MSc Engineering Management

Engineering management


This degree has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.




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The MSc in Engineering Management is a one year full-time taught course aimed at ambitious graduate engineers who aspire to higher level management positions, especially of a technical nature. The course develops those areas of management that graduates require in their progression towards a management career but firmly anchored in a technical context.

The course benefits from the knowledge and expertise from our Engineering Education and Management Research Group.

It is intended to provide students with a good understanding of the techniques and issues in modern engineering management, with an emphasis on those skills that will be immediately required in first line management roles. It provides students with:

  • A sound understanding of aspects of management relevant to the technical manager
  • Opportunities to apply management thinking to real technology issues
  • Develop management skills applicable to your employability prospects and career development
  • Gain experience of exploiting technological opportunities within large firms or as an entrepreneurial activity


Course Content

The course aims to allow technically qualified students to develop their engineering management knowledge and skills within a technical context and with a specialist management emphasis.

In addition to the ‘technical’ subjects covered within the modules, there is an emphasis on the development of generic or transferable skills within this programme, in particular creativity and innovation, capacity for analysis, problem formulation and solving, planning and time management, communications (written and oral), team working and interpersonal skills, research skills and activity management.

The table below shows at what stage of the programme the various modules are taught.

Autumn termSpring termSummer termJuly - September
International Business Research Methods MSc Project
Management and Marketing of Technology Ideation
Introduction to Project Management Accounting and Finance MSc Project
Technical Literature Review Enterprise
Strategic and Operations Management
Law for Engineering Management  

The MSc is of 12-months duration, starting at the beginning of the Autumn term (late September) until the following September. For term dates, please visit the University term dates page.

Click on the links below to find out more about each module.  Please note that the detailed module contents and timetabling are subject to change.

Autumn term

International Business

Knowledge and Understanding:

International trading & marketing across national borders; its role in the global economy; the international competitive business environment, theories of international trade, globalisation & international business.

Discipline-related Skills:

Analyse the legal issues associated with an international trading situation and recommend a human resource solution.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Presentation and Report.

Management & Marketing of Technology

Knowledge and Understanding:

Change management including the nature of change in organizations, hard and soft changes, soft management change systems, sources of resistance and managing transitions.

Discipline-related Skills:

Produce a marketing plan for a new technology based product or service.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Management report and marketing plan.

Transferable Skills:

Undertake market research and develop a marketing plan. Use of tools and diagrams to understand how an organisation should develop its product portfolio.

Introduction to Project Management

Knowledge and Understanding:

Types of project. Role of project manager. Project life-cycles. Tools and techniques for project management. Quality Assurance. Engineering Ethics.

Discipline-related Skills:

Analyse a project and produce specification. Work breakdowns. Critical path analysis and risk.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Continuous assessment. (Individual project plan and analysis. Report assessed.)

Transferable Skills:

Capturing customer requirements and forming requirement specifications; work breakdown structures; activity matrices; project plan preparation; project charting techniques, Bar Chart, Gantt charts and PERT; critical path analysis; project management techniques, value added; risk management; and ethics.

Technical Literature Review

Knowledge and Understanding:

Research skills. Critical literature review and writing skills. In depth technical knowledge.

Discipline-related Skills:

Undertake a detailed and focussed critical literature review into relevant aspects of a novel technological idea.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures, Private Study & Continuous Assessment.

Strategic and Operations Management

Knowledge and Understanding:

To equip students with an understanding of the different forms of Company structure and the appropriateness of each for given situations. To explain the place of company mission statements and its link to corporate values and policies and practices.

Discipline-related Skills:

Understand the operations of a business and the managerial aspects associated with them including push & pull production methodologies, quality management and life-cycle costing.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Presentation and Report.

Law for Engineering Management

Knowledge and Understanding:

UK and European Legal systems. Laws of trading, and those applicable to engineering businesses both large and small.

