Continuing Professional Development in Engineering

Cardiff School of Engineering is offering a selection of residential weekend short courses to industry-based engineers seeking professional development.

Each short course is a 15 credit standalone module (Level 7) from the MSc in Professional Engineering Masters. The courses are accredited by Cardiff University.

To apply, please go to the section headed 'How to Apply' below and select the short course(s) you wish to attend. (For modules without fixed dates there is a facility to register your interest).

Course aims

To develop the skills and expertise of industry-based engineers towards the standards required for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Special features

  • A selection of residential weekend, higher education credit bearing short courses
  • Content developed alongside the Engineering Council
  • A pathway to gaining the skills required of a Chartered Engineer
  • Suitable for participants from the majority of engineering backgrounds
  • Content approved by a number of Professional Engineering Institutions

Course description

Each weekend short course offers 15 credits at Level 7 (Masters level). Credits can be used as evidence of Continual Professional Development (CPD) in the workplace and to support career progression.

Appropriate modules from the MSc in Professional Engineering programme are being offered as standalone residential weekend short courses, typically running from Friday morning through to Saturday afternoon.

After attending a weekend short course participants will be required to complete structured coursework assignments to evidence their learning and demonstrate how the application of this new knowledge can improve their abilities within their own working environment. Participants will be expected to conduct research to ensure they become familiar with the learning outcomes of their short course before applying the principles in their workplace.

Participants will be required to submit two or three assignments per short course, of approximately 2,000 – 3,000 words per assignment. Typically, participants will have a month to complete their coursework.

Available modules

Discussing the key principles to ensure successful and enhanced resource management within industry.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Techniques to assess low and high-risk engineering environments, taking due consideration of all associated hazards.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Identifying suitable techniques to ensure that investigations achieve relevant numerical solutions.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Introducing the concept of Total Quality Management and appreciating the importance of reliability cycles.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Appreciating the potential commercial advantages by applying a range of monitoring techniques.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Understanding the wider responsibilities of a professional engineer, including those within the financial, legal and environmental sectors.

Find out more about this module on the School's website.

Teaching methods and support

Participants will receive a series of seminars, lectures and tutorials from highly respected academic and industrial experts.

The course lecturer will ensure that each participant’s transition back into education is smooth and will serve as a first point of contact within Cardiff School of Engineering.

Cardiff University’s Professional Development team is also on hand to offer advice about the enrolment process and study skills support available:

Katie Sunderland CPD

Kate Sunderland

Development Officer – College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 9119

Equipment, resources and facilities

Each short course will be held in the comfortable surroundings of a Cardiff hotel. Participants will stay overnight (1 night) in the same hotel.

Participants are invited to bring along a laptop, or similar device, for use during the course.

Teaching staff profiles


Assessment is solely via coursework assignments and hence should not dissuade applications from potential participants with only distant memories of formal education.

There may be the option to attend a weekend short course without undertaking the assessment. To discuss further please contact Kate Sunderland by emailing in the Professional Development team.

The course tutor will mark assessments and provide feedback to individuals via comments on their coursework script.

Skills acquired

  • Select and use appropriate management techniques in the workplace, such as SWOT analysis and Statistical Process Control (SPC).
  • Develop a clear development plan and record of achievement.
  • Use techniques for personal effectiveness and the management of others.
  • Apply models for risk analysis and hazard quantification.
  • Prepare a legislatively defensible risk and hazard framework for engineering systems/projects that are familiar in the workplace.
  • Gain confidence in preparing complex risk assessments, and thus be more able to assist colleagues in assessing systems/projects with which they are more familiar.
  • Perform appropriate statistical analysis within a work-based environment.
  • Identify the key variables that may be able to enhance efficiency.
  • Perform prospective mathematical modelling to assess the potential of changing key variables.
  • Use statistical skill to evaluate a technical challenge within the workplace.
  • Gain confidence in applying mathematical skill to solve problems.
  • Develop ability to identify an appropriate engineering model to predict the consequence of changes to a technical process.
  • Learn how to conduct a reliability audit to collect failure data, thereby determining causes of failure.
  • Apply reliability management techniques to ultimately improve efficiency and implement reliability prediction techniques.
  • Consider the need to re-design problematic components.
  • Classify industrial considerations for reliability and maintainability issues.
  • Develop quality engineering strategies, practices and applications.
  • Complete a reliability cycle (ie audit, analysis, re-design/management).
  • Gain confidence in the ability to reduce machine down-time.
  • Interpret information from a range of sensors and techniques.
  • Apply performance evaluation and classification methods.
  • Understand signal processing and data analysis techniques.
  • Suggest how the law would be applied in cases of professional negligence and product liability.
  • Prepare and interpret simple company accounts and undertake ratio analysis.
  • Develop skills in analysing data and using appropriate techniques to solve problems, eg linear programmes for best outcomes with constraints.
  • Identify means of reducing the footprint of the industry and thereby improving the sustainability of the sector.

Career prospects

These short courses are designed to enhance professional development and support career progression. The short course structure enables busy professionals to manage their development alongside their day-to-day work.

The short courses are modules from the MSc in Professional Engineering. Studying the full MSc will ensure that participants have the best opportunity to meet all Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirements. The Professional Engineering Institutions that currently approve this route to CEng include: IET, IMechE, RAeS, BCS, CIBSE, EI, ICE, IChemE, IED, IMarEST, InstMC, IOM3, IPEM, IStructE, IWater and the SOE

Entry requirements

All participants must be working within an engineering environment with management responsibility, as this will form an important element of learning and underpinning new skills.

These short courses offer flexible entry criteria. Typically, participants should have a good honours degree in engineering, or related discipline from a recognised university, and at least 2 years post-graduation experience. A good honours first degree is taken to mean an equivalent in attainment to at least a 2:1 Honours classification from a UK university.

Relevant employment experience is also extremely valuable and subsequently experienced non-graduates who have at least 2 years management responsibility should not feel precluded from applying.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with no particular minimum subscore). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

How to apply

For the following modules, please use the links below to register your interest in the next scheduled course:

  • Quality & Reliability - Register your interest - Next course is currently scheduled for November 2016 (date TBC).
  • Confition Monitoring, Modelling & Forecasting - Register your interest - Next course is currently scheduled for January 2017 (date TBC).
  • Professional Skills for Engineers - Register your interest - Next course is currently scheduled for March 2017 (date TBC).

Funding and intake dates

Funding support may be available from employers, professional bodies, sector skills councils and trade unions.

Intake dates vary depending on course. Contact the School for details.



Dr. Aled Davies
Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 4314


Craig Davis
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 9078