Engineering Business Management MSc – 2022 entry *

Key information

Start date: October 2021

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

* This course is subject to validation

Why choose this course

At the end of 2019, there were more than 700,000 engineering businesses in the UK, worth an estimated £1.2trillion. This accounted for more than 20 per cent of all gross domestic UK turnover. So engineering is big business and managers who understand that business remain in demand.

Our MSc in Engineering Business Management uniquely combines the development of business acumen and management skills with the knowledge of industry-relevant science and technology. Jointly run by world-leading experts from Surrey Business School and our Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, it’s aimed at technical graduates and professionals who aspire to a career in engineering business management.

The course teaches students how to apply proven conceptual business frameworks from multiple disciplines to the management of engineering-driven enterprises, and prepares them for managerial roles in engineering-related sectors.

What you will study

Our unique multidisciplinary course gives you advanced knowledge of complex operational engineering processes and develops your analytical business skills, enhancing your critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making.

This programme puts particular emphasis on management for value-adding activities, and the use of emerging technology and engineering principles to optimise efficiency, sustainability and competitiveness.

It also offers the opportunity to focus on areas in management, business, engineering and technology within a specialised industry that you find interesting – with a view to assuring sustainable economic benefit to an organisation.

Talks from guest speakers and visiting academics are a key feature of the course, too.

Students will focus on developing their knowledge of:

  • State-of-the-art engineering and technology applications
  • Inter-disciplinarity in engineering, technology and business
  • An in-depth theoretical study of management concepts
  • Technical and business marketing practice
  • Finance.

Compulsory modules that all students must take are:

  • Business Process Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Operations Management and Digital Services
  • Optimisation and Decision Making
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Technology, Business and Research Seminars

Optional elements that students can select include:

  • E-Business
  • Environmental Law
  • Global Strategy Implementation
  • Lifecycle Thinking & Circular Economy
  • Process Modelling & Simulation
  • Solar Energy
  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Technology Knowledge Based Systems & Artificial Intelligence

Students must also complete a research dissertation on a relevant topic.


In 2019, the University of Surrey invested over £6.5m in new and upgraded facilities in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. This included a fully operational pilot plant, which enables chemical engineering students to experience the entire chemical process.

You’ll also have at your disposal a wide range of relevant software needed to support the course material, plus numerous other laboratory and computer facilities across Surrey Business School and our Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools. 

Our engineering graduates are in high demand. According to the 2020 HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey, 96 per cent of our graduates are in work or further education. This specialised masters course will only further enhance your employability.

You’ll be well prepared to help engineering organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right management strategies in terms of technological, economic and environmental aspects and impacts.

Surrey also offers careers information, advice and guidance to all students, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving.

Academic year structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. Student intake occurs in February and October.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.

We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Please note: this course is subject to validation, therefore no modules have been confirmed at this moment in time. These modules will appear once the course has been validated.


Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

UK 2.2 degree (or international equivalent) in one of the following subjects: Engineering, Business Management, Business Economics, Economics, Maths, Chemistry, Physics.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Start date: October 2021

Full-time - 1 year

UK £13,100

Overseas £20,200

Part-time - 2 years

UK £6,600

Overseas £10,100

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2022-23 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually. 
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme. 
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

Subject to validation

This programme is subject to approval. This means that it has received initial agreement from the University and is currently undergoing a detailed final approval exercise, through the University’s quality assurance processes. These processes are a requirement for all Higher Education Institutions within the UK, to ensure that programmes are of the highest standard. Occasionally there may be instances where the University may delay or not approve the introduction of the programme.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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