MRes Engineering Management (PG Engineer Apprenticeship Route)

Our MRes Engineering Management (Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Route) allows you to invest in your workforce by combining university education, work-based learning and ongoing professional development. While working as a valuable part of your team, your apprentices can gain the advanced knowledge and skills needed to develop innovative solutions to complex technical engineering problems, and assemble their portfolio towards achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

MRes Engineering Management (PG Engineer Apprenticeship Route)

Course details

Our MRes Engineering Management (Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Route) is designed to support the development of professionals that will match the current and future needs of your organisation. You can offer structured on-the-job training and an internationally recognised qualification in engineering management, helping you attract the best new talent and retain valued staff through career progression. Studying flexibly alongside work will allow your apprentices to put their new skills and understanding into practice immediately, benefitting your organisation without delay.

Postgraduate engineers develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change and may have technical accountability for complex systems. This postgraduate course will support your apprentices to develop the theoretical knowledge needed to solve technological problems by applying analytical techniques, along with the project, financial, and personnel management skills and understanding required for commercial success.

Our expert staff will guide them as they develop effective project planning and management skills, gain postgraduate research and problem solving skills, and learn when to seek advice from subject experts and senior colleagues. Your apprentices will spend 80% of their time at work and 20% at the University, usually on a day-release basis. Our dedicated team will cover integrated management systems and techniques for quality, sustainability, lean and innovation. Your apprentices will also explore the essential elements of business management, including leadership, human resource management and marketing, and develop essential skills such as communication and time management. Throughout the course, we’ll guide them as they build a portfolio of evidence representing the projects and tasks they have completed while working as part of your team.

The course is designed to meet professional institution standards in the UK and to support you to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

If you’re looking for postgraduate-level training in this subject area but don’t work for an employer who is offering apprenticeships, please see our related courses section for details of study opportunities that don’t require current employment.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MRes
  • Duration: 18 months

Course highlights:

  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Certificate, and be awarded an academic degree – the MRes Engineering Management from the University of Bolton.
  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our dedicated staff team who offer a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials.
  • During the final stage of the course, your apprentice will undertake a substantial work-based research project, the nature of which will be identified and developed through consultation between your organisation and the University. As well as offering your apprentice valuable experience, this live project can offer you genuine insight into potential opportunities or improvements that can benefit your organisation.
  • Your apprentices will have the option to gain an industry-recognised project management qualification assessed by an external provider. The details and costs of this qualification are in development and details will be available prior to their enrolment on the course.

Key features:

  • This Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship skilfully combines study in our vibrant higher education environment with practical and focused work-based learning and experience in your organisation.
  • Course materials are available online, allowing your apprentices to prepare work at home and make the most of the highly interactive in-class tuition.
  • Our approach to teaching and learning is ‘student-centred’, so we’ll work with your apprentices on an individual basis, providing tailored help and support throughout their studies.
  • By studying alongside apprentices from other engineering specialisms or alternative industrial sectors, your apprentices can benefit from a wider range of knowledge and experience that supports cross-disciplinary thinking.
  • We also offer Master’s degrees in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, and these apprenticeships are part of a well-established suite of master’s programmes offered by the University of Bolton.
  • Quarterly and annual reviews, where each apprentice, their workplace mentor and a member of our team meet to assess your apprentice’s progress, promote continuing conversation between your workplace and the University. This helps to ensure the success of your apprentices and maximise the value of their studies to your organisation.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MRes
  • Duration: 18 months

Normally, applicants are expected to have successfully completed an Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, and have appropriate work experience.

Applicants should also have Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics; for instance GCSE grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent).

Applicants will also be considered if they have alternative equivalent qualifications with extensive relevant work experience.

Applicants holding overseas degrees are very welcome and the equivalence of their qualifications will be assessed by the University.

Admission to this programme is only available to candidates who meet the following criteria. 1) They are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a role relevant to the apprenticeship. 2) They have the right to live and work in the UK. 3) Their employer is participating in the Degree Apprenticeship scheme. 4) Their employer is willing to sponsor them to attend the University one day per week (times and dates to be determined). Please note that an apprentice cannot be self-employed.

