This project seeks to determine the key characteristics for successful engineering management professional practice by graduates, specifically by identifying the topics that are relevant to practising professionals. There are twinned research approaches. The first uses survey data to check hypotheses and identify sub-topics within engineering management. This approach identifies content, i.e. ‘what’ to teach. The second is a qualitative modelling approach that develops a system model for the professional practice of engineering management and 'why' they are relevant. The potential benefits of this research project are a better understanding of the engineering management topics that are important to practising engineers. In turn this information may be usable to improve the teaching curriculum and thereby benefit student career outcomes and relevance from an employer perspective.