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Engineering is one of the most rewarding disciplines you can study. It offers tremendous variety, intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem solving. This course builds on your diploma studies by enabling you to investigate an issue or problem on a topic of professional relevance to you, and takes you a step further towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It will help you develop a professional approach to your work, extend your engineering skills, and 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 scholarship
• Leads to professional qualifications
• Ideal preparation for a research degree.

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.

You must complete Stage 1 before registering on Stage 2. You may, alternatively, count our Master of Engineering (M03 or M04) as Stage 1.

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 3.5 years.

The minimum time to complete this qualification is three years and six months. You must complete Stage 2 of your MSc within five years of completing Stage 1. The project module is a one-year course – you should therefore register on this module no later than four years after completing Stage 1.

Study method
Distance learning

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 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.

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 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 look at our OU study and your career pages to find out about potential career opportunities related to OU subject areas.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Modules
To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1

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 30 credits from:

Compulsory module

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

Stage 2

60 credits from:

Compulsory module

Credits Next start

Research project (T802) 60 01 Oct 2017

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that the 60 credits from Research project (T802) must be unique to this qualification and not already counted towards 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 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.

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