Combining contemporary management techniques and modern technology
Why take this course?
This course will enable you to develop an understanding of technology management techniques so you have the capability to accept broader and more responsible roles (both technical and managerial) within a continually changing environment. It also aims to engender an understanding of the management role in the investigation, implementation and operation of manufacturing and service systems, and will provide you with a broad appreciation of material resource utilisation and recovery, with consideration of effective planning procedures for minimum waste.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with local and global organisations
- Use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience
- Carry out your final project in a workplace environment or relate your topic to a current issue in industry
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). It will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).
I would like to be a solution provider, delivering tactical support and effective solutions in achieving various IT objectives as benefited from my year in industry.
Bola Adeyeye, computing student 2013
- Start date and duration
- 1 year full time (start September), 3 years part time (start September), 16 months full time (start January - International applicants only)
- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £6,400, part time: £2,130 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £6,400, part time: £2,130 p/a*
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a* part time: £4,570 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £14,400 p/a* part time: £4,800 p/a*
*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- School of Engineering
- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
This course provides a broad understanding of management techniques and modern technology in a fully integrated framework. Alongside a selection of key compulsory topics, you’ll also undertake a substantial project.
Here are the units you will study:
- Operations and Quality Management: A strategic approach is used with modern inventory and supply chain management and logistics tools and techniques. Management strategies are developed for quality, including quality systems and quality control.
- Information Technology and Management: The design and analysis of information systems is dealt with in the context of business as a whole, including network design requirements. Emphasis is made on web publishing and modern forms of management communication.
- Strategies for Resource Husbandry and Recovery: The effective use of resources to minimise environmental impact is the major theme of this unit. The total product life cycle, including disposal, is considered in a management context that includes an analysis of economic viability, potential life extension and recovery processes.
- Supply Chain Management: Supply chain management involves the coordination of production, inventory, location and transportation, among participants in a supply chain. This unit considers the principles and tools of supply chain management, with an emphasis on lean six sigma methods.
- Strategic Management: This unit is designed to introduce principles of organisational structure, project management and change management. Teaching will address how to synthesise strategies from a range of approaches to achieving goals, utilising analytical techniques for project management and managing change, addressing external and internal pressures and constraints.
- Integrated Manufacturing Systems: Systems concepts and techniques are developed in logistics and manufacturing areas with a strong emphasis on simulation techniques and practical case study analysis.
- Individual Project: A strong feature of the course is the individual project, which comprises a third of the course. You will be encouraged to undertake projects where possible in industrial companies. However, we can use our extensive resources and staff skills to also undertake them within the University.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions in conjunction with implementing your individual project, which can often be linked with industry. In addition, you will need to spend significant time in our state-of-the-art laboratories and the library as well as in private study directed by lecturers.
How are you assessed?
Assessment is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
- coursework assignments
- a laboratory report
- a dissertation
Facilities & Features
Our students have access to state-of-the-art software dedicated to technological and manufacturing management. Our laboratories are staffed by experts in the respective fields. We have invested heavily in our facilities so that students can put the knowledge they gain from our courses into practice. Computer suites and associated software are regularly upgraded to reflect current industrial practice and course requirements.
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Budgeting for your studies
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Careers & Opportunities
Management specialists must learn to understand the technology context in which decisions are made, whilst engineers increasingly need a range of management skills. The 'communication gap' between engineers and managers must be closed if they are to work effectively together as team members with a common goal.
On graduating from this course, you can expect to find employment in a wide range of engineering and management-based careers such as production management, manufacturing, project management, design, research and development.
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Benefits of Postgraduate Study
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
- Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
- Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
- Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
- Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
- If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.
Online application form
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Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.
Postgraduate Information Days
Our Postgraduate Information Days give you the opportunity to visit the University and meet with course leaders. You can also go to a range of academic and support-based talks to get the information you need to consider when studying at postgraduate level with us.
Our Postgraduate Information Days for 2017 entry are:
- Wednesday 1 March 2017, 1pm - 5pm
- Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1pm - 5pm
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