MSc Professional Engineering

Why choose this course?

  • ‌This is a qualification designed to help you gain Chartered Engineering status, that has been developed with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateways programme. This type of course has already been approved by a number of engineering institutions.
  • It is a work-based learning route to the academic qualifications and professional development you need to demonstrate for registration as a Chartered Engineer
  • It will allow you to acquire professional competences and gain an MSc award, without the need to take time off work
  • The flexibility of the course allows it to be adapted to almost any work situation, industry or location.
  • 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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UCAS code: MH9AA

Start date: September and January

Course length: part time: two-three years.

Campus: Derby Campus, Markeaton Street

College: College of Engineering and Technology

About this course

We’ve developed this course with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateways programme to help you to gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status if you are working in the engineering profession. 

It is a work based route to the academic qualification and professional development that you need to demonstrate for registration as a CEng. You will be able to acquire professional competencies and an MSc without taking time off work. Because the course is flexible, it can be adapted to almost any work situation, engineering industry, or location.

There are three phases to this course:

Phase one: Entry Gateway

This comprises a professional development audit (PDA) of your education, qualifications, experience, and competencies to date, and a reflective summary.

Phase two: Study Programme (Learning Contract)

This is your individual study programme that matches your PDA against professional body/Engineering Council requirements.

Phase three: Exit Gateway

This consists of either a reflective summary or an engineering project depending on your skills and needs. It also includes a viva voce. Appropriately qualified academic and industrial tutors will work with you and your employer to design a unique programme tailored to your work situation, which takes into account your present level of education and experience.

You will study two compulsory modules: Research Methods: Application and Evaluation, and CPD and Strategic Management. The other modules allow you to negotiate the content of your course so that you can meet the requirements of your professional institution for CEng registration.

What you will cover

This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.

Postgraduate Certificate

You will study these modules:

Research Methods: Application and Evaluation

This module will advise, guide, and develop you in the various elements that constitute the skills required for identifying and applying appropriate research methods and developing an overall research plan. Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply different research philosophies, research approaches, research strategies, research methods, and methods of data collection and analysis.

Negotiated Advanced Technical Module

This module encourages you to engage firstly with the development of your professional development audit (PDA). You will undertake a work based project in a technical area. This could include identifying the constraints in which you work and the opportunities for improvement, development, or exploitation of intellectual capital within your field, or the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology.

Negotiated Module (Environmental and Ethical Responsibility)

To complete this module, you will seek opportunities to explore, report on, and review your own and your company’s environmental and ethical attitudes, performance, and aspirations in relation to environmental and ethical pressures. You will be advised if you need to engage in formal postgraduate academic study to support your technical development as part of this module and will undertake a structured reflection on the experiences of your enquiry into environmental and social responsibility, and locate demonstrable outcomes in an academic context.

Postgraduate Diploma

You will study these modules:

CPD and Strategic Management

During this module you will develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and learn how to transfer them into your own industry or specialism using a structured approach. You will focus on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct and become adept at forecasting and financial analysis, while considering business ethics.

Negotiated Module (Commercial and Technical Leadership)

You will undertake a work based project to explore and report on a specific aspect of managing and leading complex, interdisciplinary technical and commercial projects. These can be within or beyond your own area of responsibility at work, provided it relates to your subject area.

Negotiated Module (Innovation in Technology)

You will undertake a work based project to assess how new and innovative technologies can be applied, developed, or transferred from another sector to improve your company’s processes, products, or intellectual capital. This will be a different process for everyone and your tutor will advise if you need to engage in formal postgraduate academic study to support your technical development as part of this module.

Negotiated Module (Solving Engineering Problems)

You will undertake a significant work based project to solve a complex technical problem within or beyond your own operational area at work, using academic methodology and applications. Your tutor will advise you if you need formal postgraduate study to support your technical development as part of this module.


You will study this module:

Independent Scholarship

This triple module is an integral and substantial part of your masters degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to use and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills you’ve gained during the course by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. You will produce a coherent, sustained, and comprehensive research based study to demonstrate your ability to generate complex proposals with an awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses and speculations.

Entry requirements

You will normally require an accredited BSc/BEng(Hons) degree. Those without such a degree but with suitable industrial experience, may join the course subject to assessment.

As the course is designed to take students directly to CEng status, you must also have significant engineering experience. (Engineers applying for CEng status need to have demonstrated the ability to apply their engineering knowledge within a practical engineering environment.) For those who have an accredited first degree (either BEng or BSc) we require a minimum of two years' relevant industrial or engineering experience. For those without such a degree, we will require a greater amount of industrial experience.

You may also be able to incorporate any prior certificated learning at an equivalent level which has not already contributed towards any other award.

How to apply

UK/EU students

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.

How you will learn

A masters degree using negotiated learning recognises the learning involved in completing work-based projects and staff development, and recognises learning that takes place at work. This allows you to be credited for what you are already learning and the contribution you are making to your organisation's success.

The modules on this course have been designed around the competencies needed for CEng, and you can design your programme around these themes. This means that you may already have skills and competencies within one of the module areas, eg Environmental and Ethical Responsibility by the implementation of ISO 9000, 14000 and 18000 into your organisation, and this module can be awarded to you by the system of Accredited Prior Experiential Learning.

You may also be able to take a standard module at the University to update your skills and these can be credited to you in place of one of the negotiated modules.  E.G. Environmetal Performance Management could be studied in place of the Negotiated Module (Environmental and Ethical Responsibility). You can also negotiate your own project in your organisation in line with the learning outcomes of the module.

This course is also available to study part time, through online distance learning. More information is available on:

Course enquiries

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, Markeaton Street