Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, you’ll need some knowledge of mathematics, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

Check you have the necessary skills at students.open.ac.uk/openmark/engineering.ayrf1

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How much time do I need?

This qualification consists of four stages, normally studied over eight years:

Stage 1: two 6-month 30-credit modules studied consecutively over the first year1 and two 9-month 30-credit modules that overlap in the second year

  • Year 1: T192 Oct – Apr and T193 Mar – Sep
  • Year 2: T194 Oct – Jun and T176 Feb – Oct

Stage 2: two 6-month 30-credit modules studied consecutively in the first year, and two 9-month 30-credit modules that overlap in the second year2

  • Year 3: T271 Oct – Mar and T272 Apr – Sep
  • Year 4: specialist module Oct – Jun and T276 Feb – Sep

Stage 3: 60-credits of specialist modules studied over 9 months in the first year, and a 9-month 30-credit specialist module and 6-month 30-credit postgraduate module that overlap in the second year2

  • Year 5: specialist modules Oct – Jun
  • Year 6: specialist module Oct – Jun and postgraduate module Nov – Apr or May – Oct

Stage 4: a 9-month 30-credit individual project module that can be studied alongside a 6-month 30-credit specialist module in the first year followed by a 6-month 30-credit postgraduate module that overlap in the second year.

Your final module must be a 9-month 30-credit team project module that you can start only once you’ve completed all your other study.

  • Year 7: T460 Oct – June and postgraduate module Nov – Apr or May – Oct
  • Year 8: postgraduate module Nov – Apr3 and T885 Sep – June

Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

1You can start Stage 1 in an April; however, you may have to take a 6-month study break before you can start Stage 2.

2It’s possible to study Stages 2 and 3 over a shorter period by further overlapping modules; however, this will create a demanding workload.

3M820 runs Oct – Jun

Preparing for study with an Access module

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:

  • a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend:

Science, technology and maths Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics.  It'll help develop your study skills in advance of your OU qualification, and you get to explore a number of STEM subjects including science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.

View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module

How much will it cost?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • Fees vary by level – our typical fee for 30 credits at undergraduate level is £1,548* and between £1,080* and £1,945* at postgraduate level.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification starts from £24,481* based on our current fees.

*The fee information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2021. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a computer, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If your income is not more than £25,000 or you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you start studying.

Residential schools

This qualification includes two compulsory undergraduate modules that each includes a compulsory residential school. For each residential school you must pay an additional charge of £300 (2020/21) to cover the cost of accommodation and meals. You’ll pay this charge when you book the residential school, after you’ve enrolled on the module. You must also pay for your travel to and from the venue.

This qualification also includes a compulsory postgraduate module that includes, in the cost of the module, two compulsory residential schools. You must pay for your travel to and from the venue.

Ways to pay for your qualification

We’re confident we can help you find an option that’s right for you.

Review our Fees and funding page for a summary of the funding options available.

Please note that even if you have a degree you may be eligible to use a Part-Time Tuition Fee Loan as a payment option towards this qualification. Please contact us for further information.

Further questions?

For more information about your funding options, speak to an adviser.

Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2021. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University’s strategic approach to fees.

Skills for career development

The areas of knowledge, competence and skills that this degree develops include: the ability to use specialist knowledge to solve problems creatively; collaborative working and communication skills; project management skills; the ability to turn concepts into reality.

Your study will give the skills expected of a Chartered Engineer, in providing solutions to engineering problems. These could involve using existing or developing new technologies and designs; refining production systems; or developing new services. It will give you the confidence to be accountable for complex systems with significant levels of risk.

On graduation, this qualification (combined with the appropriate evidence of professional practice) will enable you to apply (via an appropriate engineering institution) to the Engineering Council for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Career relevance

Our MEng is a general engineering qualification that provides an entry into a wide range of more specialist engineering roles. Examples include:

  • mechanical engineer
  • electronic engineer
  • structural engineer
  • production engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • environmental engineer
  • materials engineer
  • other roles within engineering management
  • manufacturing engineer.


Our MEng fulfils the Engineering Council’s educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status under UK-SPEC1.

The following professional engineering institutions accredit our MEng2:

Logos of accrediting organisations

Visit the Engineering Council’s website for details of current accreditation, including qualification specialism requirements and time limits.

1UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) sets out the requirements for UK engineers to achieve professional status.

2The new Mechanical Engineering route hasn’t been reviewed by the institutions yet, therefore, that particular route isn’t yet accredited.

Other careers

Qualified engineers are much in demand for their rigorous approach to problem solving and high level of numeracy. These skills open up a wide range of other career opportunities – for example, in management or finance – as well as in engineering itself. Opportunities exist in research, design and development, commissioning, project management, technical sales and marketing, technical journalism and patent work. With appropriate experience and qualifications it’s also possible to be a self-employed consultant. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 13/08/2020
Credit transfer: apply by 11/02/2021

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