Engineering, Technology and Business Management MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Engineering, Technology and Business Management MSc(Eng). This will consist of four compulsory and five optional modules, as well as a 45-credit research project. Optional modules cover a wide range of topics in engineering and business management. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 45 credits. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Engineering, technology and business management project - 45 credits
You will undertake a research project involving a detailed study of the application of engineering technology in a commercial context.

Industry dissertation - 15 credits
This module aims to develop your understanding of the global electronics industry and to assist with your career plans. The topic of the dissertation is to be agreed with the module leader, with examples being an essay on a particular aspect of the electronics industry, a proposal for research funding, a business plan, or a manufacturing/outsourcing plan.

Risk Perception and Communication - 15 credits
This module teaches effective management decision-making on the basis of evidence-based approaches from risk management, cognitive psychology, and behavioural economics.

Managing for Innovation - 15 credits
This module prepares you to lead innovation initiatives in both large and established organisations, as well as in new and growing ventures. It navigates between different concepts and perspectives in order to unveil how organisations take strategic advantage from incremental and radical changes in products, services, business models and societal aspirations.

Operations and Supply Chain Management - 15 credits
This module aims to: introduce the student to operations and supply chain management and to develop their knowledge of what this encompasses; develop the student’s understanding of how operations and supply chain management is practised, its diversity and what the key issues and concerns related to the disciplines are; to explore how relevant aspects of innovation can be applied by organisations to support operations and supply chain activities.

Optional modules - ENGINEERING: Information and Communication Technology

Wireless Communications Systems Design - 15 credits
This module addresses communication design at many different levels. At the system level, it covers microwave systems, system modelling, subsystem characterisation and the delivery of complete communications systems in the real world.

Digital Media Engineering - 15 credits
This module provides in-depth coverage of issues relating to the recording, transmission, storage and replaying of multimedia content. The syllabus includes: DRM formats and their impact for revenue generation in the field of content distribution; property rights and licensing protection; differentiating supply chain services for pushing digital content in the video, music and gaming industries and quantifying storage requirements, scaling strategies and control methodologies for digital production management.

Optical Communications Networks - 15 credits
Covers the essential elements of modern optical networks: the evaluation of WDM, optical time multiplexing and photonic packet switching. The module will also teach you to appreciate case studies and implementation scenarios, how to design virtual WDM networks, and will give you an understanding of the evolution of modern optical networks.

Data Communications and Network Security - 15 credits
Provides students with knowledge and understanding of data communications networks, their use in a range of applications and network security measures.

Communication Network Design - 15 credits
This module aims to teach student the basic models, algorithms and theories of communication network design.

Programming - 15 credits

Develops competence in computer programming, using both Matlab and c.

Software Development - 15 credits

Refreshes and enhances c programming skills, and develops further software engineering expertise via a software project in which you will use professional methodology and an alternative programming language. This module is only suitable for students who have good prior experience of c programming.

Optional modules - ENGINEERING: Nanotechnology and Healthcare​

Medical Electronics and e-Health - 15 credits
Provides knowledge and understanding of how electronics and communications technology is and could be used in medical applications and healthcare.

Micro- and Nano-Electromechanical Systems - 15 credits
This module will provide you with the knowledge of the principles of operation, physical structures, methods of fabrication, properties and market relevance of a range of micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems.

Optional modules - ENGINEERING: Energy

Grid-connected Microgeneration Systems - 15 credits
This module provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of the requirements in the interconnection of renewable sourced generators. Grid-connected converters and techniques for grid synchronisation, islanding detection and relevant analytical methods are explored.

Micro-grid Laboratory - 15 credits
This lab-based module offers an opportunity to consolidate your understanding of grid-connected renewable energy generation systems, and to develop your skills in modelling, designing and controlling such systems.

Electric Power Generation by Renewable Sources - 15 credits
This module provides you with knowledge and understanding of power generation technology from renewable sources, particularly wind and solar power. It describes how renewable energy sources can be employed and how they are integrated into electricity systems.

Control Systems Design - 15 credits
Control system design and analysis are essential in power generation and distribution, as in almost all engineering applications. This module treats the fundamentals of control systems, including stability theory, lead-lag compensators, PID controllers and their tuning.

Electric Drives - 15 credits
This module covers operating characteristics and control principles of DC motors.

Power Electronics and Drives - 15 credits
Covers FET, IGBT and MOSFET switches (characteristics, limitations, fields of use, switching loss and thermal behaviour) and switched-mode power supplies with transformer insulation, forward and flyback converters.

Electric Power Generation and Distribution - 15 credits
This module provides a technical overview of the electricity supply industry, including electric power generation methods, power transmission and power distribution. Grid models and infrastructure from across the world will be compared. The economic and technological challenges presented by alternative energy sources will be explored.

Optional modules - BUSINESS: Decision Research

Advanced Management Decision-making - 15 credits
This module gives you a deeper understanding of effective management decision-making. Specifically, it focuses on the practical application of behavioural decision theory to complex, realworld and managerial issues.

Effective Decision Making - 15 credits

This module aims to teach effective management decision making on the basis of evidence-based approaches from risk management, cognitive psychology, and behavioural economics. Participants will obtain an understanding of the thinking processes that underlie their own and others’ judgement and decision making, the judgmental errors and decision biases that commonly arise, and strategies for improving decisions. The module does not assume any prior knowledge and will give insight into effective decision making that is useful in both personal and professional contexts.

Optional modules - BUSINESS: Innovation and Creativity​

Strategic Management - 15 credits
Provides an understanding of the integrative role of strategic management, its concepts, its research and its theories. You will learn about the analytical frameworks, the skills and tools to identify central issues and problems in complex business situations.

Creative Industries Management - 15 credits

This module will provide you with a critical awareness of the key academic perspectives on the media and creative industries sectors from a management viewpoint, along with an understanding of the way organisations are structured and managed in these sectors.

Optional modules - BUSINESS: Information Management

Information Tools for Organisations - 15 credits
This module is designed to provide an introduction to the areas of information management and information systems, and to develop the students ability to place information management and information systems within the global commercial and industrial context as well as within a wider societal context which addresses issues including ethical use of information and sustainable approaches.

Challenges in Information Management - 15 credits
This module examines a range of contexts where there are specific developments of information systems and information management.

Optional modules - BUSINESS: Operations and Supply Chain​

Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains - 15 credits
The aim of this module is to equip students with skills and knowledge to manage planning, transport, sourcing, distribution, logistics and supply chain management in a global context.

Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks - 15 credits
This module provides you with an introduction to the different types of value chain networks (physical, contractual, digital, social, etc) and aims to equip students with theories, tools and techniques to manage and design such networks.