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If you have an interest in improving and creating products and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree to a full Bachelor's degree, this Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top up) (Hons) (2 or 3 Years) degree course from University of Portsmouth is ideal.

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The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Distance Learning) (Top up) (Hons) (2 or 3 Years) degree course from University of Portsmouth  is delivered by distance learning over 2 or 3 years. So you can easily fit it around work and other commitments. You’ll learn the fundamentals of engineering science and design, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and specialise in advanced subjects such as conservation and quality management.

With your Bachelor's degree, you'll contribute more to your employer, boost your career prospects and be prepared for work in engineering and technology in areas such as consumer product design, robotics, defence or aerospace.

The content of the course is broadly similar to IET accredited courses offered by the Department, although since the programme is equivalent to a one-year full-time programme, it is not accredited by the professional body. The proposed programme is compatible with similar courses offered in the department and other institutions within the UK.

What you’ll experience

  • Enhance your existing knowledge of engineering science and design fundamentals
  • Specialise in subjects such as computer-aided design (CAD), sustainable product development, conservation and quality management

Work experience and career planning

There's currently a shortage of talented engineers in the UK and abroad, so there will be many opportunities open to you when you graduate.

What can you do with a Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Top-up) degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including:

  • product design
  • manufacturing and installation
  • project management
  • research development


This course is primarily delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • coursework
  • practical tests
  • project work
  • presentations

Ideally, you'll carry out your final project at your place of work with a mentor approved by the University. If this isn't possible, then you can carry out the project at the University or elsewhere with the guidance of a University-approved mentor.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Programme Structure

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits. You'll need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits.

If you study this course over 2 years, you'll probably study modules worth 60 credits a year. If you do the course over 3 years, you'll likely study modules worth 40 credits a year.

Core modules include:

Manufacturing Systems – 20 credits

Materials and Engineering Systems – 20 credits

Optional modules (Choose one):

Advanced Materials for Product Realisation – 20 credits

Computer Aided Engineering – 20 credits

Design and Sustainable Development – 20 credits

Individual Project – 20 credits

Quality Management – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in the final year.

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Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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240 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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