Course details

Course length

Maximum of 5 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

We are flexible in terms of study patterns to fit around the workplace or seasonal demand. 

Course description

This apprenticeship has been designed for process automation engineers who work in industries in the chemical and process industry sectors using plant and equipment which are often of a large scale, extensive, highly integrated and invariably automated. Automation of process plant is realised by Integrated Control and Safety Systems (ICSS) which are of a specialised nature, their design reflecting the complexity and risk of operations carried out. The apprenticeship addresses not only the immediate objectives of maintaining control and safe operation of plant and equipment, but also the wider issues of enterprise management such as process efficiency, plant utilisation, operations optimisation, product quality, inventory monitoring, utilities consumption and equipment diagnostics.

Our investment of over £12 million in specialist facilities enables us to provide a high quality practical element aspect for the provision of apprentices within the region.


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Who is this course for?

The apprenticeship has been designed for graduates employed at all stages in the lifecycle of an ICSS: feasibility, specification, design, development, acceptance, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and support.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

The apprenticeship runs over a maximum of 5 years and incorporates a part time day postgraduate or block study diploma at the University or at company* and online delivery through University of Derby Online (UDOL). The apprenticeship should achieve an MSc in Control and Instrumentation worth 180 UK credits (90 ECTS credits).

A postgraduate programme will form part of the whole programme of study for the Process Automation Engineer Degree Apprenticeship.


Benefits to Employers

Entry requirements

Employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their own requirements. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have: a Bachelors degree (BEng or BSc) at 2.2 Hons standard, or equivalent, in electrical engineering or other appropriate discipline such as chemical or physics if they can demonstrate the prerequisite knowledge. Companies will set their own entry requirements in terms of experience.

Fees and funding


Cost of the apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £27,000, but individual agreements will be considered depending on student numbers and involvement of employers.


Fees will be paid by your employer with government funded support or through the apprenticeship levy.

How to apply

For more information call 0800 001 5500 or email

Applications to this apprenticeship will need to be made through the employer.

Contact us

Apprenticeship Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500