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Professional Engineering (MSc)

n/a (full-time) / 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The course aims to develop the skills and expertise of industrial-based engineers towards the standards required for Chartership. This programme is approved by a number of the Professional Engineering Institutions (see below) and thus provides a structured pathway to CEng.

Course Description

MSc Professional Engineering has been meticulously developed to ensure close alignment with the required professional competencies of a Chartered Engineer, as defined by UK-SPEC. Studying of all the modules will ensure that participants have the best opportunity to meet these CEng requirements.

MSc Professional Engineering participants will attend the university during 8 weekends spread across 2 academic years.  During each weekend, participants will receive a series of seminars, lectures and tutorials from highly respected academic and industrial experts, in the comfortable surroundings of a local hotel. Structured coursework assignments will then encourage the participant to demonstrate how the application of this new knowledge can improve their abilities within their own working environment. This programme does not include any formal written examinations, and hence should not dissuade applications from potential participants with only distant memories of formal education.

The programme has been structured to deliver a broad range of professional and managerial concepts through a spectrum of exciting modules, to reflect the likely level of our participants.

Special Features

Course Content

Professional Development Audit: Structured self-evaluation to identify the most effective routes to achieve a skill-set matched to UK-SPEC requirements.

Risk & Hazard Management: Techniques to assess low and high-risk engineering environments, taking due consideration of all associated hazards. 

Quality & Reliability: Introducing the concept of Total Quality Management, and appreciating the importance of reliability cycles

Professional Skills: Understanding the wider legal and environmental responsibilities of a professional engineer.

Analytical Techniques for Engineers: Identifying suitable techniques to ensure that investigations achieve relevant numerical solutions.

Condition Monitoring and Forecasting: Appreciating the potential advantages provided by a range of monitor techniques

Management in Industry: Discussing the key principles in successful resource management within Industry

Research Study: Performing a focussed literature review, to become expert in an area of interest prior to the dissertation stage.

Skills Acquired

This programme has been designed with direct reference to the UK Standards for Professional Engineering Competencies (UK-SPEC), the criteria that define CEng requirements. A full version of the document can be found on the Engineering Council website

Career Prospectcs

The Professional Engineering Institutions that currently approve this route to CEng include: IET, IMechE, RAeS, BCS, CIBSE, EI, ICE, IChemE, IED, IMarEST, InstMC, IOM3, IPEM, IStructE, IWater and the SOE

Entry Requirements

This course offers flexible entry criteria. Participants in positions of management responsibility would derive greatest benefit from this programme, given the demands of UK-SPEC. Graduate participants would normally have at least a 2(i) degree (or equivalent); however, it should be noted that relevant employment experience is extremely valuable for success on this programme. Subsequently, experienced non-graduates should not feel precluded from applying.

Participants must be working within an engineering environment, as this will form an important element of learning and underpinning new skills.

In your personal statement, please focus on your current working environment, as it is important to ensure that participants will have the opportunity to further develop the skills and expertise that are discussed within the lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate their proficiency. Minimum requirements are an IELTS score of 6.5. Please see our English language requirements for more information.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time MSc (years 1-2*): £4,700
Standalone 15 credit modules:
Quality and Reliability: £1,205
Condition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting: £1,205
Professional Skills for Engineers: £1,205
MSc (years 1-2*): £6,240
Standalone 15 credit modules:
Quality and Reliability: £2,188
Condition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting: £2,188
Professional Skills for Engineers: £2,188
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes Additional dissertation fee: £2,397 Additional dissertation fee: £4,900

Dissertation fees listed are the fees payable by students starting their course in this year when they get to the dissertation stage (subject to inflation).

* Year 2 is subject to an inflationary increase of no more than 4.5% p.a.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, School of Engineering  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0050 



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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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