Open University in Scotland


Engineering is one of the most rewarding disciplines you can study. It offers tremendous variety, intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem solving. This course builds on your diploma studies by enabling you to investigate an issue or problem on a topic of professional relevance to you, and takes you a step further towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It will help you develop a professional approach to your work, extend your engineering skills, and develop a range of transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects and turn concepts into reality.

On completion of Stage 1 students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering.

Entry Requirements

For Stage 1, you should normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject with a high mathematics content. If you don’t have an honours degree, you may still be able to study this qualification by demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

You must study Stage 1 of this MSc course – the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22) or the Master of Engineering (M04) – before registering on Stage 2 – the Research project (T802).

Computer and internet access necessary.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of 180 points’ worth of required courses you will be awarded a Master of Engineering entitling you to use the letters MSc (Eng) (Open) after your name.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

3.5 years (minimum)





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Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy