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Professional Engineering

This is a workbased learning postgraduate award designed for students who are currently in employment and for a variety of reasons cannot attend university but can study at their place of work, and be educated to Masters level through a programme involving collaboration between the university, a Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) and an industrial partner. Within this programme, academic challenges at MSc level, together with competencies required by the PEI are clearly addressed.

One of the many advantages of this system is that students registered on this programme do not have to attend university apart from seminar and assessment days (an alternative arrangement may be possible for students not resident in the UK) thus reducing the costs of staff development for employers. An excellent feature of this programme is the final project which can be designed to correlate with the work that the student is doing for their employer.

Candidates completing this award successfully should be able to demonstrate the requirements for CEng registration.

  • Cost-effective for employers
    Avoids costs associated with having key personnel away from work for extended periods.
  • New route to recognition
    The new workbased MSc opens a route to CEng registration for many who might otherwise miss out. Students are given step by step guidance along the route to CEng.
  • Professional Development Audit
    Students are asked to complete a PDA to identify any shortfall in competencies required by Professional Engineering Institutions and to help define the negotiated Mlevel programme.
  • Negotiated Learning Contract
    Students are given a structured programme of study requiring them to produce appropriate material for assessment. The study and the assessment material is negotiated individually with each student so as make maximum use of what is needed by the employer. Study programmes are also designed to ensure that the UKSPEC list of competencies are met.
  • Employability
    Students registered on this programme are generally studying material that is of direct and indirect benefit to their employer. They therefore are more likely to experience better career progression and are less likely to seek employment elsewhere.

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a second class honours degree or equivalent in technology, engineering, or a discipline related to the proposed MSc Advanced Technology title.

If you do not meet the above but you have significant appropriate experience, you may be considered for enrolment provided that you can satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Course modules

The course of study undertaken, by the very design of the course, is derived through negotiation with the award team and your supervisor. This will start with an audit of your current position in terms of knowledge, experience and qualifications. With a study plan approved you will commence your studies in areas of engineering that are supported by the University.

Engineering disciplines you may wish to choose

The major areas of engineering that can be studied as part of the MSc Professional Engineering at Staffordshire University include the following: 1. Electrical Engineering 2. Electronic Engineering 3. Communications Engineering 4. Mechanical Engineering 5. Engineering Management 6. Environmental Engineering 7. Energy Management 8. Automotive Engineering 9. Control Engineering (this is not exhaustive however).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Distance learning (part-time) £ 2,040 (Academic year) Home/EU 3 Years
MSc Distance learning (part-time) £ 2,040 (Academic year) International 3 Years

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