2022/23 Full-time Undergraduate course
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
School of Engineering
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20
Engineering Management is for ambitious students who want to combine engineering know-how with business acumen.
The BEng Hons Engineering Management is a four-year, professionally accredited engineering course that is designed to equip you with a valuable blend of engineering and management skills.
Engineering Management graduates play a key role in design and manufacture where the challenges include the development of more efficient and effective manufacturing systems and processes, the creation of innovative products, global sustainability and the building of new business models to support high-value manufacturing.
This course provides you with a broad-based education including studies in engineering technology and materials, manufacturing systems and processes, product and system design, complemented by studies in business and management. It develops the multi-disciplinary and soft skills that are increasingly being demanded in today’s dynamic and resource conscious environment.
This course has been developed to satisfy industry demand for professional engineers who possess business and management skills combined with engineering expertise.
Engineering Management graduates are in high demand from employers, not only for a wide range of roles in industry, but also in utilities, transportation and consultancy.
Sign up to register an interest in the course.
In this section
Year 1 introduces you to the fundamental skills and knowledge that underpin the core themes of the course. Studies include manufacturing processes, design and CAD, materials, mathematics, engineering science, and management and marketing. You develop practical engineering IT skills and gain hands-on workshop and laboratory experience. Projects help you practise and improve professional skills such as project management, communications, problem solving and creativity. A teamwork project allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the engineer in a global context taking account of ethical, cultural and sustainability issues.
Your year 2 studies include manufacturing systems and materials, product design and CAD, quality, marketing and operations management. You also learn about the financial aspect of industrial production. You can choose an optional engineering or business module, depending on your interests. Throughout the year there is an increased emphasis on digital manufacturing and the role of information technology in manufacturing and design. Visits to local industry provide an insight into real-world design and manufacturing. Individual and team assignments throughout the year help you develop your professional skills in areas such as team-working, project management and communications. Preparation for your industrial placement begins in year 2.
Year 3 is your industrial placement year. Further details may be found in the section on placements.
In addition to the continuing development of the engineering, design and management themes, there are opportunities in year 4 for you to develop your interests by selecting from a range of options that include environmental engineering and nanotechnology. An option in programming reflects the increasing importance of customer-focussed, integrated digital manufacturing systems in industry. Individual and team activities provide opportunities for you to work on industry-sourced or research-linked projects to develop specific expertise and to enhance your technical and professional skills.
Details of the course modules may be found in the section on modular structure.
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.
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 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.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
A globally recognised hub of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
High quality apartment living in Belfast city centre adjacent to the university campus.
At Student Wellbeing we provide many services to help students through their time at Ulster University.
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.
In this section
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.
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. This module provides an introduction to product design specification, design, build and analysis/testing of a product as part of a design project, working as part of a team.
This module will introduce students to working in multidisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem and present their solution to an audience of their tutors and peers.
A module which integrates lectures with practical sessions in the study of the basics of common manufacturing methodologies and the behaviour of engineering materials. The student will consolidate their learning of the interaction among materials, manufacturing methods, quality and workshop safety. 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.
This module provides engineering students with an understanding of the nature of organisations in the context of marketing and management. The role of managers are examined and explored. It provides an introduction to the practice of marketing operations and provides an underpinning for further studies in engineering and management.
This module will introduce students to studying Engineering Management at Ulster University and will develop some of the foundational knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed on their degree programme.
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.
This module in Manufacturing Systems aims to provide students with an enhanced knowledge of modern manufacturing, linking design and manufacturing processes. It develops theoretical understanding and practical skills to enable the analysis, evaluation and optimisation of manufacturing systems and processes (conventional and non-conventional). It introduces simulation of variability at system and process levels and explores the interactions between design, materials and manufacturing.
The module uses a blended approach to provide a sound understanding of the underpinning chemistry and microstructure of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. How materials properties are controlled by processing techniques and the environmental impact of materials is also considered. In addition, a programme of industrial visits exposes students to a wide variety of production scenarios and processes.
The module teaches the basics of Operations and Quality. The Operations elements looks at the processes that produce the goods and services sold by the company in addition to optimising facility location and layout. The module also teaches topics such as stock control and scheduling.
The Quality part of the module covers 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 Non-Destructive testing. This module prepares the student to contribute to these challenging activities in their early employment.
