Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up)
Core engineering topics alongside personalised project work
Why take this course?
As one of the most diverse of the engineering professions, you’ll be designing, developing and manufacturing, while experimenting with today’s most innovative technologies.
This course is a top-up degree by distance learning. It's designed to develop your technical competence and engineering knowledge while easily fitting around your current work constraints.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Create your own designs in our manufacturing workshops
- Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
- Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course puts you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer in areas as diverse as consumer product design, robotics, defence or aerospace engineering. It also meets the requirements of many of the major engineering graduate programmes and provides a route to postgraduate study at Portsmouth or academic institutions elsewhere.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- research and development
- product manufacture
- project management
Want to start this course in 2017?
Apply through UCAS Clearing
Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing
Come to our next Open Day
- 2 years distance learning (top-up), 3 years distance learning (top-up)
- 2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
- The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score ENTRY
An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject. See full entry requirements
- 2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject. See full entry requirements OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
UK/EU/ Channel Islands/Isle of Man and International students
2017/18 entry: £2,310 p/a* (for the two year study mode) or £1,540 p/a* (for the three year study mode)
*Fees are subject to annual increase, and there are additional costs for sitting exams at external exam centres.
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- Programme specification
Structure & Teaching
The course is delivered through distance learning over two or three years.
You will begin the course with the foundations of engineering science and engineering design, including some computer-aided design. As your knowledge develops, you’ll move on to more in-depth study covering topics such as instrumentation, computer-aided design and product modelling.
Core units include:
- Computer Aided Engineering
- Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
- Engineering Systems
- Manufacturing Systems
- Strategies for Resource Conservation and Management
- Project Management
- Quality Management
In your final year you will cover solid materials, manufacturing systems and CAE (product realisation). There is also a range of topics for you to tailor your studies as well as an individual project, working on your own design, make and test activity.
Teaching and Assessment
Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.
How are you assessed?
A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
- written examinations
- practical tests
- project work
Dr Ivan Popov
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
We will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to create effective and innovative products for suitable and profitable manufacture. Starting at the drawing board, we will take you through modern workshop activities, mastering mechanical engineering technology and science involving state-of-the-art CAD/CAM systems and rapid manufacture facilities.
Facilities & Features
Although you may not be campus based, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website, LookUP, will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Labs and Workshops
Should you be able to travel to the University, we offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory as well as the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Laboratories to name a few. All are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities. You can also access our manufacturing workshop, design studio room and a design-and-make workroom, which are great working environments for project work.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Careers & Opportunities
This course is a great first step to becoming a professional engineer and can lead to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status with further learning. You could work for a large company, in the Armed Forces or in one of the many small companies within this sector. You could even start your own specialist company. You’ll also possess the effective interpersonal skills needed to enter technical and commercial management in this valuable field.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- manufacturing engineer
- product design engineer
- aerospace engineer
- application engineer
This course is delivered in partnership with you and your employer. Incorporating elements of your work into your learning, it will cause as little disruption as possible to your employment and help you to make a more effective contribution to your organisation, as well as improve your career prospects.
Ideally, your final project will be carried out at your place of work and be overseen by a mentor approved by the University. If a work-based project is not feasible, then the project may be carried out either at the University or elsewhere, but always with the guidance of a University-approved mentor.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
Online application form
Apply direct using our online form
Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.
Our next Open Day is
Saturday 7 October 2017
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Fees and Funding
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