Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons)
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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top-up) (3 Year) BEng (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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

What you'll study 

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)

Year 1

Core modules: 

  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Materials and Engineering Systems

Optional modules: 

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

Year 2

Core modules:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Modules (3-year course)

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Manufacturing Systems

Optional modules:

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

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Design and Sustainable Development
  • Materials and Engineering Systems

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Individual Project
  • Operations and Quality Management

There are no optional modules in this year.

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.

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.

BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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

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

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