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Engineering Gateways

Work-based pathway to professional registration

Flexible work-based MSc and Bachelors programmes in Professional Engineering are available at a range of universities.

Individually tailored programmes integrate learning in the workplace with supervised work-based professional development. They enable working engineers to gain the necessary academic qualifications, whilst developing the required competence for professional registration, without leaving employment. All programmes are based on the UK-SPEC requirements for professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (Bachelors) or Chartered Engineer (MSc).

Engineering Gateways Toolkit for universities

A toolkit is available to support universities in developing Engineering Gateways degree programmes.

The toolkit provides an easily accessible overview of areas for consideration when developing such degrees. The steps are not compulsory and the order is not prescribed. Institutions should interpret the toolkit as best fits their needs, for example as a source of information or as a progress monitoring tool.

How to use the toolkit
Use the first column in the toolkit to understand the steps involved in developing and implementing Engineering Gateways degrees. The second column provides clarification and more detail on each item, with the third column describing key resources available.

Hard copies of the toolkit are available from:

Value to the employer

These degree programmes provide:

  • A flexible and cost-effective way to meet company and employee aspirations, without losing engineers from the workplace
  • A structured learning programme, tailored to your needs
  • An increased number of in-company professionally registered engineers
  • A close working relationship with a university, and the potential for knowledge exchange

Employing registered engineers can bring a lot of value to your organisation.

Value to the employee

These degree programmes provide:

  • A workplace pathway to achieving academic qualifications, which lead to IEng or CEng
  • Learning and the development of professional competence linked to your own workplace activities
  • ‘learning while earning’ hence no loss of income
  • Support and mentoring
  • Enhanced career prospects
  • Increased job satisfaction


Both the Bachelors and MSc programmes in Professional Engineering were devised as part of a government ‘Gateways to the Professions’ award to the Engineering Council. Full details can be found on the Engineering Gateways website.

A detailed interim evaluation report of the engineering gateways model can be found under useful documents.

Research into employer support
The Engineering Council and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 jointly sponsored research to gauge the level of employer support for employees working towards professional qualification by way of a work-based MSc Professional Engineering with a research element.  A report of the findings can be found under useful documents.

Engineering Gateways Workshop
An Engineering Council-hosted workshop at the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2013 engaged a range of existing and newer audiences, including:

  • Universities: to share their experiences in the development and delivery of programmes
  • Professional engineering institutions: to share expertise to support universities and learners
  • Other stakeholders, including Sector Skills Councils, HE related bodies, trade unions and the National Apprenticeship Service.

The workshop showcased the programme model and sought to develop industry links and appropriate marketing materials. More details can be found here.

Visit the Engineering Gateways website

To find out more about the flexible work-based pathways to professional registration and to find the right course for you visit the Gateways website

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