Open University in Ireland


This flexible diploma enables you to combine modules from engineering analysis and technology management to shape a qualification that suits your career aspirations. You will broaden and deepen your understanding of professional engineering, and work collaboratively on a project module. The diploma also provides a route to a masters level engineering qualification, and can help you progress towards Chartered Engineer registration.

Key features of the course

• Develops advanced engineering, project management, communication and teamwork skills

• Includes a residential school where you'll work on a group project with other students

• The opportunity to top up to the MSc in Engineering in just one more year.

Subjects taught

There are two routes through this qualification:

Route 1 is for all new students; and for students that started their studies from November 2019 or later.

Route 2 is for students that started their studies before November 2019. If you're following this route, you must complete your studies by 31 December 2023.

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Entry requirements

You should normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject with a high mathematics content. If you don't have an honours degree, you may still be able to study this qualification by demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level – contact us.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master's level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.


120 Credits


2.5 – 3 years

How long it takes
• Most students complete this qualification in three years.
• The minimum time you may take to complete this qualification is two and a half years.
• The maximum time you may take to complete is eight years.

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Career relevance
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.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Flexible

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