Discipline-related Skills:

Evaluate the difference in legal implications in business formation in the UK compared to another country.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Continuous assessment.

Transferable Skills:

Written communications. Group working.

Spring term


Knowledge and Understanding:

Creativity and idea generation techniques. Approaches to idea refinement and selection. How to communicate a new idea.

Discipline-related Skills:

Communicate an idea through a written proposal and an ‘elevator pitch’.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures & Continuous Assessment.

Transferable Skills:

Public speaking though workshop presentations.

Accounting and Finance

Knowledge and Understanding:

Foundations of accounting and finance including: company performance, investment opportunities and product costing and pricing in the business and new venture contexts.

Discipline-related Skills:

Appraise the value to an organisation of an investment opportunity. Prepare a cash flow forecast and from it derive a Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet.

Delivery and Assessment:

Lectures. Closed-book examination.


Knowledge and Understanding:

Issues of commercial exploitation, competitive environment including the setting of pricing structures & marketing options.

Discipline-related Skills:

Explore a real new/novel technology or product and advance it to the point of a genuinely workable business plan.

Delivery and Assessment:

Seminars. Presentation and Report.

Transferable Skills:

Propose an organisational form for a new venture based on an analysis of the opportunity. Prepare a full and professional business plan.

Summer Term

Research Methods

Knowledge and Understanding:

Develops students ability to undertake a detailed and focussed literature review into relevant aspects of a novel technological idea broadening and deepening the students understanding of a technical topic they already understand from their undergraduate engineering degree.

Discipline-related Skills:

Build on existing research methods knowledge or to learn the fundamentals of research to equip students with the knowledge to undertake and evaluate research.

Delivery and Assessment:

Workshops, Presentation and Report.

MSc Project

Discipline-related Skills:

Investigation of a specified problem in Engineering Management.

Delivery and Assessment:

Tender presentation & report. Final report. Viva examination. Performance review.

Transferable Skills:

Group working. Interpersonal skills. Time management. Delegation & risk management. Placing individual work in a larger context, as in real-life companies.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold (or expected to gain) the equivalent of a 2:1 honours degree or above from a university recognised by the University of York. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a good 2:2 degree (or equivalent) and at least two years relevant work experience. This degree should be in a subject with a significant Electronics, Computing, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics content.

We are also willing to consider applications from students with lower qualifications, particularly when the student has high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate industrial experience.

For applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are required.

Preliminary Reading

Preliminary Reading

Welcome to the preliminary reading for the MSc in Engineering Management. The information on this page is intended to prepare you for the course and give you an introduction to some of the subjects that you'll be studying here. Some background reading before you arrive will enable you to make the best use of your time at York.

One of the aspects of the taught MSc in Engineering Management that gives students some difficulty is in the specific language of management, in particular in the area of Law. Law is full of technical terms that are not commonly found in everyday conversational English. All subject areas, be it management or technical, have their own discipline specific language with varying degrees of overlap with the typical conversational vocabulary. The pressure, in a 50-minute lecture, can build if we need to look up the unfamiliar words in a dictionary. You do not need to be overly concerned about this, our students have only raised it as a mild concern. But that said being prepared will give you an edge.

There are two very good introductory books on Law that will introduce you to the subject. I recommend you read one or the other – you do not need to read both as they cover very similar topics. Why recommend two? Well books, like us, are individual in style – we prefer some to others and these are by different authors so have different styles.

  • “Essentials of business law” Ewan MacIntyre, 3rd edition, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 1-408-27876-6
  • “Law for Business Students” Alix Adams, 6th edition, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 1-408-27880-4

For your general engineering management preparation I suggest you read:

  • “Fundamentals of Management - Global edition” by Stephen Robbins, David DeCenzo and Mary Coulter, Pearson, ISBN-10 0-273-75586-2

This book covers some of the essential elements of management and some tools you might find very useful in our programme.

