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BSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture

Explore the limitless possibilities of engineering design

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Are you fascinated by how things are made? Looking for a challenging and varied career? Southampton Solent University’s engineering design and manufacture programme will help you to develop theoretical and practical engineering skills for use in both electronic and mechanical projects. This course also places a strong emphasis on employability, helping to ensure you graduate with a relevant and sought-after engineering skillset.

  • Students have the opportunity to use a range of high-end laboratories, facilities and workshops.
  • This course has a strong focus on hands-on experience, enabling students to put the theory they have learnt into practice straight away.
  • The course’s academic team has a wide range of commercial experience.
  • The academic team also maintain an established network of industry contacts. This helps to bring real-world examples, expertise and projects into the learning and teaching environment.
  • Students have the opportunity to showcase their projects at an end of year degree show.
  • Optional units in business and entrepreneurship encourage students to develop valuable transferable skills.
  • All Southampton Solent students benefit from our strong academic and social support networks.

The industry

It is estimated that there is an annual shortfall of 81,000 professional engineers in the UK alone. This critical skills gap is thought to be affecting the UK’s ability to stay competitive, meaning that demand for engineering professionals is likely to rise. This course aims to meet this future demand by offering students the practical, skill-based training that employers require. 

The programme

Engineering design and manufacture at Solent will provide students with a solid grounding in essential engineering concepts including mechanics, electronics, drawing, CAD and manufacturing. Critically, past students have been able to gain an insight into real-life engineering problems, tackling projects defined for them by our network of industry contacts.

Students benefit from a range of specialist facilities including well-equipped laboratories for electronics, mechanics, material testing and manufacturing. These laboratories feature the latest prototyping equipment, and software such as PSpice, NI Multisim, Solid Works and CES.

Solent is also home to a production and electronics laboratory, used for designing, building and testing electronic circuitry; and a heat treatment laboratory, which contains furnaces that heat specimens and components up to 1100oC. The materials testing laboratory has large tensile testing machines, and the manufacturing laboratory features a range of advanced equipment such as 3D printers, prototyping machines and laser cutters.

The engineering academic group’s extensive network of industry contacts has provided past students with the opportunity to work on live briefs, helping them to develop transferable analytical, problem solving, team working and business management skills.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Wessex Round Table of Inventors (WRTI) hold regular professional development events on campus. These events give students the opportunity to earn Continued Professional Development (CPD) points and network with their industry colleagues.

Next steps

Think a career in engineering may be right for you? Whether you’re looking to move into design, manufacturing, electrical or management roles after graduation, Southampton Solent’s engineering design and manufacture programme can help you to develop the first-hand knowledge you’ll need to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H150
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H151
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H152
  • 3 Years Standard entry H1H7

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Part-time entry
Relevant HNC/D

Year one:


Core units

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • CAD and the Design Process
  • Manufacturing Principles
  • Engineering Principles
  • Microprocessors and Applications
  • Professional and Study Skills.

Year two:


Core units

  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
  • Applications of Engineering Principles
  • Computer Simulation and Modelling
  • Quality and Product Development
  • Measurement and Control.


  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year three


Core units

  • Mechatronics
  • Manufacturing and Automation
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Project.


  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching is often workshop- or laboratory-based, with students completing tasks individually and in groups.

The emphasis is on activity-based learning and problem-solving, applying theoretical knowledge to resolve real-life scenarios.

External visits, guest speakers and visits from professional bodies enhance the taught course and introduce students to an industry perspective.

Work experience
First-year full-time students have the chance to be partnered with a company in the industry, providing at least one visit in the first year. This close relationship will give students the opportunity to apply for any holiday vacancies or other staff requirements.

In their final year, students will carry out an assessed consultancy project with a relevant company.

Formal examinations, written assignments, group work, laboratory reports and presentations.

Our facilities

Well-equipped laboratories in electronics, mechanics, material testing and manufacturing, including the latest rapid prototyping equipment and software such as PSpice, NI Multisim, Solid Works and CES.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The engineering team has a diverse range of research interests including the product life cycle, data communications and digital signal processing. The team has also developed a large number of industrial links with locally based multinational companies considered world-class in terms of technology and processes. 

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H150
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H151
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H152
  • 3 Years Standard entry H1H7

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Graduates will have a wide range of career options. These include different types of design engineering; production and manufacturing; electrical-mechanical systems engineering; or positions in project planning and management of manufacturing operations.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Product designer
  • Manufacturing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Service engineer within a range of industries
  • Research engineer 
  • Quality control manager
  • Production manager
  • Manufacturing engineer. 

Links with industry

The engineering group has extensive industrial links developed and fostered over many years, giving you the opportunity to work on industry-related problems and incorporate live briefs into the assessment.

Many students work closely with employers or local companies on projects within the course, and we’ll encourage you to participate in practical work-based initiatives.

Previous industry partners have included Rolls-Royce, Marine Concepts, BAE Systems, Stannah, Saab and Seaeye.

Transferable skills

Design and engineering work will develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as giving you a good grounding in maths. You’ll also build a solid foundation of business and management skills, while group work will develop your teamwork and communication.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A-levels in a relevant subject (Maths to have been studied at AS Level or higher), a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Entry to year two full-time or year three part-time can be considered for applicants with a relevant HNC or equivalent qualification.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) H150
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H151
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year H152
  • 3 Years Standard entry H1H7


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