Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

The Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship was developed by leading employers, including Airbus and Babcock as well as UWE Bristol. It will enable your practicing engineers to boost their expertise, gain experience and take on greater responsibility within your organisation.

What is the Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship?

A new way of investing in your workforce, the Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship will allow your staff to build business-related competencies ranging from personal reflection and development through to strategic, tactical and operational skills – all while continuing to contribute to your organisation.

Postgraduate Engineers develop innovative, creative solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies. This programme will provide your staff with the strong, current academic foundation they’ll need to tackle a range of challenges based on real-life scenarios.

Who is the Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is designed for employees who are keen to further their engineering career by gaining a postgraduate professional qualification, but who wish to remain in the workplace.

How will your business benefit?

Your employees will be able to apply their learning in the workplace from day one - meaning you’ll see a difference almost immediately. They’ll keep your business up-to-date with the latest theory and methodology, boosting motivation, confidence and ultimately productivity.

Graduates will demonstrate the theoretical knowledge needed to solve problems in a range of existing and emerging technologies. They will display an in-depth understanding of key areas such as financial responsibility, safe working practice and legislative compliance, and will be committed to the continuing development of their knowledge.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has developed this programme to meet the academic requirements of the new Level 7 Postgraduate Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Standard. As part of the Trailblazer group, we worked closely with engineering institutions across the advanced engineering sector and leading industry businesses such as Airbus, Babcock and Costain.

We are proud of our strong links with industry employers and our commitment to practice-focused research. This ensures that our teaching is always underpinned by a comprehensive understanding of the sector’s requirements and contemporary thinking.

Postgraduate Engineer Degree Apprenticeship course details

Indicative content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

  • Professional and personal development: reflection on their careers to date and their future development in the sector to be prepared for an ever-changing business and global environment
  • Strategic understanding of the sector and how this is then translated into operations
  • Community and Service Responsibilities
  • Project and programme management.

Year two

  • Lean engineering and its impact across the business
  • Management of Business Systems
  • Technical project management
  • Lessons learned and how to implement them in the future.

Assessment takes a variety of forms, including coursework, presentations and examinations. Students will also keep an ongoing professional development portfolio.

Read more about the approved Apprenticeship Standard on the website.

Professional registration and accreditation

Successful learners will qualify with the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Competence. The programme has been designed to prepare your employees for professional recognition, such as Chartered Registration.

Duration and delivery

This two-year programme will be delivered in week-long blocks, each covering two modules. Learners will study three core modules and three optional modules.

Outside of the taught modules, students will be able to stay in touch with tutors and raise any questions and issues through weekly webinars.

Typical entry requirements

Applicants are subject to UWE Bristol’s standard entry requirements before acceptance is approved. Typically applicants will need to hold an existing 2:2 degree or equivalent, however applicants not holding a relevant degree but with significant work experience in an appropriate setting will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact the Degree Apprenticeship Team

To find out more about this apprenticeship, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on +44 (0)117 328 4888.

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships.  We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.  

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