• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
Engineering is about extending society’s horizons by solving technical problems – from meeting basic needs for food and shelter to generating wealth by trade. The Engineering: Mechanics, Materials, Design programme is offered at The Open University UK.


Engineers prefer to see difficulties as challenges or opportunities – they appear to be solving problems, but they’re actually creating solutions: an altogether more imaginative activity.

In exploring how technical solutions are created, this module combines the mechanics of solids and fluids with the structure and properties of materials. It includes aspects of engineering analysis, design, and modelling methods, using appropriate mathematical software.

Analytical, communication, and learning skills are developed in a context that provides grounding for higher-level, more specialised study.

The Engineering: Mechanics, Materials, Design programme is offered at The Open University UK.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is based around six themes: the nature of problems, static structures, dynamics, energy, endurance and human factors. Study is arranged in six blocks, one for each theme.

The opening block develops a view of engineering problems as challenges and opportunities for technical people. The creation of solutions calls for a clear analysis of what is to be done and an appreciation of how to establish an understanding of the task in hand. It is important to be able to identify how and where to find the necessary knowledge and skills.

For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This is an OU level 2 module and you need a good knowledge of the subject area, obtained either from level 1 study with the OU, or from equivalent work at another university.

You will need
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Computing requirements

You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2864 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2864 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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