Taught course

Engineering Projects & Systems Management

Institution
Kingston University · Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline, and/or suitable industrial experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course, accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), provides an excellent opportunity to improve your current technical portfolio with a spectrum of engineering operations and project management skills. As a result, you will enhance your employment prospects and your ability to apply for senior engineering management roles.

The MSc will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng(Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration.

  • The course is designed to complement your engineering degree with a rich spectrum of engineering and project management skills.
  • Academic teaching is supported by specialist speakers from industry, keeping you up to date with the challenges and developments in the real world.
  • Skills learnt in hands-on practical sessions using the latest software are easily transferred into any working environment.

What will you study

You will learn how to apply advanced project management and resource optimisation skills, and will be able to identify, evaluate and recommend solutions to critical engineering management problems that need improvement. You will study the important ingredients of running a successful business, and how to improve its operations, productivity and competitiveness by using different management techniques specific to engineering companies. You will be able to develop and manage new projects more effectively and within the given constraints in functions, cost and time. You will also learn how to expand your business through deploying the latest e-commerce and IT techniques.

Throughout the course you will have many hands-on sessions to practise what you have learned in the classroom. These practical skills will be obtained through using specialist software in operation management, quality analysis, business decision modelling, supply chain management and resources simulation. The project dissertation will allow you to develop a chosen field of knowledge which will complement your career ambition. Teamwork, group presentations, case studies and industrial speakers are other highlights of the course, enhancing your learning experience and employability.

Core modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

  • Engineering Projects and Risk Management

This module is designed to equip you with the essential project management techniques so that you can take leadership in initiating and managing new projects in engineering companies. Such projects include new products, new services, setting up international collaborations, establishing supply chains, and to name but a few. Many successful organisations use project management as a core management tool to drive their business forward and to explore new territories.

  • Industrial Operation Management and Resources Simulation

This module explores various management techniques commonly used in industrial companies to improve operation efficiency, overall productivity and competitiveness. You will gain an in-depth understanding in operational issues related to industrial organisations worldwide. In particular the module focuses on how these techniques are to be applied appropriately in the engineering sector. The module addresses global operational issues faced by engineering companies including design and management of products, processes, services and supply chains. Issues such as acquisition, process development, and resource utilisation will also be considered and analysed.

Engineering Research Techniques, Entrepreneurship and Quality Management

This module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It also addresses issues related to presentation of technical reports at master level and for the purpose of wider publication in learned media.

Engineering Individual Project

This is a core module for MSc courses in the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, forming a capstone experience for students on these courses. The module allows you to research and study an engineering topic which is of personal interest, thus allowing you to demonstrate the mastery of your subject, and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate specific areas that may not have been previously covered in-depth in the course.

Option Modules

  • E-engineering Systems

This module is designed to demonstrate how advanced internet technology can be applied in engineering and business sectors. The module is skill-focused and provides a comprehensive learning platform for you to master not only the knowledge of the essential aspects of information systems and e-commerce, but also to design and to build a live website populated with product engineering data. The end product will facilitate interactive engineering and product design activities contributed by engineers in different locations across the world via the internet. The well-balanced theoretical and practical content offered in this module allows you to truly appreciate the benefits of adequate IT deployment in the engineering sector, and to apply what you have learnt in the lecture through developing a realistic web server with specific engineering design functions. As a result of this sought-after skillset, your employability potential in a wide spectrum of national and international industrial organisations will be greatly enhanced.

Green Engineering and Energy Efficiency

This option module deals with the criteria and practice of sustainable development within engineering industries. To be able to critically assess energy sources as to usage performance of engineering systems, components and processes in order to minimise industrial waste, scrap and pollution through the use of analytical methods; leading to recommendations for the design, specification and manufacture of environmentally benign products.

  • Mechatronic Design and Automation

This module provides high level view on the design of mechatronic and automation systems. Applications and types of such systems are discussed. Main components of mechatronic design are introduced, including mechanical design through specialised software, sensors and actuators, control design, and software development for real-time implementation. A strong feature of this module is the delivery by the academic staff from the Industrial Control Research Group. Theoretical material is illustrated by practical laboratory sessions on real-time design, using industrial standard, state-of-the-art equipment. A range of transferable skills gained in this module is aimed to help with the work on the final project and extra-curricular activities available within the school.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking. Read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/engineering-projects-systems-management-msc/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
SECAdmissionsEnquiries@kingston.ac.uk
Phone
08448 547683/+44 (0)20 3308 9931