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MSc in Engineering

Leadership & Management

IMechE in partnership with
Aston School of Engineering &
Applied Science

Improving the world through engineering

Throughout 2015 the IMechE and Aston School of Engineering
(Aston) have been discussing ways of working together on
the provision of a post graduate qualification aimed specifically
at addressing the needs of engineers as they transition to
senior leadership roles.
Whilst a highly credible qualification, the MBA is perceived by
some as valuable for teaching what business management is,
but not necessarily how to do it in an engineering environment
.This MSc bridges that gap.
The need for this provision is supported through research and
from discussion with key employers and government bodies

Improving the world through engineering

The MSc Content and delivery

The MSc in Engineering & Leadership was launched by Aston in October

2015 with a full cohort of people from a variety of organisations.

Cohort size is "capped" to ensure exceptional 1-1 student-tutor engagement and


It is part time, over 2.5 - 3 years with

Achievement will result in a Masters Degree, a Level 7 in Leadership &

Management from ILM and a Level 7 CMI Post Graduate Diploma in
Management. This is via continuous assessment not examination.

It focuses on the application in an engineering environment of

Enhanced Leadership skills

Communication, Commercial Engagement, Critical Incident management,

Reflection, Emotional Intelligence

Enhanced Management Theory

Strategic management, Finance, CSR, HRM

Enhanced Engineering Capability

Project Management, Sustainable engineering, Supply Chain management

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Intended audience
People who are seen by their organisations as future leaders
Likely to have 5 years plus in industry and a proven record of
Highly motivated, articulate, committed to learning and applying
that learning

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The programme in detail

Core Modules year 1
Each module has approx.
100 - 200 learning hours including lectures / refection / individual study and assignment work
Strategic Management and Finance
Includes the principles of business strategy and strategic management in an increasingly global
context; analysis of the business environment and its forces for change in respect of market structure,
value distribution, competitor performance, strategic choice, implementation and performance
monitoring; the key principles of corporate finance structuring ,financial discounting, cash flow
analysis, net present value/internal rate of return analysis, the relevance of budgeting, profitable
growth; methods of financing, how the cost of financing is calculated and how risk and uncertainty are
incorporated into calculations and decisions .
Project Management
Includes project management theory and its application to real life situations. Tools and ideas and the
advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. The theory will be considered through study of real
life situations, short case studies and a term long project to be performed in
small groups.
Research methods
Includes the necessary skills and competencies required to successfully complete an independent
dissertation using quantitative methods and an introduction to the basic principles, theories, concepts,
terminology, and techniques of Management research to independently conduct a high level piece of
Developing Leadership & Management capability through enquiry
Also achieves the Level 7 ILM and CMI
Includes the cognitive and behavioural skills necessary to undertake a data-driven enquiry in complex
environments in order to demonstrate the impact upon leadership and management in a given
context. This context may be a real one from the participant organisation.

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The programme in detail

Optional modules year 2. 4 of the following modules have to be selected

Each module has approx.

100 200 learning hours including lectures / refection / individual study and assignment work
Commercial Engagement
Includes customer commercial management, market, channel and customer analysis, sales strategy and
resourcing options, sales performance management
Human Resources management
Includes the design and management of the HR function, its relationship to business performance and
success and the legal framework in which business operates
Supply Chain management
Includes setting supply chain objectives in line with the factors of market/customer, cost/investment,
environmental sustainability); the core SCM philosophy of internal and external integration and alignment;
management of the key system flows (including material, information and financial flows); and, supply
chain relationship management and the people dimension of SCM.
Operational effectiveness
Includes the distinction between strategy and operational effectiveness with regard to engineering
disciplines, the continuous pursuit of efficiency and effectiveness across all areas of operation; resources
(including people, power, money, operating and capital assets), supply chain optimisation, budget
optimisation, systems innovation, automation, standardisation, waste minimisation, customer
management and communication.
CSR and Governance

Includes the relationship between the values and behaviours of an organisation, stakeholder needs
and expectations, acceptable social, environmental and ethical behaviours in individuals and
Sustainable engineering
Includes critically exploring and evaluating the theory and practice of sustainable development in a global
engineering context enabling participants to engage with complex ideas, values, issues and activities that
demand professional, multi-disciplinary and reflexive understanding.

Dissertation Year 3 - Major Employer project

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