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

University of Portsmouth


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.

What you’ll experience

  • 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

Work experience and career planning

Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.

Module Details

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.

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.

Programme Assessment

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.

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.

Student Destinations

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

Roles you could go onto include:

  • product design engineer
  • manufacturing engineer
  • application engineer
BEng (Hons) Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
2 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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