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Engineering

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 180 credits as follows:

Stage 1
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)
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches (T889)
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, 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
Team engineering (T885)

Stage 2
60 credits from:
Compulsory module
Research project (T802)

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.

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 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.

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.

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