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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.

Designed by industry, the Postgraduate Engineer apprenticeship puts the successful apprentice at the forefront of advanced engineering principles and techniques that contribute to developing the way in which we live. Apprentices on this programme will complete a degree at DMU that will support the fundamental scientific and mathematical principles that equip them with the understanding required to operate effectively and efficiently at a high level within a range of engineering specialities. This will be supported by vocational training to developthe required competencies specific to particular roles within the chosen speciality.

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 and Technical Education (IfATE).

Download our Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship guide.

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, Quality Assurance/Compliance Engineer, Test / Qualification Engineer, Maintenance / Test Engineer and Product Support (inc logistics) Engineer.

Entry requirements

All applicants need to be employed by an organisation in a role that provides them with the experience and exposure to a range of relevant business areas. This will ensure that apprentices can complete all elements as required.

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 modules

Year 1

Study Skills and Research Methods

15 credits

The Engineering Business Environment

15 credits

Structural Integrity: Designing against Failure

15 credits

Systems Operations Management

15 credits

Leadership and Management I

15 credits

Sustainable Energy

15 credits

Year 2

Resource Efficient Design

15 credits


Computer Aided Design and FE Analysis

15 credits

Computational Fluid Dynamics

15 credits

Leadership and Management II

15 credits

Low Carbon Transport

15 credits

Environmental Management and Policy

15 credits

Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Artificial Intelligence

15 credits

Embedded Systems

15 credits




The programme is designed to enable apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisation and role. There are a variety of assessment methods including; assignments, examinations, reports, group presentations and work-based projects. Assessment of this programme places a strong emphasis on project and problem based learning. Real world examples and projects are incorporated at all levels.

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.

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