UCL Graduate degrees


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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

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: 9 November 2020
Close: 28 April 2021
Flexible/Modular applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£18,800 (FT)
£9,400 (PT)
£31,200 (FT)
£15,600 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.


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

Location: 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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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 taught 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)
  • Integration, Modularisation and Platforms (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)


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.

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, Suzanne Hogan, by e-mailing suzanne.hogan@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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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 skills development, but also through understanding how digitalisation influences the management of engineering, innovation and technology, 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, where decisions have to be made in uncertainty, following an engineering management framework.


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

Department: Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Application and next steps


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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: 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
28 April 2021
Flexible/Modular applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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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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