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Course details

Study options

Full-time: One year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS code


Course level



BEng (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Raise your professional profile

The accredited BEng(Hons) will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC. The accredited BEng(Hons) will also automatically meet in full, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).

Our BEng (Hons) Manufacturing and Production Engineering top-up programme is designed to provide specific skills and knowledge for a career within the mechanical and manufacturing engineering sectors. The programme is designed to develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies through innovation, creation and change and to have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk. The top-up programme will, therefore, offer a partial CEng accredited degree pathway in manufacturing and production engineering.

Build your specialist expertise

The top-up programme seeks to strike an equitable balance between academic technological aspects, practical applications and the transferable skills necessary for a successful career within manufacturing or production engineering. Such knowledge and pool of skills are being demanded by employers and professional bodies for a highly competitive market sector.

Current roles within the manufacturing industries are extremely technologically challenging with ever-increasing paces of change and development, and many of the larger industries now operate on a global scale. Graduate employees must be able to meet the challenges presented by the constant search for improvement and the relentless pace of development that characterise these industries. The development of management studies throughout the programme plays an important part in your educational process.

If you have set your sights on joining the elite of the engineering profession, our BEng (Hons) Manufacturing and Production Engineering top-up programme is the ideal starting point.

This course equips you with the broad range of theoretical and practical knowledge that is essential to the modern manufacturing engineer.

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What you will study

Code: 6ME502

Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems

The objective of this module is to deliver the fundamentals of advanced manufacturing technology and the state-of-the-art of computing and IT in manufacturing.

The module will expand the students’ knowledge of contemporary manufacturing systems in order to provide a thorough understanding of the application areas of the modern manufacturing technology in industry and commercial environments.

The module will also develop necessary analytical ability and technical skills in manufacturing software, hardware and controls.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME504

Advanced Operations Management

The core activity of any organisation is its operations, and the performance of the organisation is determined by how well these operations are managed. This module encourages learners to gain deeper insights into business and engineering operations and performance at an organisational level.

Operations Management is wide-ranging, covering many topics, such as operations strategy, process design, product design, process improvement, lean operations, quality management, six sigma, supply chain management and change management, which can be regarded specialism in their own right.

The module aims to introduce the learner to theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques to managing operations and improve business performance, including improvement philosophy, which addresses problems of transformation, change and redesign in organisations. During this module, you will also learn the challenges faced by organisations to make sustainable change and compete in dynamic markets. You will develop your awareness of the driving forces and resistance of change as well as the phases of change to include planning, communicating and the transition of change.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME507

Industrial Engineering

This module provides an introduction to the Industrial Engineering (IE) tools and techniques as well as Engineering Ethics basic concepts and methods. Students will gain an appreciation of the ways in which these branches of Engineering support the business objectives, usually in the form of standards data, productivity improvements and ideal ethical behaviours. Opportunities are provided for students to explore applications of the concepts, tools and techniques in different situations, in order to understand which tools to use and how to maximise potential benefits.
20 Credits

Code: 6ME508

Manufacturing Automation and Control

The module aims to provide in depth knowledge of the principles of automation and control engineering when applied in a manufacturing or production environment.

In this module mathematical modelling will be utilised to represent mechanical systems within the overall manufacturing/production system. Closed/open loop systems’ design will be taught within this module in order to provide you with the appropriate skills to develop your own solution to a manufacturing process control/monitoring system issues at your workplace or using a case study.

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20 Credits

Code: 6ME993

Independent Study and Professional Development

The individual project is regarded as an important element of the specialist degree. It provides students in their final year with a challenge to identify and undertake an original and detailed study and present a major piece of relevant work to a critical and informed audience.

It aims to develop the student's power to work independently, researching in depth a topic of their choice, using relevant concepts and techniques.

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40 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

How you are assessed

A variety of assessment methods will be used. Some modules are assessed through coursework only, others by a combination of coursework, portfolios, assignments, case studies, oral and graphic presentations, collaborative and interdisciplinary teamwork projects, computer testing and examinations. This provides a flexible and effective means of assessing your progress.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Martin Sole
Programme leader

Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering and Programme Leader for the BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.

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Entry requirements

You are applying to enter the programme at level 6 and you will need to have gained relevant qualifications at level 5, which could include one of the following:

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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