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Institute of Quarrying supporting University of Derby in Masters degree engineering initiatives

ACCORDING to ‘The State of Engineering UK, 2014’, the UK will need around 87,000 graduate-level engineers per year between 2012 and 2022. Last year the UK was 36,000 short of this figure.

The Institute of Quarrying, therefore, is pleased to support the University of Derby in two exciting new initiatives for September 2014: an MSc in Innovative Engineering Solutions, with funded placements for 2014/15; and an MSc in Professional Engineering.


Providing the opportunity to study a Masters programme at the University of Derby, the first 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.

There are 50 places on the course starting September 2014 and running until August 2015.

Applicants must be 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 in 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.

Supported by the Engineering Council, this MSc in Professional Engineering 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 the student’s tutor, professional body and employer, a bespoke learning plan will be developed, tailored to his or her individual needs and requirements based on their current role.

For further information contact Julian Smallshaw at the Institute of Quarrying on tel: 07870 737645.


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