Earn a living whilst you complete your studies
Benefit from close links to industry
Opportunity to progress onto a full time MSc course at Aston
Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career
Course outline and modules
The Professional Engineering (Nuclear 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.The course aims to widen access to professional engineer registration and provides opportunities to realise your academic potential through combining academic learning with highly-relevant practical skills learning in the field of nuclear energy technology.
What you'll learn
Delivered by Aston’s Professional Engineering Centre, the BEng Professional Engineering (Nuclear Engineering)provides advanced engineering knowledge and understanding in the field of nuclear energy technology, 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
Our up-to-date and professionally relevant curriculum is designed to produce graduates who are in high-demand in the nuclear energy and related industries.
Learning outcomes of the course include being able to: apply advanced mathematics, science and technology relevant to your engineering discipline and work role; apply advanced concepts, principles and methodologies of engineering practice appropriate to your discipline and work role; effectively use project management tools and techniques appropriate to your work role; apply business and management methods appropriate to your professional responsibilities; appreciate the role and responsibilities of a Professional Engineer including the key areas of continuing professional development, ethics and sustainability; analyse and solve engineering problems; evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources; plan, conduct, evaluate and report on a programme of work.
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.
A Foundation Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
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
Birmingham B4 7ET
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 5394
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.
- Professional Development Audit
- Work Based Project
- Project Management
- Reactor Dynamics
- Nuclear Engineering Principles
- Human Performance, Ethics and Organisation Behaviour in the Nuclear Industry
These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.
Assessment will be via examinations and coursework.
- Personal 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 per year.
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.
Successful completion of the BEng Professional Engineering (Nuclear 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 (Nuclear 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 Nuclear Engineering. 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. Find more information on the flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I study Professional Engineering (Nuclear Engineering) BEng at Aston University?
The ProfessionalEngineering (Nuclear 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 in the field of nuclear energy technology to the next level, while working and earning a wage.
- What are the career prospects for Aston’s BEng Professional Engineering (Nuclear Engineering)?
Successful completion of the BEng Professional Engineering (Nuclear Engineering)degree from Aston will give you the opportunity to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to theMSc 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.