If an applicant doesn’t possess GCSEs in English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9, or hold an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy, they will be asked to complete initial assessments for English and mathematics. The results of these assessments will determine whether they are accepted on to the apprenticeship with their current qualifications, or a recommendation of delayed entry is made so they can undertake studies enabling them to achieve the required level of English and mathematics prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

To be eligible for tuition fee funding through the Apprenticeship Levy, candidates should not normally have already completed a qualification at the same level as the proposed apprenticeship, unless that qualification was gained in a completely unrelated discipline.

Career opportunities

The MRes Engineering Management (Postgraduate Engineer Apprenticeship Route) programme is designed to meet the Postgraduate Engineer (Degree) Apprenticeship Standard. Developed by employers in collaboration with higher education institutions and professional bodies, this apprenticeship standard underpins a highly relevant qualification and professional development pathway that supports apprentices to achieve the requisite postgraduate knowledge and skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of postgraduate engineers for a wide range of engineering-related disciplines; for example, software, integrated systems, mechanical, electrical, electronic, electromechanical, fluid power components/systems or materials.

On successful completion of the end point assessment apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in engineering management. Typical occupations include research and development engineer, design and development engineer, systems integration engineer, quality assurance/compliance engineer, test/qualification engineer, manufacture/production engineer, maintenance/test engineer, product support (including logistics) engineer, civil engineer, decommissioning/disposal engineer, supply chain/procurement and engineering business manager.

It’s likely that postgraduate apprentices will seek to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status, and this master’s is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to this professional registration. They may also choose to undertake further study in order to develop expertise in a particular area of engineering, extend their business management knowledge. or continue their focus on research by pursuing a PhD.

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes and is designed to meet the academic requirements leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Please see the Engineering Council UK website for further details of UK-SPEC.

We’ll be seeking accreditation of the MRes Engineering Management for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

Useful information

Apprentices will not be expected to pay tuition fees towards this programme. Your organisation may be able to fund this Degree Apprenticeship though the Apprenticeship Levy (if your organisation is paying the levy).

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.


There are no bursaries associated with this programme.

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How to apply


Please contact the programme leader for details of the application procedure. You can find their name, email address and phone number in the Contact us section of this page.

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International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Integrated Management Systems
  • Project Management
  • Business and Management in Engineering
  • Work-based Poject 1
  • Work-based Project 2
  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 1
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 3

Teaching, learning and assessment

Engineering management is a multi-faceted discipline, so we use a wide range of teaching and learning methods. These are designed to fully engage apprentices, helping them to develop the skills, knowledge, self-awareness and behaviours that are essential for success in this field. Learning focuses on your workplace environment – your apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in the workplace, with the other 20% of their time being devoted to off-the-job training and university learning.

As well as attending timetabled lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions and tutorials, apprentices will also be expected to allocate significant time to independent and self-directed studies. For example, building a portfolio of evidence, background reading, revisiting practical work, attending lectures and technical meetings provided by professional bodies, preparing for seminars, working on assignments and revising for exams will support their timetabled learning and develop good habits for lifelong learning. Our friendly and supportive tutors will be here to guide them, and will gladly help them devise an independent study regime focused on their individual development needs. Learning will also be supported by the University's virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Your organisation will need to provide each apprentice with a workplace mentor to support their development. They will also benefit from regular visits from a University tutor. The workplace mentor, University tutor and apprentice will work together to create the individual learning plan required to progress the apprentice’s professional body membership. An individual learner record (ILR) will be completed on a monthly basis.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of reports, presentations, portfolios and other assignments. Some assessments contribute to their final module marks, while others are designed to help them identify their strengths and weaknesses, and where they need to seek extra support from course tutors. In addition to the assessments associated with the degree programme, apprentices will undertake the end point assessment, at the end of the apprenticeship period.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (74%), Placement/study abroad (20%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (6%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    18 months

Contact us

Peter Farrell
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903426

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903