For Accounting and Finance – the best book(s) depends on whether you have studied it before or not, if you are already familiar with the subject and want a complete and full text then:

  • "Management Accounting for Business" by Colin Drury, ISBN 10: 1844801527, ISBN 13: 978-1844801527

If you are not familiar there are a number of books that cover a similar content, some examples are:

  • "Finance and Accounting for non-specialist students", Alan Pizzey, Financial Times Publishing, ISBN 0-273-63020-2
  • "Accounting in a Business Context", Berry and Jarvis, Thompson International Press, ISBN 1-86152-090-5
  • "Finance for non-financial managers". Millichamp, Letts Educational Press, ISBN 1-85805-304-8
  • "Accounting for non-accounting students", Dyson, Pitman Publishing, ISBN 0-273-60435-X
  • "Accounting for non-specialists", Jones, Wiley, ISBN 0-471-49572-7

Any one of the above on accounting and finance would serve you well. I suggest you take a look at one or two and see which one suits you best – they are all slightly different in style and like any interaction one style will suit you better than another.

Specific Vocabulary

All the different management disciplines have some specific terminology, the ‘language’ of production, the ‘language’ of Accounting and Finance, the ‘language’ of law. Understanding new management subjects is both a learning activity for the technical aspects of the subject but also of the terminology. One of the modules in the first term is Law for Engineering Managers. This module has, for the past two years, led some students to dive for the translation dictionary because many of the commonly used words in law are not common vocabulary. What we have been doing this year is starting to compile a list of the words that are used in lectures that are less commonly used – an example of some of the law words are listed below.

Terms relating to Law:

Vicarious liability; Peacework; Tribunal; Regulations; Anti-discrimination; Duty of trust; Collective agreements; Statutory notice; Maternity and Paternity; Redundancy; Proportionate; Entitlement; Conciliation; Arbitration; Mediation; Grievance; Litigation; Jurisdiction; Solvency; Enforcement; Solicitor & Barrister (understand the difference); Disclosure; Pre-action Protocol.


Teaching Staff

The department prides itself on the quality of its teaching. MSc in Engineering Management modules are taught by a mixture of University staff and visiting lecturers. All are experts in the subject matter of the module they teach on. The following is a brief biography for each member of the main teaching staff:

Programme Leader - Tony Ward

Tony is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Professor in Engineering Management in the Department. He leads the Engineering Education and Management Research Group and all management teaching within the Department. The main subjects he lectures include Key Skills Development; Accounting and Finance; International Business; Project Management. His research interests include engineering education and the assessment of enterprise and management skills. Within the University he holds the positions of Director of the White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Enterprise at York; and is the Provost of Alcuin College. Externally to the University he has been the President of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering for the past 5 years. Tony has an MBA in addition to his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Tony joined the University of York in 1993 after spending 18 years in industry, initially as a microwave design engineer and then in engineering manager and programme manager positions with a range of companies in the UK and for a short period in the US. He has run his own technical training company and is currently leading a new business that will potentially spin out from the University in the very near future.

Noel Jackson

Noel lectures in Engineering Management in the Department having joined the University in the summer of 2011 after a varied career in both industry and education. The current subjects he lectures include Enterprise; Introduction to Project Management; Management & Marketing of Technology; Research Methods; Strategic & Operations Management. In recent lecturing roles he has taught Accounting and Finance, Project Management, Enterprise Management, Economics, Marketing, Change Management, Leadership, Contemporary Management Issues, Ethics, International Business and Research Methods.

Noel’s business experience consists of 31 years with BT working up from Apprentice to Senior Manager on roles as diverse as technical support in telephony, through remote testing platforms, computer networking, project management to consultancy in leading edge transmission technologies, marketing and network transformation. Noel was working as head of BT Wholesale Access Wireless when he took early voluntary retirement in 2004 to pursue a career in education. Whilst with BT Noel gained an MBA and since his career change has gained a Masters in Education (MA Ed) to supplement his wide business knowledge.

