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MEng

This integrated masters degree course in engineering builds on recent and previous study and offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng course aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Our MEng is accredited for Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). A pathway through our MEng is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). See our engineering website for further information about the accreditation of our engineering qualifications.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

This qualification will help you to develop your skills in engineering, as well as a range of transferable skills, such as: the ability to use specialist knowledge to solve problems creatively; effective communication skills; project management skills; the ability to turn concepts into reality; a professional approach to your work.

The knowledge and practical experience you gain during your postgraduate studies mean you'll be well placed to take advantage of the many senior engineering and technology employment opportunities available at home and abroad. At the same time, you'll be developing capabilities that are highly prized by employers in a variety of other sectors, where your logical thinking, numeracy skills, and team working abilities will be in demand.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

For this masters degree you require:

Either an honours degree accredited by one of the licensed bodies of the Engineering Council and 15 credits from the following compulsory module:

Undergraduate Level 3 compulsory module Credits Next start
Towards chartership: professional development for engineers (T398)

This course develops reflective and key skills, and promotes the personal and professional skills necessary to the education and career of an aspiring Chartered engineer.

See full description.

15 Sep

Or the OU's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (B24)or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (B65)

And 60 credits from any postgraduate technology module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TXX8 or TUXX8), but excluding any project modules

And 30 credits from any postgraduate computing, mathematics, science or technology module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TXX8 or TUXX8), M8 or S8, but excluding any project modules

And 30 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885)

This course about working collaboratively is based around two residential weekends. You'll work in a small team on an engineering project, finally submitting a report.

See full description.

30 Sep

Educational aims

This engineering degree builds on recent and previous study and offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for chartered status. The MEng programme aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council UK and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Learning outcomes

The outcomes are based closely on the Engineering Benchmark Statements of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in the following areas.

Knowledge and understanding

When you have completed this degree, you should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • appropriate mathematical methods
  • science appropriate to the specific engineering stream
  • principles of IT and ICT relevant to the specific engineering stream
  • general principles of design, techniques specific to particular products and processes, characteristics of engineering materials and components
  • management and business practices (including finance, law, marketing, personnel and quality), professional and ethical responsibilities (including the global and social context of engineering)
  • manufacturing and/or operational practice, codes of practice and regulatory framework, requirements for safe operation.

Cognitive skills

When you have completed this degree, you should be able to:

  • select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems
  • use scientific principles in the development of engineering solutions to practical problems; use scientific principles in the modelling and analysis of engineering systems, processes and products
  • select and apply appropriate computer-based methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems
  • undertake analysis of systems, processes and components requiring engineering solutions; create new processes or products through a synthesis of ideas from a wide range of sources
  • undertake commercial risk evaluation
  • produce solutions to problems through application of engineering knowledge and understanding, and have the ability to undertake technical risk evaluation.

Practical and/or professional skills

When you have completed this degree, you should be able to demonstrate skill in:

  • use of appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing discipline-specific engineering problems
  • use of relevant test and measurement equipment; experimental laboratory work
  • use of engineering IT tools (including programming languages where appropriate)
  • design of a system, component or process; practical testing of design ideas in laboratory or through simulation, with technical analysis and critical evaluation of results; research for information to develop ideas further
  • applying engineering techniques taking account of industrial and commercial constraints
  • project management.

Key skills

When you have completed this degree, you should be able demonstrate the following skills.

Communication

You will be able to:

  • select and read material in an appropriate way, and identify and record what is relevant
  • select, summarise and synthesise information from different types of material and sources
  • present written material in a coherent and organised form, with arguments and information set out in a logical sequence, and with sources references in an appropriate way
  • present technical reports on the engineering approach to the solution of problems; time- and resource-management; teamwork and leadership.

Application of number

You should be able to:

  • manipulate data; present data in a variety of ways
  • use scientific evidence-based methods in the solution of problems.

Information technology

You should be able to:

  • access, process and prepare information using computers.

Learning how to learn

You should be able to:

  • use creativity and innovation in problem solving; work with limited or contradictory information
  • identify and use sources of support and feedback
  • monitor your progress and reflect on how successful you have been.

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