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Engineering Management

MSc / Postgraduate Certificate

Frequently asked questions

1. How long will the course take to complete?2019-03-19T17:46:19+00:00

The Masters course can be completed in a minimum of two years, but you can take up to 4 years to complete it. The Postgraduate Certificate takes a minimum of 8 months, with a maximum limit of two years.

2. Does any of my learning take place on campus?2019-03-19T17:46:42+00:00

No. This course is delivered 100% online, so you won’t be required to visit the University of Leeds to undertake any modules; the structure of the online and on-campus courses are different. This also means you can’t move from an online programme to an alternative on-campus course.

Online study will however, give you the ability to view your learning material including interactive exercises, video and articles to read and seminars online so you can access them at any time. You will also take all of your assessments online.

As a University of Leeds student, you will be able to visit the campus and use facilities, such as the University libraries, if you are already in the UK.

3. Are online courses the same quality as on-campus courses?2019-03-19T17:49:20+00:00

Yes. All of our online courses offer the same degree of research-driven teaching and excellent support as our on-campus courses.

However, you’ll be able to study from anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your work and life commitments.

You’ll also have access to our award-winning Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, with content built by our experienced engineering academics. Your learning will be brought to life with interactive, and collaborative tasks that enable you to grow your confidence and apply this in your industry. Whilst your skills improve, you’ll build and connect to a strong global business network of like-minded engineers and managers.

4. How am I assessed/are there any exams?2019-03-19T17:50:44+00:00

Your assessments throughout the course will vary from module to module. They are all delivered online and will be accessible from any personal computer.

Forms of assessment include mini project reports, group discussions and assignments, live and/or pre-recorded presentations, practical exercises based on real-world scenarios, essays, literature reviews, multiple choice questions for summative and formative learning feedback (no more than 5% of assessment) – all delivered via Minerva, our Virtual Learning Environment.

5. How much time will I have to dedicate to studying?2019-03-19T17:51:04+00:00

We recommend that you spend an average of 20 hours a week studying for your degree. This includes your weekly tutor interaction, multimedia activities, self and peer formative assessment exercises, independent study and research time.

6. I’ve studied a similar module before – can I get an academic exemption?2019-03-22T16:24:28+00:00

The University of Leeds will consider applications for advanced standing or accreditation of prior learning on a case by case basis. Please contact our Enrolment team to find out what evidence will be required so that we can help you to include the relevant information as part of your application.

7. What happens if I want to progress from my Postgraduate Certificate onto an Masters?2019-03-20T12:31:32+00:00

On completion of your Postgraduate Certificate, if you wish to continue on to the full Masters course, you will be able to do so without a break as long as you complete an application before the Masters application deadline.

If you decide to continue your studies on to a Masters after completing your last Postgraduate Certificate module you will need to wait two months to complete the admissions process before resuming study. Your Student Success Advisor will help you manage this break, so please inform them of your decision as soon as possible.

8. How do I pay for the course?2019-03-20T12:31:53+00:00

You can pay for each module as and when you take it – your Student Success Advisor will inform you of the deadlines for each module payment. Each module will cost £1,350, with the exception of your research project module – Engineering Management Project – which costs £1,850. These fees will remain fixed and will not rise during your course.

9. What are my funding options and are there scholarships available?2019-03-25T14:21:14+00:00

Student loans from a range of sources may be available to you depending on your personal circumstances. UK residents are eligible to apply for a government-funded postgraduate study loan. There are also various private funding options, as well as potential third-party sponsorship options, if, for example, your employer is willing to pay for your course.

Students wishing to study using a postgraduate loan will need to commit to finishing their degree within two years as advised by the UK Student Loan Company. Sponsored students may pay on a module-by-module basis. Student loans are not available for the Postgraduate Certificate.

Graduates of the University of Leeds (or an affiliated institution) are entitled to a 10% bursary towards tuition fees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply here.

Scholarship awards are available to applicants for the Engineering Management MSc course who wish to start studying in September or November 2019. There are up to five scholarships available, each worth £3,500 awarded as a fee reduction. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic and/or professional excellence.

If you wish to apply for the scholarship you will be required to complete a short online application. You will need to explain how the opportunity to study the Masters programme will help you to achieve your academic, personal and professional development goals.