Outside of work Noel is an active musician on the Folk scene, running his own Ceilidh band and helping to organise Folk related events around the country. He has held numerous committee and chair roles ranging from local PTA to Musician’s Union regional committee.

Jo North

Jo North is the Managing Director of The Big Bang Partnership Ltd, which aspires to be one of the UK’s most innovative and people-focused creative consultancies. Jo’s career has been highly accomplished, including roles such as the Commercial Director for Northern Rail, Director of Sales and Marketing for FirstGroup plc and more recently, Customer Services Director and Deputy Managing Director for East Coast trains. She has always had a passion for helping individuals and organisations to succeed and achieve their full potential and is working towards her PhD in corporate entrepreneurship at the University of York. Jo enjoys helping organisations and people to progress so much that she has decided to follow her own career goals and actively pursue her vocation full time.

Jo brings a truly unique perspective to people and organisational development as she combines her creativity and innovation skills with real world, commercial business experience. She has worked in a variety of different industries - from supermarket retailing to magazine publishing and transport – and has extensive experience of designing and delivering development activities for her own teams and others, both inside and outside the businesses that she has worked in. She has also been a keynote speaker at numerous events, including the International Creativity Jamboree at the University of Greenwich and a wide variety of senior business forums.

John Issitt

John is a National Teaching Fellow. He has taught in schools, prisons, further education colleges and with the Open University for many years. He teaches extensively on the undergraduate programme and supervises students at Masters level as well as teaching a programme for gifted and talented youth. He develops innovative approaches to learning in higher education particularly in collaborative writing and peer assessment. His interest in culture originates from study of the history and philosophy of science in which the interaction of cultures has been instrumental in the development of knowledge and understanding.

Bidyut Baruah

Bidyut Baruah is an alumni of the first cohort (2010-2011) of the MSc Engineering Management programme at York. Prior to this, Bidyut undertook a B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), India. He later completed a PhD in Intrapreneurship and Organization Management, in the Department of Electronics, University of York (2011-2015). During his PhD, he acted as a Teaching Assistant for Engineering Education and Management Research Group and completed the York Teaching and Learning Award. He is now an Associate Lecturer teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules related to Organization Management, Entrepreneurship, Engineering Ethics, Enterprise, International Business and Finance and Research Methods.

His main research interests include Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Leadership, Organizational Innovation Management, and Qualitative Research.

Law for Engineering Management Module Lecturers

The Law for Engineering Management module is delivered by practicing lawyers from Bond Dickinson LLP, one of the UK's top 50 Law Firms, the University Law School, and local IP expert. Here is a brief biography of some of the lecturers who have taught on the module:

Law and the Engineer as an Individual

Lecturer: Simon Lewis

Simon is a Partner of Bond Dickinson LLP and head of the firm’s construction practice. He qualified in 1986 and is primarily involved in dispute resolution work, specialising in PFI/PPP, transport and infrastructure disputes for a wide variety of clients in the public and private sectors as well as being an accredited mediator and adjudicator. He is a Visiting Fellow at the School of the Built Environment at Northumbria University and has helped to devise the construction law module of its MSc in Project Management. He also administers the construction law module of two distance learning Masters degrees for the School of Law at that university.

Business forms and their legal implications

Lecturer: Alistair Scott Somers

Alistair is a Director in the Corporate Team of Bond Dickinson LLP, based in York. Alistair qualified in 1998 and is a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with particular expertise in private equity deals and start ups. His experience includes both private practice corporate finance and in-house legal responsibilities at a FTSE 250 company, together with lecturing experience at a legal training provider. Since joining Bond Dickinson LLP, Alistair has advised clients in the education sector, including the University of York. He is an associate member of the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and of Connect Yorkshire, a forum for linking finance to Yorkshire’s technology and life–science companies – this involves mentoring young technology–based enterprises.

