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Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement (2023)

1. Programme Title:

Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

This programme is designed to meet the academic, professional and career needs of graduates who wish to become engineering professionals with strong technical expertise as well as excellent management abilities. Through this programme, you will learn and develop techniques and analytical tools that could be used to enhance business operations, along with a thorough understanding of the processes and practices of the engineering industry. Taught in partnership by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Business School, the programme provides you with an exceptional learning experience, access to world-leading academics, and the chance to build an outstanding personal network to enhance your future careers. The programme’s emphasis on management is specifically focused for engineering professionals to allow you 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 industry.

During the placement, the students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed during the Stage 1 of the programme and gain vital experience to help them become professional engineers after graduation. The strong industry connections together with the highly relevant curriculum ensure that the graduates will have a significant advantage in the competitive market place.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSc degree programme is designed to deliver all of the required learning outcomes as set out in UK-SPEC for a Masters (Further Learning) degree. As a result of undertaking and successfully completing the course, you will:

Have the management knowledge in engineering businesses to approach group and team-based situations in industry with confidence.

Have an awareness of the needs and problems that can arise in engineering organisations.

Have developed an understanding of the application of industry-standard concepts and tools in engineering business management through theoretical and practical application, and be capable of applying this experience in new situations;

Be able to apply theoretical concepts to practical problems and identify solution procedures from the perspectives of both engineering as well as management;

Have developed skills of analysis using tools and techniques based on an interdisciplinary approach, which includes engineering, management, mathematics, computing and software engineering and systems modelling.

Be able to integrate a number of disciplines to form an approach to the solution of an engineering business management problems.

Graduates with an MSc in Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement will have particular aptitude to apply management theory and practice and associated skills to take responsibilities for engineering projects within a company.

4. Programme Structure

Your MSc Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement programme is a 2 years programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 2 ‘Stages’:

Stage 1 consists in 8 modules taught over Term 1 and Term 2.
Stage 2 consists in a 9-12 months industrial placement, followed by completion and submission of the dissertation.

The programme stages are to be weighted 2:1.

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. The programme can be taken only full-time.

Students who do not secure a placement will be transferred to MSc Engineering Business Management programme.

Exit Awards

If you do not complete the programme you may be able to exit with a lower qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma: At least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at NQF level 7.

Postgraduate Certificate: At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at NQF level 7.

5. Programme Modules

This programme is offered only full-time.

For the Diploma (120 credits) you take all modules except ECMM164.

For the Certificate (60 credits) you must complete 60 credits which must include ENGM027 Engineering Management Science.

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECMM112Manufacturing Supply Chain Management15YesNo
ECMM113Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise15YesNo
ENGM023Sustainable Manufacturing15YesNo
ENGM039Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management15YesNo
ENGM040Research Ethics and Methodology15YesNo
ENGM021Smart Production Systems15YesNo
Select 2 from the below:
BEMM069Marketing and New Product Innovation15NoNo
BEMM786Service Design and Innovation15NoNo
BEMM118Strategic Innovation Management15NoNo
BEMM178Innovation Management15NoNo

Stage 2

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ENGM028MSc Industrial Placement60YesYes
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60YesYes

For the Diploma (120 credits) you take all modules except ECMM164.

For the Certificate (60 credits) you must complete 60 credits which must include ENGM039 Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management and ENGM040 Research Ethics and Methodology.

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge
1.  Gain knowledge of the business environment and the international context for managing an engineering business.

2. Understand the concepts and practices of Business Management in an engineering context.

3. Understand manufacturing in relation to management practices of engineering businesses and their supply chains.

4. Apply appropriate analysis tools to business problems.


Learning & Teaching Activities

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures and seminars, group assignments, and exercises in class, electronically mediated work that is taught and assessed using a range of media such as video and VLE

Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework, and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments mainly take the form of case studies or reality based exercises.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts and theories for engineering business management such as marketing, product development, project management, supply chain management, lean & agility.

6. Apply analytical tools to business situations and problems and formulate alternative approaches.

7. Critically evaluate management theory (as expressed in literature) with reference to application in the industrial or commercial context.

8. Apply ICT skills in research and presentation.

Learning & Teaching Activities

Compulsory modules in the programme, namely Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise, Manufacturing Supply Chain Management, Smart Production Systems, Engineering Management Science, Sustainable Manufacturing, provide fundamental knowledge in managing engineering businesses. You also acquire knowledge in marketing and innovation by choosing two modules from three optional modules: Strategic Innovation Management, Service Innovation and Marketing, and Marketing & New Product Innovation.
Analytical tools such as classifications and approaches are taught in all modules. These provide the frameworks for the analysis of complex situations.
ICT skills feature strongly in modules such as Supply Chain Management, Smart Production Systems, and Engineering Management Science.

Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments mainly take the form of case studies based on real cases.

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

9. Work as part of a culturally diverse team to formulate and solve open-ended problems.

10. Plan, implement, report and evaluate a multi-stage project.

11. Critically evaluate a range of approaches and arguments relating to current research and literature

12. Analyse complex problems and make appropriate judgments.

13. Identify major global challenges and cultural diversity issues

14. Communicate high level arguments effectively in writing appropriate for different academic and business audiences.

Learning & Teaching Activities

You will often be organised into groups for specific assignments. This will often involve learning to work with people from other cultural backgrounds, often with many members working in English as a second language. Assignments will often be of a problem solving nature especially where case-study scenarios are used. Business writing will be practised in lifelike case-study assignments. Criticality will be applied when using textual materials in modules and in the research project. It is important at M-level (NQF Level 7) that you develop a critical approach to reading, especially where claims are made for the benefits of new approaches. The need to consider context and outlook when dealing with literature will be emphasised, particularly given the international flavour of the course where business approaches vary with different cultures.

In the supervision of dissertation projects supervisors will provide coaching on academic writing and referencing style. You will be encouraged to read throughout the programme and to review and discuss your readings.

Assessment Methods

These skills will form part of the assessment schemes for coursework and the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.

Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook



This programme is accredited by a PSRB under licence from the Engineering Council. Therefore, the latest Engineering Council regulations on condonement apply to this programme. Please find further details in the TQA Manual here:


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme.  A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University’s TQA Manual.  As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Advice, training and guidance will be provided to help you secure your placement, from experience academic staff in Engineering and the University's Careers and Employability Service. An academic supervisor will support you during your placement and will help you complete the dissertation.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University’s campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the ‘Academic Honesty and Plagiarism’ module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.



10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Entry requirements for this programme can be found on the Postgraduate Study Page.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements and English Language requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University’s code of practice.  See the University’s TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).
The MSc Engineering Business Management with Industrial Placement is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The accredited 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.

It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme that do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualification for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their qualifications individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if the wish to progress to CEng.

14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution University of Exeter Business School
17 Programme accredited/validated by Institution of Engineering and Technology
18 Final Award(s) MSc
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) M101_ind
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 240 credits (120 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: July 5th 2023