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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Caterpillar
  • Kerry Group
  • Magellan Aerospace
  • Powerscreen
  • RLC UK
  • Schrader Electronics
  • WrightBus

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Design Engineer
  • Lean Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Technical customer liaison engineer


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

Engineering know-how with business acumen.


The BEng Hons Engineering Management is a four-year, professionally accredited, undergraduate engineering course that is designed to equip you with a valuable blend of engineering and management skills. It provides you with a broad-based education that includes studies in engineering technology and materials, manufacturing systems and processes, product and system design, complemented by studies in business and management. Optional subjects offer you the opportunity to pursue your particular interests. During your industrial placement year you experience and participate in real-life engineering and you learn how theory relates to practice. Successful completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation. As professional engineers, graduates from the course are in high demand not only in manufacturing industry but also are employed in utilities, transportation, primary industries, consultancy and business.

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About this course

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This course has been developed to satisfy industry demand for professional engineers who possess business and management skills as well as sound engineering expertise. It provides you with a broad-based education that opens up a wide variety of job opportunities, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to work as a professional engineer in diverse areas of engineering and industry. Graduates from the course are in high demand not only in manufacturing industry but their skills and expertise also find them employed in utilities, transportation, consultancy and business.

The course integrates the major themes of manufacturing systems and processes, mechanical engineering, materials and industrial technology, product design, and business and management. It develops the multi-disciplinary and soft skills that are increasingly being demanded in today’s dynamic and resource conscious environment. Engineering Management graduates play a key role in design and manufacture where the opportunities and challenges include the development of more efficient and effective manufacturing systems and processes, the creation of innovative products, sustainability and the building of new business models to support high-value manufacturing. The course is underpinned by strong links with industry and leading-edge research.

Why Engineering Management?

If you;

  • have an interest in products and machines, how they work, and the processes, skills and resources needed to make them, right through from the innovation process to the market
  • enjoy finding innovative solutions to problems
  • would like to help make the best use of limited, valuable resources and minimise the impact on the environment
  • are excited by the opportunity to study a broad curriculum –engineering / business / design
  • are interested in how business organisations function and how resources are utilised, particularly in the industrial sector
  • enjoy design and are you interested in the application of technology and computer resources
  • have a desire to take on responsibility, including opportunities to lead projects in diverse areas of engineering
  • would like to do a year of paid Industrial Placement as an integral part of your studies
  • are aspiring to become a professional Chartered Engineer

Then Engineering Management could well be the right course for you.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards


Duration: Four years (including placement year).

Typically 18-20 timetabled hours per week, normally between 09.15 am and 5.15 pm. There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Analytical Methods for Engineers

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of the language and terminology of mathematics, together with the mathematical techniques from algebra, calculus and statistics that are necessary for the description and analysis of engineering systems.

Engineering Fundamentals

Year: 1

This module provides the fundamental principles mechanical and electrical technologies and provides a methodology for their practical application. The module covers topics such as: Statics and Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Linear DC Circuits, Energy Storage and AC Circuits.

Professional Studies

Year: 1

This modules makes students aware of the relevant professional, ethical, legal, and sustainability issues associated with being a professional engineer. Induction in how to study at university is included at the start of the module. Assessment is a combination of individual report, class test and team group report.

Materials 1

Year: 1

A module which integrates lectures with practical sessions in the study of the basics of common production and the behaviour of engineering materials. The student will consolidate their learning of the interaction among materials, production methods, quality and workshop safety.

Manufacturing Processes

Year: 1

A module which integrates formal study with a significant practical programme for the understanding and application of common manufacturing processes. Production of a working electro-mechanical product will deepen knowledge and develop basic skills for selected manufacturing processes. Candidates will critique their work to improve the product design and select appropriate production processes for batch manufacture.

Management studies

Year: 1

This module provides engineering students with an understanding of the nature of organisations and the role of the manager, particularly in those companies involved in the production of goods. It provides an underpinning for further studies in engineering and management.

Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 1

Year: 1

This module provides an introduction to the fundamentals in the use of a modern 3D CAD system to create robust 3D part modules using an introductory range of feature types.

Drawing and Design

Year: 1

This module includes freehand sketching, systems of projection, drawing conventions, dimensioning and tolerancing, design documentation, an introduction to the total design activity, formulation of a product design specification (PDS), material selection and manufacturing considerations in design.

Year two

Accounting for Engineers

Year: 2

This module will introduce non-accounting students to the basic concept of both financial and management accounting and give them an overview of the role played by accountants. Having passed this module they will have a greater understanding of the both the importance of accounting information and financial management to an organisation. As well as learning the theory behind the main financial statements they will also be taught how to apply some basic computational techniques. They will also be able to carry out some fundamental accounting practices such as budgeting and costing.

