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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

This page describes the course as presented under normal circumstances. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and current uncertainty around large gatherings, it’s currently necessary to replace the residential schools described with directed practical work and activities that you’ll carry out at home and online. These changes will remain in force for as long as the pandemic prevents the residential schools from taking place. Therefore, whether you attend a residential school (as described below) or carry out the practical work / activities will depend on when you undertake the affected modules.

This flexible diploma enables you to combine modules from engineering analysis and technology management to shape a qualification that suits your career aspirations. You’ll broaden and deepen your understanding of professional engineering, and work collaboratively on a project module. The diploma also provides a route to a masters-level engineering qualification, and can help you progress towards Chartered Engineer registration.

Key features of the course

  • Develops advanced engineering, project management, communication and teamwork skills
  • Includes group project work with other students (usually at a residential school)
  • The opportunity to top up to the MSc in Engineering in just one more year

Diploma

Course code
E22
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
120
How long it takes
2.5–3 years
Read more about how long it takes
Study method
Distance learning
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Course cost
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Course details

Modules

There are two routes through this qualification:

  • Route 1 is for all new students; and for students that started their studies from November 2019 or later.
  • Route 2 is for students that started their studies before November 2019. If you’re following this route, you must complete your studies by 31 December 2023.

Route 1

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:

30 credits from List A:

Module Credits Next start
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)

T804 covers basics of finite element modelling of components and materials under static and thermal stresses as well as dynamic analysis using ANSYS software.

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30 01 Nov 2022 FINAL
Manufacture materials design (T805)

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

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Register
30 01 May 2022
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T881 and T884

60 credits from List B:
Module Credits Next start
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820)

M820 Calculus of Variations and Advanced Calculus covers functionals, Gâteaux differential, Euler–Lagrange equation, First-integral, Noether’s Theorem, Second variation/Jacobi equation and Sturm–Liouville systems.

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30 01 Oct 2022
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This engaging online module will equip you with information on monitoring, modelling, and preventive technologies for water, noise, air, and wastes pollution.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)

T804 covers basics of finite element modelling of components and materials under static and thermal stresses as well as dynamic analysis using ANSYS software.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022 FINAL
Making environmental decisions (T891)

This module teaches you to use a systems framework to integrate environment with other considerations when making decisions in complex environmental management situations.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871)

TB871 builds capability for making strategy within your own chosen area of (professional) practice using ideas and tools from five traditions of systems thinking.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
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

Register
30 01 May 2022 FINAL
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872)

This module is about effecting whole-system change, equipping you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Manufacture materials design (T805)

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

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Project management (M815)

This APM accredited module is ideal for aspiring project managers and practising project managers who wish to develop their knowledge and skills of managing technological projects.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)

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

Register
30 01 May 2022
Technology innovation management (TB801)

This module examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to develop an understanding of how to contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326) 1

Learn about modelling simple fluid flows, ordinary and partial differential equations and mathematical methods that can be used to solve fluid-flow problems.

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30 No current presentation
Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327) 1

This module covers core topics in the application of mathematics and is an accessible introduction to the study of applied mathematics at OU level 3.

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30 No current presentation
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T846, T848, TU811 and TU812.
You may choose only one of these two modules. While the 30 credits you achieve will contribute to the 120 credits required for this qualification, the grade you get won’t contribute to the overall classification.

30 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885) 2

This module is centred around an engineering team project; you’ll work together online and at the two virtual residential weekends.

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30 21 Jan 2022
To begin T885, you must have completed all other modules in this qualiification.

Route 2

To gain this qualification, you need 120 credits as follows:

30 credits from List A:

Module Credits Next start
Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise)  (T829)

In this postgraduate module, you’ll study the latest version of the CCNP curriculum, using an online virtual learning environment provided by Cisco.

See full description

Register
60 01 Nov 2022
Advanced mathematical methods (M833)

This module uses the Maple computing language to teach: perturbation expansions, accelerated convergence, Padé approximations, asymptotic expansions, eigenvalue problems, and Green’s functions.

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30 No current presentation
Analytic number theory I (M823)

This entry-level pure mathematics module introduces several concepts from number theory, including congruences, arithmetical functions and their averages, distributions of primes, quadratic reciprocity and Dirichlet’s theorem.

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30 01 Oct 2022
Analytic number theory II (M829)

This module covers the second half of Apostol’s Introduction to Analytic Number Theory and proof of the prime number theorem.

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30 01 Oct 2022
Approximation theory (M832)

This module, based on M.J.D. Powell’s ‘Approximation Theory and Methods’, will develop your understanding of the mathematics behind many methods of approximating functions and data.

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30 01 Oct 2022 FINAL
Calculus of variations and advanced calculus (M820)

M820 Calculus of Variations and Advanced Calculus covers functionals, Gâteaux differential, Euler–Lagrange equation, First-integral, Noether’s Theorem, Second variation/Jacobi equation and Sturm–Liouville systems.

See full description

Register
30 01 Oct 2022
Coding theory (M836)

This module examines error-detecting and error-correcting codes built on algebraic structures, with associated encoding/decoding procedures and applicability, concluding with elements of cryptography.

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Register
30 01 Oct 2022
Data management (M816)

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.

