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.

To help you decide if you have the necessary skills to start, you can use our online diagnostic quiz Are you ready to start an Engineering qualification? You will be given advice and guidance on what to do next at the end of the quiz. (Note the interactive features of the quiz do not run on mobile and tablet devices.)

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

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

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

Find out more about credit transfer

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 fascinating, multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics, and would like to develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. The subjects included are science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.

View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module

Your next step

Call us on +44 (0)1908 659253 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you.

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 £1,432* and between £1,000* and £1,944* at postgraduate level.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification starts from £22,794* based on our current fees.

*The fee information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2018. 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 laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Residential schools

This course contains compulsory residential schools – two at undergraduate level and two at postgraduate level. You will be responsible for the cost of your travel to the venue. If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with these costs after you've registered.

For undergraduate modules the tuition fee does not include accommodation and meals at the residential school and you will be asked to pay an additional fee (£280 in 2017/18) for each one. This charge is payable as part of your residential school booking and will be due after you have completed your registration onto the residential school module. For postgraduate modules no additional fee is required as the tuition fee includes accommodation and meals.

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 or request a call back.

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 2018. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University’s strategic approach to fees.

Skills for career development

This qualification will help you to develop your knowledge, competences and skills in engineering, as well as a range of transferable skills, such as: 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 and a professional approach to your work.

On graduation you should be eligible to apply (via an appropriate engineering institution) to the Engineering Council for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

As well as developing technical skills, you will learn how to work in a team, solving an engineering problem and refining it into a project, covering the technical, social/environmental and business aspects. A computing or software dimension may be included.

Your study will give you the skills expected of a Chartered Engineer, in providing solutions to engineering problems. These may involve using existing or developing new technologies, 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.

If you wish to continue your studies you can work towards our MSc in Engineering (F46).

Career relevance

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.


This integrated masters degree has been designed to meet the educational requirements of the Engineering Council for Chartered Engineer (CEng). It has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). We are waiting for confirmation from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). As part of the Engineering Council’s accreditation regulations, all study must be completed within 8 years from the start of your study for the qualification to be accredited.

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For updates on current accreditation, more information can be found at our Engineering website or the Engineering Council website.

Other careers

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. 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.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience):

  • consulting civil engineering
  • contracting civil engineer
  • geotechnical engineer
  • planning engineer
  • site engineer
  • structural engineer
  • water engineer
  • biomedical engineer
  • chemical engineer
  • product engineer
  • aeronautical engineer
  • mechanical engineer
  • technical consultant
  • patent lawyer.

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, Prospects and PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 15/02/2018

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