Engineering BSc (Hons)
BSc with Foundation: H102
Full Time: 3 years
Full Time Foundation: 4 years
Part Time: 4 - 6 years
Fees UK 22/23:
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250
Fees International 22/23:
Full Time: £14,000
Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000
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Engineering is an evolving sector that needs engineers with a wide variety of knowledge and skills. Our Engineering BSc (Hons) course 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.
- Collaboration with local engineering companies (NETP).
- Dedicated specialist lab facilities – view our Engineering Teaching Labs Tour
- Placement opportunities available.
- 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.
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, 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 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 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.
Introduction to Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1004Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Electrical Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1005Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Mechanical Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1006Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Materials Science (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1007Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Analytical Methods for Technology (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1047Status: CompulsoryApplied 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.
Engineering Industry Practice (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG1048Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
- Introduction to Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2005Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
Engineering Project (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2018Status: DesignateThis 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.
Work-Based Case Study (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2026Status: DesignateThis 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.
Analogue and Digital Electronics (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2051Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Advanced Mechanical Principles (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2057Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Manufacturing and Manufacturing Systems Technology (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2058Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Innovation and Management for Engineers (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG2059Status: CompulsoryThe 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.
- Engineering Design (20 Credits)
Computer Simulation and Modelling (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3002Status: CompulsoryComputer 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.
Lean Manufacturing and Quality Applications (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3005Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Advanced Electro-Mechanical System Design (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3020Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Machines and Mechanisms (20 Credits)
Module code: ENG3021Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
Engineering Project (40 Credits)
Module code: ENG4004Status: CompulsoryThis 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.
- Computer Simulation and Modelling (20 Credits)
A typical offer would be DDE at A Level (to include Physics) or MMP at BTEC. Applicants need to hold GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above (or recognised Level 2 equivalent).
For more 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. 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 us 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.
2022/23 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,500 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £9,250 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
- International – Full Time: £14,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £14,000 for the foundation year; thereafter standard fees apply
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2022 entry.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
This degree has been accredited by IMechE under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree 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.
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 course, 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.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a 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 courses 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.
In your second year, 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 through the Northants Engineering Training Partnership (NETP). These placements are awarded on a competitive basis.
How will I learn?
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 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?
You will be assessed through:
- 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.
Are there any specialist features?
- 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.
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.
- Mechanical Engineering lab
- Electrical Engineering/Electronics lab
- Machine shop
- F1 and Formula E garage
Lecturer in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Design)
Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Design
Careers and Employability
This course will enable you to enter careers in a diverse range of engineering sectors, including:
If you graduate with a 2:2 or higher, you will be eligible to apply for an additional year and gain an Engineering MSc.