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30 01 Nov 2022
Digital forensics (M812)

M812 covers the history of forensics, both criminal and criminal digital law, digital investigation techniques for desktop and mobile devices as well as forensic readiness.

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Register
30 01 May 2022
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This engaging online module will equip you with information on monitoring, modelling, and preventive technologies for water, noise, air, and wastes pollution.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)

T804 covers basics of finite element modelling of components and materials under static and thermal stresses as well as dynamic analysis using ANSYS software.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022 FINAL
Fractal geometry (M835)

This module deals with the geometry of fractals, sets that are often very beautiful and contain copies of themselves at many different scales.

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30 No current presentation
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.

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Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Making environmental decisions (T891)

This module teaches you to use a systems framework to integrate environment with other considerations when making decisions in complex environmental management situations.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871)

TB871 builds capability for making strategy within your own chosen area of (professional) practice using ideas and tools from five traditions of systems thinking.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
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

Register
30 01 May 2022 FINAL
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872)

This module is about effecting whole-system change, equipping you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Manufacture materials design (T805)

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

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Network security (T828)

This module includes Cisco CCNA Security and Cyber Security Operations; explore information systems security management and secure internetworked systems.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Nonlinear ordinary differential equations (M821)

The theory of nonlinear ordinary differential equations is introduced with emphasis on geometrical aspects, approximation schemes and the determination of stability and periodicity of solutions.

See full description

Register
30 01 Oct 2022
Project management (M815)

This APM accredited module is ideal for aspiring project managers and practising project managers who wish to develop their knowledge and skills of managing technological projects.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Software development (M813)

Gain the fundamental knowledge and understanding, and analysis and synthesis skills that you will need to develop software artefacts fit for a real-world organisational context.

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30 01 May 2022
Software engineering (M814)

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 01 Nov 2022
Space science (S818) 1

This module provides an in-depth introduction to the methods of conducting scientific measurements in the space environment and the technologies needed for space missions.

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60 29 Jan 2022
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)

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

Register
30 01 May 2022
Technology innovation management (TB801)

This module examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to develop an understanding of how to contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules M826, M828, M865, M873, M876, M882, M883, M885, M886, M887, M888, M889, M891, ME825, S802, S809, S819, S825, SD805, SEH806, SH804, T822, T823, T824, T825, T826, T827, T835, T837, T839, T840, T846, T848, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T863, T877, T878, T879, T881, T882, T883, T884, T889, T890, T894, TD866, TU811, TU812, TU870, TU871, TU872 and TU875
1 60-credit module of which only 30 credits count towards this qualification

60 credits from List B:

Module Credits Next start
Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise) (T829)

In this postgraduate module, you’ll study the latest version of the CCNP curriculum, using an online virtual learning environment provided by Cisco.

See full description

Register
60 01 Nov 2022
Environmental monitoring and protection (T868)

This engaging online module will equip you with information on monitoring, modelling, and preventive technologies for water, noise, air, and wastes pollution.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications (T804)

T804 covers basics of finite element modelling of components and materials under static and thermal stresses as well as dynamic analysis using ANSYS software.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022 FINAL
Making environmental decisions (T891)

This module teaches you to use a systems framework to integrate environment with other considerations when making decisions in complex environmental management situations.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Making strategy with systems thinking in practice (TB871)

TB871 builds capability for making strategy within your own chosen area of (professional) practice using ideas and tools from five traditions of systems thinking.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
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

Register
30 01 May 2022 FINAL
Managing change with systems thinking in practice (TB872)

This module is about effecting whole-system change, equipping you with skills to shape the nature and direction of change.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Manufacture materials design (T805)

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

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Network security (T828)

This module includes Cisco CCNA Security and Cyber Security Operations; explore information systems security management and secure internetworked systems.

See full description

Register
30 01 Nov 2022
Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849)

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

Register
30 01 May 2022
Technology innovation management (TB801)

This module examines innovation from a management perspective, enabling you to develop an understanding of how to contribute to the process and management of technological innovation.

See full description

Register
30 01 May 2022
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued modules T822, T823, T824, T825, T826, T827, T835, T837, T839, T840, T846, T848, T850, T851, T852, T853, T862, T863, T877, T878, T879, T881, T882, T883, T884, T889, T890, T894, TD866, TU811, TU812, TU870, TU871, TU872 and TU875

30 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885) 2

This module is centred around an engineering team project; you’ll work together online and at the two virtual residential weekends.

See full description

Register
30 21 Jan 2022
To begin T885, you must have completed all other modules in this qualification.

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

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.

Credit transfer

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 successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering. You’ll be entitled to use the letters PG Dip (Eng) (Open) after your name.

If your diploma is awardable with a distinction or a merit, the qualification regulations explain how you can achieve these.

You can progress from this Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering to our MSc in Engineering (F46).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 


We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 17 March 2021.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a subject with a high mathematics content. If you don’t have an honours degree, you may still be able to study this qualification by demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level – contact us.

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.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master’s level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.

How long it takes

  • Most students complete this qualification in three years.
  • The minimum time you may take to complete this qualification is two and a half years.
  • The maximum time you may take to complete is eight years.

Career relevance

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.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.