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Engineering and Entrepreneurship with Year in Industry (2023)

1. Programme Title:

Engineering and Entrepreneurship with Year in Industry

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

The Engineering and Entrepreneurship programme at Exeter is part of a wider family of Engineering programmes that have been developed around several core principles that distinguish them as innovative, forward looking and student centred. Exeter’s approach to engineering education emphasis collaborative PBL, contextualised teaching and an emphasis on skills development and practical application of knowledge. Our engineering programmes also equip students with an awareness of entrepreneurship and the skills and confidence to apply their engineering knowledge in entrepreneurial endeavours. This is achieved through our novel entrepreneurship modules.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The BEng degree programme is designed to deliver all of the required learning outcomes as set out in UK-SPEC for a bachelors degree. Higher level modules (including projects) are based on research- based teaching methods building upon the expertise of mechanical engineering and electronic engineering academic staff.
The programme aims to enable students to become:
(a) flexible and autonomous  engineering  graduates  equipped  to  adopt  key  entrepreneurial and leadership roles within multi-disciplinary manufacturing, engineering environments and working in design or research and development teams, contributing innovation, analytical and original thought and discipline specific expertise, demonstrating a holistic understanding of the context within which they work, supporting the work of others and taking full responsibility and demonstrating self motivation for their own personal and professional development;
(b) graduates equipped with appropriate skills in engineering and able to work with other professionals including engineers from other disciplines to manage projects from initial planning to a successful conclusion;
(c) academically qualified to become chartered engineers within the appropriate engineering industry at the earliest opportunity;
(d) aware of the environmental, economic, social and sustainability issues that are an integral part of the professional engineer's role in society;
(e) able to work well in multi-disciplinary groups with experience of communication, organization, planning and logistics;
Graduates with a BEng in Engineering and Entrepreneurship will have particular aptitude to apply management theory and practice and associated skills to take responsibilites for engineering projects within a company.
Through this programme, the College will provide students with: learning opportunities to match their abilities and aspirations, personal academic and pastoral support throughout their university career, appropriate methods of teaching and assessment and a programme of study that they find demanding, interesting and intellectually stimulating, while allowing them to enjoy other aspects of university life. The College will also seek to promote the role of industry and engineering institutions and the benefits that they can provide to undergraduates e.g. through links with the industrial club and student membership of the engineering institutions.

4. Programme Structure

The BEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship programme is a (3) year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level (6) (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into (3) ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year. The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

5. Programme Modules

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ENG1002Engineering Mathematics and Scientific Computing 30YesYes
ENG1005Multi-Disciplinary Group Challenge Project 30YesYes
ENG1006Entrepreneurship 115YesNo
ENG1007Fundamentals of Mechanics15YesYes
ENG1008Fundamentals of Materials15YesYes
ENG1009Fundamentals of Electronics15YesYes

Stage 2

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ENG2005Entrepreneurship Challenge Project30YesYes
ENG2009Modelling of Engineering Systems 15YesYes
ENG2011Solid Mechanics15YesYes
ENG2016Introduction in Economics and Company Finance15YesYes
ENG2006Industry 4.015YesYes
ENG2004 Entrepreneurship 215YesNo
ENG2014Technology Entrepreneurship15YesYes

Stage 3

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECM3174Year in Industry120YesYes

Stage 4

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECM3175Individual Project30YesYes
ECM3164Operations Management 15YesYes
ENG3017Quality Control and Improvement15YesYes
ECM3153Management of Product Development 15YesYes
ENG3007Global Entrepreneurial Marketing15YesYes
ENG3010Industrial Awareness & Problem Solving15YesYes
ENG3011Management and Leadership15YesYes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

