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Engineering Business Leadership (MSc) (2023 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.

The Engineering Business Leadership course has been designed to align with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation requirements across different pathways to support you on your application for professional recognition.

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 (PgD).

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

Candidates without a first degree but who have relevant professional experience should include their CV with their application.

We have created several learning pathways that enable you to focus on what is appropriate to your company, your career and aspirations.

Core modules for all pathways are:

Specialist Pathways

The following modules are required if you are planning to apply for professional recognition at the end of the course:

Technology and Innovation

Supply Chain Management

Project Management

Leading Change

Although taking the above specialism modules will provide a pathway towards professional recognition, further work-based learning will be needed to support full accreditation, post degree.

General Pathway

If you are not applying for professional recognition, this pathway offers you a more flexible route. You can choose any three modules from the following:

Company Based Project

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.


You’ll study for three years on a part-time basis. 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.

Reading lists

Reading lists are made available prior to the modules. Reference texts are often available to access online with your University Library account.

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
  • Barclays
  • Delphi Technologies
  • GSK
  • Honeywell
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • KPMG
  • National Grid
  • 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.

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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

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, there may be general associated costs such as:

  • 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.

A residential fee is also available on request as we have bed and breakfast facilities on campus via Warwick Conferences.

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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Throughout the year we attend exhibitions and fairs online and in the UK. These events give you the chance to learn about our Master's and PhD study routes, and the wider context of postgraduate study.

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