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MSc Engineering Management

Develop the management skills needed to become a leader in engineering

Apply By

08 April 2024

To Start

29 April 2024

  • icon_timer_white Minimum programme length: 2 years
  • icon_money_white Fees: £6,900

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Why Abertay?

University of the Year for Teaching Quality *

Number 1 in Scotland for teaching of Engineering**

Best modern University in Scotland for Engineering research***

Top 3 in Scotland the UK for Student Satisfaction**

* Guardian (2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback ****

95% of graduates in full-time work or study within six months of graduating

100% online, with six starts per year

Pay per module

* Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021 | ** NSS, 2023 | *** REF, 2021 | **** Guardian University Guide, 2020

Prepare yourself to lead and manage in engineering contexts

Our flexible online MSc Engineering Management programme equips you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage engineering projects and teams. Designed to suit graduates from non-engineering backgrounds looking to work in the industry, you’ll develop your understanding in engineering, strategy and management and health and safety.

You’ll develop a keen awareness of strategic management and how it can be used to help organisations gain competitive advantage and manage their facilities in a sustainable and energy-efficient way. Become equipped to improve systems and processes as well as use technology and data to solve problems within the industry and demonstrate your learning through an independent research proposal and project.

Your learning will take place completely online and as part-time study, so you’ll have the flexibility to learn while you earn as well as maintain important family and life commitments. This programme offers six starts per year, so you can start your studies within weeks of admission.

MSc Engineering Management

What you'll learn

This degree develops graduates with knowledge of engineering management core concepts and an awareness of developments at the forefront of professional practice in the field. You’ll learn how to work independently and with others to research, design, develop and implement creative engineering solutions to practical industry problems. You will also gain expertise in facility planning, sustainability, risk assessment and how to use energy-saving measures to improve facilities management.

On successful completion of this MSc with Engineering Management you will be able to:

Understand and use various data and information gathering tools to make informed judgements, and effectively communicate across a range of audiences using a variety of tools


Appraise engineering technologies and the techniques used to solve problems, increase efficiency and productivity, and improve systems


Integrate scientific and engineering principles to solve engineering challenges, as well as investigate new and emerging technologies and analyse data to resolve unfamiliar problems


Analyse and examine management strategies leading to successful business development and critique facilities and environmental management fundamentals


Review current knowledge in engineering to define, plan, undertake and deliver an independent, time-limited research project that meets specified aims and objectives


This module explores the essential principles of facility planning, design, maintenance, and sustainability so you will gain the knowledge and skills needed for effective facilities management. You will engage with a wide range of topics, including commercial risk, energy efficiency, security, maintenance strategies, and the integration of technology for streamlined operations. You will also gain insights into creating functional and sustainable environments that align with organisational goals by studying real-world case studies and industry best practices.

To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets. The way in which organisations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This module considers the impact of current and emerging economic, political, digital and cultural factors and the relationship between strategy, stakeholder expectations and organisational performance. The strategic implications of e-business and the resulting digital transformation is also discussed.

As international concerns surrounding the undeniable impact of climate change on human life grow, nations have started setting targets to save the planet for this and future generations. This includes targets to mitigate the impact of climate change, reduce carbon emissions and encourage sustainable lifestyles. This module enables students to appraise challenges around climate, carbon and environment conscious communities.

This module develops the critical thinking skills required to evaluate and implement effective safe practices in the workplace. It is based on first principles so that application is relevant to a diverse range of situations at a global level for any type of organisation. You will develop skills to evaluate working practice, identify potential system failure and create robust preventive measures in a dynamic and rapidly changing working environment influenced by different contexts, including cultural and ethical interpretations.

Increasingly many organisations have recognised that the environment is not just a matter of legislative compliance, but also a management issue. As a student of this module, you will engage with a series of practical tools which can be used to manage environmental issues, within both the public and private sector.

Managing a project is like managing a micro-organisation: from handling budgets, managing people, leading change, analysing and treating risk to dealing with contractors, managing stakeholder expectations and overseeing all aspects of the project. This module uses various tools and techniques to help students understand what is happening in a project and ensure a quality product is developed, the service or process is delivered on time, in budget and to specification.

This module offers a comprehensive exploration of leadership concepts, theories, and practical strategies to equip students with a solid foundation for effective leadership for delivering engineering projects in diverse settings. It delves into the multifaceted nature of leadership, combining academic insights with real-world applications to foster a deeper understanding of leadership dynamics in project delivery.

This module helps to broaden and deepen the knowledge, understanding and skills of students covering a diverse range of technical subjects that support an organisation’s core activities, including those related to the essential features of a sustainable organisation. It enhances students’ analytical and decision-making skills, particularly in the context of sustainable development.

This module is designed to introduce you to research methods and statistical analysis. Theoretical approaches to research and statistical concepts are taught in online lectures with virtual lab sessions using both quantitative and qualitative techniques that allow you to put theory into practice.

This module is designed to enable you to develop a research proposal. The module will provide guidance on the essential steps in research proposal development including literature searching, research question setting, identifying objectives and proposing a research methodology. Proposal development will also consider project planning, risks and mitigation, and legal and ethical issues.

Through an independent research project, you will select, plan, conduct and write up a research-based investigation. The project will include the selection of appropriate research and experimental methods, the collection and analysis of data and information and the evaluation and communication of findings and require the synthesis of a solution appropriate to the project aims. You will produce an artefact to complement the write-up of your investigation.

Who our MSc Engineering Management programme is suited to:

This programme is ideally suited to those looking to develop themselves as leaders of engineering, and for anyone with industrial experience looking to accelerate their career into a senior position of leadership.

Study completely online and part-time, so you can easily fit your studies in around your lives including work, family and friends.

MSc Engineering Management

Potential career paths for this MSc Engineering

Our MSc Engineering equips you to excel in a variety of roles including:

  • Engineering Manager
  • Senior Lead Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Operational Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Plant Manager

Entry Requirements

At least a 2:2 degree (or equivalent qualification) in the field of social sciences, science or engineering

Or you may be admitted based on assessment of relevant work experience

IELTS 6.0 and equivalents

• Anthropology
• Area studies
• Business studies
• Communication studies
• Economics
• Education
• Environmental studies
• Gender studies
• Geography
• Industrial relations
• International relations
• Law
• Media studies
• Political science
• Public administration
• Psychology
• Sociology
• Sustainable development

Start dates

We have six start dates a year, so you can begin your studies within weeks.