Programme ILO #1
Demonstrate understanding of mathematical methods and their use, together with computational methods, for modelling, analysis, design and communication in engineering
Programme ILO #2
Demonstrate understanding of a broad base of scientific principles underpinning electronic, material, mechanical and civil engineering
Programme ILO #3
Demonstrate understanding of the characteristics and uses of engineering materials and components
Programme ILO #4
Demonstrate understanding of a range of principles and design methods relating to the chosen engineering discipline in general, with in-depth knowledge and understanding in some specialist areas
Programme ILO #5
Demonstrate understanding of entrepreneurship, management and business practices, including finance, law, marketing, personnel and quality
Programme ILO #6
Demonstrate understanding of ethical and social issues related to engineering and professional responsibilities

Learning & Teaching Activities

Assessment Methods

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

Programme ILO #7
Demonstrate a systematic and creative approach to problem solving
Programme ILO #8
Apply appropriate mathematical methods, scientific principles and computer based methods to the modelling, analysis and solution of practical engineering problems
Programme ILO #9
Create a complete design, product or service to meet a customer need, starting from negotiation of specifications, showing creativity and justifying all decisions
Programme ILO #10
Take a holistic approach to design and problem solving
Programme ILO #11
Assess and manage risks (e.g.: commercial, safety, environmental etc.)
Programme ILO #12
Take personal responsibility for acting in a professional and ethical manner
Programme ILO #13
Select and use appropriate ICT based tools for analysis, design and communication of designs
Programme ILO #14
Select and use laboratory instrumentation appropriately and correctly
Programme ILO #15
Construct prototype products, systems, experimental apparatus etc.
Programme ILO #16
Work safely in laboratory, workshop environments etc., and promote safe practice

Learning & Teaching Activities

Assessment Methods

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

Programme ILO #17
Communicate effectively and persuasively using the full range of currently available methods
Programme ILO #18
Manage resources and time
Programme ILO #19
Work in a team, which may be multi-disciplinary
Programme ILO #20
Learn independently, identifying own personal development needs and goals, reflecting on own performance and managing own personal development
Programme ILO #21
Obtain and process information from a wide range of sources, which may be conflicting, analyse it critically and apply this information in engineering applications
Programme ILO #22
Sort, manipulate and present data in a way that facilitates effective analysis and decision making

Learning & Teaching Activities

Assessment Methods

7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 360 credits with 120 credits taken at each stage. Normally not more than 75 credits would be allowed in any one term. In total, students normally take no more than 150 credits at level 1, and must take at least 90 credits at level 3.

The pass mark for award of credit in an individual module is 40%.

Progression from 2nd to 3rd year
Students who gain an average of 60% or more in the first 2 years will be eligible to progress to Stage 3 of the MEng Engineering and Entrepreneurship programme (weighting is 40% 1st year, 60% 2nd year).


This programme will be submitted for accreditation by a PSRB under licence from the Engineering Council. Therefore, the latest Engineering Council regulations on condonement apply to this programme. Please find further details in the TQA Manual here:

Assessment and Awards

UG Programmes: Assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2, 3 and 4 combined in the ratio 2:1:4 respectively.


The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Class I    70% +                                                      

Class II   Division I 60-69%                                     

Class II   Division II 50-59%                                    

Class III  40-49%

Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmes can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website.  Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme.  A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual.  As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.


10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.


For entry to the BEng Civil Engineering Programme, academic entry requirements are:

Normally completion of 12 years of education;

A/AS 200 points (local language A/AS Levels are accepted); IB 24 points; Country-specific entry qualifications can be obtained from INTO Admissions.

English: IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills (or equivalent)

Minimum grade C in GCSE Maths; IB Maths SL / HL 3 if not offered at O level / GCSE; or Minimum Year 12 Pass in Maths; 


Unless otherwise specified Subjects recognised must relate to 'academic’ subjects or modules only.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice.  See the University's TQA Manual for details.


12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution CEMPS
16 Partner College / Institution
17 Programme accredited/validated by
18 Final Award(s) BEng (Hons)
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) UFN4ECSECS16
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 6
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes)
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: February 8th 2023