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Professional Engineering - MSc


Course Description

Get the advanced engineering knowledge and understanding needed to qualify for full chartered engineer (CEng) status.

Why choose this course?

-Course developed in conjunction with the UK Engineering Council
-Offers progression to Chartered Engineer status
-Requires no time away from employment
-Uses learning through immediate application to real-life work problems to reduce costs or increase value for the employer

Subject Guide & Modules

All modules after the initial Professional Development Audit are highly flexible – they are designed to be tailored to suit each participant’s engineering area, particular interests and employment circumstances. How the learning for each module is composed from workplace projects and distance study of supporting formal material is also flexible and will be negotiated to suit individual needs.

Core modules
-Professional Development Audit (15 credits)
-Current Technologies and Applications (15 credits)
-Emerging Technologies (15 credits)
-Design Methodologies (15 credits)
-Major Project (60 credits)

Optional modules (choice of 3 or 4)
-Scientific Foundations (15 credits)
-Engineering Analysis (15 credits)
-Sustainability (15 credits)
-Project Management (15 credits)
-Further Topics in Engineering Management (15 credits)
-Product Delivery (15 credits)
-Professional Literature Study (15 credits)
-Extended Integrative Option (30 credits)

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

The course begins with a Professional Development Audit (PDA), where we help students evaluate what they have done previously and what they need to add to gain the MSc and qualify for CEng. Based on the PDA, the student and Aston University set up an individual Learning Agreement which specifies the areas of study to be undertaken and how that study will be carried out, through suitable combinations of workplace projects and distance learning, and assessed – mainly through reports on the workplace projects. The student then works through the agreed study and assessment, with support from Aston University staff and a workplace mentor, gradually building over an agreed period to completion and award of the MSc.

Professional Accreditation

Successful completion of MSc Professional Engineering combined with membership of a suitable engineering institution guarantees access to the institution’s process for professional review for CEng registration. Possession of the MSc will meet the educational requirements for CEng. You will still need to satisfy the institution about your practical competences, but MSc Professional Engineering study will help you with this.

Personal Development

As part of the MSc we will work with you to draw up a plan for achieving the full range of personal development expected of a Chartered Engineer under UKSPEC (the UK standard for professional engineering competence). As well as technical competence, this includes the ability to provide technical and commercial leadership, strong interpersonal/communication skills, and a personal commitment to professional standards, society in general and the environment.

Visit the Professional Engineering - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Be employed in the engineering field in which you hope to advance. Your employer will need to be supportive of you, and willing to ensure you can undertake a range of workplace projects to build the learning needed for the MSc, and additionally the competences to qualify for CEng. This course is suitable for people who aspire to fully qualified professional engineer status (CEng) and are already part way there, normally through a first or good second class UK accredited honours degree at Bachelor’s level (BEng or BSc) supported by several years of employment experience gaining practical competence and responsibility.

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