MSc Professional Engineering

About the course

The MSc Professional Engineering, which meets the academic requirements of CEng status, is available to those currently in employment and is ideal if you are seeking to further progress and develop in the profession. The innovative and flexible part-time engineering qualification allows you to gain a Masters degree and progress towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through activities undertaken in the workplace.

With a strong emphasis on work-based learning, the MSc Professional Engineering provides working professionals who cannot commit to full-time study the opportunity to gain a professional qualification. As the course is delivered in this way, the content is directly relevant to you and your employer. You will also have access to all the facilities and services available at the University. The MSc Professional Engineering is part of the Engineering Council’s Engineering Gateways initiative.

This course is eligible for a postgraduate loan as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

This course is also eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel. 

Professional Development Audit

This module will enable you to reflect upon and critically analyse aspects of your work based related learning in the context of addressing the UK- Standard Engineering Competence (UK-Spec) for a Chartered Engineer

Learning Contract

The aim of this module is to identify gaps in your academic and professional knowledge and experience with respect to UK Standard for professional Engineering Competencies (UK-Spec). You must then develop a detailed learning contact to identify your learning objectives and hence devise a programme of work related study to meet the requirements of the programme and the UK-Spec.

Existing and Emerging Technologies

Within the context of a work based project you must evaluate and critically assess existing and emerging technology and/or techniques in seeking an optimal solution. 

Engineering Analysis

The aim of this module is to demonstrate the use of appropriate methods in the analysis of engineering problems and to critically evaluate the outcomes. 

Project Management for Engineers

The aim of this module is to give you a critical awareness of management issues in the delivery of engineering projects and to develop leadership skills in the planning and implementation of projects. 

Technical Communication Skills

The aim of this module is to critically reflect upon effective interpersonal skills, in particular communication with in the work place and the communication of technical material to non-technical audiences.

Professional Responsibilities

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of and the ability to critically assess the wider implications of the engineering process. 


To allow you to undertake a substantial piece of investigative research work on an appropriate engineering topic and further develop the students skills in research, critical analysis and development of solutions using appropriate techniques.

The length of time it takes to complete the MSc Professional Engineering will vary depending on each student’s experience on entry. However, the average time taken is about three years.

At the beginning of the MSc Professional Engineering, you will be assigned a mentor who will guide you through each module using work-related projects. A professional development review is undertaken to determine which professional competencies you have evidenced through previous projects, and which still need to be addressed.

Once these outstanding competencies have been identified, a learning contract is developed and agreed by you, your employer and the University. This contract is submitted to the relevant professional body for approval. Following approval, you will take a series of modules that address the professional competencies you wish to achieve. On completion of this taught element, you will also complete a dissertation.

You will be required to produce reports on the projects you have undertaken in the workplace, deliver a presentation, or participate in oral examinations. You may find you are already meeting the academic requirements as part of your job and your studies simply provide you with further focus and additional benefits.

Upon successful completion of 60 credits you will achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Engineering. 

Upon successful completion of 120 credits you will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Engineering. 

To achieve an MSc Professional Engineering, you will need to complete a dissertation in addition to the seven modules above.

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