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Digital Engineering Management MSc

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Full time students attend four full weeks in T1, and two days a week for 10 weeks in T2. Part time/flexible students attend two full non-consecutive weeks in T1, and one day a week for 10 weeks in T2

Application dates

Full-time applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Flexible/Modular applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£18,150 (FT)
£9,070 (PT)
Overseas:
£30,400 (FT)
£15,050 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Accreditation: MSc Digital Engineering Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).
Location: London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

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.

English language requirements

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: Good

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

International students

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.

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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) that transform construction. 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Digital Engineering Management.

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.

Compulsory modules

With a balanced curriculum with a theoretically-informed and commercial focus, the programme provides students with a well-balanced mix of organisation and project management theory as well as engineering practice through all the following eight modules plus the dissertation.

  • Organising for Digitalisation (15 credits)
  • Management of Digital Innovation (15 credits)
  • Digital briefing and scope management (15 credits)
  • Integrated and Industrialised Construction (15 credits)
  • Big Data and Business Analytics (15 credits)
  • Engineering the Digital Thread Across Lifecycle (15 credits)
  • Agile and Hybrid Project Management (15 credits)
  • Management of Major Programmes with Digital (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 credits). This is an original piece of research conducted with guidance from a supervisor.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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, Ms Satinder Bhamra, by e-mailing s.bhamra@ucl.ac.uk or telephoning +44 (0)20 3108 7627.

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

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

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 Construction and Project Management and The Bartlett Faculty Office are advertised on their respective websites.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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

Careers

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.

Employability

The prgramme 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. The specific skills that will be acquired include (but are not limited to) project management, organisational management, communication skills, 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

The programme addresses the transformation of construction due to digital engineering beyond BIM and skills teaching, but through understanding how digitalisation influences the management of engineering, drawing upon the premise that technology 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 within an engineering management framework.

Department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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.).

Application deadlines

Full-time applicants
11 August 2020
Flexible/Modular applicants
11 August 2020


For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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.

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