Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning Top-up) BEng (Hons)

Female engineering student
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years part-time distance learning, 3 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2022

Overview

If you have an interest in improving and creating products and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering top-up degree course is ideal.

Study anywhere that suits you, over two or three years, while learning how to create and improve products that could change people's lives and transform the way businesses operate.

Boost your current career prospects, contribute more to your employer or launch into new areas of engineering and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics and defence.

The content of the course is broadly similar to IET accredited courses offered by the Department, although since the programme is equivalent to a one-year full-time programme, it is not accredited by the professional body. The proposed programme is compatible with similar courses offered in the department and other institutions within the UK.

Course highlights

  • Enhance your existing knowledge of engineering science and design fundamentals
  • Specialise in subjects such as computer-aided design (CAD), sustainable product development, conservation and quality management

Benefits of distance learning

  • Work from anywhere, at your own pace, in your own time – with interactive online learning materials hosted on our virtual learning environment, Moodle, and available 24/7 on any device
  • Access to over 600,000 ebooks, 55,000 online journals, digital newspapers and a postal loan service from our University Library – see all library support for distance learners
  • Invitations to online forums where you can discuss your studies with other students and your lecturers
  • Access to all student support services via email, phone, online chat or video call

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept (2-year)

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept (3-year)

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See the other qualifications we accept (2-year)

See the other qualifications we accept (3-year)

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Careers and opportunities

You could use this top up to secure a more senior role if you're planning to stay with your current employer after graduating.

You could also apply your skills to any number of roles in industries such as oil refinery, machinery manufacture and plastics. All engineering roles are listed in the UK Government’s 'skills shortage list' – which means engineers are currently in high demand. 

Our graduates have worked in areas such as:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development

What jobs can you do with a mechanical and manufacturing degree?

Roles you could go onto include:
  • product design engineer
  • manufacturing engineer
  • application engineer

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Top-up degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits.

If you study this course over 2 years, you'll probably study modules worth 60 credits a year. If you do the course over 3 years, you'll likely study modules worth 40 credits a year.

2-year course
3-year course

Modules (2-year course)

Core modules in this year include:

  • Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits
  • Materials and Engineering Systems – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year (Choose one):

  • Advanced Materials for Product Realisation – 20 credits
  • Computer Aided Engineering – 20 credits

Core modules in this year include:

  • Design and Sustainable Development – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 20 credits
  • Quality Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Modules (3-year course)

Core modules:

  • Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits

Optional core modules (students must choose one of the following):

  • Advanced Materials for Product Realisation – 20 credits
  • Computer Aided Engineering (Product Realisation) – 20 credits

Core modules:

  • Design and Sustainable Development – 20 credits
  • Materials and Engineering Systems – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules:

  • Individual Project – 20 credits
  • Quality Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

This course is primarily 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 you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

Ideally, you'll carry out your final project at your place of work with a mentor approved by the University. If this isn't possible, then you can carry out the project at the University or elsewhere with the guidance of a University-approved mentor.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Supporting your learning

As a distance learner, you can get support via video and phone from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

UK/Channel Islands/Isle of Man students and International students

  • 2-year study mode – £2,310 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • 3-year study mode – £1,540 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • 2-year study mode – £2,310 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • 3-year study mode – £1,540 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each modules.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

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.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form:

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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