Course details

Course length

Minimum of 3 years

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times:  We are flexible in terms of study patterns to fit around the workplace or seasonal demand.

Course description

The Postgraduate Engineer degree apprenticeship has been created to enable learners to apply problem solving and creative skills, which will be learnt as part of the apprenticeship, to produce inventive and novel solutions for a range of specialist situations in engineering companies, whilst being aware of the technical, ethical, environmental, social and financial constraints in which they are operating.

This apprenticeship is unique as it has been designed in collaboration with employers and professional institutions to produce graduates with specialist training in problem solving and the generation of creative and state of the art engineering solutions. Engineering is a diverse subject area and it is important that everyone has a particular specialism. The course offers the ability for apprentices to develop their specialisms in areas such as

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.

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 other job roles in the areas of computing, design, manufacturing, materials, production, civil and electrical and electronic engineering.

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Who is this course for?

Our apprenticeship programme is suitable for individuals that are currently working towards or aspire towards progressing into strategic level roles within your business.

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Structure, certificates and assessment

The apprenticeship runs over a minimum of 3 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).

*subject to validation

To achieve the PgD in Engineering Competence apprentices must gain 120 Level 7 credits. Students first study an introductory module in which they will undertake a professional development audit and development a learning contract where they identify their learning trajectory, modules and study modes.

All students study core modules, and then select optional modules drawn from the wide range of modules available in our current postgraduate programmes:

If students are successful in gaining the 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 and it allows learners to produce authentic employer focused projects that have individual and workplace impact.

A postgraduate programme will form part of the whole programme of study for the Postgraduate 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: 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 details

Apprenticeship Hub +44 (0)800 001 5500