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Engineering, Technology and Design

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Qualified engineers and technologists now rank among the most sought after professionals, according to the UK’s Engineering and Technology Board. Their imagination, ability to integrate appropriate technologies into an organisation’s products, process and services are in great demand throughout business and industry, as well as in the public and voluntary sectors. Organisations need people who can lead technological innovation and organisational change, and who are confident decision makers with respect to the evaluation and acquisition of technologies.

There are four areas of study within this field:

Engineering – one of the most rewarding disciplines you can study. It offers tremendous variety, intellectual challenge and the high level of satisfaction that comes from problem solving. With qualified engineers in short supply there are plenty of well-paid jobs in industries as diverse as communications, cosmetics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, music and transport. 

Technology management – technology has a massive impact on our personal and working lives, and this interaction between people and technology is a fascinating area to study. There’s increasing demand for professionally educated people with both the vision, strategic and operational capability to plan, develop and manage technologies effectively.

Advanced Networking – the safe management of networks is crucial to the everyday survival of organisations in an increasingly interconnected society. This is a rapidly developing discipline which offers variety and challenge. For those will the skills to manage such networks, there are plenty of job opportunities, both in the private and public sector.  

Systems practice – Systems practice is an exciting, emerging management discipline which will provide you with the tools to think strategically and challenge your approach to complex situations. Using innovative techniques, it will equip you with the problem analysis and resolution skills required to succeed in the management of complex organisations and projects.

Taught Masters

  • Advanced Networking
    Building on your Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking you can achieve an MSc by completing a research course using a specialist topic in this area.
  • Engineering
    Our accredited MSc in Engineering builds on previous study and offers you an opportunity to research an engineering topic in depth.
  • Systems Thinking in Practice
    Building on your Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Practice you can achieve an MSc by undertaking a project module where you apply your systems practice.
  • Technology Management
    Carry out professionally and academically rigorous research with this MSc – ideal if you need to address technology management problems in your own organisation, or prepare for doctoral studies.

Courses in Engineering, Technology and Design

See the list of all our individual courses in Engineering, Technology and Design.

Research degrees

For information about postgraduate research degrees, visit the Research Degrees Prospectus.

Studying outside of UK and Europe?

If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.


Spotlight on Engineering, Technology and Design

How to start a masters in engineering

To start either the MSc in Engineering or the MEng you will need either an OU BEng (Hons), an equivalent qualification which is accredited as partially fulfilling the educational requirements for CEng, or one of our accredited degrees in Computing or IT.


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