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MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management

MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management

This Masters course, which is offered by NSIRC in collaboration with Aston University, will run at TWI, Cambridge, over 12 weekends per year for two years, with a dissertation in the third year. The final year of the course is spent in employment, ensuring that the studies maintain their ‘real world’ focus and application.

Recruiting now for students wishing to start in September 2018.

Course Aims

To help emerging engineering leaders build upon their previous specialist skills, experiences and training, by acquiring management and leadership skills that meet their own goals and those of a company . To this end the programme will be in part, demand led, by working with a number of first adopter/trailblazer firms on their specific content needs, in the form of optional modules or modules they may wish to deliver themselves.



The course is much more than just an MSc, as there are a range of additional embedded qualifications and benefits:

  • On completion, in addition to the MSc, students will receive a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). They also become members of the CMI (MCMI) with an exemption route option towards becoming a Chartered Manager. Furthermore, the course offers a level seven, 20 credits, award in Leadership and Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

  • The programme targets the ‘how’ of leadership by promoting experiential learning

  • The degree is demand-led and allows the employer, to contribute to the design of year two of the course and to the choice for the major project in year three

  • There are only assignments for each module – with no exams

  • The MSc targets engineers specifically in terms of both content and mode of delivery/learning style

  • Annual cohorts are capped at 15 students to ensure exceptional one-to-one support and coaching

  • Teaching is delivered by lecturers with strong industrial, as well as academic, credibility – their experience is invariably at board level and multinational

  • The course is very favourably priced, being a fraction of that for a typical MBA.

Career Development

Here are a few comments and thoughts from Aston University Alumni about how this programme will help:

"My experience so far has shown that leadership is a rare quality in the industry. I strongly believe that it is a quality that an individual either has it or not, but techniques and best practices could be learned in a University programme. Honestly the programme seems very interesting.”

"Very flexible delivery; sounds like it is tailored to engineers, rather than a generic management programme”

"Additional Leadership experience would give a great addition to my current work experience”

"Sounds like a good way to bridge the gap between engineering  and business qualifications."


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website and NSIRC will take all reasonable action to deliver these services in accordance with the descriptions set out in it. However, we reserve the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. All costs, rates and prices stated are subject to amendment and should be taken as a guide only.

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with our summary of terms before accepting a place. 

Course Content




  • Strategic Management & Finance (EM4032)
  • Project Management (EM4033)
  • Research Methods (EM4034)
  • Developing Leadership & Management Capability through Enquiry (also achieves the ILM level 7 certificate in Leadership & Management) (EM4035)



  • Commercial Engagement (EM4036)
  • Human Resources Management (EM4037)
  • Supply Chain Management (EM4038)
  • Operational Effectiveness (EM4039)
  • Sustainable Engineering (EM4040)
  • CSR and Governance (EM4041)


Dissertation stage


  • Major Employer Project (EM4042)  

How will I be taught?

The programme will be delivered using a range of methods including interactive lectures, tutorials, site visits, guest lectures and class debate.


Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. Assessment methods employed include group and individual assignments, and class participation.

The course is solely delivered at NSIRC, which is located within TWI's premises in Great Abington, Cambridge. Travelling to Granta Park is convenient, as a daily, direct shuttle bus to Cambridge means that students also have the benefits of living in Cambridge, a compact cosmopolitan city that caters well for students with a host of sporting, cultural and social events. Take a look at Mill Road – described as the Islington of Cambridge and its surrounding area which is one of the hubs of student night life. Another advantage is close proximity to London, 45 minutes by train, in addition to easy access to the major airports and road links to the rest of the country.

TWI launches new MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management
NISRC Facility at TWI, Granta Park, Cambridge


Starting in April & October 2018, each module will be taught over 3 weekends, a total of twelve study weekends per year (Saturday & Sunday).



For direct enrolment onto the MSc programme in Engineering Leadership & Management, you will need one of the following:

  •  A good UK honours degree

  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • At least FIVE years relevant work experience

  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) where relevant

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 

  • Two professional references, each of which should reflect your leadership and management potential.

Admission outside of these guidelines is possible for exceptional students. If you have extensive work experience but no graduate qualifications, you may be considered for admission to the programme.

All candidates will be invited to interview with the course director or his/her nominee prior to a formal offer being made.

If you wish to enquire about the course you can email enquiries@nsirc.co.uk for more details.