The M03 MEng is for graduates who already hold an accredited BEng (either an OU BEng or from another institution).
The M03 MEng is a 480-credit integrated masters degree that extends students' undergraduate studies to postgraduate level. As a progression from undergraduate to postgraduate study must effectively be uninterrupted, the regulations say that it has to be completed within four years of the student's first degree. So if your BEng was obtained more than 2 years ago you may be better considering studying for our Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering followed by our MSc in Engineering, which have no such time limits.
After completing your first degree, you would complete a further 120 credits (if you are an OU BEng graduate) or 135 credits at postgraduate level (if you are a non-OU BEng graduate). If you are a non-OU BEng graduate, you will need to complete the 15-credit module T398 Towards chartership: professional development for engineers. However, if you have or are shortly expecting to gain chartered engineer status, then you may apply for an exemption from the requirement to do T398.
All the OU engineering qualifications aim to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council in its publication UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The learning outcomes for engineering modules are closely aligned with the Quality Assurance Agency's benchmark statements for engineering, which is based on UK-SPEC.
Up until the end of 2015, OU accreditation was handled in a slightly different way compared to other universities as our qualifications were accredited at the point of graduation. This contrasted with the rest of the sector where other universities’ qualifications are accredited at the point of entry. The OU’s latest accreditations are now also defined the same way, for example, the IED accredits Q65 BEng (Hons) for all students who start in the years 2012-2019 as partially fulfilling the educational requirements for CEng and fully for IEng. However, it also means that, for accreditation, the qualification needs to be completed within 8 years. Different time limits do apply to different qualifications.
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Last updated September 20, 2018