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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Engineering Operations and Improvement

Course Description

This is part of a set of study options within the postgraduate Engineering Capability Development Framework (ECDF). 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.

Course detail

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 Engineering Operations and Improvement course 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.

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


• Professional Development Appraisal and Continuous Review
• Technical Business Operations
• Research Investigation, Planning and Methods for Change
• Engineering Project Management
• Lean Engineering
• Dissertation

Many of the modules bring together students from a range of Master's engineering and management courses. This widens the scope of the learning and provides a strong learning experience, mixing technical and business skills with management capabilities.


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 about 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. Alternative methods can include distance learning and work-based learning. You configure work-based learning with your module leader, according to your specific needs, through a learning contract that ensures the learning outcomes are achievable.


Assessment is normally by assignment. At this level, we do not need to test your understanding, but rather your ability to implement your newfound skills and knowledge. Assignments will normally be on a real industrial case study, or a live 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's 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 Engineering Operations and Improvement 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, with three years relevant industrial experience .• A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:1 or above in an Engineering discipline.• A first degree from an overseas institution that can be shown to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree of 2:2, with three years relevant experience).

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