Manufacturing Engineer (Top-Up) Degree Apprenticeship (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) BEng (Hons)

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Mode of Study
18 months
Start Date
September 2022


If you want to earn a salary, top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full honours degree and learn about successful engineering and project manufacturing, this 18-month Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship is ideal.

You'll develop skills in computer-aided design (CAD) skills, designing and producing your own high-quality products in our manufacturing workshops. You'll get to use these skills at work and contribute to the success of your company as you study.

You won't pay anything towards your degree because the Government or your employer pay your tuition fees. You'll typically spend 1 day a week studying for your degree and the other 4 days at work.

You'll graduate with a BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree which is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). After the course, you'll be eligible to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) with further study and experience.

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Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A relevant HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in a relevant subject with overall grade of merit, or above. All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass – please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process. 
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview and/or submit a portfolio in support of their application.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

What you'll experience

On this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship course you'll:

  • Top up your Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree or equivalent qualification into a full Bachelor's degree
  • Get free student registration to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Specialise in computer-aided design (CAD) skills, with a focus on product realisation and manufacturing systems design and analysis
  • Design and produce high-quality products in our manufacturing workshops
  • Develop your skills in sustainable development, statistical process control and product quality control
  • Contribute to the global engineering community and mentor other apprentices
  • Learn about the underlying elements of successful engineering and manufacturing projects, including solid mechanics and dynamics, and electrical and electronic principles
  • Use our CAD and rapid prototyping suites, energy systems lab, petroleum engineering lab, and metrology and 3D scanning microscopy facilities

Careers and opportunities

Technology development is increasing and the need for manufacturing skills is on the rise.

With technical skills needed nationally and internationally across the mechanical, manufacturing and wider engineering sector, there will be many opportunities open to you when you complete this degree apprenticeship.

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Graduates of this course can go on to work in areas including:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development
  • computer aided design (CAD)
  • computer aided manufacturing (CAM)
  • controls and programming
  • quality management

What jobs can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • manufacturing engineer
  • product design engineer
  • aerospace engineer
  • application engineer
  • design engineer
  • CAD/CAM/CAE engineer

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

What you'll study on this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship

On this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.



Core modules in this year include:

  • BEng Individual Project – 40 credits
  • Computer Aided Engineering – 20 credits
  • Design for Quality – 20 credits
  • Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Changes to course content

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.


When you’re at University, you’ll gain skills, knowledge and competence through lectures and tutorials. You’ll then get to put what you learn into practice in your job.

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical lab sessions

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a web connection.

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.

Dr Ivan Popov

Ivan has extensive industrial experience and research interests in engineering design, computer aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM), reverse engineering, engineering metrology quality management and control.

He's Principle Lecturer, teaching design for quality, CAD/CAM systems, computer aided engineering (CAE) and product manufacture, operations and quality management, product modelling for manufacture, and CAE product realisation.

Dr Jurgita Zekonyte

Jurgita is a specialist in surfaces and interfaces and smart, self-adaptive, self-healing, multifunctional materials. She also specialises in structures, coatings and thin films, nano-mechanics and nano-tribology, contact mechanics materials characterisation, and analysis at nano/micro-scale.

Jurgita teaches modules on engineering design and on materials, and she also coordinates the final year projects.

Dr Hom Dhakal

Hom is a professor in composite materials at the University of Portsmouth and a visiting associate professor at the University of Borås in Sweden.

Hom teaches topics including materials and manufacturing, advanced materials for product realisation, sustainable development and environmental management, and strategies for resource conservation and recovery. His research focuses on the development, characterisation and testing of mechanical, thermal and environmental properties of sustainable, lightweight composites, biocomposites and nanocomposites.

Dr Qian Wang

Qian is a senior lecturer in manufacturing systems and management. He holds a BEng in Automotive Engineering and a PhD in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He has experience in both industry and academia, working as a vehicle design engineer, a project and marketing manager, and post graduate researcher.

Qian has been involved in many industrial projects with international companies such as SKF (Sweden), Mannesmann Seiffert (Germany) and NQA (UK).

Dr Mariana Dotcheva

Mariana is a senior lecturer in engineering design and a course leader for BEng Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Her previous academic roles involved industrial work and research in computer numerical control (CNC) machining, cutting process modelling and optimisation, finite element method (FEA) analysis, selective laser melting (SLM) for rapid manufacturing, and CAD/CAM.

Mariana's research interests are in process modelling, design freedom, design and direct manufacturing of functional metal parts with value-adding material structures and surfaces, designed and optimised for purpose.

Dr Sergey Khaustov

Sergey is a module coordinator and lecturer of engineering mathematics and numerical analysis, environmental challenges with innovation opportunities, and design for quality. Sergey's research interests are in the areas of tribology, gears, programming, and emulation.

Dr Krassimir Dotchev

Krassimir’s industrial experience includes working as a mechanical and product design consultant on several research and commercial projects with small or medium enterprises (SMEs) and larger companies from the UK such as Dyson, Bentley, Serck Aviation, Tritech and Johnson Medical.

Krassimir has also been a leader of the rapid manufacturing and 3D CAD design activities of the manufacturing engineering centre at Cardiff University. His research interests lie in engineering design and analysis, CAD, additive manufacturing (3D Printing), rapid product development and rapid manufacturing.

How you're assessed

The formal assessments you take on this Manufacturing Engineer degree apprenticeship include:

  • a 10,000-word individual project report
  • product development projects
  • engineering design portfolios
  • exams
  • essays
  • reports
  • presentations

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. Feedback is also provided on your individual project report before your final submissions.

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

How you'll spend your time

A typical week

On this Manufacturing Engineering degree apprenticeship, you'll spend 4 days a week at work and 1 day a week at University for around 18 months.

You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures and workshops for about 8–10 hours on 1 day a week during term time. You also do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.

The day of the week you're at University will be the same each week, so you can plan how to fit your study time into your working routine and other commitments at the start of the year. You may need to come to University on different days during examination periods – we'll let you know what these are at the start of the year.

On the weeks you don't go into university, you'll still spend 20% of your time learning outside of your main job role.

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your top-up degree might be slightly less than what you're used to from your previous studies, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Workplace mentor

You'll get a workplace mentor who's there to support you during your apprenticeship. They'll understand your workplace responsibilities and help you to balance your workload in your workplace and in your studies.

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to degree -level 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.

Learning support tutors

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-to-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

Laboratory support

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

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

Library support

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.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and some employers, meaning no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Total tuition fees are £9,000 paid over 1 year.

Please see our degree apprenticeships page for further information.

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

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

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 £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

The cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) is in addition to course fees. Please contact us for more information.


How you apply depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together. 

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us

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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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