MSc Innovative Engineering Solutions

New for 2014: A unique, industry driven MSc combining a traditional taught MSc with a paid industrial placement and no course fees

The University of Derby has been awarded almost £600,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to help plug a UK gap in vital engineering skills through ‘Postgraduate Support Scheme’ (PSS) funding. This enables us to deliver this exciting new postgraduate MSc free to participants.

On completion of the programme it is anticipated that the employer would be in a position to offer employment to the student and also to be part of our review of the scheme for the HEFCE research project.

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Start date: September

Course length: Full time: one year

Campus: Derby Campus

College: College of Engineering and Technology

Department: Engineering

Information for employers

The University of Derby is looking for 30 – 50 employers to get involved in a pioneering project designed to tackle the skills gaps affecting the engineering sector. The University will work with companies to tailor the programme to suit their particular needs.

Graduates will be given the opportunity to take part in a free taught programme focusing on expertise in solving technical problems important for the business, combined with a six month paid work placement and research project.

On completion of the programme it is anticipated that the employer would be in a position to offer employment to the student and also will be part of our review of the scheme for the HEFCE research project

Benefits to employers

By becoming a partner, employers benefit from:

  1. The opportunity to be involved in the recruitment and training of a potential new member of staff.
  2. A free, structured mentoring support programme for placement supervisors.
  3. A tailored programme of training to suit the needs of the organisation.
  4. Commissioned research: The student will work on a research project set by the company, and work under the supervision of the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE)
  5. Access to the latest advanced manufacturing equipment at the IISE.

By becoming a partner, employers can test a graduate’s abilities with a very limited financial commitment, typically in the order of about £4,000, with a view to potential employment. This will be useful for all employers, but particularly for small or medium-sized companies without a graduate programme.

The programme has been designed to provide students with top level skills, quality work experience, the opportunity to work on a work-based research project with the prospect of employment at the end of the course. The work they undertake should also contribute to Chartered Engineer status.

The programme will also see experienced managers within the student’s host company given structured training to become certified workplace mentors and to become an active participant in the student’s learning.

Find out more - visit the employer information pages.

Funding for employers in the East Midlands

If you're an SME based in the East Midlands you can apply for funding to cover up to £4,000 costs of the student salary whilst on placement. Find out more

About this course

The MSc in Innovative Engineering Solutions has been created to enable learners to apply problem solving and creative skills, which will be learnt as part of the MSc, to produce inventive and novel solutions for a range of specialist situations in engineering companies.  This course is unique as it has been designed in collaboration with employers and professional institutions to produce graduates with specialist training in problem solving and the generation of creative and state of the art engineering solutions. 

Engineering is a diverse subject area and it is important that everyone has a particular specialism.  The course offers specialisms in areas such as architectural engineering, civil and infrastructure engineering, electronic engineering, intelligent energy systems, materials engineering, mathematical modelling, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and production engineering and supply chain improvement. 

You will have the opportunity to experience different types of learning including a taught face to face programme, a period in an industrial placement with some e-learning and an independent project at our research institute based on the leaners work in industry.

The programme will inspire learners to take risks and to think differently from experiences gained through previous degree study.  We all are aware of famous engineers who have done this, such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel or James Dyson, but there are many other engineers who are working quietly behind the scenes keeping UK industry at the forefront of technological innovation.  We want you to join the ranks of these engineers and have designed our course to help you achieve this goal.  

What you will cover

Students will study a taught Masters programme at the University of Derby, concentrating on acquiring expertise in solving technical business problems in a range of engineering disciplines.

Semester 1 (60 credits)

You will study the following modules:

  • Innovative Solutions (20 credits, compulsory)

Plus two specialist modules (20 credits each) selected from the following disciplines:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Intelligent Energy Systems
  • Materials Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Manufacturing and Production Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Supply Chain Improvement

Semester 2 (60 credits)

To be completed as an industrial placement at the company.

  • Applied Research Methods in Engineering (e-learning, 20 credits)
  • Engineering Solutions Professional Practice (e-learning, 40 credits)

Semester 3 (60 credits )

To be completed within the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering.

  • Independent Studies working on a company project.

Entry requirements

The University will work with a consortium of employers to recruit students meeting the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be either UK/EU citizens or Indefinite Leave to Remain (UK) permit holders*
  • Hold a 2:1 degree or higher in an engineering or related discipline, such as design or mathematics (candidates holding a 2:2 can apply if they can demonstrate sufficient work experience)
  • Priority will be given to graduates from backgrounds where going to higher education is not a given, and to groups under-represented in engineering

* Indefinite Leave to Remain permit holders must have resided in the UK for the past three years.

Fees and finance

  • Student fees: free (to the value of £8,000)
  • Employer contribution to the programme in the region of £4,000 which represents payment of 24 weeks at an average salary of £16,000.
  • If you're an engineering SME based in the East Midlands you can apply for funding to cover up to £4,000 costs of the student salary whilst on placement. Find out more

Contact name: John Robertson-Begg
T: 01332 593192 (course leader)
01332 591167 (admissions)
01332 591698 (international)
01332 593302 (general)

Where will I study?

Derby Campus