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Engineering Business Leadership (Part-time MSc) (2024 Entry)

Business students at the University of Warwick

Explore our part-time Engineering Business Leadership Master’s degree.

Our MSc in Engineering Business Leadership will help you to enhance your engineering leadership knowledge and skills and make a difference to your company.

Course overview

The ability to operate in a complex and global environment is crucial for any Engineering Leader today. You need to be agile and innovative, influence others across the business, be a strategic thinker whilst also inspiring and leading your team.

This course will equip you with appropriate knowledge and skills to help you understand how businesses operate and become a more effective leader. It will encourage you to look at how to evaluate challenging business problems and optimise efficiency and competitiveness.

We liaised with industry leaders across the UK to develop a new and engaging curriculum aligned to what modern businesses need today. By understanding the latest applied knowledge, tools, and techniques you will be able to lead your team to identify and deliver effective business solutions on time and on budget.

We cover a wide range of subjects on the course, including strategy, finance, people, technology, operations, and supply chain management. Our aim is to give you a broad understanding of any technology or engineering-led business, whilst focusing on how you can maximise value. You will learn important problem solving and decision-making skills to make effective and sustainable improvements to your business.

The applied nature of this Master’s course means you can take knowledge learnt on the programme and immediately apply it to your role via work-based assignments, instilling the theory into practice. Your business will benefit from your increased knowledge and confidence as you will feel empowered to make improvements and lead the change in your organisation. You will gain an academic qualification from a top 10 UK university and develop yourself professionally.

If you’re not yet ready to commit to a period of long-term study, you can also build up to your MSc in stages by stopping after two years with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for employees working in an engineering or technology-based organisation – from the first line managers to middle and senior managers. It is particularly suited to employees with a technical or engineering background or who have relevant work experience, and who are looking to progress their careers in a leadership role. It is also suitable for people who have been in their role for some time and want formal recognition for the skills and knowledge they have.

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Are you interested in full-time study? Check out our MSc in Engineering Business Management.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

The course is designed for those in employment as you will need to apply your studies directly to the work environment throughout the programme.

We recommend you have at least three years of appropriate professional experience and that you possess the equivalent of a UK second-class honours degree.

The course is also open to talented people without a first degree, who have relevant work-experience, have taken a less-traditional route in their career and who will have shown great potential in the business. Please contact us to discuss.

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements pageLink opens in a new window.

Additional requirements

All candidates will be required to submit a CV before making an application.

We offer a range of modules designed to enable you to focus on what is appropriate to your company, your career and aspirations. This is achieved through a mix of core and optional modules.

Core modules

Accounting and Finance for Management

This module provides the financial and accounting knowledge to be able to analyse, interpret, extrapolate and produce financial data.

Intelligent Organisations

This module gives leaders and aspiring leaders what they need to understand and act effectively in a world that is increasingly ‘digital’ and ‘connected’ – recognising the impact this has on existing ‘physical’ assets, and on the ultimate asset of any organisation, ‘people’.

People in Organisations

People are the key and most important resource in an organisation. This module focuses on the strategic management of the people resource in organisations and how this relates to the wider organisational context and business strategy.

Strategic Business Management

This module looks at the role of Business Strategy in organisations. It addresses the importance of strategy to the organisation and examines the process for developing and implementing an effective strategy.

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Future leaders need to be equipped with practical knowledge of how to effectively manage supply and demand within the supply network. This module explores the management of supply network relationships, as well as understanding the impact of efficient delivery in companies which value customer centricity.

Optional modules

You can choose any three modules from the following:


Participants will apply concepts, models, and frameworks to understand and critically evaluate the potential for innovation in corporations and start-ups.

Leading Change

This module provides participants with an opportunity to understand change – its drivers, risks, consequences and people’s responses.

Personal Leadership and Change

The aim of this module is to provide participants with the opportunity and resources to determine their own learning needs to enable them to develop as an authentic leader.

Project Planning, Management and Control

Project Management is an essential competence for managers and leaders. This module aims to teach the generic principles of project planning, management and control for any project in any environment.

Technology Management

Participants will consider the role that technology plays in supporting current and future business, and how to manage the technology from cradle to grave.


To gain your MSc, you will also need to complete a Company Based Project. This will focus on a live issue within your organisation which you will explore, together with an academic supervisor from WMG, over a 12 month period. The project will culminate in the writing of a dissertation, which will count toward 1/3 of the credit of your degree.

Module availability

Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. We make no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on the module pages.


You’ll study for three years on a part-time basis for the MSc. There are five core modules, three elective modules and a company based project dissertation.

In addition to the eight assessed modules, there will be a study skills (non-assessed) event delivered at the start of the course to set the context, introduce key study skills and enable you to meet your fellow cohort and start to build your network. We also run an online study skills event before you embark on your project dissertation.

Modules normally comprise lectures, seminars, and undertaking group tasks based on real scenarios. We will use a range of traditional and innovative teaching methods, predominantly focused on blended learning practices. For some modules you will have the option to attend fully online. Our blended learning is a combination of face-to-face and online delivery and is aimed at offering a combination of flexibility and networking opportunities for work-based learners. We will be able to give you the schedule in advance so you can plan your time out of the office.

Class sizes

The class size for this programme is around 20 students.

Typical contact hours

Modules are usually delivered in a week-long block format from Monday to Thursday 9am – 6pm and Friday 9am – 12pm.


We will use a range of assessment methods that are appropriate to the topics being taught. Of course, you will need to undertake reading and assignments, but these assignments are usually related to your workplace and help you to apply what you have learnt. Students often find that the assignments provide valuable evidence of continuing professional development, demonstrate to their organisations their developing knowledge, and often benefit the company by providing an analysis of an area of operations.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.

Your career

The Engineering Business Leadership course will give you the opportunity to get a recognised qualification to complement your experience and develop you further as a professional.

Current and former learners at WMG have come from companies such as:

  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • AstraZeneca
  • BAE Systems
  • Barclays
  • Collins Aerospace
  • Delphi Technologies
  • GSK
  • Honeywell
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • KPMG
  • National Grid
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Sellafield
  • Siemens
  • Unilever

WMG at Warwick

Having forged strong links with global companies through 42 years of collaborative research and development, we really understand the global market you’ll be operating in, and have designed our programmes to match.

Find out more about us on our websiteLink opens in a new window

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Visiting WMG

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. WMG also organises events for prospective students including a weekly Live Chat so you can connect directly with the department to speak with staff and students from WMG. For more about university wide open days and tours, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Tuition fees

Typically, most students on this programme are sponsored by their employer, but self-funding is also an option.

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

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Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status

Please speak to WMG's Part-time Postgraduate Team at wmgptmasters at warwick dot ac dot uk for clarification.

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our Module Catalogue (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits *
  • Dissertation binding *
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

* - Dissertations and Assignments are only submitted digitally. However students may wish to print and bind their dissertation for their own purposes. Students on some courses will have a final poster presentation as part of their project and the printing of posters will be at the students’ expense.

Scholarships and bursaries

Typically, most students on the part-time Engineering Business Leadership programme are sponsored by their employer, but self-funding is also an option.

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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How to apply

Once you have enquired about the course and have submitted your CV, the relevant application link will be sent to you.

Applications for all candidates will close on 16 August 2024.

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