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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    2-5 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    08 January 2019

All learning is specifically focused on organisational needs, giving you immediate return on investment.

Course Outline & Key Facts

The programme comprises a set of modules, each of which has a credit rating, and a complete MSc needs 180 credits. You will study five core (compulsory) modules totalling 120 credits, then choose the remaining 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules, giving scope to match the course to your particular interests and objectives.

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. The learning for each module is composed from workplace projects, and distance study of supporting formal material.

Duration of programme: 2 to 5 years work-based distance learning

Start date: October, January, April or July

Distance learning available: This programme is work-based distance learning only

Intake: Up to 25 per year

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.

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

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)

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.


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

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