MSc Innovative Engineering Solutions

Why choose this course?

  • This course will provide you with up to date technical knowledge and specialist training in problem solving and the generation of creative and innovative engineering solutions. These are key traits that current and future employers will find attractive in an engineering professional
  • You'll put your skills into practice in an industrial environment, providing you with an insight into the way an industrial organisation works and the challenges it faces to remain competitive
  • You'll have the opportunity to research an industrial problem using the latest technologies in a specialised environment.
  • Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96.9% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree.

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Course code: MH9AB

Start date: September

Course length: Full time: one year

Campus: Derby Campus

College: College of Engineering and Technology

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)

This module explores the history of creativity, research and engineering innovation. You'll focus on the deconstruction and analysis of significant examples of engineering solutions, and the study and practical application of established creative thinking techniques to engineering problems.

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)

You'll critically evaluate the methods used in scientific and engineering research, including the selection and application of appropriate research methodologies, in order to achieve a set of defined engineering research objectives.

  • Engineering Solutions Professional Practice (e-learning, 40 credits)

This module examines the development of professional practice including: objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation.

Semester 3 (60 credits )

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

  • Independent Studies working on a company project.

This forms an essential, integral and substantial part of attaining your masters qualification. You'll utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained throughout the course, by means of an extensive investigative postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

You'll normally need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2:1) in an engineering or a related subject such as mathematics, product design or architecture. You'll be required to undertake an assessment and interview process.

How to apply

UK/EU students

International students

Information for international applicants

Applying for a postgraduate degree

Fees and finance

2015/16 Fees

UK/EU students

  • £550 per module (you usually take the equivalent of nine single modules)

International students

  • Full time: £11,760

These fees apply if you're starting this course between September 2015 and August 2016. We recommend you check fee details with us though, as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

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