- A pioneering programme, designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of mechanical and electronic engineering
- Aimed at aspiring engineers and designers with a flair for business and the uncanny ability to solve complex problems
- Pitch your engineering idea at the end of the third year to a panel of judges for the chance to take forward your business with the University’s support
- Gain technical expertise alongside team-working, management and entrepreneurial skills
- Focus on problem-based learning: work on real-world projects with industry partners
Expertise in energy policy, marine renewables, biofuels, electrical power and networks, wind, photo-voltaic and thermal technologies
Chance to launch your own business in the UK
If you need a visa to work in the UK you’ll be pitching for an endorsement from the University and visa application costs to apply for a one year start up visa
8th in the UK for General Engineering
The Complete University Guide 2021
£6.5million investment in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment.
Entry requirements (typical offer)
|Qualification||Typical offer||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAB - ABB||GCE AL Maths grade B and another science* subject at grade B. Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths|
|IB||34/665-32/655||HL5 in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and HL5 in another Science subject. Applicants achieving IB Maths SL7 plus IB HL5 in Physics will also be considered.|
|BTEC||DDD - DDM||See below under 'read more' for further information|
|GCSE||4 or C||Grade 4/C in GCSE English language|
|Access to HE||24 L3 Credits at Distinction Grade and 15 L3 credits at Merit Grade||12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in Mathematics and 12 L3 Credits at Merit Grade in an acceptable Science subject area|
Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply
*GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Economics; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
**If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one 'science' but could count as two A-levels towards our general requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma
Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without a GCE AL science subject, GCE AL Maths is still required: Applied Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Building Services Engineering Construction and the Built Environment, Civil Engineering, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Sustainability.
For any questions relating to entry requirements please contact the team via our online form or 01392 724061.
We are currently going through a process to renew the accreditation for this programme, which will be submitted for Partial CEng/IEng accreditation by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2022.
This three-year programme marries theory and practice, giving you the opportunity to develop as an engineer and an entrepreneur. Your studies will follow Exeter’s think-try-do process of innovation, developing your ideas and technical know-how to the point of setting up your own company. You will be encouraged to take risks and, within the supportive community and environment of the department, will be given room to make mistakes in order to learn from them.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The multidisciplinary ethos of the first year builds core theoretical and practical knowledge in mechanical, civil, materials, manufacturing, electronic and engineering mathematics. A year-long multidisciplinary group project provides a means of putting core knowledge into practice.
In your second year the core and optional modules start to take a more specialised pathway with a focus on Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
In the final year of your degree you’ll put into practice your research, project management and engineering skills through an extended individual project. You will also take advanced entrepreneurship modules such as Market Research and Business Planning and Industrial Awareness and Problem Solving - preparing you for the chance to take forward your business with the university’s support by pitching your engineering idea to a panel of judges.
After successfully getting funding for my proposition, I am now using it to get equipment to help me research and develop my business idea and to work on branding. I’ve also recently attended a boot camp at University of California Berkley.
The event was really unique and focused on venture capital as a means of funding and launching a business and has helped me refine my idea and to focus on the potential for commercial success, longevity and scale the business could achieve.
The business that I am developing aims to help surfers improve their technique by making high quality and consistent media capture more accessible. I am planning on doing this by leveraging camera technologies, AI, and existing technology in the surf industry and then creating a platform where this media and information can be easily accessed and shared by the surfers who use it. I hope that I will be able to continue working on the idea after the course has come to an end, and I am planning on using the last few months of the course to build the links and network that I need to make that a possibility.
Final year entrepreneur
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2023 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2022 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2023 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.
* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.
Learning and teaching
This programme gives you the opportunity to develop as an engineer alongside having the freedom to innovate, developing your skills as a successful entrepreneur. In addition to academic lectures, you will attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. As your degree progresses, you will be encouraged to put your knowledge and ideas into practice, learning through experience of a group project.
The course is structured around Exeter’s THINK-TRY-DO approach to innovative thinking. As you progress you will be given the space to try your own ideas, with assessment placing as much value on the process of learning as on whether or not your endeavours are successful.
You’ll typically have between 25 and 32 hours of direct contact time per week with your tutors and you will be expected to supplement your lectures with independent study. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time.
A research and practice led culture
All our academic staff are internationally-recognised scientists working across a wide range of topics. Your course will draw on the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in the field. You’ll be able to participate directly with current research at various stages throughout your degree.
Student projects are often linked to our research activities and may involve working with industrial partners.
Modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment through small practical exercises, project work, essay writing, presentations and exams. You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification.
Project work is a core element of this degree, providing invaluable experience of problem-solving, engineering design and team working. Projects are typically industrially driven, are commercially relevant and often directly involve a company.
Our engineering and entrepreneurship degrees aim to help you develop an entrepreneurial mind-set, equipping you with the practical toolkit necessary to inspire innovative ideas, create entrepreneurial engineering solutions to real-world challenges, undertake rigorous market validation and develop and launch viable and sustainable new enterprises.
Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who claim great job satisfaction. Typically, salaries are significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for other graduates.
Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist engineering fields and across a broad range of other sectors; some have also gone on to successfully launch their own businesses, taking their engineering solutions to market.
Throughout your degree you’ll attend talks and seminars given by experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with graduate employers. Professional engineers visit the university to hold mock interviews, allowing you to discuss your career opportunities at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and placement decisions.
The broad-based skills acquired during your degree will give you an excellent grounding for a wide variety of careers, not only those related to Engineering but also in wider fields. Examples of roles recent graduates are now working as include:
- Aerospace Engineer
- Chartered and Certified Accountant
- Civil Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Engineering Project Manager
- Project Engineer
- Information Technology Professional
- Mechanical Engineer
- Software Developer