Taught course

Professional Engineering

University of Derby · College of Engineering and Technology

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Entry requirements

You will normally require an accredited BSc/BEng(Hons) degree. Those without such a degree but with suitable industrial experience, may join the course subject to assessment. As the course is designed to take students directly to CEng status, you must also have significant engineering experience. (Engineers applying for CEng status need to have demonstrated the ability to apply their engineering knowledge within a practical engineering environment.) For those who have an accredited first degree (either BEng or BSc) we require a minimum of two years' relevant industrial or engineering experience. For those without such a degree, we will require a greater amount of industrial experience. You may also be able to incorporate any prior certificated learning at an equivalent level which has not already contributed towards any other award.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

We have developed this MSc in association with the Engineering Council. It forms part of the Engineering Gateways programme to help you achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. This type of course has already been approved by a number of professional engineering institutions.

It is a work-based route to the academic qualification and professional development that you need to demonstrate for registration as a CEng.

Because the course is flexible, it can be adapted to almost any work situation, engineering industry or location. You will be able to acquire professional competencies and an MSc without taking time off work.

There are three phases to this MSc:

Phase one: Entry Gateway –comprising a professional development audit (PDA) of your education, qualifications, experience and competencies to date, and a reflective summary.

Phase two: Study Programme (Learning Contract) –your individual study programme that matches your PDA against professional body/Engineering Council requirements.

Phase three: Exit Gateway – consisting of either a reflective summary or an engineering project depending on your skills and needs. It also includes a viva voce.

Appropriately qualified academic and industrial tutors will work with you and your employer to design a unique programme tailored to your work situation, which takes into account your present level of education and experience.

You will study two compulsory modules: Research Methods: Application and Evaluation, and CPD and Strategic Management. The other modules allow you to negotiate the content of your course so that you can meet the requirements of your professional institution for CEng registration.

Fees and funding

UK students
£690 per 20 credits
International students
£13,500 for the full programme

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

College of Engineering and Technology
+44 (0)1332 590500