Manufacturing Systems

Year: 2

This module introduces Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and Systems with specific emphasis on its specification and implementation. The utilisation of AMT is analysed and the requirement for Manufacturing Information Systems specified. Workshop practice and demonstrations integrate this knowledge.

Marketing and Operations

Year: 2

This module provides an introduction to the practice of marketing and operations within the engineering environment. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and case studies.

Materials 2

Year: 2

The module provides a general coverage of different classes of materials and usage of computer packages. Metallic and non-metallic materials are studied with respect to processing, microstructure, mechanical performance under different conditions, applications, cost, the environment and health and safety.

Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) 2

Year: 2

This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling (MCAD1) with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, assembly modelling, creation of 2D drawings from part and assembly models and surface modelling.

Design and Industry 2

Year: 2

The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; safety and product liability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; material handling methods; component and product inspection and testing.

The module further develops engineering design capability across a variety of issues. Group projects provide the means of assessment. In addition a programme of industrial visits exposes the students to a wide variety of production scenarios and processes.


Year: 2

A module which examines the relevance and application of Quality principles and techniques to the manufacturing environment. Discussion of current topics in Quality Management and Quality Improvement is supported by study of the fundamentals of ISO 9001, Statistical Process Control, Measurement System Analysis and Nonj-Desctructive testing. This module prepares the student to contribute to these challenging activities in their early employment.

Organisation Design

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is concerned with exploring why differences in structure and design exist across organisations. It considers ways of describing, analysing, classifying and differentiating organisations and the factors that cause this differentiation.

Engineering Programming

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to introduce engineering students to the basic principles of algorithmic programming, and the solution of engineering problems using MATLAB and LabVIEW.


Year: 2

This module is optional

Content; industrial logic control systems, pneumatics and hydraulics in manufacturing- basic circuits, industrial applications. Programmable controllers- program representations, ladder diagrams, applications. Robotics - flexibility, geometry, actuation, performance, teaching, applications. Teaching will include lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, and lab work. Assessment will be by examination and coursework. Coursework will consist of a set assignment, a computer test and laboratory practice.

Year three

Industrial Placement

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module is a year's paid industrial placement programmed to complement the undergraduate engineer's academic studies. The student will be employed as a junior engineer to enable improvement in their understanding of the work environment and development of their transferable, communication and personal skills. The experience will enhance their engineering ability, maturity and eventual employability.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Business Strategy

Year: 4

This integrative core module, which places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introduces the concept of Business Strategy. It aims to develop students' awareness and understanding of the means by which viable business strategies can be developed and implemented in a complex and challenging competitive climate.

Project Appraisal and Management

Year: 4

This module provides an insight to finance, the application of financial techniques to project appraisal. The stages of the project cycle and project management. Teaching methods include lectures, guided discussions and seminars.

Design and Industrial Applications 3

Year: 4

This module is based on the execution of an industrially generated major design project through multi-disciplinary team activity involving aspects of: project management, market analysis, specification, concept design, budget costing, decision making, detail design, production planning, manufacturing requirements and product costing.

Production Systems

Year: 4

This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to contribute to the analysis, design and management of modern manufacturing systems. Content includes systems and modelling, sources of variability and its influence, discrete simulation modelling for analysis/design; inventory management, production management systems including mrp, JIT and TOC; productivity improvement techniques such as SMED, DMAIC; supply chain management; world class and lean manufacturing; product lifecycle management.

Final Year Project

Year: 4

Each student taking this module will carry out an individual project on a topic relevant to their degree of study. Students will be expected to design the project in collaboration with a nominated supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up results in the form of a final written report.


Year: 4

This module is optional

This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.

Object Oriented Programming

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module extends the students understanding of the design and creation of software structures using an object-oriented paradigm. The programming language is C++ which is of particular relevance to engineering students.

Environmental Engineering

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces environmental issues/aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides a practical, hands-on treatment of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of application in design practice or manufacturing company. It majors on the more advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperabilty, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling rendering, mechanism simulation and Finite Element Analysis. It involves the utilisation of an integrated, state-of-the-art MCAD suite along with the teaching of the general principles of these technologies.

Manufacturing technology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module involves the technology of fixed automation; computer numerical control; materials handling; low cost automation; computer integrated manufacturing; industrial robot technology; robot applications; automated inspection and advanced robotics.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB with a minimum Grade B in one from GCE A level Mathematics, Physics, Technology and Design (CCEA), Chemistry, Science or an Engineering subject area.

Or alternatively

Minimum of Grades BB in 2 GCE A level Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Computing, ICT, Design and Technology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Software Systems Development.

See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.

