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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.

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Cognitive skills
• Practical and professional skills
• Key skills

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).

Recognition in your country
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Credit transfer
If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

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.

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.

Duration

How long it takes
Minimum 2.5 years

The minimum time to complete this qualification is two years and six months. The maximum time to complete is 8 years.

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.

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

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Modules
There are two routes through this qualification:

•Route 1 for students starting their studies from November 2019 onwards.

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

Route 1

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

30 credits from List A:

Module Credits
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T881 and T884

60 credits from List B:

Module Credits
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) 30 Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30 Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30 Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Project management (M815) 30
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30 Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) 1 30 Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) 1 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules TU811 and TU812.

1 You may choose only one of these two modules. While the 30 credits you achieve will contribute to the 120 credits required for this qualification, the grade you get won't contribute to the overall classification.

30 credits from:

Module Credits
Team engineering (T885) 2 30
2 To begin T885, you must have successfully completed 90 credits of postgraduate study towards this qualification. You may, however, enrol on T885 while still studying the last 30 of the 90 credits.

Route 2

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

30 credits from List A:

Module Credits
Advanced mathematical methods (M833) 30
Analytic number theory I (M823) 30
Analytic number theory II (M829) 30
Galois theory (M838) PLANNED 30
Approximation theory (M832) 30
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820) 30 Capacities for managing development (T878) 30
Coding theory (M836) 30
Conflict and development (T879) 30
Data management (M816) 30
Development: context and practice (T877) 30
Digital forensics (M812) 30
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30
Fractal geometry (M835) 30
Information security (M811) 30
Institutional development (TU872) 30
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30
Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30
Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Multilayer switching - CCNP 3 (T826) 30
Network security (T828) 30
Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821) 30
Optimising networks - CCNP 4 (T827) 30
Project management (M815) 30
Software development (M813) 30
Software engineering (M814) 30
Space science (S818) 1 60
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules M826, M865, M873, M876, M882, M883, M885, M886, M887, M888, M889, M891, ME825, S802, S809, S819, S825, SD805, SEH806, SH804, T822, T823, T824, T825, T835, T837, T839, T840, T846, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T863, T881, T882, T883, T884, T889, T890, T894, TD866, TU811, TU812, TU870, TU871 and TU875

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

60 credits from List B:

Module Credits
Capacities for managing development (T878) 30
Conflict and development (T879) 30
Development: context and practice (T877) 30
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868) 30
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804) 30
Institutional development (TU872) 30
Making environmental decisions (T891) 30
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871) 30 Managing for sustainability (T867) 30
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872) 30 Managing technological innovation (T848) 30
Manufacture materials design (T805) 30
Multilayer switching - CCNP 3 (T826) 30
Network security (T828) 30
Optimising networks - CCNP 4 (T827) 30
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849) 30

Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T822, T823, T824, T825, T835, T837, T839, T840, T846, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T863, T881, T882, T883, T884, T889, T890, T894, TD866, TU811, TU812, TU870, TU871 and TU875

30 credits from:

Module Credits
Team engineering (T885) 2 30

2 To begin T885, you must have successfully completed 90 credits of postgraduate study towards this qualification. You may, however, enrol on T885 while still studying the last 30 of the 90 credits.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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