Professional Engineering

Study options



Key facts

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
22 Months
Start date:
20 September 2021

Flexible route to CEng

With step-by-step guidance

Work-based learning

To benefit to your employer and your career progression

A negotiated learning contract

For a tailored programme of study

Would you like to study for a Masters degree whilst at work? If so, this course is designed for you. Tailor your study to meet your employer’s needs and support your own professional development.

This course allows you to use a work-based project as a route to a Masters degree. Both you and your employer will benefit from additional skills and qualifications for career progression. 

Many of the major areas of engineering will be considered. Discuss your work-based project with us to develop an individual Learning Contract. You’ll be assigned a specialist tutor specific to your area of work as well as a work-based mentor. 

Staffordshire University has been a pioneer in the provision of this course. Our success has led the way for other universities.  

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Professional Engineering

Distance learning

This course is work-based learning. We can be flexible to accommodate interest from international students. 

Course content

You’ll design the best course of study for you, through negotiation with the award team and your supervisor.  

All students study the same four modules. However, the contents of each module vary depending on the subject areas you’ve chosen for your project.  

Professional Engineering

Professional Engineering


Take your engineering career to leadership level. This MSc Integrates study into your job role to build your skills and expertise.

Entry requirements

At least a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in technology, engineering, or a related discipline. 

If you have significant appropriate experience, you may be considered for enrolment if you can meet the challenge of postgraduate work. 

If your first language is not English a minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer based) is normally required. 

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

Choose your country

Check our entry and English language requirements for your country.




If you’re already in work, this course helps to improve job and promotion opportunities. Other options are progression to MPhil or PhD. 

Teaching and assessment


You’ll work according your individual learning contract. You’ll be appointed a supervisor with expertise in your area of work and have a work-based mentor who is CEng qualified.  

Information will be provided through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your work wherever you are.  


Each module will be assessed through the submission of a report, a presentation and interview with your tutor to ask questions about your work. 

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.


You’ll receive immediate verbal feedback from your presentation. A mark will be allocated to your report, presentation and interview within two weeks of completing the assessment at the end of each module. 

The focus of this course is work-based learning. 

You’ll be expected to finish the course within five years with completion of at least one module per year. 


Professor Torfeh Sadat-Shafai


Torfeh's expertise lies in plastic electronics, Photovoltaics, Experimental Physics, Electronic Material & Thin Films Technology and Optoelectronics. Torfeh is also course leader for Advanced Technology MSc

Torfeh's profile


For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Part-time, distance learning
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Part-time £4,680 per year of study £4,680 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits, in your second year of study. Following this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:

Travel, and accommodation costs incurred by compulsory trips and visits away from the University that are directly linked to the learning requirements of a specific module.

The use of all laboratories, workshops and specialist facilities relating to the course of study.

Heavily discounted tuition fees during the (optional) placement year.


Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:

The estimated cost of text books over the duration of the course. All essential text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.

Travel, subsistence, entrance fees etc. incurred by optional trips and visits away from the University related to the course.

Dependent on a student’s choice of final year project, some additional costs may be incurred for materials to support the development and delivery of the project.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
Stoke-on-Trent campus MSc Part-time, distance learning 20 September 2021 Apply now

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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