Professional Engineering (Power Systems) BEng

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A Foundation Degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date

Earn a living whilst you complete your studies

Benefit from close links to industry

Opportunity to progress onto a full time MSc course at Aston

Gain specialist knowledge required to further your career

Course summary

This programme provides the advanced engineering knowledge and understanding needed to qualify for incorporated engineer (IENG) status.

Course outline and key facts

Course Outline:
The Professional Engineering (Power Systems) course is a progression pathway with 120 credits weighting, designed to give a route from foundation degrees to a BEng/BSc. It is offered to those who hold 240 credits from Aston Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in power engineering or other related topic. The course provides the advanced engineering knowledge and understanding needed to qualify for incorporated engineer (IEng) status, and helps with building the range of practical competences also needed for IEng.The programme has six modules. There are four technical modules each worth 20 credits, a professional development audit module worth 10 credits and a work-based project module worth 30 credits.

Between 2 and 3 years Distance Learning

The programme comprises of 6 modules. Students can have a sabbatical for 1 year, can take 3 modules per year to complete the programme in 2 years or 2 modules per year to complete in 3 years.

Location of course:
All learning and teaching is undertaken through Distance Learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard). You will also be allocated two Supervisor who will visit you in the workplace to help guide you through your studies.  There will be a requirement to attend Aston University for an induction, to sit examinations and attend optional short tutorials.  Any attendance at the University is usually arranged on Saturdays.  


Entry requirements and fees

Entry requirement:
A Foundation Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline.  Applicants must be in full time employment and have the support of their employer. We understand that some engineers may not have completed a Foundation Degree (or equivalent qualification) and therefore do not meet the entry requirements. However, if you do have at least 180 credits from previous qualifications in a relevant engineering discipline, then we may be able to offer you the opportunity to complete a Portfolio of Evidence.  If the Portfolio is successfully completed, then you will be offered a place on this Bachelors programme.  For further information please email

Tuition fees:  
Home/EU tuition fee is £9,250. If the programme is taken over two years, then the fee payable is £4,625 per year. Payment by instalments is available to students paying their own fees. Overseas tuition fee: £19,000. Again, this is payable in instalments.

Subject guide and modules

The programme is designed based on:

  • Benchmark Statement of the IET/IMechE IEng class of membership
  • Benchmark Statement of UK-SPEC Engineering Specific Learning Outcomes
  • QAA Engineering Benchmark

The modules are:

  • Professional Development Audit (10 credits)
  • Elements of Power Systems I (20 credits)
  • Elements of Power Systems II (20 credits)
  • Sustainable & Renewable Technologies (20 credits)
  • Power Electronics & Machines for Power Systems (20 credits)
  • Work based Project (30 credits)

These modules are examples only and subject to change, please check back for next year’s modules soon.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning & teaching
Learning and teaching is undertaken through blended distance learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) using the following:

Sets of lecture notes & Books’ chapters

  • To convey essential knowledge
  • To provide guidance to students on effective use of learning materials

Case Studies & Mini Projects

  • To make connections with real life scenarios
  • To share experiences and link study with organisations
  • Forums and related activities/discussions
  • To explore issues, share ideas and develop understanding

Log Book

  • For endorsement of modules’ content learning and knowledge development and to support professional development


  • Examination (Including on-line assessment  where applicable)
  • Written assignments: Essays and Reports
  • Presentations: to assess ability to marshal information and present a rational argument
  • Project work to assess analytical and research skills
  • Learning journal to reflect on progress with developing intellectual skills
  • Evaluation of: Log book and report writing

There is a requirement to attend Aston University to sit examinations.

  • Graduates in Power System to address skill shortage
  • Career Progression along the employment ladder
  • Open new opportunities at technical and managerial level

Upon completion of this programme students have the opportunity to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status and progress to the MSc Professional Engineering course, which, upon completion, allows students to apply for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

The BEng Professional Engineering course is approved, delivered and managed by Aston University, but support for and recognition of the course is much broader.

The concept behind BEng Professional Engineering was developed by the Engineering Council (ECUK), the overall regulator of the engineering profession in the UK, with UK government support For more information on the flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer, see

This programme was developed according to the Engineering Council framework. 

Personal development
  • Gain knowledge depth in the field of electrical power and energy
  • Ability to perform skilfully and professional at workplace
  • Progression towards related professional institutions membership and chartered professional status

As part of the BEng we will work with you to draw up a plan for achieving the full range of personal development expected of an Incorporated Engineer under UKSPEC (the UK standard for professional engineering competence). As well as technical competence, this includes the ability to provide technical and commercial leadership, strong interpersonal/communication skills, and a personal commitment to professional standards, society in general and the environment.

Chris Jones (pictured right) presented with a certificate confirming his Incorporated Engineering status

Course director

Dr Goudarz Poursharif

Dr Goudarz Poursharif is a Teaching Fellow in Energy Systems and Director of Professional Engineering BEng. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2018. During his time in higher education, he has maintained close ties with industrial partners such as SSE, Thames Water, Northern Powergrid as well as Governmental bodies and NGOs such as BEIS, MSF, and EWB.

How to apply


October of each year.

Contact us

Aston Professional Education Centre

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston University
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET

Room: MB133
+44 (0)121 204 3555