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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

Description

This postgraduate diploma course offers you an opportunity both to broaden and deepen your understanding of professional engineering. By combining modules from engineering analysis and technology management, you can shape a qualification to suit your career aspirations. You will also take a project module, working collaboratively as part of a small team via email, telephone and virtual conferencing. The postgraduate diploma also provides a route to a masters level engineering qualification if you fall outside the entry requirements for our MEng. This qualification can help you progress towards Chartered Engineer registration.

If you already hold an honours degree that has been accredited by one of the engineering institutions licensed by the Engineering Council, this diploma course will take you one stage further towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

If you do not hold an honours degree but have demonstrated the ability to study at postgraduate level, you may also be accepted onto the programme. Postgraduate study tends to be more demanding than undergraduate study, so we recommend that you take only one module at a time, particularly in your first year.

Planning your studies

Team engineering (T885), the group project module which includes a compulsory residential element, must be the last module you take for this qualification and you must have completed all your previous modules before you can register for T885.

All postgraduate modules are available with electronic submission and marking of assignments and so can be submitted anywhere in the world. However, you should check the availability of modules if you are studying outside the EU.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Modules can count towards this qualification for a maximum of five years after we have stopped presenting them – please see individual module descriptions for presentation plans. 

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

Career relevance and employability

This qualification will help you to develop your engineering skills, as well as a range of transferable skills, such as: the ability to use specialist knowledge to solve problems creatively; effective communication skills; project management skills; the ability to turn concepts into reality; a professional approach to your work.

The knowledge and practical experience you gain during your postgraduate studies mean you'll be well placed to take advantage of the many senior engineering and technology employment opportunities available at home and abroad. At the same time, you'll be developing capabilities that are highly prized by employers in a variety of other sectors, where your logical thinking, numeracy skills, and team working abilities will be in demand.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Modules

If you haven’t already successfully completed Key skills for professional engineers (T397) as part of your undergraduate studies, in addition to the requirements detailed below, you will need to pass:

Undergraduate OU level 3 Credits Next start
Towards chartership: professional development for engineers (T398) 15 Oct 2015

You are recommended to take this module at the start of your postgraduate studies but if this is not possible, you must complete this module before you can be accepted on the compulsory 30-credit module below.

For this postgraduate diploma you require:

60 credits from any postgraduate technology module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TUXX8 or TXX8), but excluding any project modules – see List A below

And 30 credits from any postgraduate technology, computing, mathematics or science module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TUXX8 or TXX8), M8 or S8, but excluding any project modules – see List B below

And 30 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885)

This module about working collaboratively is based around two residential weekends. You’ll work in a small team on an engineering project, finally submitting a report.

See full description

30 Jan 2015

List A – technology modules

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Advanced routing – CCNP 1  (T824)

This module provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage internal and external routing protocols for large scale inter-networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 May 2015
 
Business operations: delivering value (T883)

The module aims to equip managers with the skills to make the business processes in their organisation more effective in meeting the needs of stakeholders.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Capacities for managing development  (TU870)

This module analyses development management, examines a range of tools for planning, managing and evaluating development, and investigates key aspects of development management, including strategic thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Conflict and development  (T879) NEW

Combining theoretical concepts with practical tools, this module explores the causes of conflict, the impact conflicts have on development, and actions that can help mitigate conflicts.

See full description

30 May 2015
Development: context and practice  (T877)

This module provides a conceptual framework for analysing the complex, contested contexts in which development takes place, and a critical analysis of development management practice.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental decision making: a systems approach  (T863)

This module uses systems ideas to explore environmental decision-making situations, to make sense of their complexity and to look for feasible changes and action.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
or
Making environmental decisions  (T891) NEW

Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic factors, this module uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements in environmental decision-making situations.

See full description

30 May 2015
Environmental monitoring and protection  (T868)

This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate remedial measures.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action  (TD866)

This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental dilemmas, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

See full description

30 May 2015
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications  (T804) NEW

This module introduces some of the computational modelling and analysis techniques used in engineering the products, processes and systems that support our modern lifestyles.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Forensic engineering  (T839)

This module analyses the problems arising from product failure caused by inadequate materials, poor manufacturing or bad design – and offers guidance on good product design.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Institutional development (TU872)

This module analyses institutions, identifies their significance for development, examines how to build inter-organisational relationships, and explores the skills of mapping, modelling, negotiation and brokering.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing for sustainability  (T867)

This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing technological innovation  (T848)

This module explores the processes that underpin technological innovation an understanding of which is crucial whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Manufacture materials design (T805) NEW

Introducing materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer, this module explores how to make components, focusing on the interactions between manufacturing, materials and design.