The module considers creativity in design; product innovation; technical and non-technical aspects of design; sustainability; design analysis techniques for economic product manufacture and assembly; functional analysis; visual design; value engineering; safety and reliability through design projects; manufacturing processes; assembly techniques; market intelligence; component and product inspection and testing. This module builds on the fundamentals of 3D solid part modelling with the introduction of more advanced solid modelling tools, assembly modelling, creation of 2D drawings and incorporation of all these tools and features within a design project, working as part of a team.
This module is optional
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of business in a digital world, and the impact and application of technologies in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of digital business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying digital business; analyse how organisations apply business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage; critically evaluate the impact of digital technologies on individuals, companies, and wider society.
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 Simulink.
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 portfolio of practical investigations in automation/ fluid power and a class test in hydraulics.
This module is optional
This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.
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.
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.
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.
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 the corrupting influence of variability, discrete simulation modelling for system analysis and 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.
The project is a substantial individual piece of work completed over 2 semesters. 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 manage and design the project in collaboration with their supervisor. They will be responsible for carrying out the project and writing up and presenting their work in the form of written submissions and a final examination. General guidance on all aspects of the project is given through specific lectures devoted to the topics.
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.
This module is optional
This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the composition, function and application of synthetic and natural biomaterials in the context of the medical implant devices they are used to fabricate. The approach taken highlights the important materials science issues involved in the provision of these systems. The increasing importance of functional biomaterials to the provision of enhanced medical implant devices that can more effectively replace damaged and/or diseased tissues and organs is also addressed.
This module is optional
This module gives the student an overview of nanotechnology and its applications in engineering.
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.
This module is optional
This module introduces environmental issues, key aspects and provides coverage of science, technology, design, regulations and management systems pertaining to environmental protection, resource conservation and alternative energy sources.
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.
This module is optional
This module provides a practical, hands-on experience of Computer Aided Engineering in the context of industrial design and manufacturing. It focuses on advanced part modelling techniques, assembly modelling, creating associative links, good modelling practice, collaboration and interoperability, design documentation, 3D printing, surface modelling, photorealistic rendering, dynamic 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 the aforementioned technologies.
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.
In this section
The GCE A Level requirement for this course is grades BBB to include one from Mathematics*, Further Mathematics*, Physics*, Technology & Design (CCEA), Chemistry, Single or Double Award Science/Applied Science or an Engineering subject area.
Minimum of Grades BBB to include 2 from Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Computing, ICT, Design and Technology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Software Systems Development, Digital Technology.
*Desirable subject offer:
Applicants presenting GCE A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Physics will receive a two grade reduction at the time of offer.
See the GCSE subject and grade requirements including specific Mathematics grade required depending on the GCE A level subject presented.
The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma/National Extended Diploma in Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with overall award profile of DDD. If applicants only have GCSE Maths grade C or 4, they also require a minimum Merit grade in a unit of Mathematics for Engineering Technicians or Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians.
BTEC Level 3 RQF National Extended Diploma in Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical or Electrical/Electronic Engineering with overall award profile of DDM. If applicants only have GCSE Maths grade C or 4, they also require a minimum Merit grade in a unit of Engineering Principles and minimum Merit grade in a unit of Calculus to solve Engineering Problems.
Note:The RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Engineering will satisfy the subject requirement as long as it includes Merit in Engineering Principles and only when presented with Merit in an additional module, Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems
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 Admissions staff by T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309 or E:email@example.com.
Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence
120 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of four subjects at Higher Level and one subject at Ordinary Level. Higher level Mathematics at minimum grade H5 and English at grade H6 is also required or English O4 and Maths O3 if not sitting HL. Higher Level subjects must include two from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology or Engineering.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is ABBBC (to include minimum of A in Mathematics and B in a science subject).
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC (to include Mathematics and a science subject).
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.
The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of an Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall Mark of 65% and 65% in NICATS Mathematics Level 2). Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.
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 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.
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 6305or E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry equivalences can also be viewed in the online prospectus at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements/equivalence.
The General Entry Requirements must also be met including English Language minimum GCSE grade C (or equivalent). Please check the following link http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/entrance-requirements#ger.
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.
In this section
Graduates from this course are now working for:
With this degree you could become:
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.
In Year 3 of the course you will undertake a paid industrial placement with many opportunities in world-class organisations, locally and further afield. While on placement you will experience and participate in real-life engineering, learning how theory relates to practice and developing 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).
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.
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.
Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.
In this section
The Year 1 Sensata 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.
There are two Sensata prizes for the best Engineering Management students at the end of year 2.
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.
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.
Course Director: Pearse O'Gorman
Admissions Contact: Kerry Moran