MSc Professional Engineering

Aston APEC
Whilst studying the MSc Professional Engineering programme, I moved through two promotion levels at BMW." 

Chris Hinton
BMW Plant Hams Hall

Entry requirements

Applicants must be working in the industry and hold a good second class UK honours degree or equivalent

All learning is specifically focused on organisational needs, giving you immediate return on investment.

Earn a living whilst you complete your studies
This programme offers progression to Chartered Engineer status
Benefit from close links to industry
Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

The programme comprises a set of modules, each of which has a credit rating, and a complete MSc needs 180 credits. You will study five core (compulsory) modules totalling 120 credits, then choose the remaining 60 credits from a wide range of optional modules, giving scope to match the course to your particular interests and objectives.

All modules after the initial Professional Development Audit are highly flexible – they are designed to be tailored to suit each participant’s engineering area, particular interests and employment circumstances. The learning for each module is composed from workplace projects, and distance study of supporting formal material.

Duration of programme: 2 to 5 years work-based distance learning
Start date:
October, January, April or July
Distance learning available: This programme is work-based distance learning only
Intake: Up to 25 per year

Intake conditions: If you wish to apply for this programme you must be employed in the engineering field in which you hope to advance. Your employer will need to be supportive of you, and willing to ensure you can undertake a good range of workplace projects to build the learning needed for the MSc and additionally the competences to qualify for CEng.

MSc Professional Engineering is suitable for people who aspire to fully qualified professional engineer status (CEng) and are already part way there, normally through a first or good second class UK accredited honours degree at Bachelor’s level (BEng or BSc) supported by several years of employment experience gaining practical competence and responsibility. We can also consider people without an honours degree (eg qualified to HND level) but with greater relevant experience.

Qualifications from outside the UK will also be considered: the Admissions Officer will advise as to whether these qualifications are the equivalent of the level of Honours degree required.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

Fees (2018/19):  

Home/ EU: £5,800 plus operational cost/ year

Outside EU: £6,450 plus operational cost/ year

You may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of studying a Masters degree at Aston University. Postgraduate loans are administered by Student Finance England and there are restrictions - so please do check.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

All modules after the initial Professional Development Audit are highly flexible – they are designed to be tailored to suit each participant’s engineering area, particular interests and employment circumstances. How the learning for each module is composed from workplace projects and distance study of supporting formal material is also flexible and will be negotiated to suit individual needs.

Core modules

  • Professional Development Audit (15 credits) 
  • Current Technologies and Applications (15 credits) 
  • Emerging Technologies (15 credits)  
  • Design Methodologies (15 credits) 
  • Major Project (60 credits) 

Optional modules (choice of 3 or 4)

  • Scientific Foundations (15 credits) 
  • Engineering Analysis (15 credits) 
  • Sustainability (15 credits) 
  • Project Management (15 credits) 
  • Further Topics in Engineering Management (15 credits) 
  • Product Delivery (15 credits) 
  • Professional Literature Study (15 credits) 
  • Extended Integrative Option ( 30 credits) 
The course begins with a Professional Development Audit (PDA), where we help students evaluate what they have done previously and what they need to add to gain the MSc and qualify for CEng. Based on the PDA, the student and Aston University set up an individual Learning Agreement which specifies the areas of study to be undertaken and how that study will be carried out, through suitable combinations of workplace projects and distance learning, and assessed – mainly through reports on the workplace projects. The student then works through the agreed study and assessment, with support from Aston University staff and a workplace mentor, gradually building over an agreed period to completion and award of the MSc.

Successful completion of MSc Professional Engineering combined with membership of a suitable engineering institution guarantees access to the institution’s process for professional review for CEng registration. Possession of the MSc will meet the educational requirements for CEng. You will still need to satisfy the institution about your practical competences, but MSc Professional Engineering study will help you with this.

The MSc Professional Engineering course is approved, delivered and managed by Aston University, but support for and recognition of the course is much broader.

Engineering council
Engineering Council accredited degree

The concept behind MSc Professional Engineering was developed by the Engineering Council (ECUK), the overall regulator of the engineering profession in the UK, with UK government support - please see www.engc.org.uk. Aston has signed an agreement with ECUK establishing Aston as a provider of an MSc Professional Engineering course meeting ECUK expectations. Major professional engineering institutions have signed an agreement with the ECUK to recognise and support MSc Professional Engineering courses.

For more information, see http://www.engineeringgateways.co.uk/engineering-gateways/universities

As part of the MSc we will work with you to draw up a plan for achieving the full range of personal development expected of a Chartered Engineer under UKSPEC (the UK standard for professional engineering competence). As well as technical competence, this includes the ability to provide technical and commercial leadership, strong interpersonal/communication skills, and a personal commitment to professional standards, society in general and the environment.

Mr Bill Glew

Bill is a senior Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with many years of industrial experience. He started his career as an Engineering Officer in the merchant navy, and then worked as a maintenance engineer in a number of industries, before eventually moving into production management where he finally became Operations Manager for a large heavy manufacturing company. 

In 1992 he became a university lecturer where he used his industrial experience to increase the relevance of engineering degree courses for manufacturing companies. As part of this he was one of the first developers of work-based learning programmes in the UK.

From 2007 until 2009, whilst Principal Lecturer at Kingston University he led their development of the UK’s first MSc Professional Engineering programme as part of the Engineering Council’s Gateway Project Engineering. Thus Project This innovative approach to integrating academic engineering education with professional competence development within practical industrial environments is proving to be a major success and is popular with many companies because of its ability to rapidly improve the practical skills of engineers at all levels.

In 2010 he was recruited by Aston University to be the Programme Director for Aston University’s newly developed version of the MSc Professional Engineering, which has since grown to become the largest and most successful of all the Gateway’s Projects programmes, with students both in the UK and internationally. 


We accept new students in January, April, July and October of each year

To apply for July 2018 please click here

To apply for October 2018 please click here

Applicants are advised to contact us on the email address below prior to applying.

Aston Professional Education Centre

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3409
E-mail: eas_apec@aston.ac.uk

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