Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Derby University is creating the next generation of engineers

The Institute of Quarrying has made a point of supporting Derby University's efforts to train the next generation of engineers, of which we need 87,000 a year to cope with demand. The University is doing their part with two post graduate degrees, which are outlined below:

MSc Innovative Engineering Solutions - funded placements for 2014/15

Providing the opportunity to study a Masters programme at the University of Derby. The programme will focus on acquiring expertise in solving technical business problems in a range of engineering disciplines. The MSc is developed and run in partnership with employers, the majority of whom will be looking to recruit students at the end of the programme.

Funding in the region of £600,000 has been secured from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to assist with plugging the UK skills gap in vital engineering skills, through ’Postgraduate Support Scheme’ (PSS) funding.

Students will spend 12 weeks on a paid industrial placement followed by 12 weeks working on a related research project at the University’s new Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering. Providing an opportunity for expertise in solving technical problems important for business to be developed.

The partnership, along with funding from HEFCE, means the student will not pay course fees for the academic year starting 2014, yet will gain high-level skills contributing to Chartered Engineer status.

MSc Professional Engineering

Supported by the Engineering Council, this MSc offers an online, part time programme providing a route to Chartered Engineer status for people already in paid employment. A fee is payable for studying this course, however many students benefit from employer sponsorship as part of their CPD and staff development programme.

Through consultation with your tutor, professional body and employer a bespoke learning plan will be developed, tailored to your individual needs and requirements based on your current role.

In the case of the MSc Innovative Engineering Solutions there are 50 places available. To qualify you either have to be a UK/EU citizens and available to work in the UK, or Be an Indefinite Leave to Remain (UK) permit holder (and have resided in the UK for past three years), or Hold a 2:1 degree or higher from an engineering or related discipline such as design or mathematics. Candidates holding a 2:2 degree may apply if they can demonstrate sufficient work experience.

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