MEng Innovation Engineering - University of Portsmouth
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Innovation Engineering

UCAS codeH11H

full time4yrs

placement option1yr

Based in our new Future Technology Centre

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Engineers are responsible for the greatest innovations that sustain us every day. Innovative engineering can address many global challenges such as providing adequate access to resources as well as addressing environmental concerns. It can extend the possibilities of healthcare research and advance the technologies to support medical interventions.

This course focuses on how to make key decisions and choose the most appropriate ways to solve such complex and demanding global challenges. The practical element is combined with problem-solving via individual and group-centred learning based on real-life examples and case studies.

This is an integrated Undergraduate and Master’s degree course. The entry requirements are slightly higher than the bachelor's version of this course, but you’ll be able to progress straight to postgraduate study.

What will I experience?

Innovation Engineering at Portsmouth is a leading-edge, creative, multi-disciplinary course that involves experimentation, design, engineering and enterprise activities.

The course gives you the opportunity to work across the fields of mechanical, electronic, design and materials engineering, and to enhance your communication, entrepreneurial and leadership skills, enabling you to solve real-world problems that have an impact on society.

Teaching and learning is based around projects, which are research and industry based or speculative to inspire you about solving some of the key global challenges that face our society. There will be opportunities for industry collaborations and access to a network of world-leading experts and scientists working in nanotechnology, robotics, new materials and sustainable energy.

Tune into one of our Facebook Live events to find out more about the course and what you'll experience while studying. 

What opportunities might it lead to?

You will gain experience across disciplines giving you the edge over other graduates. Career prospests could range from visualisation and data management, equipment for medical and allied health industries, other industrial and scientific research and development such as agriculture and food, environment, sports, transportation and aerospace industries, as well as consumer products.

Employment routes can be in the areas of:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

This degree will lead to the award of a Master of Engineering (MEng) level qualification. It is expected that when you graduate the course you will also receive accreditation from relevant accrediting bodies (to be confirmed).


Stephanie Newson, undergraduate engineering student, 2016

There is a great sense of belonging, which I love. Portsmouth is a family made up of lecturers, societies, students and staff.

Stephanie Newson, undergraduate engineering student, 2016



Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Hands-on opportunities to gain practical experience by solving real-world problems
  • Approachable and passionate lecturers with industrial experience 
  • Excellent facilities and good employment prospects

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In your first year, you will be introduced to the key engineering and innovation concepts. We’ll also work on bridging any gaps in your creative and technical knowledge, to provide an all-round basis for further study.

Topics in this year include:

  • Design and Materials in Engineering
  • Core Skills in Electronics
  • Environmental Challenges and Innovation Opportunities
  • Business and Management

Year two

Building on your first year studies, we will explore some of the issues that engineers and scientists are facing today and the tools, technologies and ideas that could be used to address them in the future.

Topics in this year include:

  • Business Innovation
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Design and Simulation

Year three*

In your third year (or fourth year if you’ve opted to undertake a work placement), you will focus specifically on the following areas:

  • Future Challenges and Technologies
  • Big Data Science
  • Individual Research and Enterprise
  • Project

Year four (MEng year)*

The MEng award is an integrated Undergraduate and Master’s qualification. It is a year longer and the entry requirements are a little higher than the BEng award, but you’ll benefit from a direct route into postgraduate level study with additional units helping you to reach the academic level needed for CEng status.

Topics in this year include:

  • Structural Bioengineering
  • Advanced Surface Engineering
  • Innovation Management and Business Venturing

You will also undertake two design projects and an independent research project linked to one of our specialist research areas, including:

  • Composite Optimisation and Analysis
  • Innovation, Product Development and Leadership
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Advanced CADCAM
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Humanitarian)
  • Extreme Sports Research and Development
  • Non Destructive Testing, Principles and Applications
  • Biomechanics
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Environmental Technologies
  • Advanced Sustainable Energy Systems

Placement year

*This course is also available over five years with a work placement

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Here at the University, we aim to provide a lively and modern learning environment. During this course you will experience a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratory and project work. While lecture classes can be large, the more personal approach of seminars and tutorials offer more one-to-one support from our expert academics.

You will also use facilities for Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) which is an alternative to the traditional lecture-style learning. This encourages collaboration amongst students and active, team-based problem solving.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 32% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 68% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 27% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 73% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 18% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 82% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year four students: 16% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 84% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We assess you in ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills including through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • written exams
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • review articles
  • supervised work sessions

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 84% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 16% by coursework
  • Year two students: 56% by written exams, 13% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year three students: 60% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 40% by coursework
  • Year four students: 42% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 53% by coursework

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Facilities & Features

Future Technlology Centre

The FTC will provide leading-edge simulation, visualisation, modelling and prototyping resources to encourage high-level skills development. The centre will be a hub for:

  • 3D simulation
  • visualisation and modelling used in digital engineering
  • applied sciences, including physics, biomechanics and healthcare
  • systems design and innovation
  • advanced manufacturing used in or needed by industry

Spaces for Learning

The University has plenty of open access areas all around the campus, with the latest computer equipment and excellent IT support. When you study here you will find:

  • WiFi across campus and in halls of residence
  • computer suites with specialised software and equipment
  • open access areas, printing facilities and group working areas
  • laptops available on short-term loan
  • student IT Help Centre for free support during term time
  • your own Google account with unlimited cloud storage

Maths Café

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.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online e-journals 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.

Recommended texts:
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.

General costs:
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.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

It is generally accepted that there is a current shortage of engineers. Our courses educate engineers for a multitude of careers in engineering and technology. Not only does this course meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the workplace with a year-long industrial placement. Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduation, or both.

You could find jobs in areas as diverse as consumer and professional electronics, robotics, defence, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • electronics engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.

Here are some examples of the roles our students have secured for their placements:

  • Undergraduate Engineer at Elta Fans
  • Trainee Project Engineer at RJM International
  • Engineering Graduate at Tulip

Career planning

Career planning

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.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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