See full description

30 May 2015
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3  (T826)

This module will give you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy reliable, scalable and secure multilayer-switched campus LANs using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 May 2015
Network security  (T828)

This module will give you the knowledge,understanding and practical experience of managing a secure communication across a large-scale inter-network using Cisco equipment and attend the compulsory day school.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Optimising networks – CCNP 4  (T827)

This module will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to optimise communication on large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Professional practice portfolio (T894)

This integrative assessment module provides engineering professionals with a framework for development and is an essential element of the Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism (CoNP).

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches  (T889)

This module focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Strategy for technological innovation (T849) NEW

This module draws on a range of theoretical perspectives from both strategic and innovation management to produce a multi-layered, practical, approach to strategic management of technological innovation.

See full description

30 May 2015
Technology strategy  (T846)

This module concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing different perspectives on the strategy formation process.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change   (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.

See full description

30 May 2015
War, intervention and development   (TU875)

This module explores the causes of conflict, focusing on civil war, and examines ways and means of developing effective interventions in conflict and post-conflict situations.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T822, T823, T825, T833, T834, T835, T837, T838, T840, T841, T850, T851, T852, T853, T860, T861, T862, T881, T882, T884, T890, TU871, TUXX870, TUXX871, TUXX872, TUXX875, TXX860, TXX861, TXX863

List B – technology, computing, mathematics and science

Postgraduate optional modules Credits Next start
Advanced mathematical methods (M833)

Learn advanced mathematical methods with the aid of algebraic computing language Maple, and explore various forms of approximation on this MSc in Mathematics module.

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30 Oct 2015
Advanced routing – CCNP 1  (T824)

This module provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy and manage internal and external routing protocols for large scale inter-networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 May 2015
 
Analysis and design of enterprise systems: an object-oriented approach  (M885)

This introduction to the object-oriented approach to software, its principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications, gives you practical skills in applying object-oriented analysis and design.

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15 Nov 2014 FINAL
Analytic number theory I  (M823)

This module introduces number theory – which is still undergoing intensive development – using techniques from analysis, particularly the convergence of series and the calculus of residues.

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30 Oct 2015
Analytic number theory II (M829)

This module teaches number theory using techniques from analysis, and in particular the convergence of series and the calculus of residues.

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30
Applied complex variables (M828)

Complex variable theory pervades many subjects, and this module teaches topics that are useful in the theoretical sciences and of interest in their own right.

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30 Oct 2015
Approximation theory (M832)

Develop your understanding of the mathematical theory behind many approximation methods in common use. The module is based on M.J.D. Powell’s Approximation Theory and Methods.

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30
Business operations: delivering value (T883)

The module aims to equip managers with the skills to make the business processes in their organisation more effective in meeting the needs of stakeholders.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820)

This module, which develops the theory of the calculus of variations and other related topics, is the starting point for our MSC in Mathematics.

See full description

30 Oct 2015
Capacities for managing development  (TU870)

This module analyses development management, examines a range of tools for planning, managing and evaluating development, and investigates key aspects of development management, including strategic thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Coding theory (M836)

Explore the theory of error-detecting and error-correcting codes, investigate the bounds of these codes, and discover how they can be used in real situations.

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30
Communicating science in the information age (SH804)

Consider how science is communicated between professionals and to members of the public – from academic journals to popular science books, TV and news reports.

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60 Jan 2015 FINAL
Conflict and development  (T879) NEW

Combining theoretical concepts with practical tools, this module explores the causes of conflict, the impact conflicts have on development, and actions that can help mitigate conflicts.

See full description

30 May 2015
Contemporary issues in science learning (SEH806)

Investigate key issues in contemporary science teaching, including the influence of theories of learning; the purposes of science education; and using ICT to support learning.

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60 Jan 2015 FINAL
Data management (M816) NEW

Discover the data management principles, practices and technologies required to develop policies, procedures and systems that control, protect, deliver and enhance the value of an organisation’s data asset.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Development: context and practice  (T877)

This module provides a conceptual framework for analysing the complex, contested contexts in which development takes place, and a critical analysis of development management practice.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Digital forensics (M812)

This module will help you understand how to conduct investigations to correctly gather, analyse and present digital evidence to both business and legal audiences.

See full description

30 May 2015
Environmental decision making: a systems approach  (T863)

This module uses systems ideas to explore environmental decision-making situations, to make sense of their complexity and to look for feasible changes and action.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
or
Making environmental decisions  (T891) NEW

Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic factors, this module uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements in environmental decision-making situations.

See full description

30 May 2015
Environmental monitoring and protection  (T868)

This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate remedial measures.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action  (TD866)

This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental dilemmas, from climate change to biodiversity loss.

See full description

30 May 2015
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications  (T804) NEW

This module introduces some of the computational modelling and analysis techniques used in engineering the products, processes and systems that support our modern lifestyles.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Forensic engineering  (T839)

This module analyses the problems arising from product failure caused by inadequate materials, poor manufacturing or bad design – and offers guidance on good product design.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Fractal geometry (M835)

This module examines the theory of fractals – whose geometry cannot easily be described in classical terms – and studies examples to which it can be applied.

