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Professional Engineering (Work-Based Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Course Details

The work-based approach of the MSc Professional Engineering enables you, as a working engineer, to obtain your degree without the need for a career break or long absences from your organisation. This degree will capitalise on your company-specific knowledge and experience, and we will help you to identify self-study requirements to provide additional learning, knowledge of application and demonstration of skill-sets leading to professional engineering institution membership and, provided you can demonstrate the UK-SPEC standards, registration for Chartered Engineer status.

If you would like to become professionally-qualified but are unable to commit to full-time study, you might like to explore the opportunities provided by engineering gateways. This site provides information on pathways to professional qualification for working engineers who do not have the full exemplifying academic qualifications.

Students may also be eligible for the MSc bursary scheme in aerospace engineering. To find out if you could be eligible visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website. Nominated company employee applicants must be working in the UK in the aerospace sector on the first day of the MSc programme.

You will normally study on a part-time basis for three years: two years to complete the work-based learning modules and a further year to complete an individual project. You’ll need to achieve a total of 180 credit points for a Master's degree and you’ll be expected to take 60 credit points of study in each academic year. You must complete your studies within five years. The programme is based upon the requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), which is the standard for recognition of professional engineers in the UK. It includes eight 15-credit point modules plus a 60-credit point project which you undertake once you have completed the other modules. Students may start this course in Semester A (September), Semester B (January) or Semester C (June).

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/professional-engineering-work-based-learning

Teaching methods

This programme is work-based. The structure reflects the requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). When you enrol on the programme you will agree and prepare a tailored individual learning contract, assisted by our academic staff and your company. The contract will take into account your present and future work-based activities and any constraints in terms of learning opportunities.

Throughout the three year programme the University will provide a nominated programme specialist who will liaise with you. Additional academic staff will also support you when you are undertaking modules relating to their area of expertise.

Students may start the MSc programme Students may start this course in Semester A (September), Semester B (January) or Semester C (June).

- Start dates and deadlines
As a work-based programme the dates and duration are reasonably flexible in order to fit around your schedule, so you may start this course in Semester A (September), Semester B (January) or Semester C (June). The course duration is a minimum of 3 years.

Why choose this course?

- This Master's degree provides the opportunity for graduates working in engineering and computing/IT professions to study, as part of working towards professional body institution membership and Chartered Engineer status.

- This MSc programme offers the convenience of work-based 'learning whilst earning';

- Candidates receive the benefits of continuing professional development (CPD)

- A flexible way of meeting employer and employee aspirations without the disruption of losing engineers from the workplace;


You will be in employment in mechanical, aerospace, automotive, electrical, electronic, manufacturing or production engineering or computing, information technology/systems.

Professional Accreditations

Professional Engineering Institution (PEI) involvement
You will need to be a member of the PEI that is appropriate to your area of work. Each individual’s work-based programme will be reviewed for suitability at an early stage by the appropriate PEI: Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAEs) or the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/professional-engineering-work-based-learning#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Professional Engineering (Work-Based Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pratap Baradkar

“Great combination of practical sessions and theory from experienced staff and resources. Not just a degree, I gained great satisfaction and confidence.”

MSc Mechanical Engineering
University of Hertfordshire
School of Engineering and Technology

(Student Profile)

Cole Akinwande

''I knew I would be studying at Masters Level. What I never knew was that I would learn so much in just a space of a year. I feel so proud of myself and of UH because it's worth more than the price compared to what colleagues from other institution in UK experience.''

MSc Aerospace Engineering
University of Hertfordshire
School of Engineering and Technology

(Student Profile)

Saminda Thalpolage

“You will improve yourself studying at the UH from highly experienced and helpful lecturers.”

MSc Radio and Mobile Communication Systems
University of Hertfordshire
School of Engineering and Technology

(Student Profile)

Mark Adamson

"Working with incredibly enthusiastic staff that provide students the dexterity to pursue their future ambitions”

MSc Embedded Intelligent Systems
University of Hertfordshire
School of Engineering and Technology


Entry Requirements

Applicants should be employed in engineering, science, IT or a related discipline. You will typically have an accredited second class honours degree (minimum) in one of the following disciplines: Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Manufacturing or Production Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, or Possess an alternative accredited qualification, or Have other relevant professional qualifications, academic achievements and experience that could be considered.

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