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Continuing Professional Development in Engineering (CPD)

n/a (full-time) / Occasional Studies 2 days per module/weekend short course (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Cardiff School of Engineering is offering a selection of residential weekend short courses to industry-based engineers seeking professional development. Each short course is a 15 credit standalone module (Level 7) from the MSc in Professional Engineering Masters. The courses are accredited by Cardiff University.

To apply, please go to the section headed 'How to Apply' below and select the short course(s) you wish to attend. (For modules without fixed dates there is a facility to register your interest).

Course Aims

To develop the skills and expertise of industry-based engineers towards the standards required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Special Features

Course Description

Each weekend short course offers 15 credits at Level 7 (Masters level). Credits can be used as evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD) in the workplace and to support career progression.

Course Structure

Appropriate modules from the MSc in Professional Engineering programme are being offered as standalone residential weekend short courses, typically running from Friday morning through to Saturday afternoon.

After attending a weekend short course participants will be required to complete structured coursework assignments, to evidence their learning and demonstrate how the application of this new knowledge can improve their abilities within their own working environment. Participants will be expected to conduct research, to ensure they become familiar with the learning outcomes of their short course before applying the principles in their workplace.

Participants will be required to submit two or three assignments per short course, of approximately 2,000 – 3,000 words per assignment. Typically, participants will have a month to complete their coursework.

Available Modules

Management in Industry

Discussing the key principles to ensure successful and enhanced resource management within industry.

For more information, please see the Management in Industry module page on the School website.


Risk & Hazard Management

Techniques to assess low and high-risk engineering environments, taking due consideration of all associated hazards.

For more information, please see the Risk & Hazard Management module page on the School website.


Analytical Techniques for Engineers

Identifying suitable techniques to ensure that investigations achieve relevant numerical solutions.

For more information, please see the Analytical Techniques for Engineers module page on the School website.


Quality & Reliability

Introducing the concept of Total Quality Management and appreciating the importance of reliability cycles.

For more information, please see the Quality & Reliability module page on the School website.

Please click this link to register your interest in this course.

Condition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting

Appreciating the potential commercial advantages by applying a range of monitoring techniques.

For more information, please see the Condition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting module page on the School website.

Please click this link to register your interest in this course.

Professional Skills for Engineers

Understanding the wider responsibilities of a professional engineer, including those within the financial, legal and environmental sectors.

For more information, please see the Professional Skills for Engineers module page on the School website.

Please click this link to register your interest in this course.

Teaching Methods

Participants will receive a series of seminars, lectures and tutorials from highly respected academic and industrial experts.

Learning Support

The course lecturer will ensure that each participant’s transition back into education is smooth and will serve as a first point of contact within Cardiff School of Engineering.

Cardiff University’s Continual Professional Development (CPD) Unit is also on hand to offer advice about the enrolment process and study skills support available.

Please contact Kate Sunderland regarding any queries:
Tel: +44(0)29 2087 9119

Equipment, resources and facilities

Provided for by the University

Each short course will be held in the comfortable surroundings of a Cardiff hotel. Participants will overnight (1 night) in the same hotel.

Expected to be supplied by the student

Participants are invited to bring along a laptop, or similar device, for use during the course.

Teaching Staff Profiles


Assessment is solely via coursework assignments and hence should not dissuade applications from potential participants with only distant memories of formal education.

There may be the option to attend a weekend short course without undertaking the assessment. To discuss further please contact Kate Sunderland by emailing in the CPD Unit (see Learning Support).

The course tutor will mark assessments and provide feedback to individuals via comments on their coursework script.

Skills Acquired

Management in Industry

  • Select and use appropriate management techniques in the workplace, such as SWOT analysis and Statistical Process Control (SPC).
  • Develop a clear development plan and record of achievement.
  • Use techniques for personal effectiveness and the management of others.

Risk & Hazard Management

  • Apply models for risk analysis and hazard quantification.
  • Prepare a legislatively defensible risk and hazard framework for engineering systems/projects that are familiar in the workplace.
  • Gain confidence in preparing complex risk assessments, and thus be more able to assist colleagues in assessing systems/projects with which they are more familiar.

Analytical Techniques for Engineers

  • Perform appropriate statistical analysis within a work-based environment.
  • Identify the key variables that may be able to enhance efficiency.
  • Perform prospective mathematical modelling to assess the potential of changing key variables.
  • Use statistical skill to evaluate a technical challenge within the workplace.
  • Gain confidence in applying mathematical skill to solve problems.
  • Develop ability to identify an appropriate engineering model to predict the consequence of changes to a technical process.

Quality & Reliability

  • Learn how to conduct a reliability audit to collect failure data, thereby determining causes of failure.
  • Apply reliability management techniques to ultimately improve efficiency and implement reliability prediction techniques.
  • Consider the need to re-design problematic components.
  • Classify industrial considerations for reliability and maintainability issues.
  • Develop quality engineering strategies, practices and applications.
  • Complete a reliability cycle (i.e. audit, analysis, re-design/management).
  • Gain confidence in the ability to reduce machine down-time.

Condition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting

  • Interpret information from a range of sensors and techniques.
  • Apply performance evaluation and classification methods.
  • Understand signal processing and data analysis techniques.

Professional Skills for Engineers

  • Suggest how the law would be applied in cases of professional negligence and product liability.
  • Prepare and interpret simple company accounts and undertake ratio analysis.
  • Develop skills in analysing data and using appropriate techniques to solve problems e.g. linear programmes for best outcomes with constraints.
  • Identify means of reducing the footprint of the industry and thereby improving the sustainability of the sector.

Career Prospects

These short courses are designed to enhance professional development and support career progression. The short course structure enables busy professionals to manage their development alongside their day-to-day work.

The short courses are modules from the MSc in Professional Engineering. Studying the full MSc will ensure that participants have the best opportunity to meet all Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirements. 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

All participants must be working within an engineering environment with management responsibility, as this will form an important element of learning and underpinning new skills.

These short courses offer flexible entry criteria. Typically, participants should have a good honours degree in engineering, or related discipline from a recognised university, and at least 2 years post-graduation experience. A good honours first degree is taken to mean an equivalent in attainment to at least a 2:1 Honours classification from a UK university.

Relevant employment experience is also extremely valuable and subsequently experienced non-graduates who have at least 2 years management responsibility should not feel precluded from applying.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no particular mimumum subscore). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted through the University's Online Application System by clicking the links below to apply for individual modules:

For the following modules, please use the links below to register your interest in the next scheduled course:

Available Funding

Funding support may be available from employers, professional bodies, sector skills councils and trade unions.

Next intake: Varies depending on course. Contact School for details.

School Contact

Name: Dr Aled Davies (Academic Contact)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4314 



School Contact

Name: Craig Davis (Administrative Contact)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9078 



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