. Please check with our Enrolment Advisors.

    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

    The University of Leeds Alumni Bursary offers 10% tuition fee reduction for self or partially funded students. 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.

    UK and EU students may be able to apply for a UK government-backed loan of up to £10,280. Applications should be made through the Student Loans Company. Find out more.

  • Career opportunities

    There is a significant level of demand within the global employment market for engineers with a solid understanding of the principles underpinning business management.

    Whether you are looking to progress within your company, open up doors to new job opportunities or improve your management competency within your current role, this programme will provide a learning experience which will cultivate leadership skills and provide opportunities to learn and apply the latest management thinking.

    As you progress through the course, you will have many opportunities to build upon the technical skills that you will have gained from your first degree and work experience. Upon completion, you should have acquired a solid understanding of business management techniques, strategies and challenges, which will help you differentiate yourself in a competitive global marketplace. Relevant career paths include engineering manager, engineering management consultancy or roles within research and development.

    Throughout your programme of study you’ll have access to professional development support and activities available via the University’s VLE, which will include self-directed resources and tools and a reflective professional development portfolio. You will also have access to online careers support via the University of Leeds Careers Centre.

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