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MSc in Engineering - Learning Outcomes

Educational aims

This masters level of study offers you the opportunity to progress towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and will help you meet professional development needs as specified by the UK Engineering Council (ECUK) and relevant engineering institutions. In particular it will provide evidence of initial and continuing professional development.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to:

  • contribute new knowledge to existing bodies of knowledge in relevant engineering disciplines and demonstrate comprehensive understanding of those disciplines through systematic responses to engineering challenges
  • act authoritatively and responsibly in your professional work with regard to appropriate social, commercial, ethical/legal and management practices in contemporary engineering.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to:

  • solve engineering problems that require a thorough and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of underpinning scientific principles, mathematical methods and engineering practice
  • develop innovative engineered solutions to a user’s needs and preferences that are cost-effective and demonstrably fit for purpose in terms of production, operation, maintenance and de-commissioning.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to:

  • develop and implement solutions to a set of end-user requirements using a range of engineering skills, including a working knowledge of particular materials, equipment, processes and products, workshop and laboratory methods, technical literature and other information, taking into account appropriate quality standards, codes of practice, industry standards, and intellectual property and contractual issues
  • initiate and lead engineering projects responsibly, professionally and ethically, with regard to environmental risk and sustainability, and the framework of relevant legal requirements (covering issues such as personnel, health, safety, etc.)
  • contribute to your chosen specialism individually and collaboratively using an extended understanding of engineering principles, new and emerging technologies, and current professional practice as applied to engineering problems, whether novel, unfamiliar or complex in nature.

Key skills

On completion of this masters degree, you will be able to:

  • practise a range of transferable skills (including problem solving, communication, working with others – especially team-working – IT skills, information retrieval, planning self-learning and career development, and reflection), in the context of managing a significant project at a level appropriate to a senior professional engineer. 

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching on the MSc programme is essentially restricted to that required to guide students through the process of undertaking an extensive piece of personal research work.

Assessment strategy

Specific skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to the topic being researched are developed by the student under the guidance of a tutor/supervisor and assessed through a series of progress reports and a final dissertation.

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