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Industrial Engineering class

Engineering (Industrial Engineering) - BEng Hons Degree (Part-time)


This is the 3-year, part-time Industrial Engineering programme starting at Level 5.

You will be expected to have achieved a Level 4 qualification before starting this programme.

We are in unprecedented times. Industry 4.0 has given rise to the need for professionals with the technical and management expertise to develop and manage engineering and business systems.

This Industrial Engineering programme will empower you with the versatility, flexibility and adaptability to soar and succeed in this exciting and fast-moving environment.

You'll acquire a deep understanding of industry, business, quality and management processes taking a keen interest in human factors, improvement, ergonomics, customer satisfaction and quality.

Industrial engineers operate at the centre of complex processes, systems and organisations, putting into practice their technical engineering knowledge, alongside expertise in business development, operations management and project management. 

Businesses and industries depend on the principles of Industrial Engineering, which include increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and improving product and service quality.

Industrial engineers optimise complex processes, organisations and systems or even create them to achieve higher efficiency by saving time, money or effort, and to monitor quality and increase productivity.

Industrial Engineering overlaps with operations research, management science and ergonomics. It is a human-oriented discipline accommodating the viewpoints and motives of users at all levels.

  • Course code ET1HE610
  • Duration 3 Years
  • Day/s of week Tuesday
  • Time 09:00 - 17:15

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration
09 Sep 2024
Bispham Campus
3 Years
  • £36,400 Average annual salary in this sector
  • STEM assured status
  • £10.5M Advanced Technology Centre

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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

This degree pathway will enable you to be a proactive problem-solver across industries and manufacturing industry giants, in transport, civil, aerospace sectors as well as high-tech companies and start-ups and smaller-scale, local enterprises, whether in production, manufacturing or their support services and administration.

Industrial engineering enables graduates to compete for a very wide range of jobs, including government positions and key roles within businesses. The development and evolution of information systems, productivity, sustainability and optimisation are among the topics industrial engineers consider on a daily basis in their work.

With an Industrial Engineering qualification, you may work across all sectors in process optimisation, planning, development, research, and across practically all industry fields, from healthcare and retail to energy production and manufacturing, and even banking and government organisations.

You will be able to work as process engineer, quality control specialist, project manager, safety engineer and many others. Work will also be found in inspection services, health and safety and numerous other fields. Industrial engineers work very well in teams with all other engineering professionals and are great additions to innovative tech companies and start-ups.

Upon graduation, you may expect a reasonable starting salary depending on companies. Your salary will go up as you gather varied experience and engage in professional development and lifelong learning.

Other study options

Certifications in project management, lean, and lean six sigma, along with international experience, provide good opportunities to rise up in qualifications and salary. Midcareer many industrial engineers go into managerial positions that require a mix of business, management and engineering knowledge and skills. This makes them very adaptable to corporate international settings. Some consider MBA or EMBA qualifications at this point, or Masters degrees In Project Management, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain.

Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points (excluding Functional Skills) in an appropriate discipline:

  • DD from A levels to include mathematics and a technology, engineering or science-based subject
  • PPP from Extended Diploma, MP from Diploma, MM from 90 Credit Diploma in a science or technology-based subject, including passes in mathematics

The entry criteria for direct entry onto Level 5 of the programme are:

  • HNC or HND with an overall merit grade in: Mechanical, General or Aeronautical Engineering or an appropriate Engineering discipline

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Qualification obtained

BEng (Hons) Engineering (Industrial Engineering)

Fees and funding

Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course.

Extra costs and equipment

You will need your own scientific calculator; we recommend the Casio FFX-91ES (costs start from around £15).

Books, journals and electronic resources can be accessed via the College's learning resources facilities.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Awarding Body: Lancaster University

Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS)

Terms and conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

What will I learn?

Industry placement, field trips and guest speakers

Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

  • Modules at level 5

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Research Project ET5MD238 20 No
    Professional Engineering Management ET5MD239 20 No
    Further Engineering Mathematics ET5MD240 20 No
    Materials Properties and Testing ET5MD246 20 No
    Industrial Systems ET5MD249 20 No
    Lean Manufacturing ET5MD250 20 No
    Advanced Mechanical Principles ET5MD251 20 No
  • Modules at level 6

    Module title Code Credits Optional
    Major Project ET6MD211 40 No
    Professional Engineer ET6MD212 20 No
    Control and Simulation ET6MD213 20 No
    Manufacturing Systems Engineering ET6MD218 20 No
    Virtual Engineering ET6MD219 20 Yes
    Operations and Plant Management ET6MD220 20 Yes

Study Support - at a glance

  • Higher Education Learning Mentors (HELMs)
  • One-to-one and group study support sessions
  • Pre-degree preparation workshops
  • IT Support

Programme Specification

Download our Programme Specification for this course.

Student case study - Marvyn Atkinson

Why did you choose B&FC?
I originally wanted to study at Lancaster University, then I discovered I could get exactly the same degree 5 minutes down the road. I came to an Open Event here and was so impressed with the facilities and the teaching staff, it was a no-brainer.

What have been the benefits of studying here?
The tutors have been amazing - every one of them took the time to tell me how I could improve so I've graduated with a first-class honours having started off with a predictive grade of a 2:2.

How will I learn?

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.

Expert tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver.

The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Learning Methods

Learning Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Scheduled 0 379 376
Independent 0 1021 581
Placement 0 0 243
Total 0 1400 1200
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How will I be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Method Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Coursework 0% 75% 67%
Exam 0% 18% 18%
Practical 0% 8% 15%