Engineering lecturer



This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
One year
Full-time (part-time by negotiation)
Programme leader:
Dr Rohitha Weerasinghe
Key fact:
Top-up your foundation degree, HND or international qualifications into an honours degree in this one-year full-time course.

Page last updated 29 September 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Engineering?

Engineers play an important role solving the 21st century problems faced by industry and society. As a result, there is high demand for graduates with a broad-based approach to engineering problem-solving and a sound understanding of multi-disciplinary projects.

Why study our course?

If you have successfully completed an Engineering Foundation degree, an HND or international qualification requiring conversion, this course provides a one-year top-up to an honours degree. Building on the foundation of your previous studies, you can choose pathways in manufacturing or electronics. On manufacturing you will study subjects such as mechanical design, manufacturing systems, alternative energy, operations and quality management, and automated manufacture. On electronics, you may examine robotics, signal processing, computer networks and embedded systems.

Real world experience

To make sure that you're industry ready when you graduate, you will apply your knowledge through a series of live projects with real clients throughout the year. You will also get an inside track on the industry and careers at presentations from visiting professionals.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can choose from engineering careers in the UK and overseas. Opportunities include positions as computer-aided design (CAD) engineers, technicians, mechanical engineers, project managers, and product support engineers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



This top-up year offers two pathways - in manufacturing or electronics - allowing you to specialise in your chosen area.

On the manufacturing pathway, you will study modules including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Systems Engineering
  • Structural Design Inspection
  • Energy Technologies
  • Business Environment.

On the electronics pathway, you will study modules including:

  • Analogue Electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems Design
  • Group Design and Integration
  • Business Environment
  • Communications.

On both pathways, you will complete an individual project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

A range of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory work, computer work, projects, case studies and seminars.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

The Department operates an extensive pastoral care system that includes induction programmes and access to academic staff and student advisers for guidance and support throughout your time as a student.


Assessment normally takes place via a mixture of assignments, examinations, continuous assessment and group work, depending on the character of the module. You must undertake a final year project, typically amounting to a quarter of the final year's work.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Study and develop professional engineering skills in our state-of-the-art facilities, where you will:

  • access large well-equipped computing laboratories, computer rooms and computer-aided design (CAD) suites
  • create and test structures or concepts in our manufacturing workshops, wind tunnels and robotics laboratories
  • receive support and advice on computer applications from our system support helpdesk.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and careers, you will be able to attend regular presentations from visiting professionals. We also arrange 'Meet the Employer' sessions, providing guidance on interview techniques and CV writing.

Boost your skills

We encourage students to get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost their skills and experience. Some volunteer their skills to help develop the infrastructure in third world countries, through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, your combined understanding of engineering practice, information technology (IT), project management and business will equip you for work in a range of industries and professions. These range from mechanical design, manufacture and operations management, to alternative energies and electronics. Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles such as CAD engineers, technicians, mechanical engineers, project managers and product support engineers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

UWE - careers in engineering

Engineering Council


Full time top-up course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part time top-up course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If you are an overseas student, you should contact the Faculty to check the suitability of your qualification for entry. You will also require IELTS grade 6 or above or equivalent. For more information, please visit our English language requirements website.

  • Specific subjects: FdSc/HND in Engineering or equivalent

Entry requirements

You should normally hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in an Engineering discipline, with content meeting the pre-requisites of the modules on the programme. These include CAD and computer simulation (manufacturing pathway); Programming in C/C++ and signal processing (electronics pathway).

If you do not have an HND or Foundation Degree, we suggest you contact the course leader for advice before applying.

We also offer BEng(Hons) and MEng courses in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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