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Engineering

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.

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.

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.

Duration

Minimum 2.5 years.

Most students complete this qualification in four years. You must have completed 90 credits of postgraduate study before you can register on the final module Team engineering (T885). The minimum time to complete is two years and six months. There is no maximum time to complete but please note that modules can only count towards this qualification for a maximum of five years after we stop presenting them.

Number of credits

120 Credits

Careers or further progression

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.

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.

Combining an accredited honours degree with study of our Postgraduate Diploma plus our MSc in Engineering will fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. Our current accreditations with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) have been recently extended. We are waiting for confirmation of extension to accreditations from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Please visit our Engineering website for further details.

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.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules
You must take Team engineering (T885) as your final module, and complete all the other modules before you register for it.

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:

60 credits from List A:
List A: optional modules

Credits Next start
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) 30 01 May 2017
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017
Conflict and development (T879) 30 01 May 2017
Development: context and practice (T877) 30 01 May 2017
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30 01 Nov 2017
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30 01 Nov 2017
Institutional development (TU872) 30 01 May 2017
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30 01 May 2017
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30 01 May 2017
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30 01 May 2017
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30 01 May 2017
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826) 30 01 May 2017
Network security (T828) 30 01 Nov 2017
Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827) 30 01 Nov 2017
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30 01 May 2017
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T822, T823, T825, T833, T834, T835, T837, T838, T839, T840, T841, T846, T850, T851, T852, T853, T860, T861, T862, T863, T881, T882, T883, T884, T890, T894, TD866, TU870, TU871, TU875, TUXX870, TUXX871, TUXX872, TUXX875, TXX860, TXX861, TXX863

Plus

30 credits from List B:

List B: optional modules

Credits Next start
Advanced mathematical methods (M833) 30 07 Oct 2017
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) 30 01 May 2017
Analytic number theory I (M823) 30 07 Oct 2017
Analytic number theory II (M829) 30 No current presentation
Applied complex variables (M828) 30 07 Oct 2017
Approximation theory (M832) 30 No current presentation
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) 30 07 Oct 2017
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30 01 May 2017
Coding theory (M836) 30 No current presentation
Conflict and development (T879) 30 01 May 2017
Data management (M816) 30 01 Nov 2017
Developing research skills in science (S825) 30 07 Oct 2017 FINAL
Development: context and practice (T877) 30 01 May 2017
Digital forensics (M812) 30 01 May 2017
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30 01 Nov 2017
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30 01 Nov 2017
Fractal geometry (M835) 30 07 Oct 2017
Information security (M811) 30 01 Nov 2017
Institutional development (TU872) 30 01 May 2017
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30 01 May 2017
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30 01 May 2017
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812) 30 01 Nov 2017
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30 01 May 2017
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30 01 May 2017
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826) 30 01 May 2017
Network security (T828) 30 01 Nov 2017
Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821) 30 07 Oct 2017
Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827) 30 01 Nov 2017
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889) 30 01 May 2017
Project management (M815) 30 01 May 2017
Researching mathematics learning (ME825) 1 60 No current presentation
Software development (M813) 30 01 May 2017
Software engineering (M814) 30 01 Nov 2017
Space science (S818) 1 60 27 Jan 2018
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30 01 May 2017
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811) 30 01 May 2017

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules M826, M827, M841, M865, M873, M874, M876, M877, M878, M879, M880, M882, M883, M885, M886, M887, M888, M889, S802, S804, SD805, S809, S819, SEH806, SH804, T822, T823, T825, T833, T834, T835, T837, T838, T839, T840, T841, T846, T850, T851, T852, T853, T860, T861, T862, T863, T881, T882, T883, T884, T890, T894, TD866, TU870, TU871, TU875, TUXX870, TUXX871, TUXX872, TUXX875, TXX860, TXX861, TXX863

1 60-credit module of which only 30 credits count towards this qualification

Plus

Compulsory module

Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885) 30 15 Sep 2017

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

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On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering entitling you to use the letters PG Dip Eng (Open) after your name.

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can gain the MSc in Engineering (F46) by taking the 60-credit Research project (T802).

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