MSc Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement

Duration Full time 2 years
  • Engineering
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


Combine your masters in Engineering Business Management with work experience in the UK.

Studying over two years, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by completing a 9 – 12month work placement in a role relevant to your degree.

Improve your career potential by putting your learning into practice while studying.

Engineering Business Management is designed for the engineering managers and leaders of the future.

Engineering professionals with strong technical expertise as well as excellent management abilities are highly sought after. The programme’s emphasis on management is specifically focussed for engineering professionals to allow them to move into high-level management roles.

Graduates can expect to enjoy careers as leaders of business and product development, project management, customer services, human resources, and a wide variety of other areas, particularly related to the engineering industry.

Programme structure

MSc Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement is studied over 2 years.

During terms one and two of your first year you will study a set of modules taken from the University’s Engineering department and the Business School. In this time you will also be supported in securing an industrial placement.

In term three of your first year you will begin your placement, which will last between 9 and 12 months. During your placement you will keep in contact with the department through your supervisor or tutor.

You will return to the University in term two of your second year to complete your dissertation, which will usually be based on a project undertaken during your placement.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now placed in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research- and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

Previous dissertation titles

  • Analysis of the procedures conducted by UNICEF and WHO towards humanitarian supply chain and logistics
  • How does the 4th industrial revolution impact on operations, logistics, and supply chain management in South Korean industries
  • How to develop a sustainable supply chain - the case of FAW-Volkswagen company
  • Discrete Event Simulation applied to SMEs: a case study of SMART Manufacturing
  • Production planning at Bell plastics Ltd
  • Enhancing business performance through information flow management: a case study of a SME in manufacturing industry
  • Integration of Lean practices with Supply Chain performance – a case study of a retail company in Dubai
  • Optimizing production floor layout in a plastics manufacturing company
  • Applying lean principle to a SME company in Thailand
  • Logistics service in the online shopping and its impact on consumers’ behaviour under the innovative logistics model by Alibaba

Maths support

Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.

Topics covered include:

  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Complex numbers
  • Vectors
  • Matrices
  • Differential equations
  • Partial differentiation
  • Vector calculus
  • Numerical methods
  • Probability and statistics‌ ‌

Sample mathematics test

Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.

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There is considerable demand in the workplace for graduates with knowledge in both a specialist technology area and in management, particularly in the modern tools and techniques to support the management of a dynamically changing engineering business.

Recent graduates have taken employment in a variety of sectors, including both large companies and small and medium sized enterprises.

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Graduate destinations

The professional destinations of our graduates reflects the quality of this programme. Our graduates have gone on to enjoy prosperous and successful careers in several areas after graduation. Graduates of this programme have gone on to enjoy careers such as analysts and research fellows, and work at companies such as Network Rail and National Space Development and Research Agency in Nigeria. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016). Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

The University of Exeter has an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds to a high standard, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position. All programmes are designed so you not only get a second to none education in your area of choice, but you also are equipped with the correct vocational skills to achieve success in the working world or in further study.

All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.

Industrial Placement

Taking an Industrial Placement as part of your degree gives you first-hand experience of engineering and management in the workplace and can greatly improve your chances of success in the job market after graduation.

Many placements are paid, meaning you’ll have an opportunity to support yourself financially while enrolled as a student.

It is usual to base your MSc dissertation on work undertaken during your placement. In some cases contact is maintained with your employer after your placement has finished and while your dissertation is underway.


The department and the University’s Employability Team will support you in securing your placement.

During your first term you will take part in workshops covering CV writing, using LinkedIn, interviews and psychometric testing and search for opportunities.

You will also be invited to careers and placement fairs and networking opportunities taking part on campus.

Further workshops in term two will cover professionalism and making speculative applications.

Entry requirements

A good degree (normally a 2:2) in a relevant science, engineering, management or numerate discipline.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Overall score 176. No less than 169 in any section.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees first year (2020/21)

  • UK/EU: £12,950 full-time
  • International: £25,950 full-time

Tuition fees second year (placement)

  • UK/EU: £2,590 full-time
  • International: £5,190 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

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