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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

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

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.

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
To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:
60 credits from List A:
List A: optional modules
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824)
Capacities for managing development (T878)
Conflict and development (T879)
Development: context and practice (T877)
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)
Institutional development (TU872)
Making environmental decisions (T891)
Managing for sustainability (T867)
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)
Managing technological innovation (T848)
Manufacture materials design (T805)
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826)
Network security (T828)
Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827)
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

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, T889, T890, T894, TD866, TU870, TU871, TU875, TUXX870, TUXX871, TUXX872, TUXX875, TXX860, TXX861, TXX863

Plus
30 credits from List B:
List B: optional modules
Advanced mathematical methods (M833)
Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824)
Analytic number theory I (M823)
Analytic number theory II (M829)
Applied complex variables (M828)
Approximation theory (M832)
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820)
Capacities for managing development (T878)
Coding theory (M836)
Conflict and development (T879)
Data management (M816)
Developing research skills in science (S825)
Development: context and practice (T877)
Digital forensics (M812)
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)
Fractal geometry (M835)
Information security (M811)
Institutional development (TU872)
Making environmental decisions (T891)
Managing for sustainability (T867)
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)
Managing technological innovation (T848)
Manufacture materials design (T805)
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826)
Network security (T828)
Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821)
Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827)
Project management (M815)
Researching mathematics learning (ME825) 1
Software development (M813)
Software engineering (M814)
Space science (S818) 1
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (TU811)

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, T889, 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
Team engineering (T885)

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

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

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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).

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.

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