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Team engineering

Team engineering aims to develop the essential professional engineering skill of working with others. There are two weekend residential schools: you’ll work as part of a small project team, formed at the first weekend residential school. Projects will encompass a broad sweep of engineering, requiring cooperative development of the knowledge and skills needed to analyse an engineering system and produce a revised specification for that system. You’ll work together in a team, meeting regularly online and using a shared virtual workspace, under guidance from your tutor. Your team’s results will be presented and assessed at the second residential weekend school and through submission of a written report.

Vocational relevance

This module will be the culmination of work towards your Master of Engineering (M04) or Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22) – and is aimed at providing the academic base for professional recognition as a Chartered Engineer.


T885 is a compulsory module in our:

This module can also count towards M03, which is no longer available to new students.


Module code


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  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
Study method
Distance learning
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What you will study

This module provides an opportunity for you to explore an engineering problem in depth, working as part of a small team. Your team will choose its problem from a number of options, each with a particular engineering focus but all involving a broad range of engineering skills – from design through structural and control engineering to sustainability.

You will attend two weekend residential schools that run over three days, from Friday to Sunday. At the first one, which takes place at the very start of the module, you will learn about functioning effectively as a team and get to know each other by confronting a variety of practical and intellectual challenges. You will join with fellow students to form a team of four or five. Your team will select its engineering problem from those on offer and refine it into a project. 

After the first weekend, and working at a distance from the other team members, you will individually and jointly pursue agreed lines of enquiry on your engineering project. Your progress through the project is charted in your team wiki, in online video conference records of team meetings and in team and individual reports, submitted as tutor-marked assignments.

All the teams will report back at the second residential weekend some 20 weeks later. This will give you a chance to engage in discussions with other students and staff members before developing a plan for your final project report, which is your end-of-module assessment (EMA). This is submitted several weeks later.

This is not a content-focused module. Instead, you and your team will be responsible for gathering together the information you need to pursue your project. You will be supplied with a project brief and with background material about group working and project management. You will have access to a full range of information resources through the internet and online or conventional libraries. You will keep in touch with your tutor and work collaboratively with your fellow team members through frequent , regular online meetings and your team wiki.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will be allocated to your tutor at the first compulsory residential weekend. Your tutor will be responsible for monitoring your progress on the module, marking and commenting on your written work and you can contact them for advice and guidance. Your tutor will also mediate an online forum for your tutor group and oversee collaborative team-working tasks which are an essential feature of the module.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Two of the assignments will be joint submissions from your team, and two are personal accounts of your achievements and your contribution to the work of your team. The end-of-module assignment, which must be submitted online, also consists of a group and individual project report.

Professional recognition

This is a compulsory module of the Master of Engineering (M04) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22) and provides the essential group-working skills required for graduates hoping to become Chartered Engineers.

Residential School

Two compulsory residential schools take place at a university in the UK.

To pass the module, you must take part satisfactorily in the first residential school. A key part of the module assessment takes place at the second residential school so it is vital that you plan to attend, although not doing so will not automatically lead to you failing the module.

Residential weekends run in September and February for students starting T885 in September, and in January and June for students starting T885 in January.

If you’ll need a visa to travel to the UK, please contact us.

Course work includes

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
Embedded residential school

Future availability

Team engineering (T885) starts twice a year – in January and September. This page describes the module that will start in September 2019 and January 2020. We expect it to continue until at least September 2024.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    You must be studying towards one of the following qualifications:

    • Master of Engineering (MEng) (M03/M04)
    • MSc in Engineering (F46)
    • Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering (E22)

    You cannot study this module on its own or as part of any other qualification.

    Also, to begin T885, you must have successfully completed 90 credits of postgraduate study towards your qualification. You may, however, enrol on T885 while still studying the last 30 of the 90 credits.

    Once you’ve reserved a place, we’ll check that you meet these entry requirements and contact you if we need to discuss it.

    If you’re unclear whether you meet the entry requirements, talk to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    The module is suitable for a European-wide audience, but you must attend the UK-based residential schools.


    Start End England fee Register
    24 Jan 2020 Oct 2020 £1945.00

    Registration closes 12/12/19 (places subject to availability)

    11 Sep 2020 Jun 2021 Not yet available

    Registration closes 13/08/20 (places subject to availability)

    15 Jan 2021 Oct 2021 Not yet available

    Registration opens on 18/03/20

    This module is expected to start for the last time in September 2024.

    Future availability

    Team engineering (T885) starts twice a year – in January and September. This page describes the module that will start in September 2019 and January 2020. We expect it to continue until at least September 2024.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Residential school

    This module includes two compulsory residential schools. You must pay for your travel to and from the venue.

    Study materials

    What's included

    Study material is available online from the module website.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    You’ll have to buy any specialised software if you choose a project that needs it. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

    You may find Day 2 of the residential school tiring, when sessions begin at 09:00 and end at approximately 21:00. There is a 15-minute break in the morning and afternoon, 45 minutes for lunch and an hour for dinner.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.