For more information about the scholarship criteria and how to apply, speak with one of our Enrolment Advisors.

10. What support is available to me during my studies?2019-03-20T12:33:30+00:00

Throughout your course, you will have a dedicated Student Success Advisor that will help to guide your studies from initial registration to graduation. They will offer pastoral support, help in navigating the Virtual Learning Environment, assistance with managing the work associated with the course assessments, payment queries and much more.

You’ll also have access to a Personal Tutor who will be able to offer advice on academic subjects. They will be able to give you advice on further reading, discuss referencing approaches with you and answer any course-related questions.

11. Will my certificate say ‘online’ and do I get a graduation ceremony?2019-03-20T12:33:59+00:00

No. This course is a full Masters / Postgraduate Certificate degree accredited by the University of Leeds, and your degree certificate will reflect this. The degree certificate will not show that you studied online.

Yes. You will be invited to a graduation ceremony at the University of Leeds in either July or December following the completion of your course. There, you will join the university’s other graduates in receiving your degree certificate.

12. Will I have a University of Leeds email account and ID card?2019-03-20T12:34:24+00:00

Yes. You will be given access to your own University of Leeds email account, which you will need to set up as a requirement for your studies. If you wish, you may also apply for a University of Leeds Student ID card which you can claim whilst you are enrolled on the course. It will then be posted to your home address, giving you access to campus services at the University of Leeds, as well as various student discounts.

13. What do I need for my application and how do I apply?2019-03-20T12:35:12+00:00

All applications should be made through our online applications portal. You will need to speak to your Enrolment Advisor, who will organise for you to receive a link to the portal and guide you through the application process. If you don’t yet have an Enrolment Advisor, please contact us by phone on +44 (0) 113 341 1262.

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements (refer to question 14), you’ll need to provide the following documents during the application process:

  • Proof of academic qualifications (certificate or transcript with grades)
  • A one-page personal statement
  • ID verification (passport, driver’s licence or national identity card)
  • One professional or academic reference letter
  • English language proficiency test certificate, if English is not your first language
14. What is the difference between the Masters and Postgraduate Certificate?2019-03-25T14:50:07+00:00

The Masters and Postgraduate Certificate qualifications are taught at the same academic level, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and awarded by the University of Leeds. Both of the awards cover the same core business modules. The Masters is globally-recognised with in-depth knowledge on business and management strategies in the industry. Whilst the Postgraduate Certificate provides a core grounding in management skills for engineering, also covered by the Masters.

View the table below to see the key differences between these two courses

  Masters Postgraduate Certificate
Length Two to four years Eight months to two years
Modules Nine modules Four modules
Research project Yes No
Content Unique, industry-related modules such as Emerging & Disruptive Technologies and People & Organisational Performance in Engineering. A strong foundation in management for engineering, including modules such as Business Strategy, Enterprise and Business Planning and Managing Major Engineering Projects.
Entry requirements

2.2 in a related degree subject such as engineering, physical sciences of technology.

If your degree is in an unrelated engineering discipline or in a managerial or economic discipline you will need atleast three years work experience in an engineering environment.

A bachelor’s degree in a related degree subject such as engineering, physical sciences of technology.

If you are a non-graduate, professionally qualified and are a experienced candidates (you’ll need at least three years work experience in an engineering environment).

Ideal if you are looking to: Deepening your knowledge and enhancing career opportunities. Quickly upskilling for immediate needs.
Masters Two to four years Nine modules Yes Unique, industry-related modules such as Emerging & Disruptive Technologies and People & Organisational Performance in Engineering. 2.2 in a related degree subject such as engineering, physical sciences of technology.

If your degree is in an unrelated engineering discipline or in a managerial or economic discipline you will need atleast three years

Deepening your knowledge and enhancing career opportunities.
Postgraduate Certificate Eight months to two years Four modules No A strong foundation in management for engineering, including modules such as Business Strategy, Enterprise and Business Planning and Managing Major Engineering Projects. A bachelor’s degree in a related degree subject such as engineering, physical sciences of technology.

If you are a non-graduate, professionally qualified and are a experienced candidates (you’ll need at least three years work experience in an engineering environment).

Quickly upskilling for immediate needs.

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