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MSc Engineering Project Management

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Engineering project management is a dynamic profession and you’ll need to be up to date with new developments in the philosophies, methods and tools for planning and executing projects. These developments are particularly important to industries engaged in developing new products, systems or capabilities.

The MSc Engineering Project Management is designed to give you the understanding and knowledge to employ management and technical tools, and the skills and confidence to spearhead and manage the development of new products and projects within the technological industries. You'll learn to identify business issues and develop systematic, original and creative intellectual skills to formulate solutions. The research you undertake as part of your individual project will give you an opportunity to explore your particular area of interest in greater depth.

Students on the MSc Engineering Project Management degree have the option to take a work placement after they have completed all the taught units.

Find out more: Watch a recorded webinar about our Master's degrees in Design and Engineering. This is presented by Dr Mehran Koohgilani, the programme leader for postgraduate courses.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time or 2 years with an optional work placement

Required subjects:


Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in an a required subject or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

Core units

Units are taught intensively, usually over 4.5 days, with assessment normally taking place 5-6 weeks after the unit has been delivered.

  • Project Management: Learn the methods and techniques of planning and designing development projects and how they're used. You'll also gain knowledge about human factors with regards to such projects.

  • Knowledge Transfer: Gain a deep knowledge of the methods and processes of technology transfers, and evaluate the benefits and failings of these transfers. You'll learn to source knowledge and use its added value for business, and be able to choose the level of knowledge required, evaluate its cost to the business and long-term benefits.

  • Design Management: Develop a critical understanding of modern design management, the design process, product development, project planning, the integration of total quality and decision-making analysis.

  • Competitive Product Development: Business issues in competitive product development on domestic and global scales. You'll gain an understanding of marketing and modern tools and processes required for competitive product design and manufacture.

  • Business Innovation & Enterprise: Learn how to identify and exploit a company’s strengths. You'll evaluate external opportunities that exist, together with conceiving strategies to overcome internal weaknesses and the threats that might be imposed by the industry environment.

  • Research Methods: Develop key research skills in areas such as literature reviews, analysing research findings, project proposals, planning, experiment design and analysis, and dissemination. This unit will prepare you for writing a project proposal and for conducting and disseminating your Master's Project.

  • Individual Master's Project: You'll critically investigate, report and engage with complex issues. You'll present an analytically rigorous and well-argued case, gaining problem-solving skills by applying your knowledge across the discipline. Finally, you will present a reflective, integrated discussion of your research's conclusion, development and practice activity and its implications for the future. Projects worth 120 credits must be linked to an industrial research project.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for MSc Engineering Project Management.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Placement opportunities

This course gives you the opportunity to work in industry for up to 12 months. The placement provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience, and can be invaluable in helping you to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing your employment prospects upon graduation.

A dedicated Placements Office helps you to obtain placements and you will receive support throughout the placement experience. Interview techniques and advice are also provided to help you successfully gain a placement. Previous students have found placements both in the UK and abroad. Companies that have offered placement opportunities to our students include:

  • Jaguar Cars Ltd
  • IBM
  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Dyson Appliances Ltd
  • The Gillette Company

Selection criteria

Background and experience

For Engineering Project Management we are looking for applicants who:

  • Wish to gain the ability and confidence to apply their knowledge and skills to specific design problems individually or in a group
  • Wish to gain an understanding of sustainable development concepts and its framework and principal facets involving environmental, social and economic issues
  • Wish to be fully conversant with contemporary information resources and use them effectively and efficiently
  • Wish to be able to document and communicate, using oral and written presentations, project plans and results
  • Wish to be able to plan, conduct and report on small engineering research projects.

The course is designed to provide industry with personnel who understand and can employ management and technical tools, and are able to spearhead and manage the development of new products and projects appropriate for the technological industries. This programme will be of particular relevance to knowledge transfer partnership associates engaged in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Full entry requirements

The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:

  • A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject or equivalent.

  • For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the Future Students Enquiry team if you are in doubt.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enqiury team for more information.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.


This course will empower you with the business skills, industry knowledge and confidence needed to spearhead and manage the development of new products and projects within the technological industries, providing you with a route to becoming a successful, dynamic leader in the engineering industry. Good project managers are indispensable to all organisations competing in today’s international businesses, meaning you will be able to enjoy career opportunities in a wide range of industries.

As an Engineering Project Management graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Project manager
  • Project engineer
  • Programme manager
  • Technical manager.

Industries worked in

  • Engineering
  • Project management
  • Project engineering.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Meet our staff

Course leader for the MDes (Hons) Product Design,  Franziska Conrad designed the QuickPitch pop-up tent when she was a student here at BU.

Dr Bryce Dyer, a Senior Lecturer in Product Design, created a new limb for athlete Colin Lynch, which will be used as he represents his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Associate Professor Dr Tania Humphries-Smith is the current Chair of the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), the UK’s only professional body representing those working in the many fields of engineering and product design.

Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Design & Engineering, and book on to an open day to come along and meet some of them.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790

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