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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Professional Engineering

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Varies according to the number and frequency of modules chosen
Programme leader:
Dr Hadi Abulrub
Key fact:
Designed for engineers with varied academic qualifications and from a range of backgrounds, this course is supported by work-based experience to develop your existing skills and produce a professional portfolio to help you become a chartered engineer.

Page last updated 14 December 2018


This is part of a set of study options within the postgraduate Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework (ECCDF). 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.

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 MSc Professional Engineering 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 professional career development, this 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.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

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

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

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


You also undertake a substantial independent research project and dissertation, based around either a project from your workplace, or on industry-based case studies. This helps you understand how your learning applies in the real world. This aspect of your MSc requires you to reflect on the implementation of your project, and evaluate opportunities for improvement.

You will have academic and normally industrial sponsors for this, to help you put the project in the required context.

This type of project is attractive to employers, as it provides an opportunity to deal with a real issue efficiently and cost-effectively. 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 around 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, but can include distance learning and work-based learning in some cases. You organise the structure of your work-based learning with your module leader, to ensure it meets your needs and the learning outcomes are achievable.

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

Study time

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


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we don't test your understanding, we test your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments are normally based on a real industrial case study, or a 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 you'll do a lot of your study 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 has to offer.


This course has been developed from a well-established Master's, alongside other ECCDF awards.

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


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 is 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.


There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Please contact FET CPD team.

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


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, and 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, and 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.

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