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Course details

Study options

Part-time: Two years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

UCAS points

96 (September 2020 entry)

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Start date



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 programme is currently going through the process of re-accreditation by the IMechE

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.

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

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

Real world 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.

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

Dr Yiling Lu
Programme leader

Yiling is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees



£1,155 per module*




* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


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.

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

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.

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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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