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Developed in collaboration with industry, Engineering Science provides the skills required for a career in advanced micro/nano scale engineering.


Study Engineering Science at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Engineering Science is a multidisciplinary degree which has been developed in collaboration with local industry. The programme aims to produce graduate engineers with sound knowledge in chemistry, physics and mathematics permitting employment in engineering companies designing and manufacturing micro and nano scale products and devices; and companies using high end instrumentation in R&D and manufacturing. Examples of "modern/advanced engineering" include; composites for aircraft and automotive industries, nanoparticles for sensors and pharmaceuticals, and novel instrumentation for quality assessment during manufacturing of micro/nano devices.

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About this course

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Engineering Science "bridges the gap" between the physical sciences and advanced engineering. As devices and products now routinely incorporate micro and nano scale devices, modern engineers require a knowledge of chemistry and physics to permit understanding, design, development, and use of complex manufacturing processes and scientific instrumentation (e.g. microscopy and spectroscopy for quality control in composites and healthcare device fabrication). The Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing, Healthcare and Pharma sectors are well known for innovation and research and development (R&D), and the UK Government has recognised that future economic growth and prosperity will be based on manufacturing products related to the knowledge and expertise of companies in this area. These sectors are underpinned by analytical/materials analysis and the development of novel instrumentation and processes.

Industry leaders recognise that there is a skills gap in the above areas, and have worked with Ulster University to develop graduates with engineering, chemical and materials analysis, applied science, electronics and management skills for this growing R&D based sector. If you have a strong maths and science background and would like to apply this knowledge to solve problems in modern engineering and analytical/materials instrumentation, then this course is for you.

Engineering Science provides a focused qualification offering graduates the skills required to develop an exciting and rewarding career designing and implementing processes, technologies and instruments to solve challenges in Advanced Engineering, Healthcare and Pharma industries. Likewise, it provides students with a solid platform to undertake further MSc or PhD study across a wide range of topics.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


The four year course runs in full time mode. Year three is spent on Work Placement or Study Abroad.

Classes are normally scheduled from Monday – Friday (contact the course director for further details). There are no timetabled activities on Wednesday afternoons.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points to include grades BB with a minimum GCE A level Grade B in one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computing or Engineering.


The requirement for this course is successful completion of BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related Engineering or Applied Science subject area with overall award profile of DDM to include at least 9 unit distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including B1B2B2B3B3 (typical grade profile) including 2 from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Technology, Computing, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Engineering, Physics/Chemistry or Engineering and Higher level Mathematics at minimum grade D.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including grades AABCC (to include minimum of BB in Mathematics and a science subject).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points including grades BBB (to include Mathematics and a science subject).

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate Diploma requirement for this course is a minimum of 26 points to include 13 at Higher Level and to include minimum grade 5 in Mathematics and a Higher Level science subject. Grade 4 in English Language also required in overall profile.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

The entry requirement for this course is successful completion of a Ulster University validated Access route in Science/Technology with Overall 70% and 70% in Mathematics. Equivalent Mathematics qualifications considered for the Mathematics requirement.


GCSE Grade C or above in Mathematics.

The General Entry Requirement for GCSE English language must be met.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Exemption from parts may be considered based on appropriate performance in a related, designated course or other approved experiential learning (APEL). The course has been designed to enable students who graduate with a good honours degree to apply for postgraduate study towards a PhD, MSc, MRes or other higher qualification.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Engineering Science graduates can take up employment in a range of different areas, due to its multidisciplinary nature. Potential employers include the following industries:

· Aircraft and space,

· Automotive,

· Semiconductor,

· Materials analysis,

· Pharma manufacturing,

· Analytical instrumentation manufacturers/distributors,

· Research/consultancy and

· Universities

An Engineering Science graduate will play a vital role in any of the above, working on the development and use of instruments for analysis of materials and production processes in high value manufacturing, as a research and development engineer or a quality control analyst/manager.

The Engineering Science degree course at the Ulster University provides graduates with a multidisciplinary range of technical, professional and personal competencies. Graduates would also have the potential to go on to complete further studies (MSc/PhD) in the field of engineering and related subject areas at the Ulster University (Engineering Research Institute / Nanotechnology and Integrated Bio-Engineering Centre (NIBEC)) and at institutions across the UK/Ireland and Europe.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3, students undertake a period of paid work Placement in an industrial or academic setting. Work Placement is compulsory and seen as an integral part providing the student with the opportunity to develop into a junior engineer. The option to Study Abroad (e.g. Europe or USA) is also available.

Professional recognition

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Faculty Office
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6305

Course Director: Dr Patrick Dunlop

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8942