Available for January start

Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£8,820 (2019/20)

International fee

£8,820 (2019/20)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

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.

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 comprise 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

Gary Preece, Lead Engineer at Drax, talks about our the MSc Professional Engineering online learning course

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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.

Dr Justin Steele-Davies talks about our online Professional Engineering MSc course

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What you will study

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.

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Code: 7ME528

Negotiated Technical Module (Environmental and Ethical Responsibility)

This Negotiated Technical Module encourages you to engage with the specific aspect of Environmental and Ethical Responsibility that should complement and extend your academic studies at Master’s level. The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required Learning Outcomes for the module is an important and integral requirement for the successful completion of this module.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Establish appropriate objectives, within the subject area of Environmental and Ethical Responsibility, to realise effectively the aims of a Work Based Learning project at postgraduate level
  2. Critically reflect on the experiences of the project, evaluating strengths, weaknesses, benefits accrued and industry relevance within the subject area of Environmental and Ethical Responsibility

Module content

In order to undertake this module successfully you will need to be in direct contact with industry, either through your employment or via an industrial placement or negotiated support agreement from an industry placement. Initially you will negotiate and agree an appropriate Work Based Learning project with the tutor that appropriately satisfies the required Learning Outcomes for the module. Following Proposal submission you will then progress your agreed project to completion with ongoing support from the tutor and/or Workplace Mentor  as necessary in order to assist and guide in the successful completion of the project. The project work and achievements will be evidenced by the build up of a portfolio during the course of the project and this will also be required to include the necessary reflective evaluation on the overall progress, development and outcomes for the project.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7TE510

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (Taught PG)

This module will enable you to develop your practice in undertaking research by identifying and applying advanced research methodologies, both within your taught modules and for your postgraduate research project.

Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply diverse research approaches to your own research and the process of collecting and evaluate different types of data and relating your findings to current research. During your study you will be able to compare the use of both quantitative techniques and qualitative techniques in research. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to: 

  • Develop and apply an appropriate research approach and strategy to address a set of defined research objectives
  • Critically evaluate, develop, and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies for collecting and analysing data in order to form conclusions and recommendations for future work in a particular field

Module content

Research methods
Research aims and objectives and the requirements for producing a research methodology

Evaluating different research approaches and methodologies for their suitability and relevance to a proposed research scenario.

Quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Key aspects of both methodologies and their application to a proposed research scenario.

Developing an overall research strategy and contextualising it with current practices and developments

Critically reviewing current practitioners work in terms of the approaches, successfulness and relevant similarities to a proposed research scenario.

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10 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7TE511

Professional Development Audit (PDA) and Learning Contract

This module enables you to complete a personal Professional Development Audit (PDA) which is a reflective examination and assessment of your education, qualifications, experience and proficiency when you enrol on the MSc and start working towards the Entry Gateway to become a Chartered Engineer. You will then use the PDA to undertake a competence mapping exercise to determine the goals you need to address and the difference between your current competence and CEng standards set out in UK-SPEC and your chosen professional body. This will define the scope of your MSc Learning Contract. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Complete a Personal Development Audit and Learning Contract that identifies your personal development journey to gain your MSc and become a Chartered Engineer

Module content

You will consider which professional body you will apply for chartership with and develop your PDA and your Learning Contract to map out your individual study route through the MSc programme. This will involve your personal review of UKSpec and a comparison to your present knowledge and skills against the Competence and Commitment Standard for Chartered Engineers.  This will establish the modules you will undertake and the mechanisms by which you will be able to acquire the knowledge and skills required for becoming a Chartered Engineer. 

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10 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7TE512

Negotiated Advanced Technical Module

This module is focused on one specific aspect of technical study in your given specialism that may complement or extend your academic studies at Master’s level. The area of study should support your application for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status via developing your in-depth knowledge of engineering theory and its application. The module will be taught through work based learning and the area of study will be negotiated between you and the module leader.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise and reflect upon the skills and knowledge gained during a project in the context of your professional development
  2. Broaden and deepen your technical knowledge through research, experimentation and/or development and identify potential exploitation opportunities

Module content

You will seek opportunities within your work to undertake research and experimentation to broaden and deepen your advanced technical knowledge base. This process will be different for each student and this part of the negotiation will be undertaken with your tutor. You will need to consider the following as part of this process:

  • Identifying the constraints I within which you work and the opportunities for improvement, development or exploitation of intellectual capital within your field
  • How you maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach in your study to enable the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology and other relevant developments within your workplace
  • Whether you need to engage in any formal post-graduate academic study to support your technical development as part of this module

A list of possible examples of suitable fields of investigation is shown below, these are not exhaustive and you are encouraged to explore novel ways of achieving the learning outcomes:

  • Transfer of technology to your own chosen field
  • Promotion of new applications
  • Securing of intellectual property rights
  • Development and evaluation of continuous improvement systems
  • Leading or managing market research, and product and process research and development
  • Conducting statistically sound appraisal of data
  • Using evidence from best practice to improve effectiveness
  • Development of specific codes, standards and specifications

You will undertake a structured reflection on the experiences of the technical investigation, locating the demonstrable outcomes in an academic context.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME524

Continuing Professional Development and Strategic Management

This module is designed to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and be able to transfer them into your own industry/specialism through a structured approach. Emphasis is placed on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct. You will become adept at forecasting, financial analysis but still operate with regard to business ethics. The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) element allows you to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline adding to your employability in the work place.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a sector of industry relevant to your industry/specialism on a global scale
  2. Utilise appropriate methodology to forecast future trends and analyse their impact on your industry/specialism worldwide
  3. In depth preparation and justification of a coherent ethical business and marketing plan for an organisation