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30 Oct 2015
Imaging in medicine (S809)

Explore the diagnostic and therapeutic use of medical imaging – including X-ray; ultrasound; magnetic resonance and radionuclide – and consider the risks and social issues involved.

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60 Jan 2015 FINAL
Information security (M811)

Explore the professional and technical skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your organisation's information security.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Institutional development (TU872)

This module analyses institutions, identifies their significance for development, examines how to build inter-organisational relationships, and explores the skills of mapping, modelling, negotiation and brokering.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing for sustainability  (T867)

This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal interest in this subject.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction (TU812)

Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme and change management.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Managing technological innovation  (T848)

This module explores the processes that underpin technological innovation an understanding of which is crucial whether you are a user or producer of technological innovation.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Manufacture materials design (T805) NEW

Introducing materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer, this module explores how to make components, focusing on the interactions between manufacturing, materials and design.

See full description

30 May 2015
Molecules in medicine (S807)

Examine the molecular basis of drug action in medicine, covering topics like infectious diseases (bacterial and viral), cancer, heart disease, inflammation and neuropharmacology.

See full description

60 Jan 2015
Multilayer switching – CCNP 3  (T826)

This module will give you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to deploy reliable, scalable and secure multilayer-switched campus LANs using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 May 2015
Network security  (T828)

This module will give you the knowledge,understanding and practical experience of managing a secure communication across a large-scale inter-network using Cisco equipment and attend the compulsory day school.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821)

Relevant to scientists, engineers and mathematicians, this introduction to basic theory and simpler approximation schemes covers systems with two degrees of freedom.

See full description

30 Oct 2015
Optimising networks – CCNP 4  (T827)

This module will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills to optimise communication on large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Professional practice portfolio (T894)

This integrative assessment module provides engineering professionals with a framework for development and is an essential element of the Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism (CoNP).

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches  (T889)

This module focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality management and systems thinking.

See full description

30 Nov 2014
Project management (M815)

In this online module you’ll explore the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review.

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30 May 2015
Relationship database systems (M876)

Get to grips with database technology: principles, benefits, techniques and practical applications. Learn about relational concepts and SQL – and produce your own simple relational database.

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15 Nov 2014 FINAL
Researching mathematics learning (ME825)

This module offers valuable insight into the teaching and learning of mathematics for anyone involved – from classroom assistants and teachers to lecturers and parents.

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60 Oct 2015
Software development (M813)

This module gives you the fundamental knowledge, understanding, analysis and synthesis that you need to develop fit-for-purpose software in an organisational context.

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30 May 2015
Software engineering (M814) NEW

Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex, and long-lived software systems.

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30 Nov 2014
Software requirements for business systems (M883)

Investigate requirements engineering – a disciplined approach to eliciting, analysing, communicating and agreeing requirements as the essential first step in the development of software.

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15 Nov 2014 FINAL
Strategy for technological innovation (T849) NEW

This module draws on a range of theoretical perspectives from both strategic and innovation management to produce a multi-layered, practical, approach to strategic management of technological innovation.

See full description

30 May 2015
Technology strategy  (T846)

This module concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing different perspectives on the strategy formation process.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change   (TU811)

Improve your management skills by exploring different approaches to engaging with complex situations and by developing your understanding of how cognitive processing shapes practice.

See full description

30 May 2015
War, intervention and development   (TU875)

This module explores the causes of conflict, focusing on civil war, and examines ways and means of developing effective interventions in conflict and post-conflict situations.

See full description

30 Nov 2014 FINAL
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules M826, M827, M841, M865, M873, M874, M877, M878, M879, M880, M882, M886, M887, M889, S802, S804, SD805, S819, T822, T823, T825, T833, T834, T835, T837, T838, T840, T841, T850, T851, T852, T853, T860, T861, T862, T881, T882, T884, T890, TU871, TUXX870, TUXX871, TUXX872, TUXX875, TXX860, TXX861, TXX863

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

If you have already completed some successful study at postgraduate level at another institution you may be able to transfer credit for this study and count it towards this Open University qualification. If you wish to apply to transfer credit you must do so as soon as possible as it may affect your choice of OU modules. If you are awarded credit for study completed elsewhere, you may find that you need to study fewer OU modules to complete your qualification with us.

Visit our Credit Transfer site for more information and details of how to apply for credit transfer.

On completion

On successful completion of the required modules (or 135 credits if you are required to complete T398) you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering entitling you to use the letters PG Dip Eng (Open) after your name. 

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can gain the MSc in Engineering (F46)  by taking the 60-credit Research project (T802).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

How to register

If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.

See a full list of modules available for this qualification

About this Diploma
Code E22
Level Postgraduate
Made up of 135 credits

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