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Engineering Management MSc

Prepare to manage people and projects in the fast-changing engineering industry. Boost your career by joining our international community at our London campus.

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As the engineering industry changes, the need for managers with industry specific skills and experience grows. Prepare to lead others in the workplace and successfully manage engineering projects and processes. 

Whether you want to prepare for a new role in engineering management or build on your existing engineering and management experience, this MSc Engineering Management Master's degree in London will help you get started.

You'll study topics across management and engineering, and develop your communication skills to improve relationships between engineers and managers. You'll explore supply chains and strategic management, alongside and engineering subjects such as renewable energy use and system ability.

By learning from lecturers with industry experience and using case studies to inform your work, you'll graduate knowing that your subject knowledge is practical and applicable in the real world.

During your final project you can explore an engineering challenge that matters to you, so you'll graduate prepared for your career in engineering design, product systems or management.


This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

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Course highlights

  • Prepare for your career as a leader in the rapidly-changing engineering industry 
  • Explore current management and engineering topics and techniques
  • Use industry-standard software to develop your skills in Advanced Excel Modelling, Microsoft Project and more
  • Focus on an engineering management issue that matters to you when you choose your final project
  • Learn to use your management skills to support engineering goals in your workplace

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On this course, you'll choose between a Master's project and a dissertation as your final piece of work. All other modules are core.


The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the requirements for information integration for an engineering system and effectively apply advanced information and communication technologies.
  • Critically analyse information system requirements by taking account of commercial and industrial constraints and create an implementation strategy for effective information processing and management.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the theories and practices for managing organisational and technological change and examine existing organisational structures and operational processes and assess their strength and weaknesses for adapting to changes and new situations.
  • Critically evaluate and apply the theories and practices for managing organisational and technological change, including the role of project manager in engineering and technological sectors.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically appraise a systematic approach with lean thinking and apply it into analysis, planning, design and performance evaluation of a complex production system.
  • Examine modelling techniques and mathematical approaches for capturing the deterministic and stochastic behaviours of manufacturing and prototyping systems.
  • Identify and critically assess key bottlenecks in an existing manufacturing system providing alternative solutions for system improvement , including flexibility, reconfigurability and responsiveness with innovative features to create efficient, cost-effective and eco-friendly systems, based on numerical analysis and results.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Develop a strategic approach to operations and quality management.
  • Critically analyse data sets in order to estimate the production quality
  • Analyse given situations in order to plan, evaluate and continuously improve a Quality Management system.
  • Apply engineering techniques taking account of a range of commercial and industrial constraints.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of the advantages and limitations of renewable and non-renewable energy sources with regard to sustainability (including planning, socio-economic, technical, legal, environmental and planning aspects).
  • Critically evaluate the potential of renewable and alternative energy sources in different environments and demographic and climate scenarios.
  • Demonstrate an autonomous ability for research, argue alternative approaches, and complex problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate advanced conceptual understanding of the benefits and restrictions of renewable energy sources, as well as currently available and emerging technologies for renewable and alternative energy harvesting.
  • Comprehensively analyse the operation of solar energy installation by applying the principles explored in the module.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Formulate and critically assess aims and targets for materials management strategies with consideration of total product life cycle and changing customer expectations.
  • Evolve criteria for materials selection, maintenance of supply and use of scarce materials and critically evaluate potential substitute strategies for reduced ecological impact.
  • Identify and hypothesise contemporary global issues and manufacturing styles to maximise the effective use of resources and minimise the environmental impact, with particular reference to globalisation and emerging technologies.
  • Rationalise complex and messy scenarios into systemic representations and conceptualise new solutions for further analysis and evaluation.
  • Critically evaluate the issues and solutions relating to the syllabus and defend creative and innovative ideas, calculations and proposals both in groups and individually.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically analyse and systematically discuss key concepts and principles of supply chain organisation.
  • Assess critical components of supply chains, including, pricing policy, logistics, outsourcing, supplier-customer relationships, and associated risks.
  • Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to plan, control and manage the supply chain to achieve overall efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Apply a range of advanced and specialised models to improve supply chain performance: fully integrated chains, lean and agile chains, closed-loop and green supply chain.
  • Create novel supply chain strategies for dealing with emerging technologies and their implications on business models, society and environmental aspects in a rapidly evolving global market.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Plan and manage a substantive individual project activity with the breadth, scope and discrimination appropriate to a Master of Science award with time, technical and resource constraints.
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies by research and experiments and appraise current practice limitations and new developments.
  • Apply mathematical or technical skills for identifying problems, designing, implementing, testing and critically evaluating solutions in engineering.
  • Evaluate and reflect on the scientific, commercial or industrial context of the project) and reflect on the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering.
  • Professionally use technical literature and other information sources and formally report the progress and results of the project, orally and in writing.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Competently perform a series of research task in engineering.
  • Confidently contrast and critique different research methodologies.
  • Critically evaluate different research papers, reports, and dissertations in relation to their ability to communicate effectively their research questions, design, and findings.
  • Critically analyse and interpret different forms of data collected during a research project using appropriate techniques and conventions.
  • Design an engineering research project relevant to the degree.
  • Develop a theoretical proposition after performing a critical review of a body of research literature.

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Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

You'll graduate from this MSc Engineering Management Master's degree ready to respond to the rapidly-developing engineering sector. You'll have the management and engineering skills to succeed in roles across engineering, whether you want to work in project management, quality assurance or production. 

Having built your professional network throughout your degree by connecting with fellow students, lecturers and professionals, you'll be ready to develop your engineering management career after this course.

As part of your final project you'll explore a professional aspect of engineering management. This will be a topic that interests you and can link directly to your future work — past projects in this area include cost projections of going independent of the national grid with renewable power, and a cost/benefit analysis of setting up solar farms in Nigeria.  

Graduates of this course can go onto roles such as:

  • business operations specialist
  • project manager
  • production engineer
  • creative director
  • quality assurance engineer
  • production engineer

Graduates from similar courses have also set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take:

  • 12 months (full-time study, September start)
  • 16 months (full-time study, January start)

You can expect:

  • 9 hours of teaching time every week
  • 30 hours of independent study each week
  • to focus on your research project in the last 3 months of your course


Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory sessions
  • tutorials


You'll be assessed through: 

  • project work
  • written coursework
  • exams

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark, and to get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

Graduation Class of 2021

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community in London.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting you

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff at our London campus to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

  • academic writing (such as essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • reflective writing
  • critical thinking skills
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

You'll also have access to a personal tutor to support you in your studies.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • £10,400 (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students

£20,800 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

£20,800 (may be subject to annual increase)

University of Portsmouth graduates may receive a 20% alumni tuition fee discount

Fees are subject to annual increase. Read our tuition fees terms and conditions.

You'll be able to pay your fees in instalments. Find out how to pay your tuition fees.

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies with available scholarships and bursaries.

Additional costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Entry requirements​


This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.

September 2024 start

  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.


Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students, current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2023, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.