Engineering (General) MSc

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in developing your general engineering knowledge and skills? If so, this new MSc Engineering will help you progress to the next level of engineering education and help towards attainment of professional registration as a Chartered Engineer: the course is designed to fulfil the further learning component of CEng professional registration.

The course will develop your understanding of the roles of research, design, analysis and optimisation in advanced engineering careers. You will gain the knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology and gain the appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services.

Specialist modules in a variety of multi-disciplinary engineering topics from mechanical, electrical and civil engineering may be selected based on your own interests.

Special features

  • The course is delivered fully online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Provides all-round general engineering knowledge and understanding to prepare you to apply existing and emerging technology.
  • You will develop your ability to demonstrate effective graduate skills and a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
  • Opportunity to study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards a PgCert, PgDip, or full masters degree.

Entry requirements

  • BEng (Hons) in Engineering with a minimum award of 2.2 (or equivalent)
  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) to the appropriate degree level will also be considered and will be assessed on an individual basis

Access routes

Direct progression from our own degrees:


You will study three core modules which may include:

  • Design optimisation
  • Design process and engineering project management
  • Quantitative research methods and data analysis


You will choose three option modules which may include:

  • Advanced applications in engineering
  • Advanced ground engineering
  • Advanced electrical engineering
  • Advanced electronics
  • Advanced energy engineering
  • Advanced engineering maths and modelling
  • Advanced mechanical engineering
  • Advanced structures and materials
  • Artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms
  • Autonomous systems
  • Logistics and supply-chain management
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Safety case studies
  • Tidal, wave and future energy
  • Urban drainage and environmental hydrology


To achieve the award of MSc you must successfully complete a research project/dissertation. This may be coordinated and conducted in conjunction with your employer in an area of specialisation within the field of mechanical, electrical or civil engineering.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

We aim to provide a supportive and positive environment that will encourage you to take the initiative to learn and develop critical thinking skills. All materials are accessible online allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. 

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 18 months: MSc
  • Part-time: 3 years: MSc

Where can I study my course?

  • North Highland College UHI

This is a fully online course. You will enrol at, and be supported by, North Highland College UHI.

Start date

  • September 


Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

2019-20Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

  2019-20 2020-21
Per module (20 credits) £960 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,880 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £5,760 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £8,640 £8,820


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion, you will have acquired the general engineering knowledge, understanding and skills along with your own tailored specialist interests, that are relevant to employment within the engineering industry. You will also have developed essential employability skills enhancing your opportunities for relevant careers in the industries such as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Engineering project manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Power engineer
  • Systems engineer

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.