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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 to an honours degree in this full-time or part-time course.

Page last updated 11 July 2018


Why study engineering?

Engineers play an important role solving problems faced by industry and society.

There is always high demand for graduates who understand engineering problem-solving and have a solid understanding of multi-disciplinary projects.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Engineering is a one-year top-up course that turns an Engineering Foundation Degree, HND or international qualification into an honours degree.

Building on the foundation of your previous studies, choose pathways in manufacturing or electronics.

Study manufacturing subjects such as mechanical design, manufacturing systems, alternative energy, operations and quality management, and automated manufacture. Or study electronics subjects like robotics, signal processing, computer networks and embedded systems.

Apply your knowledge through a series of live projects with real clients to ensure you're industry-ready when you graduate.

Get an inside track on the industry ideas and career options at presentations from visiting professionals.

Where can it take me?

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 so you can specialise in your chosen area.

On the manufacturing pathway, you'll study modules including:

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

On the electronics pathway, you'll study modules including:

  • Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control Systems Design
  • Group Design & Integration Project
  • Analogue Electronic Design
  • Business Environment.

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, computer work, projects, case studies and seminars.

Take part in our induction programme and get access to guidance and support from academic staff and student advisers.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to gain an inside track on industry challenges and opportunities. Take part in 'Meet the Employer' sessions and get help with interview techniques and CV writing.

Boost your skills

Get involved in national competitions and initiatives to boost your skills and experience. Volunteer your skills to help develop infrastructure in developing countries through initiatives like Engineers without Borders.


You can expect to be assessed through a mix of assignments, exams, continuous assessment and group work, depending on the module.

You'll also complete a final year project that makes up a quarter of the final year's work.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Learn professional engineering skills in our well-equipped facilities.

Access industry-standard 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.      

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

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 as CAD engineers, technicians, mechanical engineers, project managers and product support engineers.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Find out more about careers in engineering.


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

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

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.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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