Intellectual Property

Lecturer: Vivien Irish CPA EPA FIET CEng BSc

Vivien trained as a physicist and then qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney by learning the law relating to patents, copyright and trade marks (Intellectual Property Rights). In this role she drafted patent applications and dealt with them as they were processed in patent offices in many countries.

Vivien has worked for companies including British Telecom, where she morphed into an engineer, and NCR, where she managed other patent attorneys and the patent budget, often running to £1M pa. At other times Vivien has worked for small companies, and also for a firm of solicitors in London. In addition she has negotiated licences to use patents on a worldwide basis, so can rightly claim to have seen IPRs from all possible viewpoints.

Vivien currently lives in York and work as an IP consultant.

Learning Support

Lecturer: Cecilia Lowe

Cecilia Lowe has been working in higher education institutions for more than 20 years mostly working with departments and department staff to enhance the learning and teaching environment and supporting students in their development of academic skills. Following her initial years teaching in the UK, Cecilia worked in Sri Lanka (2½ years) and Turkey (15 years) before returning to the UK in 2007. At the University of York, Cecilia is the Project Leader for Learning Enhancement in the Academic Support Office.

Why Choose York?

Why Choose Engineering Management at York?

  • Our MSc is founded on our commitment to pro-active learning. Our lecturers provide a learning environment in which students develop the research and management skills as well as the technical knowledge necessary for employment in engineering management. We celebrate the qualities that our students bring to their studies in a learning community that values creativity and entrepreneurs.
  • We were one of the UK pioneers in taught Masters in Engineering Management and we have over 5 years experience of the course, it is therefore a mature and stable course.
  • The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
  • Our teaching team, all of whom are interactive, focused on the student experience and with cracking experience, are mostly practicing management professionals or people who have had significant industrial experience at managerial level.
  • A number of our Engineering Management alumni are now in senior positions in companies around the world (including Huawei, Nissan, Aditya Birla Group, PWC, Infosys, Lendlease (China), ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., India Builders (Chennai) Ltd, British American Tobacco (Netherlands) and Capvision).
  • Since our foundation in 1963, the University of York has been a consistently high ranking University in the UK and is one of just six post-war universities to have appeared in the world top 100. We are currently ranked 103rd in the QS World University Rankings 2015, in 2010 we were the UK University of the Year.


Careers and Graduate Destinations

The MSc Engineering Management at York doesn't just give you an academic qualification. It is also designed to enhance your employability and to prepare you for entering the world of work or research after graduation.

Some of the ways we do this are:
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Mohamed Omar (MSc Engineering Management)

  • Group projects which simulate project work within a company - management, working and problem solving in a team
  • Teaching not just the theory of management tools and techniques but also how they are applied in real engineering situations.
  • Training in research methods and project management.
  • Opportunities to develop presentation skills and report writing.
  • Visits and careers talks from our industrial contacts
  • Lifetime support from the University Careers Service
  • Fully accredited by the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
  • York Alumni Association provides support and opportunities to network with other former York students after you graduate.

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For example there are currently around 500 active alumni attending social events and career talks in Beijing and Shanghai. Our networks are facilitated through WeChat with daily conversations occurring between alumni in China. To see our latest events in China please follow Yorkers_China . During the events in China you will find out how to join our WeChat groups.

Where do MSc Engineering Management go after graduating?

The MSc Engineering Management can lead to careers in a broad range of sectors.


Pie Chart showing destiantions of students from the MSc Engineering Management programme up until 2015

Where do MSc Engineering Management students work after graduating?

A number of our Engineering Management alumni are now in senior positions in companies around the world.

These include Huawei, Nissan, Aditya Birla Group, China Mobile, PWC, Infosys, Lendlease (China), ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd., India Builders (Chennai) Ltd, British American Tobacco (Netherlands), Nvidia Graphics (India), Kier Group, ZF Group and Capvision.

Graduate Profiles

Have a look at our Taught MSc Student profiles to find out more about the career paths of some of our recent Engineering Management graduates and how this programme prepared them for their future careers.

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