Apprenticeship Course

Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship

Course details

Next course date



48 months (this does not include the EPA period)


Face to face


Derby Campus

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Lectures and workshops will be based on day release

Course description

The Materials Science Technologist Degree Apptenticeship has been designed to product Material Technologists who can operate across a range of engineering sectors, including: 

As part of the Materials Science Technologist Trailblazer group the programme has been designed in collaboration with the Materials Engineering Group at Rolls-Royce plc, as well as in consultation with other companies across different sectors and industries.

The degree apprenticeship provides a solid background and appropriate skills that enable apprentices to practice successfully as a professional materials technologist or engineer within any of the advanced engineering sectors. The programme seeks to strike an equitable balance between underpinning academic concepts, practical work in the workplace and at the University and techniques necessary for a successful career in materials and the demands of employers and professional bodies for this discipline-specific programme.

The programme provides the knowledge base needed in the fundamental principles of materials engineering in order to facilitate decision making concerning materials optimisation for the design, selection and production of functional elements and processes, as well as their appropriate and economic use and the ethical and sustainable use of resources. It creates an appreciation of the underpinning principles and constraints associated with materials engineering and the application of technology within an industrial engineering and global context.

An e-portfolio will be assessed as part of the Gateway Assessment for entry to the End Point Assessment (EPA). This is assessed independently from the University by an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).

Who's it for?

The Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship is a broadbased degree apprenticeship, which has been designed for individuals who are materials technologists and can operate across a whole range of engineering sectors and fits the manufacturing sector as well the transport equipment and construction industry sectors.

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A scientist in a lab doing an experiment with a conical flask.
Partrick Challen - A Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprentices at Rolls-Royce

Working alongside leading scientists and engineers

In July 2021, Patrick graduated from the Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce. He explains what the Materials Science Technologist Apprenticeship entails and how it has helped his career.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

What you will study

You will be studying this course part time over four years. The degree apprenticeship is a workbased learning qualification, comprised of off the job and on the job learning. Throughout your studies, you will be able to apply your learning into practice within the workplace.


  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Materials Data Skills and Personal Development Planning
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Thermodynamics
  • Business Management and Regulations
  • Advanced Applied Analytical Methods Two
  • Advanced Materials Properties and Processing
  • Structural Analysis and Materials
  • Investigation Techniques, Modelling and Materials Characterisation
  • Corporate Responsibility and Professional Development
  • Forensic Investigation of Materials Failures
  • Engineering Composite Materials
  • Technical Responsibility
  • Design for Manufacturing and Materials Optimisation
  • Independent Study and Professional Development
  • Advanced Engineering Materials and Applications
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Entry requirements

Employment requirements

You must be in paid employment for at least 30 hours per week and your employer must agree to cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Academic requirements

Employers usually set their own selection criteria and entry requirements and we can work with them on this. However, typically an applicant might be expected to have level 3 qualifications, such as:

You will also be required to have five GCSE passes including the following subjects:


Fees and funding

The cost will be paid for by the employer.

More details for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £24,000 but we will consider individual agreements, depending on student numbers and your involvement.

If you pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, this funding will be used. If you don't, generous government subsidies are available - talk to us to find out more.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

Who will teach you

Dr Yiling Lu
Programme leader

Yiling is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering.

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Contact us

Kasia Wyke +44 (0)800 001 5500 

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