Online course details
Part-time: 3 years
£9,090 (2020/21) ‡
£9,090 (2020/21) ‡
January, September, May
Online course description
Developed with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateways programme, this MSc Professional Engineering online degree is a highly flexible, part-time, work-based-learning route to building your evidence of further learning to support your application to become a chartered engineer (CEng). It is recognised by a wide range of engineering institutions under the Engineering Council such as, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology).
Obtain your masters without taking time off work
The course is available to study part-time, through online distance learning, meaning you don’t have to take time off work to complete your masters. The course is designed to give you the flexibility to study at a time and place most suitable for you, while receiving support and guidance from our expert online tutors.
Through the combination of online distance learning and work-based learning, you can achieve the academic qualification and professional development required as evidence in your application for chartered engineer (CEng) status.
Before you start the programme, please contact the professional body or engineering institute you are registered with to seek their confirmation that this programme is a suitable pathway to engineering chartership for your particular circumstances. They will also be able to help you to source a suitable mentor to aid you in your professional development, a required element of this programme.
The list of professional bodies can be found on the Engineering Council website.
26thout of 121 UK institutions*
90%of students state that, overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course.*
Mentoring from experienced chartered engineers
Professional development is an important part of his programme, involving mentoring and support from an experienced Chartered Engineer. You are required to source a suitable mentor via the Engineering Institute you are registered with, or via your workplace. Mentors can fulfil two separate roles, a workplace mentor can advise on technical and business suitability in your approach, whereas a mentor who is a Chartered Engineer, will ensure you are meeting all of the competencies to a suitable level to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.
A three-phased approach
There are three phases to this online distance learning course:
Phase 1: Entry gateway
This comprises of a professional development audit (PDA) of your education, qualifications, experience, and competencies to date, and a reflective summary.
Phase 2: Study programme
This is the individual study programme that matches your PDA against professional body/Engineering Council requirements.
Phase 3: Exit gateway
This consists of either a reflective summary or an engineering project depending on skills and needs. It also includes a viva voce (an oral examination). Appropriately qualified academic and industrial tutors will work with you and your employer to design a unique programme tailored to your work situation.
Combine work and study
A talk from our Academic Lead
Our Academic Lead for Engineering, Dr Justin Steele-Davies, talks about the online Professional Engineering MSc course in this video.
We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.
The course is available to study part-time through online distance learning, meaning you don’t have to take time off work to complete your masters. The course is designed to give you the flexibility to study at a time and place most suitable for you, while receiving support and guidance from our expert online tutors.
If you apply to start in September, you can take advantage of our accelerated route and complete the MSc within two years. If you wish to study at an accelerated route, please contact us on +44 (0)1332 594000 for more information and to discuss your options.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will require:
- BSc/BEng(Hons) degree which is accredited for either IEng (incorporated engineer) or as part of CEng (chartered engineer)
- Minimum of two years of relevant industrial or engineering experience
- Employment within a relevant engineering role
If you don’t have a degree or an accredited degree, we can consider your application if it is supported by significant industrial experience within the engineering sector.
To get the most out of the programme, you are expected to be a member of a professional engineering body. Before you join this master's degree, you should contact the memberships department of your professional body to ensure that they will recognise this programme as part of your application for chartered engineer status.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in any areas)* - also accepting IELTS Indicator (where available)
- TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based) - also accepting TOEFL online
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.*
*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.
‡2020/21 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.
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About your fees
This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.
However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three payment plan options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Students should apply directly to the University.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.
Through the combination of the MSc Professional Engineering and worked-based learning, you can achieve the academic qualifications and professional development required to apply for registration as a chartered engineer.
In addition to an eligible MSc, you will be required to have relevant work experience to apply for engineering chartership. This varies depending on the specific requirements of your institute or professional body, but is generally three to five years of experience at a senior/principle engineer level with responsibility during this time for a range of projects and areas. Please contact your engineering institution for further information about their requirements and fees.
Becoming a chartered engineer provides international recognition of your expertise within the field to further advance your career and employability. It may increase your earning potential and provide you with greater influence within your organisation and industry.
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