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About the course

Are you fascinated by how things are made? Looking for a challenging and varied career? 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.

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.

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.

Additional qualification Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Part time option

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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

With an emphasis on developing students’ practical engineering skills, this course is ideal for those who are looking to pursue a career in areas such as production and manufacturing, or developing electrical or mechanical systems, across a wide range of industries.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry H1H7
  • 4 Years Science and Engineering Foundation Year HH17
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs
Minor materials in year 3: approximately £50.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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 DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* 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 Science and Engineering 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
  • 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture

Science and Engineering Foundation route:

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

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. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

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What you'll study

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
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Mechatronics
  • Manufacturing and Automation
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Project


  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Dr Janet Bonar academic profile Janet Bonar Course Leader View profile
Dr Marc Molinari academic profile Marc Molinari Senior Lecturer View profile
Fayyaz Rehman academic profile Fayyaz Rehman Senior Lecturer View profile
Abdullah Wardak academic profile Abdullah Wardak Senior Lecturer View profile
Jilin Ye academic profile Jilin Ye Lecturer View profile
Rob Benham academic profile Rob Benham Lecturer View profile
Professor Tony Hope academic profile Tony Hope Associate Lecturer View profile
Helena Twigg academic profile Helena Twigg Associate Lecturer View profile
Simon Saggers academic profile Simon Saggers Technical Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent is 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 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.

Your future

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. 


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.


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. 

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