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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

This postgraduate diploma course offers you an opportunity to study various aspects of professional engineering at postgraduate level. The diploma course also provides a route to a high level engineering qualification if you fall outside the entry requirements for our MEng (M03).

If you already hold an honours degree that has been accredited by one of the engineering institutions licensed by the Engineering Council, this diploma course will take you one stage further towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

If you do not hold an honours degree but have demonstrated the ability to study at postgraduate level, you may also be accepted onto the programme. Postgraduate study tends to be more demanding than undergraduate study, so we recommend that you take only one module at a time, particularly in your first year.

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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.


If you haven't already successfully completed Key skills for professional engineers (T397) as part of your undergraduate studies, in addition to the requirements detailed below, you will need to pass:

Undergraduate Level 3 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.

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15 Sep

You are recommended to take this module at the start of your postgraduate studies but if this is not possible, you must complete this module before you can be accepted on the compulsory 30-credit module below.

For this postgraduate diploma you require:

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

And 30 credits from any postgraduate technology, computing, mathematics or science module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TUXX8 or TXX8), 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.

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30 Sep

Modules can only count towards this postgraduate diploma for five years after their final presentation.

Educational aims

This Postgraduate Diploma offers you the opportunity to progress towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The Postgraduate Diploma programme 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

The learning outcomes of this diploma are described in four areas:

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this diploma, you will:

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

Cognitive skills

On completion of this diploma, 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
  • 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
  • analyse systems, processes and components requiring engineering solutions
  • create new processes or products through a synthesis of ideas from a wide range of sources
  • evaluate technical and commercial risk
  • produce solutions to problems through application of engineering knowledge and understanding.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this diploma, you will be able to:

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

Key skills

On completion of the diploma, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills in an engineering context:

  • manipulating data
  • presenting data in a variety of ways
  • using scientific evidence-based methods in the solution of problems
  • the engineering approach to the solution of problems
  • using creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • working with limited or contradictory information
  • using general IT tools
  • effective communication
  • life-long learning
  • time- and resource-management
  • teamwork and leadership
  • maintaining a personal portfolio of evidence of continuing professional development.

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