Module content

Strategic management
  • Definitions, mission statements
  • Analysis of industries using strategic models
  • Development of strategic thrusts in a global environment
Management of people and quality
  • Effective management of people organising and motivating people, and controlling activities
  • Managing research, development, design, and production activities
  • Improving quality – overview of philosophies from a strategic viewpoint
Financial and cost analysis
  • Methods of financial and cost analysis
  • Applying financial and managerial accounting to the effective management of technology projects
Economic analysis
  • Projections of future economic environment, growth of demand, planned expansion, use of resources, levels of confidence in projections, risk evaluation and profitability analysis
Business ethics
  • Concepts of ethics/ethical codes relevant to your chosen professional body and applied to strategic scenarios
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME527

Negotiated Technical Module (Commercial and Technical Leadership)

This Negotiated Technical Module encourages you to engage with the specific aspect of Commercial and Technical Leadership, that should complement and extend your academic studies at Master’s level. The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required Learning Outcomes for the module is an important and integral requirement for the successful completion of this module.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Establish appropriate objectives, within the subject area of Commercial and Technical Leadership, to realise effectively the aims of a Work Based Learning project at postgraduate level
  2. Critically reflect on the experiences of the project, evaluating strengths, weaknesses, benefits accrued and industry relevance within the subject area of Commercial and Technical Leadership

Module content

In order to undertake this module successfully you will need to be in direct contact with industry, either through your employment or via an industrial placement or negotiated support agreement from an industry placement. Initially you will negotiate and agree an appropriate Work Based Learning project with your Tutor that appropriately satisfies the required Learning Outcomes for the module. Following Proposal submission you will then progress their agreed project to completion with ongoing support from the Tutor and/or Workplace Mentor as necessary in order to assist and guide in the successful completion of the project. The project work and achievements will be evidenced by the build up of a Portfolio during the course of the project and this will also be required to include the necessary reflective evaluation on the overall progress, development and outcomes for the project.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7TE520

Negotiated Technical Module (Problem Solving and Innovation in Technology)

This Negotiated Technical Module encourages you to engage with one of two aspects of engineering Innovation and Technology or Solving Engineering problems to complement and extend your academic studies at Master’s level. The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required Learning Outcomes for the module is an important and integral requirement for the successful completion of this module.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Produce a suitable work based project proposal to achieve the learning outcomes specified in the Chartered Engineer Standard Competencies, A, Optimise the application of existing and emerging technologies or, B, Solution of engineering problems
  2. Critically reflect on the outcome of a project in the context of Specific Engineering Competency areas A or B, in terms of business impact, industrial relevance and intellectual property gained
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of a solution against initial requirements

Module content

In order to undertake this module successfully you will need to be in direct contact with industry, either through your employment or via an industrial placement or negotiated support agreement from an industry placement. Initially you will negotiate and agree an appropriate Work Based Learning project with the tutor that appropriately satisfies the required Learning Outcomes for the module. Following Proposal submission you will then progress your agreed project to completion with ongoing support from the tutor and/or Workplace Mentor as necessary in order to assist and guide in the successful completion of the project. The project work and achievements will be evidenced by the build-up of a Portfolio during the course of the project and this will also be required to include the necessary reflective evaluation on the overall progress, development and outcomes for the project.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 7ME525

Independent Scholarship

The Postgraduate Independent Scholarship forms an essential, integral and substantial part of programmes leading to your masters degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during your programme, by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. The University of Derby Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes recognises dissertations; research based technical design and development projects and the exhibition of creative design artwork (with moderated length of dissertation) as viable types of independent scholarship. This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations.

You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in production of clear, logically argued and original work related to the field of your study.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically question current practices, methods and research. Apply appropriate research methods and evaluate and select relevant alternatives within the scope of the subject area of the study
  2. Work on your own initiative utilising project management, problem solving, research methods and communication skills
  3. In depth reflection upon the research and project development, place the results in context in relation to theories and practices and the specification developed for the study
  4. In depth discussion of the findings, and clearly communicate, including presentations, the critical issues and key features. The discussion includes the ethical investigation that forms part of the work carried out and any necessary actions

Module content

This Module represents a major learning experience, providing an opportunity to pursue in considerable depth and with suitable academic rigor, a specific specialism related to the programme. Study will be supervised by tutors appointed by the Programme Leader, individually negotiated and agreed. It will be approved and monitored under the following general headings:

  • Selection of a suitable research topic / project, identification of potential scope and appropriateness, given the content of your Masters studies
  • Formation of project tutor groups for mutual support and guidance
  • Research methodology, sources of information, timing of programme
  • Gathering relevant and appropriate evidence and critical analysis of data
  • Evaluation of the final proposals against "concepts"
  • Demonstrably feasible and implementable resolution, conclusions and recommendations, with a full consideration given to the research ethics of the investigation and any relevant health and safety factors

Project workshops will be held to prepare you for your Masters level dissertation. At the early stages, group sessions will be held in which topics will be considered in detail. As the work develops, one-to-one tutorials will be used to monitor and guide project progress.

Relevant guided reading will be recommended throughout your postgraduate study, with you being encouraged to take full and early responsibility for the achievement of the learning outcomes from the exercise. You will be encouraged to review and reflect on the process as well as the end result, both with peer-groups and their MSc studies tutor.

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60 Credits
core
Coursework

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.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

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.

Professional membership

To get the most out of the programme, you are expected to be a member of a professional engineering body. Before you join this masters 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 you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*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.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £980 8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £8,820

Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

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.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

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.

Justin Steele-Davies

Dr Justin Steele-Davies
Programme leader

Our Academic Lead for Engineering, Dr Justin Steele-Davies, has worked across both the technical and educational fields. He is intrigued by how new approaches and technologies can support higher education and is involved at the leading edge of development.

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