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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Professional Engineering

Course Description

This is part of a set of study options within the postgraduate Engineering Career and Capability Development Framework (ECCDF). The concept behind the Framework is to offer you flexibility in the modules you study, and the opportunity to move freely between award routes based on your career goals.

You choose your own course of study to meet your specific needs, with modules mapped directly to UK-SPEC, so you effectively create your own bespoke MSc award. The MSc Professional Engineering helps you identify learning that supports your personal development and, where applicable, meets your sponsor's capability requirements. Alignment of all modules to UK-SPEC competencies ensures skill gaps are identified and addressed easily.

Course detail

However you approach the course, we're here to help support your long term professional career development, this may include helping you develop a 'portfolio of evidence' to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.

The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Masters. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.


• Engineering Project Management
• Professional Development Appraisal and Continuous Review
• Research Investigation, Planning and Methods for Change


You also undertake a substantial independent research project and dissertation, based around either a project from your workplace, or on industry-based case studies. This helps you understand how your learning applies in the real world. This aspect of your MSc requires you to reflect on the implementation of your project, and evaluate opportunities for improvement.

You will have academic and normally industrial sponsors for this, to help you put the project in the required context.

This type of project is attractive to employers, as it provides an opportunity to deal with a real issue efficiently and cost-effectively. Often, your project will have a significant effect on the business sponsoring it.


The learning methods and the structure of the course mean you will take an integrated view of an engineering enterprise by placing technology in strategic, financial, human and operational contexts. We encourage you to read around the subjects independently so you can really consolidate your knowledge and understanding while broadening your outlook and understanding of the key concepts.

Taught modules are usually held over three to five consecutive days, but can include distance learning and work-based learning in some cases. You organise the structure of your work-based learning with your module leader, to ensure it meets your needs and the learning outcomes are achievable.


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we don't test your understanding, we test your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments are normally based on a real industrial case study, or a project in your workplace.

Careers / Further study

The MSc Professional Engineering supports continued professional development (CPD) needs, such as expertise with new technology, improving business and service performance, and leading initiatives for change through technical or system innovation.

It is an ideal step towards senior technical or management roles, and puts you in a position to have a major influence on your organisation's success. Meanwhile, it makes IEng or CEng registration achievable for all practising engineers, through a flexible approach to real-world learning. To support your career aspirations, we interview you regularly to establish your specific needs and what you want to achieve professionally.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Professional Engineering page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

We require one of the following:• A professionally accredited UK honours degree of 2:1 or above in an Engineering discipline.• A professionally accredited UK honours degree of 2:2 in an Engineering discipline, and three years relevant industrial experience (please tell us about your experience in the 'personal statement' section of your application).

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