Day Release - Part-time courses - University of Derby

Day Release

Accredited programmes available to study part-time in September and January

A range of foundation degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are available that can have a direct benefit to your company through projects which can be applied to real situations.

A more highly skilled workforce

Many local businesses are encouraging their staff to study with the University of Derby through its range of part-time day release programmes, and are benefitting directly from employees boasting an extra level of ability, skills and knowledge.


You can study while you work, as all our courses have a blend of lectures and seminars, distance learning and block study. Most courses are taught one day per semester, by day release.

Saving valuable time

A foundation degree plus top-up to a full BEng (Hons) can be studied in as little as 3 ½ years, while full BEng (Hons) degrees can be studied over 5 years.

Competitive fees

Government loans to cover tuition fees are now available for undergraduate part-time students.  It’s also cheaper to study an undergraduate course part-time.


BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

  • Full-time: £9,000 per year x 3 years = £27,000 in total
  • Part-time: £1,125 per module x 18 modules over 5 years = £20,250 in total, a saving of £6,750

Foundation degrees

Foundation degreeDuration of studyCost
FdSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 2-3 years £1,125 per module
(12 modules in total)

FdEng Civil Engineering

3 years
FdSc Construction
FdEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
FdSc Architectural Studies

You can study some foundation degrees and the final year of the appropriate BEng or BSc Hons programme to top up a degree, in as little as 3 ½ years total (5 years for some subjects):

BSc/BEng (Hons) degreeDuration of studyCost
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering 5 years £1,125 per module
(18 modules in total)
BEng (Hons) Civil and Infrastructure Engineering with Industrial Year

BSc (Hons) Construction Management and Property Development

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Year
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Year
BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

Postgraduate programmes

Our postgraduate programmes can be studied part time over 3 years, plus it’s more manageable to study a postgraduate course part-time if you work.


MSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Full-time: £495 per module x 9 modules x 1 year = £4,455
  • Part-time: £4,455 spread over 3 years of study = only £1,485 per year

It all adds up to a more manageable cost to fund, plus you can work while you study.

Available postgraduate Engineering and Technology programmes:

Masters degreeDuration of studyCost
MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management 3 years £495 per module
(9 modules in total)
MSc Control and Instrumentation

MSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

MSc Motorsport Engineering
MSc Sustainable Architecture and Healthy Buildings
MSc Professional Engineering*

* Professional Engineering is studied in-company, but some students may require additional taught learning which is identified at the beginning of the programme.

Apply online

You should apply directly to us for all of our part-time programmes.  You’ll then be invited to enrolment in September.

Find out more

For more information about study timetables, enrolment or any other queries please contact us:

T:  +44 (0) 1332 59 3302