MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management (Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Our MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management (Degree 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 develop the advanced knowledge and skills needed to solve complex engineering challenges with a mechanical emphasis.

MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management (Degree Apprenticeship Route)

Course details

Our MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management (Degree Apprenticeship Route) is designed to support the development of professionals that will perfectly match the current and future needs of your organisation. You can offer structured on-the-job training and an internationally recognised qualification in systems engineering and engineering management, helping you to 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.

A systems engineer is the all-important link between complex programming and technology, and its users, customers and stakeholders. This postgraduate course will support your apprentices to develop a firm knowledge and understanding of both sides, and the ability to take a joined-up approach to ensure systems meet a wide range of needs reliably, efficiently, and in a user-friendly fashion. Our expert staff will guide them as they learn how to collect and organise information in order to understand the whole problem, explore it from all angles, and then find the most appropriate solution. 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 advanced control engineering concepts and design methodologies for mechanical engineering, digital signal processing for control applications, artificial intelligent technology and total quality management. Your apprentices will also explore the commercial aspects of project management and develop essential skills such as communication and time management. By underpinning our content and assignments with a strong industrial focus, we foster a unique blend of practical engineering and management-oriented skills and knowledge focused on solving complex mechanical engineering challenges. 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 internationally.

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 or 25/01/2021
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • When apprentices successfully complete the end point assessment for this course, they will receive a Degree Apprenticeship Certificate, and be awarded an academic degree – the MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and 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.
  • We’ll support your apprentices to develop sought-after skills such as background research, critical reasoning and problem solving, as well as professional communication, time management, teamwork, and lifelong learning.
  • 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.

Key features:

  • This Degree 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 alternative pathways in Mechatronic or Electronics Systems Engineering, 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 or 25/01/2021
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 3 years

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.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

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 MSc Systems Engineering (Mechanical) and Engineering Management (Degree Apprenticeship Route) programme is designed to meet the System Engineer (Degree) Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard. Developed by employers, 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 Level 7 apprenticeship aims to support the development of the next generation of master’s level engineers for a range of mechanical engineering-related disciplines. On successful completion of the end point assessment, apprentices will be well prepared to take on demanding roles in systems engineering and engineering management. Career opportunities may include positions in project management, engineering design, materials and mechanics, dynamics and control and systems analyst roles.

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. Apprentices may also choose to work towards achieving the standard of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) systems engineering practitioner. Alternatively, they may choose to undertake further study in order to develop expertise in a specialist area, extend their business management knowledge, or pursue a PhD.

Professional recognition

This course is designed to support apprentices to achieve the standard of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) systems engineering practitioner. INCOSE is the international professional body for systems engineering.

In addition, this apprenticeship uses UK-SPEC learning outcomes 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.

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.

  • Intelligent Systems
  • Business in Engineering
  • Technical Publications and Presentations
  • Advanced Control Technology
  • Project Management
  • Monitoring of Mechanical Systems
  • Advanced Production Engineering
  • Integrated Management Systems
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 1
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 2
  • Work-based Portfolio and PDP 3
  • Master’s Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

Engineering 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, discussions, tutorials, demonstrations and computer-aided learning sessions, 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, 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 an individual learning plan.

For the degree element of this programme, we assess each apprentice’s individual performance through a strategic blend of assignments, practical work assignments, projects, oral presentations (including viva voce) and formal end examinations. 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 (EPA), at the end of the apprenticeship period. Apprentices are also required to develop learning logs/professional development plans and build up a skills portfolio in preparation for the EPA.


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 (68%), Practical exams (19%), Written exams (13%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (80%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    21/09/2020 or 25/01/2021
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Erping Zhou
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903465

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