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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering: Standard pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

We recommend that you start with the 30-credit module Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W12-1,module,MST124,,1. This introduction to university-level mathematics will develop your understanding of recurrence relations, matrices and vectors, calculus, statistics, and using a computer to solve practical problems.

If you’ve studied mathematics as part of a previous qualification, you can take Engineering the future (T174)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W12-1,module,T174,,1 (30 credits) instead. It offers an introduction to the extraordinary breadth of contemporary engineering and its practice, by looking back at the history of engineering and forward to developments that are likely to shape the future.

Next, you’ll take the first steps to gaining professional engineering status by developing your personal development plan in the 30-credit module Engineering at work (T198)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W12-1,module,T198,,1. You’ll examine your motives and ambitions; investigate the skills and knowledge you will need to achieve professional engineering status; and focus on the sector in which you work – by looking at aspects of how your organisation functions.

Stage 2

Stage 2 begins with Engineering: mechanics, materials, design (T207)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W12-1,module,T207,,1 which explores how engineers find solutions for technical problems, studying aspects of the mechanics of solids and fluids and the structure and properties of materials.

Next you’ll have the opportunity to improve your understanding of the origins, nature and consequences of change with the module Change, strategy and projects at work (T227)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W12-1,module,T227,,1

To complete your foundation degree, you’ll need to transfer 90 credits from your completed TWI Diploma, which you must have completed within five years of starting your OU study. You can do this at any time before or during your studies.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete the OU study for this qualification, but you can take up to five years. 


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