If you have recently completed the HND Engineering programme and are eager to broaden your engineering subject knowledge, you are invited to apply for this one year top up qualification.
There has been an increase in the Engineering market, both here in the UK and globally, for well qualified engineers with a wide variety of knowledge and skills. This fascinating, multifaceted subject is integral to a wide range of advances all around the world, from the development of facilities that utilise renewable energy resources through to the expansion of sustainable communities and drive lasting change. In this course you will learn about the influence that engineering has on the world as well as the contribution you may be able to make to future advances.
This one year course advances your knowledge of electronic and mechanical system design as well as analysing the applications of engineering technology in new and innovative ways. The course utilises the industrial experience of our academic teaching staff to ensure the content and focus remains relevant, cutting edge and sought after by employers.
Our engineering programmes have been designed in conjunction with industry. This ensures that our courses will prepare you for the demands of modern engineering and related industries. The programme is delivered by a specialist team with significant industrial experience using the latest learning and teaching technology.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
The University of Northampton
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The University partners with leading businesses across the industry
This course provides an opportunity to top up from an HND, Foundation Degree (Science) or other equivalent engineering qualification to a BSc (Hons) Engineering. The course covers a range of topics that would be expected of a modern professional engineer. These include computer simulation, lean manufacture and quality applications. A substantial part of the course is a major project (normally industrially based). A significant feature of the course is that it is delivered one day per week. Successful students may also progress from the BSc Engineering onto the MSc Engineering at the University of Northampton.
Course modules (16/17)
Computer Simulations and Modelling
- Module code: ENG3002
- Core module Y
You will be introduced to computer modelling techniques and software whilst providing an opportunity to practice techniques to solve problems.
Lean Manufacturing and Quality
- Module code: ENG3005
- Core module Y
You will examine approaches to waste minimisation by critically evaluating real life manufacturing situations.
Advanced Electro-Mechanical System Design
- Module code: ENG3020
- Core module Y
You will learn the basic principles for designing mechatronic systems. The learning outcomes are delivered combining taught and lab sessions prioritising students’ learning using a hands-on approach.
Machines and Mechanisms
- Module code: ENG3021
- Core module Y
You will learn machine theory. The module covers kinematics, static and dynamic analyses required for the proper design of mechanical linkages, cams, and geared systems.
- Module code: ENG4004
- Core module N
- Module code: ENG4005
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Within the programme, you will undertake a wide variety of activities and encounter new challenges that develop your theoretical learning. You will utilise your previous experience and, with the help of your tutors and module leaders, develop and apply this knowledge in new, innovative and imaginative ways.
You will investigate the development and application of lean manufacturing to production routes whilst still ensuring the quality of products remains high. You will be immersed in the multidisciplinary field of engineering by using state of the art computer simulation tools and mechanical and embedded system design. This course aims to develop problem solving skills essential to tackle engineering problems.
Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and end of module exams.
Facilities and Special Features
At the University of Northampton we have refurbished and upgraded our laboratories and research facilities to enable all of our students to learn their skills in a cutting edge and supportive environment.
Special course features
This industry focused, highly practical, one year course compliments the understanding that you already have, whilst developing your confidence and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of topics relevant to the engineering industry. You will also examine the use of computer simulations to build physical systems, thus reducing the need for wastage of failed or flawed products whilst improving the speed and sustainability of the design and manufacturing processes.
Students who have graduated from this course have entered a number of engineering sectors in the industry. These have included roles within the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors as well as scientific writing and journalism, marketing and sales. Alternatively, some students have continued to study at the University for a postgraduate degree leading to a Master’s level qualification. Graduates from this course can also continue to study an area of specific interest and gain a PhD qualification.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applications can be made throughout the year, with a September start available.
Completion of a HND or Foundation Degree or an equivalent qualification in Engineering.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent).
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.