Course details

Study options

Full-time: Three years, Part-time: 2/3 years †

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

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Start dates

January, September


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Throughout this practical engineering course, you'll develop the range of specialist skills, knowledge and understanding you'll need to work towards Incorporated Engineer registration.

This course will give you a sound basis in engineering principles and vocational experience. You'll specialise in areas such as manufacturing systems and CAD. These subjects are essential to a modern mechanical or manufacturing engineer.
You'll also study a number of work based learning modules, carrying out live engineering projects in conjunction with your employer to promote your career development.

You can be sure that you'll be learning the latest knowledge and skills in engineering.

Why you should study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Derby

What you will study

You'll study a total of 120 credits per year. This will be made up of single or double modules.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Applied Scientific Methods
  • Management of the Business Environment (Work Based Learning)
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Regulatory Systems (Work Based Learning)
  • Quality, Reliability and Work Environment (Work Based Learning)

You'll study modules such as:

  • Corporate Responsibility and Professional Development (Work Based Learning)
  • Advanced Applied Analytical Methods
  • Engineering Design Modelling
  • Project Foundation Degree - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Work Based Learning)
  • Structural Analysis and Materials
  • Thermofluids
  • Design for Manufacture and Materials Optimisation
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing

How you will learn

Real word learning: A significant proportion of the modules that you study on are Work Based Learning modules where you can both learn and apply skills and abilities gained in a real work based context.

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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.

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Find out more about Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees



£1,155 per module




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

How to apply

UK/EU students

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


This course is aimed at the vocationally orientated aspects of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. When you've successfully completed this course you will be eligible to move on to our BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering or BEng (Hons) Manufacturing and Production Engineering with Industrial Year courses, allowing you to top up your qualification to an honours degree with the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineering level.

Contact details

Mike Veveris (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 593138 (0)1332 591167 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

Three years, or Two years accelerated

Two or three years part-time day release

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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.

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.