Engineering BSc (Hons)


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Key Facts

  • UCAS Code

    BSc: H100
    BSc with Foundation: H102

  • Level


    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration

    Full Time: 3 years
    Full Time Foundation: 4 years
    Part Time: 4 - 6 years

  • Starting


  • DDE at A Level (to include Physics) or,
    MMP at BTEC

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250

  • Fees International 24/25

    Full Time: £15,200
    Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200

  • Location

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 893981


Engineering is an evolving sector that needs engineers with a wide variety of knowledge and skills. The University of Northampton’s Engineering BSc (Hons) degree will give you the foundations, key principles and professional skills you need in modern engineering and related industries. Our staff have significant industrial experience and use the latest learning and teaching technology.

This engineering degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree in engineering meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
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Updated 03/07/2024


  • Collaboration with local engineering companies (NETP)
  • Dedicated specialist lab facilities – view our Engineering Teaching Labs Tour
  • Placement opportunities available on the Engineering BSc degree
  • Progression courses available
  • HP Laptop and software included with this course*  (*Terms and Conditions apply)
  • This degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

Course Content

  • During your first year studying Engineering BSc (Hons), you will be introduced to the fundamental principles and concepts of engineering, along with knowledge and understanding of technical requirements and management issues. You will also cover design and analytical principles and materials science.

    In your second year of your engineering degree programme, you have the chance to do an optional industrial placement with your employer if you have one, an independently sourced placement or a paid placement (placements awarded on a competitive basis) through the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP).

    In the second year, we will extend your knowledge and skills to more complex issues. We encourage you to work in an industrial setting so that you can work alongside professional, experienced engineers to solve real problems. We will work with the companies and oversee the work that you do to make sure you have the best possible learning environment. This experience will develop your problem-solving, and analytical skills and you will have the opportunity to use advanced computer aided engineering software packages. Your second year will also include project or case study work to demonstrate your learning and skills that you have developed through the course.

    The final year of the degree in engineering will develop your skills and abilities further, encouraging independent critical thinking and evaluation of engineering technologies. We will look at computer simulation and modelling, current quality and manufacturing practices, and the applications of technology for solving real engineering problems. You will also work on a substantial project, which is often industry based or industry related.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 24/25. The modules relating to the academic year 25/26 will be available from June 2025.

      • Module code: ENG1004
        Status: Compulsory
        The module introduces students to engineering drawing and the production of engineering models and drawings using computer technology. The selection of materials, engineering components, and the operating principles of simple machines will also be features of the module.
      • Module code: ENG1005
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of the module is to provide students an overview of fundamental scientific principles which underpin the design and operation of electrical engineering systems which will provide a basis for further study in specialist areas of electrical and electronic engineering.
      • Module code: ENG1006
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop understanding of basic mechanical principles to enable students to participate in the design, development and operation of mechanical engineering systems. This module aims to provide a firm foundation for work in these fields and also a basis for more advanced study.
      • Module code: ENG1007
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide Engineering students with a sound background knowledge and understanding of structure, properties, testing and application of engineering materials. Students will gain a broad knowledge of the range of manufacturing processes that can be applied to materials for a variety of manufacturing applications.
      • Module code: ENG1047
        Status: Compulsory
        Applied mathematics underpins the understanding of many principles in all engineering disciplines. This module aims to provide Engineering students with the fundamental knowledge and analytical techniques needed to enable them to study related engineering modules successfully and to analyse and solve practical problems through the application of mathematics.
      • Module code: ENG1048
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to examin key factors which complement technical elements of engineering, understanding of which is regarded essential in todays industrial environment. Analysis of the key areas of qualty, standards sustainability, project management and ethics form strong themes throught the module.
      • Module code: ENG2005
        Status: Compulsory
        The module is about the creation and development of an economically viable product that meets defined requirements. The module involves significant intellectual challenges as it requires you to integrate and augment your engineering knowledge and apply it to the solution of design problems.
      • Module code: ENG2018
        Status: Designate
        This module provides the opportunity for the student to undertake a major problem-solving exercise or an in-depth study of a particular topic of interest and permits the integration of the main areas of study in the programme. This module could form the assessment for any University-approved industrial placement opportunity.
      • Module code: ENG2026
        Status: Designate
        This module gives students opportunity to consolidate their learning and produce a report and logbook on a particular piece of work that they have been involved with in their workplace. They will identify a suitable case study topic, which will be industrial and based on working practice or work-placement activities.
      • Module code: ENG2051
        Status: Compulsory
        This module introduces electronic devices, circuits and circuit theory which form the building blocks of a practical electronic system. In understanding the limitations and performances of such devices and techniques students will appreciate how a system may be degraded or enhanced by their selection and application.
      • Module code: ENG2057
        Status: Compulsory
        This module enables students to build on the basic Mechanical Principles studied in the first year. This module will also give students a broader perception of the theory behind engineering practice. Students will experience practical applications in the laboratory environment and be involved in the use of computer aided processes.
      • Module code: ENG2058
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides underpinning knowledge of conventional techniques and processes required for the manufacturing products. It further covers manufacturing systems. It enables students to synthesize known factors in existing product manufacture at a level that will enable them to suggest or recommend changes for improvement through advanced and computer-based techniques.
      • Module code: ENG2059
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to consider factors which assist in the development and management of engineering activities. It has a strong industry focus key themes are the innovation process, considering where inspiration is gained, sustainability, legal considerations and management techniques relating to projects and research and development.
      • Module code: ENG3002
        Status: Compulsory
        Computer simulation modelling techniques offer savings in time and money in many company activities and are a valuable aid to management decision making. This module introduces students to computer modelling techniques and software and gives them the opportunity to practice the technique in the solution of problems.
      • Module code: ENG3005
        Status: Compulsory
        This module has four key themes, which are vital in supporting technological industries. Focusing on the application of Quality Principles, Manufacturing improvement techniques, project management and personal performance and leadership. Many of the topics are discussed and evaluated using relevant industrial scenarios, applying knowledge gained to solve problems.
      • Module code: ENG3020
        Status: Compulsory
        This module teaches the design of electromechanical systems which integrate mechanical, electrical, and control systems engineering. Laboratories form the core of the module. These cover topics such as transducers, signal conditioning, filters, closed loop control, digital logic, embedded systems and PLCs. Labs involve Arduino and PLC software such as Codesys.
      • Module code: ENG3021
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with instruction in the fundamentals of theory of machines. The theory of machines and mechanisms provides the foundation for the study of displacements, velocities, accelerations, and static and dynamic forces required for the proper design of mechanical linkages, cams, and geared systems.
      • Module code: ENG4004
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides the opportunity to apply and develop theoretical knowledge in an individual project and individual report. By completing the module students will gain experience of researching the necessary technical information, of solving cross-disciplinary technical problems. This module could form the assessment for any University approved industrial placement opportunity.
  • A typical offer for the engineering degree would be:

    • DDE at A Level (to include Physics) or,
    • MMP at BTEC/Cambridge Technical or,
    • Pass (C and above) at T Level

    Applicants need to hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above (or recognised Level 2 equivalent).

    We welcome applications from students with a mix of A levels and BTEC/Cambridge Technical qualifications.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or,
    • MPP at BTEC or,
    • Pass (D or E) at T Level

    However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study. Entry requirements are as follows:

    • DEE at A-Level
    • BTEC in Engineering MPP
    • Professional/industry experience
    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with the University of Northampton must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the Engineering BSc degree relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £15,200
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £15,200
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for the engineering degree for 2024 entry

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted for the Engineering BSc degree relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,540 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
    • International – Full Time: £14,750
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,750
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2023 entry.


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time Engineering degree at Northampton, you will receive a laptop when your course begins*. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your engineering degree, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks, visit our Student Perks page or dedicated International Perks page.

    *UK fee payers only (see Terms and Conditions for further details).

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for an engineering degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Our four-year engineering course will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • How will I learn on the engineering degree?

    We use a variety of innovative study methods to help you address new challenges and theoretical learning complemented by practical classes and lab exercises to enhance your experience and develop your hands-on skills. You will be immersed in the multidisciplinary field of engineering by using computer simulation tools, mechanical and embedded system design.

    What is the schedule?

    Each 20-credit module on the degree in engineering consists of 200 hours in total, which will be broken down to individual study, lecture and seminars, laboratories, assessment and other course related activities.

    How will I be assessed on the engineering degree?

    You will be assessed through:

    • coursework
    • oral presentations
    • group work
    • practical reports
    • critical reviews
    • end of module exams.

    Coursework is used to assess specific learning outcomes and offer the opportunity for you to develop transferable skills in terms of research, communication skills, problem solving, oral presentation skills, group activities and time management.


Careers and Employability

This engineering degree will enable you to enter careers in a diverse range of engineering sectors, including:

  • manufacturing
  • automotive
  • chemical
  • aeronautical
  • civil

If you graduate with a 2:2 or higher, you will be eligible to apply for an additional year and gain an Advanced Design and Manufacturing MSc.

Master’s Opportunities

Our master’s courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on master’s fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Facilities and special features

Special features for the degree in engineering include:

  • strong industry focus, aiming to build upon students’ knowledge and experience to prepare them for employment or further study
  • engagement with industry is actively encouraged and supported whenever possible
  • collaboration between The University of Northampton and local engineering companies (NETP), who provide paid placements opportunities for University students
  • high employability for our students
  • IMechE accredited

Engineering BSc students have access to specialist laboratories for electronics and mechanical engineering, as well as to fully equipped engineering workshops. Students also have opportunity to be involved in other industry related activities such as Formula Student and Formula E, both of which are supported by a purpose-built garage.

Facilities include:

  • Mechanical Engineering lab
  • Electrical Engineering/Electronics lab
  • Machine shop
  • F1 and Formula E garage