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Engineering courses

Start your journey towards becoming a professional engineer with an engineering course from The Open University. Recognised and accredited by professional engineering institutions, our courses cover a broad range of engineering topics, such as engineering design, mechanical engineering, electronics, design and more.

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Engineering

Degree 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Engineering

Diploma 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Engineering

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Engineering with The Open University?

Specialise your studies in the area that interests you with our broad, multi-disciplinary approach to engineering. You’ll join more than 10,000 students benefiting from our work with employers and professional engineering institutions to ensure our curriculum is fit for purpose and reflects current practice.

Just a few of the reasons to study engineering with The Open University:

  • Your degree will be accredited by several leading professional engineering institutions.
  • You’ll attend week-long residential schools, focusing on laboratory and field work, where you’ll develop invaluable practical skills.
  • You’ll have access to OpenEngineering Labs that allow you to remotely operate research-grade equipment, so you can gather and analyse your own real data.

Careers in Engineering

Advances in new technologies have brought with them a growing demand for skilled and qualified engineering graduates. The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change has estimated that the renewable energy sector alone could create 500,000 new jobs by 2020. With so much opportunity, what’s stopping you from starting your future in engineering?

The OU could be the start to your career in:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Project management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Technical journalism and patent work

    Looking for something other than a qualification?

    The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

    See our full list of Engineering modules

    All Engineering courses

    Browse all the Engineering courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

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