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All the OU engineering qualifications aim to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council in its publication UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The learning outcomes for engineering modules are closely aligned with the Quality Assurance Agency's benchmark statements for engineering, which is based on UK-SPEC.

Further information regarding professional recognition can be found on the Engineering Council’s website.

Up until the end of 2015, OU accreditation was handled in a slightly different way compared to other universities as our qualifications were accredited at the point of graduation. This contrasted with the rest of the sector where other universities’ qualifications are accredited at the point of entry. The OU’s latest accreditations are now also defined the same way For example, the IED accredits Q65 BEng (Hons) for all students who start in the years 2012-2019 as partially fulfilling the educational requirements for CEng and fully for IEng. However, it also means that, for accreditation, the qualification needs to be completed within 8 years. Different time limits do apply to different qualifications.

To look at a summary of accreditation by qualification, click on the link below that is appropriate to you:

Click on the links below for details of how our qualifications have been accredited:

New framework qualifications
Old framework and postgraduate qualifications

If you have any queries regarding your study route or would like to discuss modules to include within an accredited route, please contact us in the first instance via email at