Total cost of course
UK/EU: £8,370*
INT: £8,370*

*Prices correct for 2018/2019 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2019.

Course length
3 years of part time study
Start dates
January, May, September
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Pace of study

We recommend around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit module.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Webinar - An Introduction to Engineering Webinar
15 April

Course code: OLPAU      Level 7 qualification

Developed with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateway programme, this MSc Professional Engineering online degree is a highly flexible, part-time, work-based learning route to building your evidence of further learning to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It is recognised by a wide range of engineering institutions under the Engineering Council such as, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology).

Obtain your Masters without taking time off work

The course is available to study part-time, through online distance learning meaning you don’t have to take time off work to complete your Masters. The course is designed to give you the flexibility to study at a time and place most suitable for you, while receiving support and guidance from our expert online tutors.

Through the combination of online distance learning and work based learning you can achieve the academic qualification and professional development required as evidence in your application for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Before you start the programme, please contact the Professional Body / Engineering Institute that you are registered with to seek their confirmation that this programme is a suitable pathway to Engineering Chartership for your particular circumstances. They will also be able to help you to source a suitable mentor to aid you in your professional development, a required element of this programme.

The list of professional bodies can be found on the Engineering Council website.

Mentoring from experienced Chartered Engineers

Professional development is an important part of his programme, involving mentoring and support from an experienced Chartered Engineer. You are required to source a suitable mentor via the Engineering Institute you are registered with, or via your workplace. Mentors can fulfil two separate roles, a workplace mentor can advise on technical and business suitability in your approach, whereas a mentor who is a Chartered Engineer, will ensure you are meeting all of the competencies to a suitable level to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.


 A HEFCE initiative

This programme was developed for online distance learning with Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to help plug a UK skills gap in vital engineering skills.

A three phased approach

There are three phases to this online distance learning course:

Phase 1: Entry Gateway

Comprising a professional development audit (PDA) of your education, qualifications, experience, and competencies to date, and a reflective summary.

Phase 2: Study Programme (Learning Contract)

This is the individual study programme that matches your PDA against professional body/Engineering Council requirements.

Phase 3: Exit Gateway

This consists of either a reflective summary or an engineering project depending on 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.

Combine work and study

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Additional Engineering MSc options at Derby

Find out more about the online Professional Engineering MSc course

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Engineering, Dr Justin Steele-Davies talking more about the online Professional Engineering MSc course.

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Programme Specification

Image: PDF opens in a new window Professional Engineering MSc programme specification

What does online learning look like?

If you're thinking of studying one of our courses, you may be wondering how online learning works and what it looks like. Below are some images from one of the modules of this course. There are four screen shots for you to scroll through which show you what the learning environment and material looks like, with a brief explanation underneath.

Click on the image below to view examples.

Kolb’s learning cycle (1984), is used as part of the introduction to academic study.
Soft skills as engineers are key to effective collaboration and team work.
The Gateway to Chartership runs through the programme with the personal development plan.
Chartership is a significant achievement and will also allow progression to European Registered Engineer (EUR ING) title.