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Entry year / start

Spring 2020



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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

  • This thorough general engineering qualification meets the educational requirements to register as an Incorporated Engineer; the combination of this degree and an accredited MSc meets the educational requirements to register as a Chartered Engineer. The course covers the techniques, concepts and knowledge required by professional engineers.

    You’ll begin by exploring the fundamentals of this creative and analytical subject, using a range of methods underpinned by science and mathematics. Later, you’ll choose one of six areas in which to specialise.

    Key features of the course

    • Accredited by several of the leading engineering institutions
    • Fulfils the Engineering Council’s educational requirements for Incorporated Engineer status under UK-SPEC1
    • Incorporates individual and team-based projects, plus two face-to-face residential schools
    • Includes the compilation of a personal and professional development plan
    • Allows you to move to our Master of Engineering2 if your aspirations change, even after you’ve started.

    1UK-SPEC (UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence) sets out the requirements for UK engineers to achieve professional status.

    2Our Master of Engineering (M04) fulfils the Engineering Council’s educational requirements for Chartered Engineer status under UK-SPEC1.

    This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

    • In Stage 1, you’ll study four 30-credit modules – the last includes a compulsory one-week residential school.
    • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two 30-credit core engineering modules, and a 30-credit module in your choice of engineering specialism. You’ll complete Stage 2 with another core 30-credit module that includes the one-week residential school.
    • Next, in Stage 3, you’ll study another 90 credits in your chosen specialism. You’ll conclude your degree with a 30-credit project module.

    Further information on the stages and modules can be found here.


    We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

    • studying online – some modules have a mixture of printed and online material, and others are entirely online. Online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
    • face-to-face tutorials/day schools/workshops and/or online tutorials
    • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
    • working in a group with other students
    • using and producing diagrams and screenshots
    • practical work
    • finding external/third party material online
    • using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
    • working with specialist reading material
    • continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
    • using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
    • engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
    • some modules require you to use specialist software
    • some modules require you to attend a residential school

    If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

    Credit transfer

    If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

    It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

    You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

    Classification of your degree

    On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third-class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

    You'll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

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