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MSc in Engineering

This MSc in Engineering course builds on previous study and offers you an opportunity to research an engineering topic in depth.Our MSc in Engineering 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 MSc is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution and Engineering and Technology (IET). See our engineering website for further information about the accreditation of our engineering qualifications.

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Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career relevance and employability

This qualification will help you to develop your engineering skills, 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.


For this masters degree you require:

Either the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22) or the MEng (M03)

And 60 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Research project (T802)

This research course enables you to gain an MSc by building on the postgraduate diploma that you already hold. You'll develop and submit a dissertation.

See full description.

60 Oct

Educational aims

This masters level of study offers you the opportunity to progress towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and will help you meet professional development needs as specified by the UK Engineering Council (ECUK) and relevant engineering institutions. In particular it will provide evidence of initial and continuing professional development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this masters degree, you will:

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

Cognitive skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will 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; and in the modelling and analysis of engineering systems, processes and products
  • select and apply appropriate computer-based methods for modelling and analysing engineering problems
  • analyse systems, processes and components requiring engineering solutions; and create new processes or products through a synthesis of ideas from a wide range of sources
  • evaluate commercial risk
  • produce solutions to problems through application of engineering knowledge and understanding; and undertake technical risk evaluation.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to:

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

Key skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to demonstrate key skills by:

  • manipulation of data; presentation of data in a variety of ways
  • using scientific evidence-based methods in the solution of problems
  • using general IT tools
  • using creativity and innovation in problem solving; working with limited or contradictory information
  • communicating effectively; life-long learning
  • taking an engineering approach to the solution of problems; time- and resource-management.

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