Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence provides management and business acumen to engineers, supplementing their engineering technical skills to support career development. It introduces learners to, and develops their skills and knowledge in, the broad areas of operations management, people and organisational behaviour, strategy and innovation. The management acumen is contextualised within engineering by the use of case studies and applied learning and assessment.

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At a glance

  • The programme normally takes 18 months part-time, followed by an end point assessment which you will complete in 6 months.
  • You will normally be taught in 5 day block study periods at the Sheffield University Management School. *

Next available start date

  • January 2020.

Entry requirements

  • A first degree in a relevant subject, e.g. BEng / MEng or a BSc in a STEM subject.
  • A high standard of English with an IELTS of 6.5, with no less than 6 in each part.
  • Be employed in a relevant job role with a contract of a minimum of 30 hours a week.
  • Agreement from your employer to fund your programme, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.
  • Have the right to Abode in the UK.

Interested in this programme and would like to find out more?
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Overview

World-leading academics from Sheffield University Management School provide expertise in management and business acumen for engineers. This programme supplements learners’ engineering technical skills to support career development and the management acumen is contextualised within engineering by use of case studies and applied learning and assessment. It introduces learners to, and develops their skills and knowledge in, the broad areas of operations management, people and organisational behaviour, strategy and innovation.

The programme has been designed to meet all the learning and regulation requirements of the Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Standard. Learners who undertake the programme will have an additional six months after completing the Postgraduate Diploma to undertake the End Point Assessment (EPA).

The sessions will include lectures, business case analyses, problem analyses, student presentations and talks by visiting guest lecturers from industry. Modules are supported by MOLE with detailed handouts being provided to cover basic lecture material. Tutor and self-directed private study, and preparation for tutorials and assessment, is a significant component of each student’s development.

* Our campus and how we use it: We timetable across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student's home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.  

Modules
Global Challenges: Future, Ethics and Sustainability (I)

0 credits (Year 1 Core)

Manufacturing/engineering organisations function in complex and dynamic environments, where decisions and trade-offs have to be made. The module covers a broad range of global issues that impact on manufacturing/engineering organisations and include themes such as, the global environment and global trends, cross-cultural management/negotiations and the future of manufacturing/engineering. It integrates learning across the first four sessions and provides the framework for the following module - Global Challenges: Future, Ethics and Sustainability (II). Guest lectures from established practitioners, along with integrated learning across the modules/workplace, provide further support for skills development e.g. in the area of global engineering challenges. Assessment takes the form of attendance and participation in classroom discussions.

Operations: Process and Organisational Improvements

20 credits (Year 1 Core)

The ability to analyse the current processes and procedures underpins the ability of an organisation to make improvements. The tools and techniques of quality and process improvement will be introduced and critically evaluated, allowing students the opportunity to apply these to real world scenarios. Assessment takes the form of an essay and a report.

People and Organisations

20 credits (Year 1 Core)

The major theories in this area derive from psychology, sociology and anthropology; students will be expected to familiarise themselves with core concepts. The module provides the opportunity to relate these theoretical concepts to realistic organisational problems and to consider appropriate managerial responses. Assessment takes the form of two essays.

Leading Change

20 credits (Year 1 Core)

Leadership will be investigated at different organisational levels ranging from leading small teams to shaping the direction of organisations. It will also present multiple views of how change is enacted in manufacturing/engineering organisations and how individual leadership styles affect the impact of these. Assessment takes the form of two essays.

Managing Complex Projects and Risk Management

20 credits (Year 1 Core)

This module is to provide learners with a more encompassing view and understanding of the real challenges and causes of risks in managing major projects that are necessary to effectively drive change in manufacturing/engineering organisations. Assessment takes the form of a project scope and a project plan and report.

Global Challenges: Future, Ethics and Sustainability (II)

20 credits (Year 2 Core)

This module builds on the programme learning outcomes and aims covered in Global Challenges: Future, Ethics and Sustainability (I). The module provides for the integration of programme learning outcomes, and discusses global themes that will be revisited throughout the programme. Manufacturing/engineering organisations function in complex and dynamic environments, where decisions and trade-offs have to be made. The module covers a broad range of global issues that impact on manufacturing/engineering organisations and include aspects related to sustainability, ethics, global trends and the future of manufacturing/engineering. Guest lectures from established practitioners and experts, along with integrated learning across the modules/workplace, provide further support for skills development e.g. in the area of climate change. Assessment takes the form of attendance and participation in classroom discussions.

Technological Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship

20 credits (Year 2 Core)

This module examines innovation-based strategies as a source of competitive advantage and explores how to build manufacturing/engineering based organisations that excel at identifying, building and commercialising technological innovations. The module considers what it takes to become more entrepreneurial or ‘intrapreneurial’, by critically considering the extent to which it is possible to replicate entrepreneurial DNA and ‘grow’ it in a corporate context. Assessment takes the form of a group report, group presentation and an individual reflection.

Corporate Strategy

20 credits (Year 2 Core)

The module covers strategic issues and methods, including strategic decision-making and the nature and source of competitive advantage to explore how managers can develop strategies to achieve business growth within ever changing international manufacturing/engineering markets. Assessment takes the form of a scoping exercise and a report.

The example course structure listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content and assessment methods on our courses are reviewed annually to make sure they're up-to-date and relevant.

Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Fees and funding

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence is GBP £9,999.

Full funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap).

Partial funding for the cost of the apprenticeship programme fee is available for non levy-paying employers (up to the relevant funding cap). The government will fund up to 90% of the apprenticeship programme fees.

You can read more about funding opportunities for apprenticeship programmes on the Department for Education website.

For more information on funding opportunities or to discuss in further detail, please contact:
Nicola Orridge | Professional Education Programmes Manager
n.orridge@sheffield.ac.uk

How to apply

You must be ambitious and keen to expand your knowledge through rigorous discussion and learning. This programme combines rigorous academic work with your own practical experience.

You will have a first degree in a relevant subject, e.g. BEng / MEng or a BSc in a STEM subject. You will be employed in a relevant job role with a contract of a minimum of 30 hours a week, the right to abode in the UK and agreement from your employer to fund your programme, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

Apply now - please select programme code MGTT202.