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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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EngineeringDegree 

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


EngineeringDiploma 

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


EngineeringCertificates 

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

New technologies, particularly nanotechnology, have created a demand for jobs. And graduates can find employment across a whole range of manufacturing and service industries, from food and fashion to construction and transport. Engineering is also central to finding innovative and intelligent solutions to decarbonising infrastructure and moving to clean technologies.

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.

See our full list of Engineering courses