Course details

Course length

Minimum of 30 months, normally three years for new graduates.

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Normally by part time day release attendance at the University and e-learning.  We have flexible study patterns to enable apprentices to undertake the course at a distance with limited attendance. Entry points are normally three times per year by discussion with the Apprenticeship Team.

Course description

This apprenticeship, designed in collaboration with engineering companies and professional institutions gives employers the opportunity to develop their graduates’ engineering competence to Chartered Engineer (CEng) level.  Offered in a number of specialist engineering areas, apprentices learn and gain experience through industrial problem solving and the generation of creative and state of the art engineering solutions. 

The Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship has been mapped against the Engineering Council’s standard for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and delivers competences against all aspects as part of off and on-the-job training.   Apprentices will achieve a PgD in Engineering Competence in a specialist pathway.  Employers can select the most appropriate pathway for their apprentice to enhance their employee skills and opportunities.

This apprenticeship has been designed in collaboration with employers and professional institutions to produce graduates with specialist training and the generation of creative and state of the art applications. Engineering is a diverse subject area and it is important that everyone has a particular specialism for career progression. The course offers the ability for apprentices to develop their knowledge and skills in the following roles:

Based on experience in teaching masters level programmes and investment of over £12 million in new engineering facilities in Derby, we offer access to the latest equipment and high quality practical training in the specialist pathways offered.

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This apprenticeship is suitable for recent graduates or experienced engineers that aspire towards progressing into strategic level roles within their companies. To achieve their apprenticeship apprentices apply high level analytical skills, whilst gaining awareness of the technical, ethical, environmental, social and financial constraints in which they are operating.

To attain a PgD in Engineering Competence apprentices must gain 120 Level 7 credits. To plan their study programme apprentices initially study an introductory module, in which they undertake a professional development audit and develop a learning contract to identify their learning trajectory, modules and study modes.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

All apprentices study the core modules below:

They then select specialist modules, depending on their pathway (20 credits - 3 to be studied for each pathway) 

*must be studied if the Apprentice wishes to progress to MSc study

Research and Development

Design and Development

Systems Integration

Manufacturing and Production

Engineering Business Manager

Intelligent Instrumentation Systems

Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention

Industrial Electronics

Advanced Mechanical Modelling and E Manufacturing

Driving Change through Business Excellence

Embedded System Design

Advanced Materials Science

Modern Control System Design

Advanced Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering

Enterprise Systems and Project Management

Industrial Electronics

Additive Manufacturing Processes

 Industrial Process Control Systems

Robotics and Manufacturing Control Systems

Manufacturing Systems Optimisation and Simulation

Modern Control System Design

Additive Manufacturing Applications

Industrial Controllers for Automation

Forensic Engineering, Failure Analysis and Prevention

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Innovative Solutions

Design and Materials Selection

Innovative Solutions

Advanced Materials Science

Innovative Solutions

If apprentices are successful in gaining their PgD, they will be able to progress to the MSc Engineering Competence by the completion of a 60 credit independent studies module (this will not form part of the apprenticeship).

The assessment for the programme is flexible within the constraints of accreditation and it allows learners to produce authentic employer focused projects that have individual and workplace impact.

The apprenticeship runs over a minimum of 30 months and incorporates a part-time day release on campus and online delivery through University of Derby Online (UDOL).  The proportion of on campus and day release study is dependent on the pathway and entry point and is planned in the module Professional Development Audit (PDA) and Learning Contract.

The University is presently developing its portfolio of apprenticeships and is keen to work with companies in the region who are interested in other degree programmes associated with job roles in the areas of computing, design, manufacturing, materials, production, civil, rail and electrical and electronic engineering.



Entry requirements

Employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their own requirements. In order to optimise success candidates will typically have: Professionally recognised Bachelors Level Degree or equivalent such as BEng, BSc in a STEM subject.

All employees must have at least English and Maths at Level 2 prior to the End Point Assessment. There may be additional restrictions with regards to entry to the academic programme of study.

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