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Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

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Made up of
135 credits


This postgraduate diploma course offers you an opportunity both to broaden and deepen your understanding of professional engineering. By combining modules from engineering analysis and technology management, you can shape a qualification to suit your career aspirations. You will also take a project module, working collaboratively as part of a small team via email, telephone and virtual conferencing. The postgraduate diploma also provides a route to a masters level engineering qualification if you fall outside the entry requirements for our MEng. This qualification can help you progress towards Chartered Engineer registration.

If you already hold an honours degree that has been accredited by one of the engineering institutions licensed by the Engineering Council, this diploma course will take you one stage further towards fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration.

If you do not hold an honours degree but have demonstrated the ability to study at postgraduate level, you may also be accepted onto the programme. Postgraduate study tends to be more demanding than undergraduate study, so we recommend that you take only one module at a time, particularly in your first year.

Planning your studies

Team engineering (T885), the group project module which includes a compulsory residential element, must be the last module you take for this qualification and you must have completed all your previous modules before you can register for T885.

All postgraduate modules are available with electronic submission and marking of assignments and so can be submitted anywhere in the world. However, you should check the availability of modules if you are studying outside the EU.

Modules can count towards this qualification for a maximum of five years after we have stopped presenting them – please see individual module descriptions for presentation plans. 

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

Career relevance and employability

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.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.


If you haven’t already successfully completed Key skills for professional engineers (T397) as part of your undergraduate studies, in addition to the requirements detailed below, you will need to pass:

Undergraduate Level 3 Credits Next start
Towards chartership: professional development for engineers (T398)

This module develops reflective and key skills, and promotes the personal and professional skills necessary to the education and career of an aspiring Chartered engineer. 

See full description.

15 Oct 2014

You are recommended to take this module at the start of your postgraduate studies but if this is not possible, you must complete this module before you can be accepted on the compulsory 30-credit module below.

For this postgraduate diploma you require:

60 credits from any postgraduate technology module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TUXX8 or TXX8), but excluding any project modules.

And 30 credits from any postgraduate technology, computing, mathematics or science module with a code beginning T8, TU8, (or the discontinued versions TUXX8 or TXX8), M8 or S8, but excluding any project modules.

See our postgraduate modules list for information on the T8, TU8, M8 and S8 modules available.

And 30 credits from the following compulsory module:

Postgraduate compulsory module Credits Next start
Team engineering (T885)

This module about working collaboratively is based around two residential weekends. You’ll work in a small team on an engineering project, finally submitting a report.

See full description.

30 Sep 2014

Learning outcomes

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, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Credit for previous study elsewhere

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 successful completion of the required modules (or 135 credits if you are required to complete T398) you can be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering entitling you to use the letters PG Dip Eng (Open) after your name. 

Once you have completed the postgraduate diploma, you can gain the MSc in Engineering (F46)  by taking the 60-credit Research project (T802).


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:

These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.

How to register

If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.

See a full list of modules available for this qualification