Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

The Open University

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, the vast scope of engineering touches every area of our lives. Engineering is about extending our horizons by solving technical problems, although engineers would say they create solutions to challenges – a far more imaginative activity. The BEng (Hons) explores the fundamentals of this creative and analytical subject– from materials and mechanics to design and modelling – with opportunities to focus on engineering design, environmental technologies, energy and sustainability or mathematical methods.

Key features of the course

  • Learning outcomes designed to fulfil the Engineering Council’s requirements under UK-SPEC
  • Work on real projects, teaming up with other students at two residential schools
  • Compile a personal and professional development plan
  • Maths options to suit your confidence and experience.

Educational aims

The BEng (Hons) is a 360-credit honours degree that offers you the opportunity to pursue a programme in general engineering, with the possibility of some specialisation in one of several engineering disciplines. Its learning outcomes are closely aligned with the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA’s) benchmark statements for engineering, which include acquisition of knowledge and understanding; intellectual abilities; practical skills; and general transferable skills in your chosen area of study. The programme is intended to comply with the QAA’s expectation regarding levels of achievement in engineering honours degrees, “…normally, all students graduating with such a degree will meet at least the threshold standards in every component of the benchmark”.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Teaching and learning via study materials (including study guides, textbooks, set books, audio and video material, home activity kits, and module-related software), optional face-to-face or online tutorials, at least two compulsory week-long residential schools, plus individualised tutor feedback. Continuous assessment via written, tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and/or computer-marked assignments (CMAs), end-of-module assessment (EMA) via examination or written project.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – N/A
  • Time limit – 12 years

Career relevance

Professional engineers, designers and technologists are always in demand and we expect this to increase. Graduates can find employment across a whole range of manufacturing and service industries. Growth areas are predicted to be:

  • energy/environment
  • nuclear engineering
  • petroleum engineering
  • nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • telecommunications
  • aerospace, space technology and exploration
  • civil engineering
  • robotics
  • biomedical engineering
  • creative industries
  • automotive industry (low carbon vehicle development in particular).

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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6 - 12 years
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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