Professional Engineering BEng

Study the Professional Engineering BEng degree at Aston University to gain the advanced engineering knowledge and skills that you need to qualify for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and take your career prospects to the next level – all while working and earning a wage.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Work-based degree

Course format

No placements

Duration

2 years

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

Course outline and modules

The Professional Engineering BEng degree course at Aston is designed as a progression route for those looking to move on from an Engineering Foundation degree, enabling you to top-up your qualification to a full Bachelors degree while earning and developing your skills in the workplace.

What you’ll learn

Delivered by Aston’s Professional Engineering Centre, the BEng Professional Engineering undergraduate degree provides advanced engineering knowledge and understanding, alongside building the range of practical competencies needed to qualify for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.The course is developed according to the Engineering Council framework and designed to meet academic requirements of the following:

  • Benchmark Statement of the IET/IMechE IEng class of membership
  • Benchmark Statement of UK-SPEC Engineering Specific Learning Outcomes
  • QAA Engineering Benchmark

Real-world learning

Students spend most of their time doing a full-time job as well as studying for their degree part-time. Everything is structured to fit around the job and is designed in partnership with employers.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline. Applicants must be in full time employment and have the support of their employer. We understand that some engineers may not have completed a Foundation Degree (or equivalent qualification) and therefore do not meet the entry requirements.

However, if you do have at least 180 credits from previous qualifications in a relevant engineering discipline, then we may be able to offer you the opportunity to complete a Portfolio of Evidence. If the Portfolio is successfully completed, then you will be offered a place on this Bachelors programme. For further information please email us.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the course please contact us on the details below.

Aston Professional Education Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science

Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Room: MB133
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5394
Email: eas_apec@aston.ac.uk

Learning, teaching and assessment

All learning and teaching is undertaken through Distance Learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) using lecture notes and book chapters, case studies and mini projects. You will also be allocated two supervisors who will visit you in the workplace to help guide you through your studies.There will be a requirement to attend Aston University for an induction, to sit examinations and attend optional short tutorials. Any attendance at the University is usually arranged on Saturdays.

Core modules
  • Professional Development Audit (PE6C00)
  • Work Based Project (PE6C05)
  • Project Management(PE6C01)
Optional modules
  • Offshore Engineering Oil & Gas (PE6E02)
  • Microcontrollers; Architecture and Programming (PE6E03)
  • Engineering Materials Principles (PE6E06)
  • Power Systems I (PE6E07)
  • Electrical Machines, Construction and Performance (PE6E08)
  • Health & Safety Management (PE6E09)
  • Solid Mechanics, Vibration and Rotor Dynamics (PE6E10)
  • Quality Engineering (PE6E12)
  • Engineering Design Applications (PE6E13)
  • Chemical Process Control (PE6E14)
  • Environmental Systems (PE6E19)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems (PE6E17)
  • Engineering Minerals Processing (PE6E18)
  • Process Technologies for the Water Industry (PE6E16)
  • Maintenance Management Systems (PE6E20)
  • Control Systems and Instrumentation (PE5E22)
  • Systems Engineering (PE6E04)

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

Assessment

Assessment will be via examinations (including online assessment where applicable), written assignments (essays and reports), presentations, project work and a learning journal.

Development

As part of the BEng we will work with you to draw up a plan for achieving the full range of personal development expected of an Incorporated Engineer under UKSPEC (the UK standard for professional engineering competence). As well as technical competence, this includes the ability to provide technical and commercial leadership, perform skilfully and professionally in the workplace, demonstrate strong interpersonal/communication skills, and develop a personal commitment to professional standards, society in general and the environment.

Fees and scholarship

Home/EU tuition fee is £9,250

If the programme is taken over two years, then the fee payable is £4,625

Payment by instalments is available to students paying their own fees.

Overseas tuition fee: £19,000

Again, this is payable in instalments.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Career prospects

Successful completion of the BEng Professional Engineering degree from Aston will give you the opportunity to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to the MSc Professional Engineering course, which, upon completion, allows you to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, opening new opportunities at technical and managerial level.

The BEng Professional Engineering course is approved, delivered and managed by Aston University, but support for and recognition of the course is much broader, to address shortages in different disciplines including Mechanical Engineering, Gas and Oil, Electrical Engineering, Instructions & Control, The Environment and Industrial Pollution. The concept behind BEng Professional Engineering was developed by the Engineering Council (ECUK), the overall regulator of the engineering profession in the UK, with UK government support. For more information on the flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer, see engineering gateways.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study Professional Engineering BEng at Aston University?

The Professional Engineering degree course at Aston allows you to gain the advanced engineering knowledge and skills that you need to qualify for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and take your career prospects to the next level, while working and earning a wage.

What are the career prospects for Aston’s BEng?

Successful completion of the BEng Professional Engineering degree from Aston will give you the opportunity to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to the MSc Professional Engineering course, which, upon completion, allows you to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, opening new opportunities at technical and managerial level.

Why should employers work with Aston University?

Aston University has strong links with business, industry and the public sector, and we have developed work-based learning programmes with organisations such as National Grid, SSE, E-ON UK, Royal Mail, and BP. These courses can benefit all organisations and businesses from large multinationals to small local companies.

 

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