Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship

The Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship from De Montfort University (DMU) will enable learners to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level, and demonstrate strong analytical, synoptic and integrative abilities within a range of engineering sectors.

This programme is aligned to the Level 7 Postgraduate Engineer apprenticeship standard that provides apprentices with a core set of skills. The programme also offers the opportunity to focus on one of five pathways:

  • Design and Development Engineer
  • Systems Integration Engineer
  • Engineering Business Manager
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Manufacture/Production Engineer

This standard is allocated a Funding Band of £27,000 by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

Who the apprenticeship is for?

This apprenticeship is for professionals in employment within the engineering sector, seeking to develop their career to a senior level. Typical job roles include: Design and Development Engineer, Systems Integration Engineer, Engineering Business Manager, Research and Development Engineer, Manufacture/Production Engineer.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and experience, and individually assess each candidate on their eligibility. Successful candidates will typically have a professionally recognised Bachelors Level Degree or equivalent such as BEng, BSc in a STEM subject.

All apprentices must have at least English and Maths at Level 2 prior to the End Point Assessment.

Delivery model

The Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship is typically studied over two years. Apprentices will be taught in blocks of one week at a time, with pre and post block support. The studying will include a significant laboratory-based practical component that is aligned with (and can be undertaken as part of) the industry-based component of the apprenticeship.

The programme will commence with a two day induction that will introduce participants to the programme team and will provide valuable insight into individual modules.

Programme content

Apprentices will study core modules and will then make a choice from a list of elective modules. The core modules are designed to support candidate in their journey towards chartered status.

The core modules are:

  • The Engineering Business Environment
  • Study Skills and Research Methods
  •  Leadership and Management

The elective modules have been developed to reflect different industry sectors including; energy and power, automation and robotics, design, materials and manufacturing. An indicative list of core and optional modules across different pathways include:

  • Advanced Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Solid Mechanics
  • Robotics
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Structural Integrity: Designing Against Failure
  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Systems Operations Management
  • Resource Efficient Design
  • Computer Aided Design and FE Analysis
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Low Carbon Transport
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Power Generation and Transmission
  • Energy Analysis Techniques
  • Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming and Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems


The programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. Block mode teaching allows for a variety of assessment types. In addition to online phase tests, assessments may include written reports, practical assessments, and prototype design.

Assessment of this programme places a strong emphasis on project and problem-based learning.

Development Evidence Log (DEL)

All students are required to create a portfolio which will capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. This will contribute to their End Point Assessment and enable participants to reflect, plan and evaluate their development. Portfolio software will be used to capture all information and training will be provided to all participants on how to use the software.

End Point Assessment

The End Point Assessment (EPA) for the programme will include the presentation of the work-based project and an independent professional discussion to review the completed portfolio. The topic of the work-based project will be agreed between the employer and apprentice, and must be of benefit to the business. 

Final degree award

All successful apprentices will achieve a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Competence.

For more information, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.

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