FdEng Gas Transmission Engineering

This degree programme has been designed by Aston University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in collaboration with National Grid. The programme lasts two years and requires part-time block attendance, with seven modules studied in each year

Key benefits of this course

  • To provide students with the opportunities to realise their academic potential through a range of learning experiences.
  • To provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of aspects of Engineering appropriate to the Gas Transmission Industry.
  • To provide students with appropriately structured curricula, combining teaching and learning in engineering & systems issues with practical skills training.
  • To provide an up-to-date and employer focussed curriculum.
  • To equip students with the necessary skills for a range of technology based careers within the gas industry focussing on gas transmission engineering. 
  • To produce capable graduates who are highly valued by employers and who have the opportunity to progress onto the BEng Professional Engineering programme (by distance learning).
 2 years full-time

Typical offer level

Admission to the programme is available to candidates from a wide diversity of backgrounds and with a wide range of prior learning experience. Applicants must demonstrate their suitability for entry on to the programme to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programmes, School of Engineering & Applied Science (or her/his nominee at Aston or at a partner institution approved for the delivery of this programme).

In addition to satisfying the general entry requirements, candidates are expected to demonstrate prior knowledge and skills equivalent to BTech NC, NVQ or similar vocational awards.

Specific subject requirements

To be accepted on the programme a student must normally be supported by the head of department in the place of work.  Students not currently in employment must secure the offer of a work placement before being admitted to this programme.

Tuition fees:

£7,650 for UK/EU students. (2014).  

£11,750 for Outside EU students. (2014).  More on fees

This degree programme has been designed by Aston University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in collaboration with National Grid. It is a two years programme and is structured from 10 credits and 20 credits modules at level 4 and level 5. At the end of completing the programme the student graduates with a 240 credits Foundation degree (Principles of Gas Transmission Engineering). At level 4 the student studies the necessary fundamental underpinning topics and level 5 includes much of the specialised topics. The programme is delivered by two weeks block release.

Year 1

  The prescribed modules are:

  • Electrical & Electronic Principles

  • Mathematics for Engineers

  • Business Systems for Engineers

  • Materials & Processes

  • Gas Engineering Principles

  • Science for Engineers

  • Mechanical Principles

Year 2

  The prescribed modules are:

  • Materials Technology

  • Instrumentation & Control

  • Materials Technology

  • Mechatronics

  • Elements of Gas Engineering

  • Work Based Project

  • Quality & Environmental Systems & Procedures

  • Mathematical Methods in Engineering

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies, site visits and presentations. Delivery of the programme modules is by lecturing and laboratory experiments supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

This programme is assessed by assignments, tutorial classes, class tests, examinations and presentation of work-based projects.

Applying online is a very simple process. By clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link below you will be taken directly to the online application form where you will be asked to create a new account in the system. You will be automatically logged in after this and be able to start your application immediately. You can elect to ‘Save and Return Later’ at any point of the process, at which point you will be emailed details on how to return to your application later.
Qualification transcripts and certificates

This is the only mandatory document that you are required to upload. You must attach a scanned copy of any qualification certificates you have that are relevant to your application. If you do not have a certificate to upload but have been approved to join the programme by either your company or the programme director, please simply upload a word document that states that you do not have any certificates but have been pre-approved for the course by your company.

Sponsor Letter

If you are being sponsored by your company then you need to upload a sponsor letter (if you need assistance formatting your sponsorship letter, then take a look at this template as a rough guide). If you are applying as part of a group of students from one company and are being sponsored then you need not upload anything as we will contact your company directly for this.

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Aston Professional Engineering Centre

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham B4 7ET

Room: MB133
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5333
Email: fdeng_enquiries@aston.ac.uk

Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Peter Amos - National Grid
Graduate of FDEng Gas Transmission Engineering
"The current skills shortage in engineering presents many interesting opportunities across the sector. It's an excellent time to become an engineer. The course takes you a step closer towards professional accreditation, which is becoming ever more valuable as ultra-secure ‘jobs for life’ become a thing of the past."
Graduate Profile
Katie Boxall – National Grid
Graduate of FDEng Gas Transmission Engineering
"The Gas Transmission Engineering foundation degree has improved my understanding cross a wide variety of engineering disciplines. The content and examples used in the course were relevant to my job and the knowledge I have gained has allowed me to make improvements to the work I do on a day-to-day basis."

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research