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This MSc allows you to combine modules from engineering analysis and technology to shape a qualification that suits your career aspirations. The course will help you develop a professional approach to your work and extend your engineering skills. You'll also develop a range of transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects and turn concepts into reality.

Key features of the course

•Develops your planning, organising, data collecting, analysing and writing skills

•Extends your knowledge of recent research

•Leads to professional qualifications

•Ideal preparation for a research degree

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

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

•Knowledge and understanding
•Cognitive skills
•Practical and professional skills
•Key skills

Credit transfer

If you've successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply for credit transfer as soon as possible, before you register for your first module. For more details and an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded an MSc in Engineering entitling you to use the letters MSc (Eng) (Open) after your name.

You will have the opportunity of being presented at a degree ceremony.

Entry requirements

For Stage 1, 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 free 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.


Minimum 3.5 years.

The minimum time to complete this qualification is three years and six months. The maximum time to complete is eight years.

Number of credits

180 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance

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 in the UK 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.


Combining an accredited honours degree with our MSc in Engineering will fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status. We have accreditations with:

•The Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE)
•The Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)
•The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Visit the Engineering Council's website for details of current accreditation, including qualification specialism requirements and time limits.

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

Subjects taught


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 2024.

For a full list of modules available go to:

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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