Digital Engineering Management MSc

London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

There has been a radical digital shift in the built environment sector, particularly in construction. The Digital Engineering Management MSc responds to the ongoing industry need for greater understanding and analysis for how pioneering digital technologies shape and are shaped by organisations, projects and supply chains. This innovative and much-needed programme addresses this digital gap by developing leaders and managers for the built environment sector and beyond.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£21,200
£10,600
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£35,000
£17,500
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (including engineering, mathematical-based science, built environment), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In exceptional cases, a lesser academic qualification combined with substantial professional experience and demonstrable academic ability will allow acceptance onto the programme.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The programme addresses the industry need for responding to digital transformation through a socio-technical approach. Digital engineering describes the integration of various digital technologies, such as mixed realities, big data analytics and Building Information Modelling (BIM), Internet of Things (IoT) that transform construction and other capital industries. The students will be taught through an engineering management framework, encompassing the following knowledge areas:

  • Organisation - understanding how firms are transformed by digital innovations,
  • Project and process - learning socio-technical skills for engineering management,
  • Engineering - constructing the digital thread across the lifecycle using various digital tools.

Who this course is for

This programme is designed for early to mid-career professionals in the built environment seeking to specialise in digital engineering, project management and organisational management. In addition to enabling business and management graduates the opportunity to specialise, the programme will also be attractive to design and engineering graduates wishing to adapt their career options, and to graduates in other related numerate subject areas (e.g. mechanical engineering, software engineering etc.).

What this course will give you

The programme will teach you both the basics of innovative digital technologies in the built environment at a practical level and their managerial implications at theoretical and applied levels. 

The programme addresses the transformation of construction due to digital engineering beyond skills development, but also through understanding how digitalisation influences the management of engineering, innovation, and technology, drawing upon the premise that digitalisation is a socio-technical construct. 

Because digital engineering is not constant but instead continuously evolving, this programme will provide the theoretical and practical tools to address these challenges, where decisions must be made in uncertainty, following an engineering management framework.

The foundation of your career

The programme is multi-disciplinary and employability options are varied. The MSc degree will enable built environment professionals to develop much-needed managerial and technical skills essential for addressing digital transformation in industry. As the programme draws lessons from a variety if sectors, it prepares graduates for careers beyond the built environment as well. The specific skills that will be acquired include (but are not limited to) project management, organisational management, communication skills, digital skills such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools, programming and data science. Eventually, each student will have the opportunity and freedom to focus on developing their desired skills and competences.

Employability

The programme is designed to equip graduates with the potential to become future innovators, leaders, senior managers, policy-makers and researchers in the areas of engineering management, digital innovation and project management. Organisations that are likely to employ graduates of this MSc include:

  • public sector organisations;
  • construction, engineering and design firms;
  • consultancies and commercial research firms;
  • clients with major portfolios in the built environment.

Beyond the built environment, this MSc will equip you to work in sectors such as manufacturing, transport, software engineering and oil and gas. The MSc could be used as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Accreditation

The Association for Project Management (APM) Academic Accreditation recognises the professional quality of courses providing qualifications in project management.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of teacher-led and student-led teaching including lectures, seminars, group tutorials/workshops, Harvard case teaching method, and individual supervision for the research-based dissertation element. Assessment is through examinations, 2,500-word written term papers, smaller digital deliverables, group work and the 10,000-word dissertation.

As the programme features a combination of teacher-led and student-led teaching including lectures, seminars, group tutorials/workshops, Harvard case teaching method, and individual supervision for the research-based dissertation element, the contact hours and self-directed study vary across the modules. In principle, 25% of a student's time is spent in student-led teaching (such as group tutorials/workshops, Harvard case teaching method), 25% in teacher-led teaching (such as lectures and seminars) and the remainder in independent study.

Modules

Full time students attend four full weeks in Term 1, and two days a week for 10 weeks in Term 2.

Part time students attend two full non-consecutive weeks in Term 1, and one day a week for 10 weeks in Term 2.

Modular/flexible students attend maximum two full non-consecutive weeks in Term 1, and one day a week for 10 weeks in Term 2 under consultation with course leader.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Digital Engineering Management.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £21,200 £10,600
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000 £17,500

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, by e-mailing suzanne.hogan@ucl.ac.uk

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and The Bartlett Faculty Office are advertised on their respective websites.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we access your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Digital Engineering Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Digital Engineering Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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