University of Derby – Apprenticeship Update

For employers


In this apprenticeship (normally  up to 5 years – with 20% off the job learning),  apprentices can gain one of the following academic qualifications:

  • BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Engineering,
  • BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Engineering with Electronics,
  • BEng(Hons) Manufacturing Engineering with Mechanical Design, 

as well as achieving the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours mandated in the apprenticeship. Apprentices will have undertaken degree level and on-the-job practical training enabling them to contribute to the business’s objectives before they graduate at a strategic level.

Academic curriculum has been designed to reflect the latest developments in computer integrated manufacturing, industrial control systems, engineering materials and design, automation and control and advanced manufacturing technology and systems so that degree apprentice graduates will have cutting edge skills.

The Manufacturing Engineer has been running since September 2020 and is offered as a September in day release mode.  Academic learning over the summer by online learning through the University’s e-learning platform, University of Derby Online (UDOL).


The Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship Level 6 has been developed, and we aim to start the apprenticeship in September 2022. It will be suitable for companies in England as the apprenticeship will be delivered by e-learning and block study at the University .  

In this apprenticeship (normally 4 years – with 20% off the job learning),  apprentices gain a BEng(Hons) Materials Engineering degree, as well as achieving the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours mandated in the apprenticeship. A Materials Science Technologist is at the forefront of materials innovation in industries such as Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing across numerous sectors including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, defence, and energy, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering, materials failure, rheology, adhesives, polymers, traditional and advanced ceramics.

The College of Science and Engineering already offers a range of full and part time programmes in discipline areas where materials expertise is important, such as mechanical, manufacturing and civil engineering and construction, as well as range of apprenticeships including the Manufacturing Engineer and Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprenticeships. It is now seeking to add the Materials Science Technologist Degree Apprenticeship to this portfolio for delivery from September 2022*.   

The apprenticeship has flexible delivery methods combining block delivery with e-learning so that there is limited attendance at the University.

 *subject to validation