Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - Employer Information

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Degree
    A professionally recognised bachelors degree or equivalent in a STEM subject
  • Plus
    At least grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
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Key dates

  • Programme start dates
    January, April, July and October.

Employer information

An apprenticeship to transform engineers into future leaders in their field.

Postgraduate Engineer apprentices will develop their knowledge in their chosen specialism and learn to overcome engineering problems using technology, innovation and creativity. The apprenticeship is tailored to each individual and all learning is specifically focused on organisational needs, giving you an immediate return on investment.

Key information and entry requirements

Degree Apprenticeship Standard

This programme aligns to the Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer degree apprenticeship standard. You can find more information about the standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.


By successfully completing this programme, apprentices will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma with the option to top up to a full MSc in Professional Engineering. Learners will also achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

The duration of the apprenticeship is up to two and a half years and apprentices will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma. This qualification can then be topped up to an MSc in Professional Engineering bringing the total course length to up to a maximum of five years. 

Start date

There are multiple entry points in January, April, July and October.

Tuition fees

The funding band for this degree apprenticeship is £27,000. This is the full cost of the apprenticeship which will be paid for using your apprenticeship levy.

Entry requirements

You can specify your own entry requirements for the apprenticeship in addition to those of the University.

Aston University requires a professionally recognised bachelors degree or equivalent in a STEM subject. All candidates must be interviewed by the University in addition to employer requirements.

Candidates will also need to meet the government's eligibility criteria:

  • At least grade 4 or C GCSE Maths and English
  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for the past three years or more prior to starting the course 
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship you are applying for is due to start 
  • Be aged at least 16 years old to meet government funding criteria.
Who is this apprenticeship for?

This programme is suitable for engineers who want to accelerate and develop their knowledge and competencies while maintaining a full-time job. It is intended for both new and existing employees at organisations of all sizes and sectors. The apprenticeship will give individuals the skills and theory needed to progress in the organisation as well as a formal postgraduate qualification.

Course outline

Postgraduate Engineer apprentices will develop their knowledge in their chosen specialism and learn to overcome engineering problems using technology, innovation and creativity. The apprenticeship is tailored to the individual's role and all learning is specifically focused on the work the apprentice does in your organisation.

Programme content is taught at postgraduate level and is split into two phases. The first phase is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge required to progress into the second phase. The development phase is tailored to each apprentice’s skills and knowledge gaps and the needs of the organisation. The foundation phase is delivered online through fortnightly webinars and individual study and covers four main areas:

  • Project management
  • Engineering management
  • Sustainability
  • Professional development audit.

The development phase provides an opportunity to choose between two routes:

  • Employer-led route: The content is developed based on the employer’s requirements specified in an occupational brief and must include a set of work-integrated learning modules.

  • Standard route: This covers a range of professional engineering modules that have been developed by Aston University.

Topics on offer include:

  • Design methodologies
  • Emerging technologies
  • Current technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Product delivery
  • Engineering analysis
  • Scientific foundations.
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

This apprenticeship is delivered entirely through blended learning. Apprentices will take part in online seminars and implement their knowledge and skills through work integrated learning projects. Apprentices are supported with projects through regular visits from their Aston University supervisor who will help them to tailor their work to your organisation without the need to travel to campus.


Apprentices are assessed throughout the apprenticeship via project reports and a portfolio, all of which can be tailored to your organisation’s needs. The apprenticeship also includes an End Point Assessment interview with representatives from Aston University, the employer, and an independent assessor.

Information for prospective apprentices

If you are considering undertaking a degree apprenticeship yourself, or you want to pass on information to a colleague who might be interested, take a look at the course page dedicated to prospective apprentices.

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