Strengthen your engineering capabilities

The new Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard, the Postgraduate Engineer, offers industry the opportunity to develop their graduate on a highly-regarded postgraduate programme to develop their engineering competence, whilst actively taking forward your organisation’s capabilities.


  • Start date15 October
  • Duration24 months part-time
  • QualificationPgDip
  • CampusDependent on delivery mode

Programme details

The programme has been mapped against the Postgraduate Engineer Standard and has been developed for companies who want a full offering that delivers against all aspects of the Standard. Integral to the programme is the PgDip Engineering Competence, which is comprised of eight modules, and culminates in a group project to apply the module content to a real workplace situation.

In addition to this PgDip we will be offering additional courses and presentations from industry experts, some of this will be delivered at residential courses where all accommodation and meals will be provided, adjacent to the Cranfield campus. This pan-industry residential element offers great networking opportunities and is delivered in two parts; the first at the beginning of the programme in March, with the second scheduled prior to the Group Project.

Modules within the Postgraduate Diploma

  • General management
  • Design-driven innovation
  • Product development
  • Operations management
  • Business process analysis and engineering
  • Cost engineering
  • Manufacturing systems engineering
  • Project and programme management
  • Group project

The award for each module is 10 credits with 40 credits awarded to the group project

Who is it for?

The programme is ideally suited for companies who want to accelerate the development, and improve retention of early career engineering management staff by enhancing their postgraduate development and training offering, using contributions to the Apprenticeship Levy. It is designed to support the organisation in achieving high quality capabilities as participants gain a blend of leading-edge engineering and management skills in an engineering context. It is a real benefit to companies who would like the complete process of the Apprenticeship to be managed and coordinated by Cranfield University.

The course has been developed in collaboration with industry and the Institute of Apprenticeships to meet the Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Standard.

Benefits to your learners

Your early career professionals will benefit from a postgraduate qualification and personal development opportunity with one of the UK’s top postgraduate universities, specialising in technology and management. The applied nature of the programme enables personalised, specific and organisationally aligned development.

They will be equipped to:

  • Analyse business processes
  • Identify opportunities for innovation
  • Manage projects
  • Develop new products
  • Refine operations
  • Deliver improved results.

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

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