Applied General Qualifications

The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma in a related Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering, IT, Business Studies, Science or Construction subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include a minimum of 9 unit distinctions. Also requires minimum Merit grade in a unit of Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Applicants presenting Business Studies or IT must satisfy the GCSE requirements for Mathematics and Science or equivalent that are detailed in the GCSE section.

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment accepts combinations of A Levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma/National Foundation Diploma and BTEC Diploma/ National Diploma. For further information on the requirements for this course please contact Faculty admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E:

Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 (typical grade profile) including minimum H3 Higher Level Mathematics and one other Higher Level from Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Engineering or Technology and Design. Plus English Grade H6 or English Grade O4 or above at (OL) if not sitting at Higher Level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is ABBBC (to include minimum of A in Mathematics and B in a science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and an another Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 70% and 70% in NICATS Mathematics Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.

Other Access courses considered individually, please contact admissions staff:
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6305


GCSE Mathematics Grade B (or equivalent).

If presenting 2 of the alternative specified subjects at GCE A level (or equivalent) must also have Grades BB or above in GCSE Double Award Science (or equivalent) OR Grades BB in 2 from GCSE (or equivalent) Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Technology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Additional Maths or Statistics.

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

OCR/Cambridge Technical Combinations
The Faculty of Computing and Engineering accept a range of alternative combination of qualifications such as OCR Nationals and OCR Cambridge Technicals when presented with an A Level in one of the specified subjects (please refer to A level section).


HNC requirement is overall Distinction in an Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering subject (plus GCSE Maths grade C and an acceptable alternative Mathematics module) will be considered for year 1 entry only.

HND requirement is overall Merit in an Engineering, Electrical, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering subject to include a Merit in either Level 4 or Level 5 Analytical Methods module (plus GCSE Maths Grade C). Applicants may be considered for year 2 entry where the curriculum sufficiently matches that of Ulster University full-time year 1 course.

Ulster Foundation Degree
Pass in Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area with an overall mark of 55% and minimum 55% in all taught level 5 modules and 55% in the Level 4 Mathematics module within the Foundation Degree. Applicants will normally be considered for year 2 entry to the linked Honours degree.

For further information regarding all of the above qualifications please contact the Faculty Admissions staff by T:+44 (0)28 9036 6305 or E: Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at

The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link

Teaching and learning assessment

The course employs a range of teaching methods, the principal ones being lectures, tutorials and seminars. A significant number of modules, especially in years 1 and 2, also have laboratory-based practical classes, workshops and demonstrations. Other methods used include group and individual project activities, industrial visits and case studies. Learning is supported by access to extensive general and subject-specific IT facilities, including computer-aided design, simulation and independent learning packages.

A combination of continuous assessment and formal examination is employed in most modules. Continuous assessment includes individual and group project work, class tests, design activities, library and laboratory based assignments, and oral presentations. Some modules across all years use continuous assessment only.

Exemptions and transferability

Applicants who have successfully completed studies equivalent in content and level to the Year 1 modules are considered for direct entry into Year 2.

Students on this BEng Hons course who demonstrate exceptional academic performance have the opportunity to transfer to the MEng Hons Engineering Management at the end of Year 2.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Caterpillar
  • Kerry Group
  • Magellan Aerospace
  • Powerscreen
  • RLC UK
  • Schrader Electronics
  • WrightBus

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Design Engineer
  • Lean Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Technical customer liaison engineer

Career options

Excellent career opportunities for Engineering Management graduates are available in a wide range of industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, consumer & industrial goods, electronics and semiconductors, heavy machinery, mining and oil, food and drink, and in service sectors such as logistics, transportation and consultancy. They include manufacturing system design and operation, lean engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, CADCAM, the introduction of new technology, process and methods engineering, production and materials management, quality engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, customer liaison engineering and research as well as opportunities in business analysis, technical marketing and project management in diverse areas of engineering. Some graduates have also chosen to pursue careers in general business management or finance. Depending on the level of attainment, graduates may proceed to appropriate postgraduate courses or research.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3 of the course you undertake your industrial placement. This is a paid placement with many opportunities in world-class organisations, locally and further afield. While on placement you experience and participate in real-life engineering, you learn how theory relates to practice and you develop valuable employability skills. Satisfactory completion of the industrial placement year leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation. Alternatively, you may undertake a year's study abroad for the Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

Professional recognition

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,250.00  Discounts available
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Year 1

The Year 1 Schrader Electronics prizes are awarded to the two best Engineering Management students at the end of year 1. Students on the course are also eligible to be considered for the McCrea Leebody Science Awards and the Alumni Fund Award for Academic Excellence.

Year 2

There are two Schrader Electronics prizes for the best Engineering Management students at the end of year 2.

Final Year

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Best Student Award for CEng accredited courses.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Best Student Award for CEng accredited courses.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Best Project Award for CEng accredited courses.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.