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The MSc Engineering Programme aims to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of a variety of engineering subjects, supporting career development and progression. You can choose to undertake specific modules for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes, or a number of modules to build up to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's level award.

This course is designed for engineers working in the energy industry. It is delivered online and gives you a choice to select from a portfolio of modules to create a tailored programme specific to your own role, your career ambitions or area of interest.

This course is perfect for you if you are a busy engineer who wants to gain certification for your CPD efforts as you develop the knowledge and understanding to make an impact in your field.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

January, May or September

Course Length

Varies from 15 weeks to 6 years

The MSc Engineering Programme allows you to apply for any module* in our wide selection of Online Learning degrees, offered by the School of Engineering. Some modules may have prerequisites over and above the standard qualifications for entry.

Each module can be completed individually as a personal development opportunity. Three awards are available:

  • Master of Science Engineering (8 modules plus a project)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Engineering (8 modules)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Engineering (4 modules)

This programme has been designed to encourage a variety of applicants who wish to further their career through CPD, gain a wider appreciation of other disciplines or gain accreditation to a professional body as part of a further learning plan.

Applicants may be:

  • A qualified Engineer who is undecided on which Engineering MSc discipline to choose, may undertake a number of modules to inform their choice while still working towards an MSc
  • A qualified Engineer who would like to take a number of modules from different Engineering MSc courses
  • An Engineer looking to undertake CPD with one module
  • Companies seeking a tailored set of modules to suit the training needs of their employees

*Subject to availability, course entry requirements and module prerequisites must be met.

Due to a portfolio re-structure some Engineering modules will no longer be available for delivery from September 2022 onwards. It is therefore not possible to guarantee the availability of all modules listed. Please contact our Student Admissions Service to verify your module selection when applying.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

The MSc Engineering Programme allows you to apply for any module* from our wide  selection of Online Distance Learning engineering courses. Some modules may have prerequisites over and above the standard qualifications for entry.

You will engage with tutors and your peers using our virtual learning environment  CampusMoodle, allowing you to discuss and share learning. All your learning material is available online 24/7 providing flexibility and ease of access.

Students working towards the MSc will typically take up to 3 modules per year and each module comprises up to 60 hours of online delivery over 12 weeks of teaching. The assessment component of the module is submitted within or at the end of these 12 weeks.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 2.5 hours per week – combination of online participation and private study over a 12 week period
  • Project Supervision - 15 hours per week
  • Independent study - 150 hours of online participation and private study per 15 credit module over a 12 week period

How long is an MSc Engineering course?

The duration of the MSc Engineering course varies from 15 weeks to 6 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Independent Study

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately. Significant additional private study is expected during each module.


The assessment component of each module is submitted within or at the end of each  12 weeks block of teaching.

Each module will be assessed by a closed book examination or written assignment or a combination of both. The number of assessments students will undertake over a year will depend on the number of modules taken.


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of submission of coursework.

Staff Delivering on This Course

We’ve been delivering industry-relevant courses for the energy industry for many years, and our teaching staff members bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the curriculum. They are research-active and work on live industry projects. This includes input to patented technology and the design of products and systems to positively impact society and improve the lives of communities in developing countries. 


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

The vast majority of graduates are in employment in the Energy Sector. Evidence shows that there is a healthy demand for Engineers who demonstrate their development through further study. This is a career-enhancing course and modules will provide you with updated capabilities suited to changing and emerging professional engineering roles. You will develop your capacity as a reflective Engineer, building and applying practical knowledge and skills, as you further your understanding of research and the evidence based approaches.


What is needed for MSc Engineering?

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Engineering or a relevant discipline such as Geology, Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Tuition fees for this MSc Engineering degree are as follows:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

Per online learning module

  • £1,530
  • £3,060 per Individual Engineering Research Investigation (Project)

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • Offsite exam fees will be covered by the student.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Service and we'll do our best to help.

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