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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Engineering Operations and Improvement

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Three to five years part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Lisa Brodie
Key fact:
If you are an engineer looking to move into engineering management and operations, this course aligns your existing skills and develops your professional portfolio towards becoming a chartered engineer. You also learn alongside others from a wide range of different roles in the engineering sector.

Page last updated 16 March 2017


This is part of a set of study options within the postgraduate Engineering Capability Development Framework (ECDF). The concept behind the Framework is to offer you flexibility in the modules you study, and the opportunity to move freely between award routes based on your career goals.

Flexibility to meet your exact goals

You choose your own course of study to meet your specific needs, with modules mapped directly to UK-SPEC, so you effectively create your own bespoke MSc award. The Engineering Operations and Improvement course helps you identify learning that supports your personal development and, where applicable, meets your sponsor's capability requirements. Alignment of all modules to UK-SPEC competencies ensures skill gaps are identified and addressed easily.

However you approach the course, we're here to help support your long term career professional career development which may include helping you develop a 'portfolio of evidence' to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.

Peer learning and support

Many of the modules bring together students from a range of Master's engineering and management courses. This widens the scope of the learning and provides a strong learning experience, mixing technical and business skills with management capabilities.

Entry requirements

We require one of the following:

  • A professionally accredited UK honours degree of 2:1 or above in an Engineering discipline.
  • A professionally accredited UK honours degree of 2:2 in an Engineering discipline, with three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:1 or above in an Engineering discipline.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2 in an Engineering discipline, with three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).
  • Appropriate academic or professional qualifications equivalent to the above which you should describe in detail in your application.

Please give us a copy of your degree transcript when you apply.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Careers / Further study

The MSc Professional Engineering supports continued professional development (CPD) needs, such as expertise with new technology, improving business and service performance, and leading initiatives for change through technical or system innovation.

It's an ideal step towards senior technical or management roles, and puts you in a position to have a major influence on your organisation's success. Meanwhile, it makes IEng or CEng registration achievable for all practising engineers, through a flexible approach to real-world learning. To support your career aspirations, we interview you regularly to establish your specific needs and what you want to achieve professionally.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.



While there is inherent flexibility to your studies, the course has five core modules:

Professional Development Appraisal and Continuous Review

Technical Business Operations

Research Investigation, Planning and Methods for Change

Engineering Project Management

Lean Engineering

If you are planning to take the MSc study programme and use it to provide the academic part of your portfolio of evidence for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration, you should check with the relevant professional institution that your module selection meets their requirements.

To achieve the MSc you'll require eight 15-credit modules, including the core modules, and must complete the 60-credit dissertation module.

Dissertation (60 credit)

This substantial independent research project and dissertation is based on either a project from your workplace, or on industry-based case studies. This helps you understand how your learning applies in the real world, reflect on the implementation of your project, and evaluate opportunities for improvement.You will have academic and industrial sponsors for this, to help you scope out the project in the required context.

This project activity is attractive to employers, as it provides an opportunity to deal with a real issue in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Often, your project will have a significant effect on the business sponsoring it.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The learning methods and the structure of the course mean you will take an integrated view of an engineering enterprise by placing technology in strategic, financial, human and operational contexts. We encourage you to read about the subjects independently, so you can really consolidate your knowledge and understanding while broadening your outlook and understanding of the key concepts.

Taught modules are usually held over three to five consecutive days. Alternative methods can include distance learning and work-based learning. You configure work-based learning with your module leader, according to your specific needs, through a learning contract that ensures the learning outcomes are achievable.

For more details, see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Each 15-credit module is expected to take around 150 hours to complete. The overall course normally takes between two and five years to complete, as students are normally also in full employment.


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we do not need to test your understanding, but rather your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments will normally be on a real industrial case study, or a live project in your workplace.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Our dedicated engineering facilities include a flight simulator, subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels, a motorsport workshop, specialist laboratories and industry-standard simulation suites.

However, if you're in full-time employment, we expect much of your work will be carried out in your work environment.

We operate an extensive pastoral care system that provides guidance and support throughout your studies, including induction courses and access to academic staff and student advisers.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please contact FET CPD unit.

CPD Study Route

Fees vary per module studied. For a full list of modules available and individual fees please see our Engineering Capability Development Framework course.

How to apply

Extra information


This course has been developed from a well-established Master's course, in conjunction with other awards within the ECDF. It incorporates aspects of the MSc Professional Engineering, approved by the Engineering Council and HE-STEM for students with non-standard academic backgrounds.

Compulsory module requirements have been identified, to emphasise the management aspects of engineering, and are designed to support your professional career development and to allow you to develop a portfolio of evidence towards Chartered Engineer registration.

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