Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (2 or 3 year) BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years part-time distance learning, 3 years part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

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.

The course is delivered by distance learning over 2 or 3 years. So you can easily fit it around work and other commitments. You’ll learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and specialise in advanced subjects such as conservation and quality management.

With your Bachelor's degree, you'll contribute more to your employer, boost your career prospects and be prepared for work in engineering and technology in areas such as consumer product design, robotics, defence or aerospace.

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.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
  • Specialise in advanced subjects such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) engineering, sustainable product development and design for quality
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Get the same support and similar benefits to students based on campus
  • Work at your own pace, in your own time and in your own location, with interactive online learning materials
  • Take part in live Web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

If you can get to Portsmouth, you can also:

  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities
  • Put your skills to the test by building your own products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Get involved in Formula Student, where you'll design, construct and test a competitive race car with fellow students

Careers and opportunities

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

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

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • manufacturing engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer

Other graduates have joined graduate training schemes or continued their studies at postgraduate level.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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.

Modules (2-year course)

Core modules: 

  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Materials and Engineering Systems

Optional modules: 

  • Advanced Materials for Product Realisation
  • Computer Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)

Core modules:

  • Design and Sustainable Development
  • Individual Project
  • Operations and Quality Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

Modules (3-year course)

Core modules:

  • Manufacturing Systems

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Materials for Product Realisation
  • Computer Aided Engineering (Product Realisation)

Core modules:

  • Design and Sustainable Development
  • Materials and Engineering Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules:

  • Individual Project
  • Operations and Quality Management

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching 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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills. You can contact us by phone and email and use our online resources.

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.

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 the other qualifications we accept (2-year)

See the 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 alternative English language qualifications (2-year)

See alternative English language qualifications (3-year)

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

See the other qualifications we accept (2-year)

See the 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)

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

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

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

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, DVDs and CDs, 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.

There are additional costs for sitting exams at external exam centres.

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 to us 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. 

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.