Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

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
  • Employment
    You'll need to be in a full time paid role that is relevant to the apprenticeship. This could be an existing job role you are in or a new degree apprenticeship position you are applying for.
More information

Key Dates

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

Benefit from a hands-on, project oriented learning that directly relates to your organisation

No tuition fees to pay so you'll graduate with no student debt

Gain a Postgraduate Diploma with the option to top up to a full MSc in Professional Engineering

Course summary

This degree apprenticeship will give you the practical skills and the knowledge needed to progress your career in engineering. You'll learn to overcome engineering problems in your organisation using technology, innovation and creativity through work-integrated projects.

Key information and entry requirements


By successfully completing this programme, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma with the option to top up to a full MSc in Professional Engineering. You 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

You will not have to pay tuition fees as a degree apprentice as the costs are met by the UK government and your employer*. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

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

*Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements

You will need to apply for or already be employed in a role with responsibilities aligned with the degree content. Entry requirements are set by the hiring business and not Aston University so they vary between organisations.

Typically employers require:

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

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

  • 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.

Your place will be subject to an interview.

Course outline

Programme overview

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 your role and all learning is specifically focused on the work you for for your employer.

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.

Programme content

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 your personal 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 your 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. You will take part in online seminars and implement your knowledge and skills through work integrated learning projects. You'll be supported with your projects by regular visits from your Aston University supervisor who will help you to tailor your projects to your organisation without the need to travel to campus.


You will be assessed throughout the apprenticeship via project reports and a portfolio directly related to your industry and organisation. The apprenticeship also includes an End Point Assessment interview with representatives from Aston University, your employer, and an independent assessor.

Professional accreditation

By successfully completing the masters programme, engineers will have satisfied the requirements for their Professional Review Interview for CEng Status.

Programme Director

Mr Bill Glew 

Bill is a senior Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers with many years of industrial experience. He started his career as an Engineering Officer in the merchant navy, and then worked as a maintenance engineer in a number of industries, before eventually moving into production management where he finally became Operations Manager for a large heavy manufacturing company.

How to apply

I am not employed in the industry

The first step in joining our Degree Apprenticeship programme is to find and apply for a relevant job vacancy. All our current degree apprenticeship vacancies are listed below and are updated on a regular basis. Please check back regularly for new vacancies.

Find out more about applying for degree apprenticeships

I am already employed in the industry

If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

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