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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.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up 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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 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.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • From two or more A-levels (including one STEM subject), BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* in a STEM based subject or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirements of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Science and Engineering Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

Part-time courses

Applications for part-time 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

Apply for part-time BSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture


What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core modules
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
  • Applications of Engineering Principles
  • Computer Simulation and Modelling
  • Quality and Product Development
  • Measurement and Control
  • Competition and Contracts in Engineering

Year three

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


  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

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
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. 

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. 

Further study

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